President Obama’s former Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel came under fire in November 2008 when he said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
In the wake of the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and College Station, Texas, liberal politicians and pundits have taken to the airwaves to decry the proliferation of firearms in our society, and they have assured us that tightened and more restrictive gun laws will surely save us from armed murderers.
But the facts don’t support gun grabbers’ claims. In many instances, the exact opposite is true. Take, for instance, Chicago and the District of Columbia, where the incredibly restrictive gun laws make it illegal for law-abiding citizens to carry their firearms in public.
Despite those restrictions, more than 200 people have been gunned down in Chicago since the beginning of the year, a near-60% spike in the first three months over the same period last year. In the 48 hours leading up to the completion of this piece, 22 people died by gunfire in the Windy City.
Likewise in D.C., violent crime shot up 40% in the first six weeks of this year with twice as many robberies at gunpoint than in the previous year. In 2010, three out of every four murders were committed with a firearm.
Big government busybodies like Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and the folks at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence wasted no time before calling for more restrictive gun laws.
Thankfully, Colorado’s Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper deflated much of the anti-gun rhetoric on ABC’s “This Week” when he said, “Even if he didn’t have access to guns, this guy was diabolical…he would have found explosives. He would have found something…he would have done something to create this horror.”
The fact of the matter is, those who are going to commit crimes like murdering innocent movie-goers or worshippers are going to disregard any number of laws leading up to the actual act of murder.
For instance, Aurora city regulations actually prohibit concealed carry, and drivers cannot carry a loaded firearm in their vehicle. The people prevented from carrying firearms in Aurora aren’t those who plan to commit gun crimes; they’re the very people who would be able to confront and neutralize an armed gunman.
As hard as they try, however, it is unlikely the anti-gun crowd will be successful in their quest to severely restrict individual firearm ownership. The Supreme Court decided two landmark cases in recent years – District of Columbia v. Heller 554 U.S. 570 (2007) and McDonald v. Chicago 130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010) – that affirmed the individual right to keep and bear arms.
The Associated Press reports that calls for stricter gun control laws fall largely on deaf ears in the nation’s capitol. ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney if the President would push for stricter gun control laws, to which Carney replied, “The President is focused on doing the things that we can do that protect Second Amendment rights, which he thinks is important, but also to make it harder for individuals who should not, under existing law, have weapons to obtain them.”
No doubt, recent shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Texas are tragic, but the solution to these types of incidents should not be the surrender of firearms by the American people.
Slowly but surely, the direction in the U.S. seems to be toward more firearm freedom. This may be one issue where the American spirit has triumphed over government busybodies. Regardless, supporters of the right to keep and bear arms must remain vigilant in their efforts to keep the gun grabbers at bay.
Matthew Hurtt is a libertarian activist, hell-bent on exposing ridiculous government regulations. Follow him on Twitter @matthewhurtt.
Source: AFF Doublethink Online | Joseph Hammond
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