People, not guns, the culprits [UPDATED]Published 10:16am Friday, September 27, 2013 Updated 12:17pm Friday, September 27, 2013
As the effort to turn the tragic shootings at the Washington Navy Yard into one more politically charged anti-gun drama, some facts surfaced, much to the dismay of the media and those who would use the killings as another attempt at “reasonable gun laws.”
It never seems to make headlines as to just how many gun laws are already on the books. With the figure of “over 20,000” gun laws already on the books, How many are enough, and would one or two or a 100 more have done anything to thwart this crime? Hardly.You see criminals like it that law abiding citizens obey the law, it makes their “job” just so much easier.(Committing crimes, it seems, is in a criminal’s job description).
Another fact that gets lost in the warm fuzzies of “get rid of the guns and all will be well,” is that 1.5 to 2.5 million times a year a firearm is used lawfully to protect lives and property. That is not to say a firearm is discharged. But that the mere presence deters the crime.
It appears criminals don’t like to be threatened with return fire, they want a victim and guns in the hands of law abiding citizens tend to level the playing field a bit. Go figure.
In 1966, the city of Orlando Fla., responded to a rash of sexual assaults on women by offering firearms training to women. The very next year the rate of sexual assaults dropped dramatically. Guns in the hands of law abiding citizens is a good thing, a level playing field of self defense has proven to be a deterrent. Again, this is not so hard to see unless it does not serve one’s political agenda.
And while we are talking level playing field, how did a gun-toting “bad guy,” mentally disturbed or not, manage to have a firearm in the Gun-Free Zone of Washington, D.C.? (In 1993, then President Clinton/husband of Hillary, virtually declared military installations Gun-Free Zones).
The law-abiding citizens of the Navy Yard obeyed the law, not arming themselves. So who was not obeying the law? Could that have been a criminal?
Again, mentally damaged, the Navy shipyard shooter heard voices in his toaster and was actively being treated but was still given clearance to be on the base … sounds like a people problem to me.
Imagine if there had been an armed good guy to return fire on the bad guy — the outcome would have been much different.
Much like the Columbine masacre, the free fire spray at the movie theatre in Colorado, and any number of other shootings where one firearm, used defensively, in the hands of a law-abiding citizen would have made all the difference in the world to a lot of souls who instead met their maker at the hands of evil doers.
How this is so hard to understand is beyond all logic. Chicago, home of Barack Obama and home of the most restrictive gun laws, saw homicides jump 15 percent in a single year, topping the charts at 513 in 2012.
Since the U.S. began the War on Terror, Chicago has seen more homicides than the country has lost soldiers in the war. This is a city where it is almost impossible to own a firearm? How can this be?
A people problem perhaps? According to FBI, ATF and the Center of Disease Control statistics, more deaths are due to medical errors, unintentional falls, even baseball bats than are due to firearms.
So, where are the laws to ban baseball bats, doctors and steps?
This is not a gun problem, this is a people problem and more specifically a criminal problem. In a different time, life mattered, good acts were rewarded and bad acts were paid for with consequences. That has been lost on all the touchy feely “don’t judge” or hold criminals accountable people. We have forgotten that bad people do exist and inanimate objects are not to blame.
All the gun laws, all the smoke and mirrors cannot disguise what the problem is. The old saying, First time a victim after that, a volunteer, is more true today than ever. Let’s stop being victims and volunteers to our misguided notions.
The drive to disarm America is focused on one group of people, the law abiding citizen instead of placing the blame where it belongs. Criminals will always be criminals, and accountability for actions need to be met swiftly and justly.
So wake up, America. The Second Amendment is most obviously needed and never more than when it is under siege.