As someone who follows gun stories and gun laws closely, I hear a lot of rhetoric and blame shifting after every shooting, and none of it actually addresses the heart of the issue.
We are now hearing from the father and boyfriend of slain WDBJ reporter, Alison Parker, as they went on Fox News and vowed to shame politicians into preventing crazy people from getting guns.
“I’m not going to let this issue drop; we’ve got to do something about crazy people getting guns,” Andy Parker told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
“Next week, it isn’t going to be a story anymore and everybody is going to forget it,” he continued, saying his mission in life was now to “shame” politicians into taking action on gun control.
While we can appreciate the appeal of a mourning father we have to evaluate if his call for more gun laws would have stopped the killer from wanting to end someone’s life. After all, it’s the low regard for human life that ultimately led to this horrific event. We can focus on the tool he used all we want, but that tool would be as innocuous as a baby’s bottle if he didn’t seek to end someone’s life with it.
Everyone wants to blame someone in these cases, but where does the blame really lie? And why do we feel the need to cast blame before we even know all the facts?
Neither President Obama nor Hillary Clinton hesitated to use this gun story as an excuse to push their political agendas to attack gun owners. You can’t take someone seriously on the gun debate when they rush to judgements before they even know what happened.
It tells you a lot when someone loves to hear of shootings so they can justify their anti-gun feelings with a “See, told you so” attitude. It’s as if they share the same low regard for human life as the shooters themselves. Gun owners don’t have that sentiment. They grieve over any loss of human life and love stories where lives are SAVED through gun use. There are many more of those stories by the way. They just don’t get reported.
There are 3 things the ignorant say after any shooting: Get rid of guns, pass more laws, and address mental health issues. But do any of these really prevent the REAL issue? This guy wanted to kill someone. Isn’t THAT the problem? But for some reason we only like to hear problems that are fixed with new laws, more regulation, or more restrictions on those who are innocent.
The anti-gun crowd loves the “high” of a new gun law that makes them feel so good while doing nothing to stop human deaths. Why? Because it goes after their real enemy, the gun owner. So who is the gun owner’s real enemy? The one who wants to take innocent life. And that should be the enemy of any sensible human being.
Gun owners are the ones who by an overwhelming majority have a VERY high regard for human life. They choose to protect their family and loved ones instead of letting them be sitting ducks. We love having firearms because we hate being helpless should someone with evil intent try to harm those we love.
You have to ask yourself this question. What does a better job of stopping a bad guy with a gun? A gun law or a good guy with a gun? If you hesitate in answering that one at all you should read the many self-defense gun stories we have on this site.
Passing more gun laws will do nothing to stop evil people from committing evil acts just like banning the confederate flag will do nothing to stop racism. Those are the facts.
Want to get rid of guns? Good luck with that. Remember the war on drugs? They are supposed to be eradicated as well. But with guns you are talking about taking away someone’s only means of self-protection. Meanwhile, only the criminals would be packin’.
Want to pass more laws? If only there was a law that made murder illegal. You see, if someone has already made up their mind that they want to kill someone they are already willing to break one of the biggest laws we have. So why wouldn’t they be willing to break another law that said carrying a gun was illegal? There is ZERO evidence that any proposed gun law would have stopped this last shooting.
Want to address mental health issues? This is one of the most common things said after any shooting. After all, if you’re willing to shoot someone in cold blood you must have a few wires in the brain crossed right? Pleading insanity has become a joke in our legal system, all while we have ignored a self-evident fact. There is evil in our world, and there are evil people who want to commit atrocious acts. This was made clear in the shooter’s praising of the Virginia Tech and Columbine shootings. Yes, we should make sure “crazy people” aren’t waving guns around, but shouldn’t we be more worried about people who just want to take human lives? Guns aren’t the only means of taking a life after all.
If our real concern is human life then let’s focus on things that save lives. When 80% of shooting deaths occur in gangs and our inner cities (mostly with guns that aren’t legally owned), but anti-gunners focus 100% of our attention on sensational stories that only glorify these acts, it reveals that they don’t really want to save lives. They want to push an agenda. And that is why i had to write this post.