On Saturday, the first anniversary of the ghastly unprovoked attack on innocents at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last year, anti-gun rallies are being held in 35 states in an attempt to energize the push for more gun controls. Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America which will be ringing bells across the land in its “Silence No More” memorial rallies, said:
Moms won’t be silent anymore. Something changed after Sandy Hook. We can’t unring the bell, and we will be heard.
This is not the America I want for my children.
At the moment Watts’ efforts are being challenged by a rising tide of resistance. In April President Obama was visibly angry over the Senate’s rejection of a gun control bill he favored. And although five states enacted tougher gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting, another 16 states reacted to it by relaxing gun restrictions. The attack on Friday at a Colorado school not far from the scene of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 is so far failing to catch anything like the attention the national media lavished on Newtown.
Pew Research Center’s study released in May noted the declining trend in violent crime which is now just half what it was just 20 years ago. The study noted that there were fewer firearm homicides in 2011 than in 1993 despite growth in US population from 260 million to over 309 million – nearly a twenty percent increase. Pew also deflated Watts’ efforts when it noted that while “mass shootings are a matter of great public interest and concern … they are also a relatively small share of shootings overall.” It added:
According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics review, homicides that claimed at least three lives accounted for less than 1% of all homicide deaths from 1980 to 2008.
And then, to prove the point, Pew went on to say that there is good evidence to show a direct link between increasing gun ownership and decreasing gun violence. This puts the lie to the shibboleth claimed by gun controllers that more guns equals more crime.
Mass murderers prepare meticulously and usually acquire their weapons legally. Comprehensive background checks … wouldn’t have stopped Newtown gunman Adam Lanza. Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people [at the Naval Yard], used a legally acquired 12-guage shotgun … not on any plausible ban list.
Richard Feldman, author of Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist and president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, considered a number of questions Watts and her supporters continually fail to ask about how to prevent such attacks in the future:
Do we examine how criminals obtain guns? About 500,000 are stolen annually. No.
Do we have the open discussion Vice President Biden promised about our failed drug policy and why it encourages gun violence? No.
Do we devise and implement a non-politicized firearm safety program for our schools and communities? No.
Did we examine the inadequacies of our mental health resources to prevent future tragedies like Newtown? No, we did not.
Instead, we spent considerable time and money on another silly “food fight” over so-called assault weapons that are rarely used in crime (less than 2%).
Although there is evidence that Lanza was taking the prescription drug Fanapt with side effects which include “hostility, mania, a confused state [and] problems with impulse control”, there is a lot more at stake than just a silly “food fight.” Gun banners are determined to disarm every American citizen so that he can no longer resist an all-powerful central government. This was made abundantly clear by blogger “Sporks” at Daily Kos in a chilling but happily widely circulated article outlining, step-by-step, how to disarm the American people:
The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt-action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing…
Registration is the first step. [Once] the vast majority are registered, we can do what we will…
Totalitarians in the recent past agree with Sporks:
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. – Adolph Hitler
Complacency is fatal. The battle ebbs and flows but will not end until there is a sufficient understanding of the anti-gunners’ goal: complete confiscation of all weapons from every citizen so that all power then resides in the hands of an unlimited government.