In the wake of Friday morning’s carnage, the “enlightened” among us are already clamoring for new gun control laws: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and even News Corp. mogul Rupert Murdoch. Yes, they are making their push, but let me explain why they are wrong and foolish to pursue the muzzling of our Second Amendment rights.
The hapless mayor of New York had this to say while appearing on CBS Sunday:
“This requires – particularly in a presidential year – the candidates for president of the United States to stand up and once and for all say, yes, they feel terrible. Yes, it’s a tragedy. Yes, we have great sympathy for the families, but it’s time for this country to do something. And that’s the job of the president of the United States.”
So one James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado commits a heinous act of lawlessness and the rest of us who abide by the law have to suffer for it? And it’s the responsibility of the president of the United States to lobby for stricter gun control? Sorry, Mr. Mayor. Legislating is the job of Congress, not the president. Secondly, it would be imprudent to pursue such brainless legislation, regardless of who’s calling for it. By the way, this is the same mayor who’s attempting to ban salt, trans fats, and sugar in New York City and everywhere else he can reach his statist tentacles.
Let me pose a question to concerned liberals and other clueless dunces. Hypothetically, if gun ownership was completely banned in the United States, would people like James Holmes be unable to acquire said firearms? The answer is no. Bad guys always seem to get their hands on weapons. When was the last time a shooting rampage occurred that involved someone of sane faculties – aside from the victims themselves. Law abiding citizens are not the ones involved in these senseless acts. Gun-carrying law abiding citizens are actually the remedy for the problem. Take for example, 71-year old Samuel Williams. When two thugs attempted to rob an internet cafe this past week in Ocala, Florida, Williams – who was armed – chased Davis Hawkins, 19, and Duwayne Henderson, 19 out of the cafe. In fact, the two hoodlums were falling all over themselves in an attempt to flee the scene. Both teens were arrested by local authorities.
We can only imagine what would have happened in Aurora had someone like Mr. Williams been present.
Let us take Washington D.C. as a case example of how gun control laws actually create more crime:
In 1991 there was a study published in the New England Journal Of Medicine by four authors one of whom was at the time at the University of Maryland.
The study, titled “Effects of Restrictive Licensing of Handguns on Homicide and Suicide in the District of Columbia,” purported to show the 1976 DC gun ban law decreased murders.
But, this study has been exposed as a methodological mess and a fraud. In a review of this study, Dr. Edgar A. Suter, chairman of Doctors For Integrity In Research And Public Policy, notes the following:
* The study’s claimed apparent, temporary and miniscule homicide drop occurred two years before the DC gun ban law took effect.
* The study used raw numbers rather than population-corrected rates exaggerating the authors’ misinterpretations.
* The study conveniently stopped as Washington DC’s overall homicide rate skyrocketed to eight times the national average and the black, male, teen homicide rate skyrocketed to 22 times the national average.
In the end, such gun control laws do nothing for our civil society. They don’t provide protection. They don’t make the United States a safer place. They make our country more dangerous and less free. New gun control would empower criminals and disempower the American citizenry. Good people would be the ones who suffer as a result. But, this will not deter the statists from their objectives. If individual sovereignty has to be trampled in order to get us to where they feel we need to be, then so be it. Utopia is the end game, not the preservation of liberty.
Samuel Adams put it plainly and effectively. “The said Constitution should be never construed…to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.”
We are peaceable citizens and it is our Constitutional right to bear arms; regardless of miscreants and criminals who use firearms against the lawful majority.