My heart is broken for the loss of life in San Bernardino “terrorist” attack. My mind is also baffled! The president and his like-minded supporters promise that “gun control” will eliminate—or reduce—these mass killings.
But Mr. President, California—where this latest gun violence exploded—has exactly what you’re demanding as the solution: background checks, registration, waiting periods, gun bans, magazine bans and an expansion of prohibited gun categories.
The same is true in Chicago, which has some of the toughest gun control laws—and out-of-control gun violence.
And The Washington Post just headlined: “Gun Violence Declining, Except in Gun-Free Zones.”
Finally, Mr. President, U.S. gun crimes are not uniquely “American”, despite your claim they have “no parallel anywhere else in world.” Have you already forgotten two major attacks in Paris? Or Norway, where Anders Behring Breivik used a gun to kill 67 people and wound 110 others? And do you know that three of the worst K-12 shooting occurred in Europe—which has some of the strictest gun control laws?
My heart is broken. My mind is baffled at the naiveté of those who believe public laws can prevent personal evil.
Copyright © 2015 James N. Watkins
I am not advocating no control over gun sales, however California has some of the strictest gun laws, but the murderous couple got them illegally. Laws will not stop violent sociopaths, because violent sociopaths have no regard for laws of God and man. However, laws do articulate what a society values and believes and do have a positive peer-pressure effect. That’s why I find states legalizing marijuana so disturbing: it’s social acceptance of a drug with perhaps some medical benefits (we need to scientifically study that) but with well-documented dangerous side-effects. I am not zealous about gun ownership, but I am adamant about truth.