The senseless slaughter of twelve human beings and the wounding of fifty eight in Aurora, Colorado is a stunning tragedy. It is unimaginable what the victims endured when lunatic James Eagan Holmes entered Century 16 movie theater and unchallenged, opened fire on the defenseless.
Within hours of the event the usual suspects mounted their soapboxes with predictable baying about gun control offering it as the panacea for gun violence. New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, always an advocate for banning everything he doesn’t like, pushed again his anti-gun agenda.
The Big Apple’s tiny mayor said, “. . . .there are so many murders with guns every day. It’s just got to stop”. No argument here but – almost 100 people die in car crashes each day in the United States. Bloomberg, not surprisingly, isn’t calling for tougher driving restrictions.
Not wanting to be left out of the debate, The Washington Post determined, “There is no rational basis for allowing ordinary Americans to purchase assault rifles. They’re not necessary for hunting, and they’re not needed for self defense.” Thank you Washington Post for determining what ordinary Americans need.
Over at The New York Times, Gail Collins compared gun-control advocates to suffragettes while CNN talk host Piers Morgan tweeted that “America has got to do something about its gun laws. Now is the time.”
Where is the National Rifle Association in this time of tragedy? They are respectfully staying quiet other than to offer prayers for the victims, their families and the Aurora community. Further comment will be withheld until after all facts are known. The NRA is a class act.
We know where the left stands on gun control but where does America stand? Support for increased legislation has been steadily declining for many years. Gallup figures show support in 1990 was quite high at 78 percent. By 1995 those numbers fell to 62 percent, by 2007 it was down to 51 percent. Just 44 percent of Americans wanted stricter guns laws in 2011.
The constant calls for more restrictions on gun availability and ownership miss the mark. Guns don’t execute plans to execute people.
Canada has very restrictive gun legislation but shootings in Toronto show the futility of passing tougher laws. More than 200 firearm incidents have been recorded this year.
Unbelievably, one of the Aurora dead, narrowly escaped gun violence about six weeks ago in Toronto’s Eaton Center, a huge downtown shopping complex. Jessica Ghawi, 22, was close by but uninjured when bullets killed two in that gunplay. Jessica was not so blessed Thursday night.
Britain is a shining example of the failure of outlawing guns altogether. In 1997 the British government passed some of the toughest firearm restrictions in the free world. The results are less than stellar.
Public record shows by 2001 violent crime more than doubled. Chances of being mugged in London rose to six times those in New York and 53 percent of burglaries occurred while occupants were at home, compared with 13 percent in the U.S., where burglars fear armed homeowners. Gun crime in London is so bad that law enforcement struggles to keep up.
More stringent firearm legislation is not the answer. Guns, in the hands of sane, licensed citizens should not be discouraged. Had a theater patron or employee been armed when James Holmes began to unleash his evil there would have been at least a chance to reduce the carnage and suffering.
Absent that defender, the demon not the gun, was free to kill and maim.