Last Sunday night, a deranged person meticulously planned and carried out the worst mass shooting this country has ever seen. The knee-jerk reactions are two-fold…
The first is “Why?” To be honest, I doubt that we will ever know the full extent of why this person spent countless hours planning and thousands of dollars to rain terror upon innocent people. As of the time of this post, little is known as this person left no note or trails to follow. To the best of our knowledge, he was not prohibited from owning weapons, nor was he under psychiatric care. He was a virtual unknown and not on any radar. After a week of investigation, no one appears to be any closer to an answer. Perhaps that is just as well as we do not need any other person to be influenced into copying this person’s despicable actions.
The second is the predictable “We need to ban guns and other gun stuff” mantra of those people who look for any reason at all to deny a person’s civil rights because of the actions of a criminal or madman. I see this from the politicians and their surrogates who believe it is the government’s responsibility to keep the people safe. First among the Liberal politicians was Felonia “What Difference Does It Make” von Pantsuit tweeting out that this isn’t the time to be political about guns and then proceeds to make it political. Others followed suit while the bodies were still warm and the blood was still wet.
These people then proceed to denigrate legal gun owners and the NRA making statements like the gun lobby controls politics, gun owners should be jailed (or worse). The truth of the matter is that the gun lobby spends far, far less on political contributions than Planned Parenthood, big business (like pharmaceutical companies), and other special interest groups. Legal gun owners, especially those with concealed weapon permits, are not typically those that commit crimes
People that distort the facts and use tragedies like Las Vegas for political gain or power, in my opinion, are the lowest of the low, and have absolutely no moral compass or conscious.
The focus upon the weapons used are those that had a “bump stock” installed on them. For those living under a rock, a bump stock is an accessory to a firearm that allows the user to use the recoil of the firearm to rapidly discharge the firearm, mimicking an automatic weapon. It bears to note that under the Obama administration, a rabidly anti-gun administration, approved this device after not one, but two reviews.
The call for banning or regulating bump stocks is increasing. The NRA (full disclosure: I am a Life Member) is calling for…
“…the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”
Other organizations such as Gun Owners of America are against any additional regulations against devices like bump stocks citing the increasing slippery slope of increasing, onerous regulations eventually leading to banning firearms. I, for one, am torn between the increased regulations upon legal gun owners, and the horror of another maniac acquiring this device and emulating the Las Vegas madman.
Let’s be very clear about something – criminals do not obey laws. Madmen do not obey laws. These people have made the decision to cause harm to others in order to fulfill some need. Consider this statement by the NRA:
“Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks.”
Banning firearms will not cause a criminal from using an illegal or stolen firearm in a crime. That has been established time and time again. Consider this fact that doesn’t make it into the media or cited by gun-control/gun-banning fanatics:
Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States. One would think that a gunless Utopia has been created, but that is far from reality. Here’s reality:
Guns are still being used by criminals to kill and maim in the so-called gun free city called Chicago. And this is while the citizenry has been essentially disarmed and are at the mercy of the criminals.
My question to the gun banners is this: If heavily regulating or banning guns is the answer, then why aren’t places like Chicago gun violence free?
The Washington Post published an article that was originally researched at the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight. The author, who states that she was originally for widespread gun control, came to a conclusion that she was not expecting. The title of the article says it all for me – “I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.” Some of the bullet points are:
- Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. Almost no proposed restriction would make it meaningfully harder for people with guns on hand to use them.
- However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence.
- And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence.
Therefore, suicides and gang violence account for the majority of the gun deaths in this country, not the mass shootings that capture the media’s lust for ratings points and the politicians quest for more power. The real issues are mental health and law enforcement, not whether a gun is “good” or “evil” – that is how a gun, an inanimate object, is used.
With HIPA laws on the books guaranteeing patient confidentiality, and the extreme danger to law enforcement to disarm violent criminals, the politicians focus on the one group that they can exert their will – the law abiding gun owner. They know that the law-abiding will obey the law, although they are starting to find out that the law-abiding have just about enough of the law-makers idiocy.
Every firearm regulation is an infringement upon the law-abiding citizen of this country. They do absolutely nothing to deter the criminal from his activities. If anyone thinks otherwise, let me remind you of something:
- Murder is against the law, be it with a gun, a knife, a hammer, or bare hands.
- Theft is against the law.
- Assault and battery is against the law.
If everyone obeyed the laws, then there would be absolutely no crime. None. Columbine, Newtown, Ft. Hood, Las Vegas, and all the others would never have happened. And we wouldn’t have to worry about someone coming into the house to attack, rob, or kill.
Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of the gun banners and politicians harping about how guns are a plague upon this country, and that the killing must stop. They quickly forget that law abiding people use guns to hunt and for self-defense from the same predators that would use guns to harm them. And by the way, they also forget that the right to bear arms is as much a civil right as there is a right to free speech.
However, if these same people are really concerned about human life, then they should concentrate their efforts on the thousands of abortions performed each year upon helpless, innocent children. That death toll is far, far greater than what any criminal or madman could inflict.