Questions

While the Left and its pals in the media use recent tragedies to rev up the drive to abridge the Second Amendment in any and every way possible, there are important questions they are ignoring.

Those include: Will any of the fixes they propose to address random shootings, from “red flag” laws to outright gun bans to “meaningful” background checks, solve the problem? If their suggestions had been on the books a year ago would that have headed off recent mass shootings?

The answer to both questions is a resounding “no.”

Short of a police state where federal and state authorities kick in doors unannounced and imprison people found hiding guns, the idea of somehow gathering up all the guns in this country to make it safer is nothing short of ludicrous.

But that will not stop anti-gun forces who today claim the AR-15 is the bugaboo gun, the “weapon of war” that must be taken off our streets. Never mind that they are owned and legally used by millions of law-abiding Americans. Never mind that they are used in only a tiny percentage of crimes.

“With an average of 13,657 homicides per year during the 2007-2017 timeframe, about one-tenth of 1 percent of homicides were produced by mass shootings involving AR-15s,” the Foundation for Economic Education reported earlier this year.

All rifles, not just AR-15s or AK-47s or their clones, account for about 300 deaths a year.

“Believe it or not, between 2007 and 2017, nearly 1,700 people were murdered with a knife or sharp object per year. That’s almost four times the number of people murdered by an assailant with any sort of rifle.”

Years ago, anti-gun elements were focused on registering and seizing our handguns, which account for most firearms deaths (a term that includes suicides.) When that failed, they turned to assault-weapon lookalikes.

Until our betters can come up with something that actually will work short of more draconian laws, Americans should resist in any way possible. It is, after all, not really about guns with these folks. It is about controlling people.

And their work never will be finished.

5 Responses to Questions

  1. Donald Drumpf August 12, 2019 at 11:11 am

    There’s nothing we can do today that will work tomorrow, the next month, or even the next year that would have “headed off recent mass shootings”. The gun supply is too great to see an immediate affect. Wanna trim the fat, eat less calories for an extended duration of time and that weight will eventually come off in the long run. Same thing with firearms. Chip away at what we have with voluntary buy-offs while ensuring new guns entering the market are restricted to purchase by those with an extensive background check, license, and competency exam. That will dwindle the numbers in the next 20 years to where the generations after us do not have to suffer our inaction. Very similar instances of this scenario have happened before, one being South Africa with the Firearm Control Act in 2000. In a 5 year span, there firearm related deaths dropped 13.6%. That legislation saved lives.

    Not sure if your points on mass shootings being .001% of all homicides being perpetrated with an AR-15, or knives can be used for murder as well resonate with me. Doesn’t really matter what type of firearm is being used to end a human life, that life is still lost regardless of the model. And Knives being used, cars being used, rope being used, winnie the pooh dolls being used are not a valid point against controlling guns. Might as well stop cancer research because diabetes kills too.

    And “our betters’ is me vs them populism. An article that describes just what that is was featured in this newspaper earlier this month. Debate the point, not the people. No reason to further divide this nation, we are in this together for better or worse.

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  2. R-Dubya August 12, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Let’s not forget that within the US, the greatest threat to humankind is abortion clinics, as they ‘kill’ about 33% of all new lives entering into the world … roughly about 1,000,000 babies killed. As we debate the issue of AR’s, Red Flag Laws, Mental Illness, 2nd Amendment and other related topics …. Let’s not forget about the rights and aspirations and hopes and potential of the unborn (and, in some States those who are born and yet then killed).

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  3. Donald Drumpf August 12, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Seriously R-Dubya…..

    There’s a picket line down Lake Otis for comments like that. Though I will say that it was hilariously timed. Lets fight to make sure the big bad government doesn’t take our guns away because all they want to do is control us, but allowing a woman to have rights over her own body is way out of the question. Why don’t you start making laws that force the father to be more financially and personally responsible for the birth of that child other than 24% and every other weekend? Make that father responsible for his actions rather than having another child grow up in the world with 1 parent. Women suffer enough through 9 months of pregnancy, hormonal variances, loss of sleep, more loss of sleep, constantly being required to do something for that child until he’s around 3, a complete shift in their identity, and everything else that I, as a man, cannot even come close to understanding. The men of this world need to start looking in a mirror, and look closely, we are the problem, the disease, the virus that keeps spreading and pushing everything out of control. And in the end, that’s the driver, more control, which none of us have anyway.

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  4. The Truth Will Set You Free August 13, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Seriously, Donald Drumpf…abortion isn’t about a woman’s right over her own body. Abortion is about taking rights over someone ELSE’S body, namely, the infant inside the womb. Claiming that an unborn infant isn’t a person with his or her own body is playing games with reality to justify your twisted position. You want to take guns away from people who have done nothing wrong to somehow prevent “gun crimes”, but don’t want to protect the most innocent and vulnerable lives among us. Pretty twisted. As I’ve heard said recently, taking guns away from law-abiding citizens because a infinitesimal percentage use them to harm others is like telling you to castrate yourself because you have the equipment necessary to commit rape.

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  5. Donald Drumpf August 13, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    It isn’t about a woman’s right to hold dominion over her own body to you. Those who choose to let women decide the matter, the evil twisted position we have, fight for her right to make that decision rather than be a second class citizen.

    And again, this is a gun article. I want to take your guns if you are not willing to show the effort of going through a licensing program at least as inconvenient as a drivers license, or for that matter, waiting at the DMV. I imagine you didn’t go that route because my stats are appreciable. I can argue until the cows come home why we shouldn’t force women to live “The Handmaidens Tale”. But, for a sneak peak if the editorial page ever brings up abortion, it’s wrong to keep putting women down and removing their rights because men need to have power over something.

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