It’s another year and another report of a tragic school shooting. A 17 year-old came to an Ohio school this past Monday and began firing randomly at students as they sat at breakfast and study, injuring five, three of them fatally. This incident, while tragic in itself, represents only part of the tragedy. What adds to this unfortunate incident are the myriad instances of finger-pointing by the anti-gun crowd.
Many of us remember the tragedy of Columbine High School in April of 1999. Two students would go on a rampage through the school, murdering 13 people before killing themselves. It was the worst shooting in US high school history and, even though shootings have occurred before, served as a landmark infamous event in the history of school shootings. One man took advantage of the situation in order to open America’s eyes to the problem of on-campus shootings. This one man is better known as Michael Moore.
Don’t get me wrong – Moore is no saint, not even in the least sense of the word. The man is extremely overweight, yet he preaches against overindulging oneself; he makes himself look as if he is for the working class while he himself is a multi-millionaire. In short, the man is a human epitome of hypocrisy.
Not long after the Columbine tragedy, he directed a so-called documentary called Bowling for Columbine. I won’t go into detail here, but anyone who is familiar with Michael Moore (that is, if you’re not a fruit bat) knows that he is a master deceiver. His movie is chock full of lies and deceptions that even the simplest among us can point out. In spite of all this, however, his piece of propaganda managed to win numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Documentary and the Free Thinker’s Award for Best Piece of Garbage Directed By a Liberal Slob.
Organizations such as the NRA have been targets of hatred for years, but, I believe, that hatred came to a head after the release of Columbine. Now, whenever we hear of a school shooting, the liberals come out of the woodwork to blame those who support the 2nd Amendment, such as the NRA. Some even sarcastically point out that those who are involved in the shootings are just exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. Cute.
Let me give you the straight up Vincent E Brown, Free Thinker philosophy on gun ownership. I believe every household should own a gun; not a water gun or a BB gun, but a bonafide blast-a-hole-in-the-aggressor’s-chest, blast your head off type of gun. I don’t believe guns should be registered or licensed and I believe the government should get out of the way of honest citizens wanting to own a gun. There are those that believe increase in ownership of guns in any given area means that gun crime is going to skyrocket. Actually, the opposite is true. Let’s say you are casing some homes to see which ones you plan to rob. Whether you are armed or not, would you be more apt to rob the homes in which there are unarmed citizens or take your chances with the armed citizens? A smart robber (that’s saying a lot) would follow the path of least resistance and go for the unarmed citizens. Furthermore, the government imposing stiffer regulations on gun ownership in the name of “reducing gun crimes” (a lie) only takes the guns away from law abiding citizens while criminals (those who don’t abide by the law, by the way) keep their guns and also open up illegal black markets in order to purchase their guns. Most of your gun crimes are committed by criminals who obtained firearms by illegal means, not by law-abiding gun owners. As a result, crime skyrockets in areas where gun ownership is stiffly regulated or made illegal; just look at the crime rates of Australia and England for a good example. Both countries have made gun ownership illegal and, as a result, their crime rates have skyrocketed.
In the city of my youth, Washington, DC, gun ownership was made practically illegal in the late 70s. In the nearly two decades that followed, DC earned the dubious distinction of being the number one city in the US for gun deaths. Incidentally, that is one of the main reasons why I live in Durham, NC today even though, ironically, The City of Medicine is trying to grab its own piece of the “gun deaths pie”. A few years ago, Washington city officials decided to loosen its gun regulations and this decision was met with stiff concern by many who thought crime would go through the roof in the Nation’s Capital. They had already been dubbed the Murder Capital, so how much higher did they think the crime rate would climb?
Whenever a tyrannical government comes to power, what is one of their first orders of business? Registering and licensing of all firearms. This is so the government knows who have the guns so they can dispose of them accordingly. That is how the Nazis (who did not comprise the majority of their country) were able to rule Germany with an iron hand. Take the guns from the citizens and the citizens have no means to defend themselves from oppressive fruit bats. That is why the 2nd Amendment exists in our Constitution, just in case our government goes batty the citizens can arm themselves against such tyranny.
“What about the children?” you may ask. “Every year we are faced with stories of children who found their parents’ firearm and accidentally shot themselves or someone else.” Well, more children are harmed from setting their houses on fire after playing with a cigarette lighter or are poisoned after ingesting household cleaners. Let’s say we impose stiff regulations on bleach, laundry detergent, matches, ammonia (take your pick), in order to protect children from accidental injury or death; let’s see how well that goes over.
A gun is an inanimate piece of metal, wood, and plastic, which means the only life it takes on depends on the finger on the trigger. It can be used for recreation, providing nourishment, defense of person or property, and murder. A gun does not take on a life of its own. “Guns kill!” the gun-control advocates may scream, but so do knives, poison, ropes, a forearm placed around someone’s neck, a baseball bat, and so on. It isn’t the gun that does the killing so much as the finger on the trigger.
I like how Ann Coulter sums it all up:
The fact that guns can kill another human being is the whole point. That’s why they’re so darn good at deterring violent criminals.
To be sure, whenever someone is senselessly murdered with a handgun, the results are sadly tragic. However, we shouldn’t violate the rights of others in order to avoid another tragedy. One way to avoid such is to get tougher on crime (I’ll deal with this in another posting).
As my heart goes out to those involved in the recent tragedy in Ohio, we need to think with our heads and not our emotions. Making guns illegal will only make such tragedies become the norm.
Having said all that, we need to understand that a handgun is a power tool and gun control is learning how to hit your target.
Have a good day and I’ll see you on the rebound.