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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

More Gun Laws WILL NOT Make Us Safer

I wanted to share this letter sent to me by Roger Stockton, Co-Founder of the Western Representation PAC:

Dear Patriot,

I want to share the following article written by Greg Campbell, one of our writers at The left is not about to let up on their quest to take away the right for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and your support is needed to continue this fight. “We must do something.” That’s what we hear from the left on gun control. “We must do something.” It’s never, “We must pass this bill based on the undeniably sound analysis that shows the effectiveness it would have in reducing gun violence.” No, the left’s argument always seems to begin and end with “We must do something.”

Occasionally, they will throw in for good measure a, “Why do you need an ‘assault rifle?’” But mostly, they stick to the, “Won’t someone please think of the children,” argument. The arguments of gun control have changed over time and we have now reached a point where even the left tacitly admits that gun control doesn’t work. In the 1980’s, discussions of gun control swirled around flimsy stats and counter-factual arguments where both sides of the debate argued that the stats and analysis supported their contentions.

The 1990’s were a dark time for those who valued the Second Amendment as it was the era of the Assault Weapons ban. However, from those dark times emerged a silver lining. In 2004, the effectiveness of gun control was no longer a counter-factual argument; we tried it their way and the assault weapons ban did not work. After a ten-year trial run, the ban died from a want of results and we have the traceable data that highlights the flawed logic of gun control arguments. Now, the left has all but abandoned the notion that their brand of anti-gun zealotry will save lives. Instead, we hear obfuscated rhetoric that calls for the saving of lives and the enactment of gun control measures. However, we don’t hear anything about how the proposed measures would save lives. We only hear, “Well, we’ve got to do something.”

It really is a phenomenon that is unique to government. You don’t really see this kind of inspired leadership in the private sector. Imagine a man at a company going into a board room and saying, “Well, profits are down and something has to change. I’ve drafted up a plan. It’s not good and it doesn’t actually address the third-quarter losses but it’s different and, hell, we’ve got to do something. So, let’s implement this plan and viciously smear anyone who dares to point out that it does nothing to fix the problem.”

Yesterday, liberal gun-grabber Rep. Carolyn Maloney demonstrated her astonishing ignorance on MSNBC as she discussed the need for gun control in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. Specifically, she addressed the suspects’ ability to obtain firearms.

“One thing that Congress can do right now is pass the gun-safety laws,” she said. “As it stands right now, the next Tamerlan [Tsarnaev] can go to a gun show and buy all the guns he wants, all the weapons he wants, no problem, no questions asked. I think at the very least Congress should pass sensible gun-safety laws that law enforcement is asking for.

Law enforcement really wants the bill- actually, I authored it several years ago- that would make trafficking guns a felony. I mean, how dumb can we be?

As it stands right now Tamerlan, as we know now, was on the terrorist watch list. So we know a gun check would stop him if there was a background check. But as it stands now, Tamerlan, or the next Tamerlan or the next terrorist can go to any gun show and can buy a hundred round magazine, they can buy all the assault weapons they want, no questions asked. The gun lobby has the upper hand now even though 90% of Americans want gun safety.”

Ignorance of a subject is certainly understandable. I know precious little about many things. But considering that Maloney is a lawmaker who is urging the creation of laws that violate Second Amendment protections, it’s not unreasonable to ask that she do a modicum of research on the subject before running off at the mouth on a subject about which she obviously knows nothing. If she or one of her staffers would have bothered to research the issue, she would have discovered that the gun show loophole is a myth. Gun sellers at gun shows have to perform background checks. Of course, in many states private sales are legal and thus, people who run in similar circles are known to trade or sell guns. However, the dealers at gun shows are required to run background checks and risk prosecution and, at the very least, the revocation of their federal firearms license if they don’t.

Furthermore, the Tsarnaev brothers already broke many laws in obtaining their weapons. Making it “super-duper illegal” won’t deter those who are willing to break a half-dozen firearm laws. And lastly, the admission that Tamerlan wouldn’t have been able to pass a background check only proves the validity of what gun rights supporters have been saying; criminals don’t follow laws. He couldn’t pass a background check so he went elsewhere. Believing that creating a law making it illegal to sell a gun without a background check will keep guns out of the hands of criminals is as na├»ve as believing that since Marijuana is illegal, people can’t get it.

But hey, we’ve got to something, right?

The left has yet to bring forth a proposition that is both conducive to logic and compatible with the Constitution. While they flail about, declaring that we have got to do something, anything, they reveal their true aims. Liberals are not interested in finding a solution because they know there is no adequate solution; they just figure that while emotions are running high, they might as well make another grab for our Second Amendment rights at which they have been trying to get for decades.

Roger Stockton
Co-Founder Western Representation PAC

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