Like everyone else I’m shocked, saddened and outraged by the recent massacre in Aurora, Colorado. I continue to wonder what makes some people choose such heinous and senseless acts. Yet, also I’m left to wonder what new senseless reactions will birth the next army of lobbyists ready to pounce on this tragedy and how will our legislators use that to keep their jobs safe as opposed to the public and most poignantly, how in the end people will be made even more vulnerable as a result.
My recent research on the increasing laws restricting weapons, convince me more and more that they are usually reactionary to recent tragedies and/or based on unfounded theories, like no guns = less violence or more laws will stop another tragedy or psycho. Never mind that muggers, rapists, mass murderers, etc care little for the law…hence their chosen paths. Therefore a law saying they can’t have a gun isn’t likely to prevent them from acting. So really such reactive as opposed to reflective legislation leaves only the criminals armed and a police force, who can never be expected to stop the majority of them, let alone all of them. In the end, the only ones prevented from acting are law abiding citizens who end up never coming home from a walk in the park….or a night out at the movies.
Its easy to claim that those few and rare psychos can be prevented from going on a shooting rampage if guns were not available to them. But what is more true and what history and modern news stories have shown is that more and more restrictions don’t decrease likely perpetrators they increase likely victims. Do you think someone is just as likely to walk in shooting at a room full of people if he knew it was very possible that any or all of them might be able to put him down, before he can blink twice, let alone unload hundreds of bullets? Why do you think these “madmen” choose movie theaters, schools and office buildings and not cop bars and police stations? Do you really think its because they fear getting caught breaking the law and being arrested?!!!
The basic premise of gun control laws is that the people commit violence because they can, so a government must disarm the people in order to assure peace and freedom. Yet history time and again shows us the opposite, governments and criminals commit violence because they can and so the people must remain armed in order to keep them in check and thus assure their freedom and peace.
Our founding Fathers of this great nation knew this to be true, The premise of the Second Amendment is that tyranny, senseless death and despair came not by the strength imposed by the oppressors but by the weakness imposed on the oppressed. Whether it is gangs, thugs or tyrannical governments, their strength is ultimately measured by the weakness of their would be victims.