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Thoughts on a Tragedy – Part I

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Newtown CTOur hearts are broken for those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT on Friday.  Twenty young children and seven selfless educators were gunned down by a madman in what can only be described as senseless violence.  May God bless the victims’ families and may they feel peace in knowing God has received the innocents unto himself.

No matter how much we want to, nothing can bring back the precious lives lost.  There is also nothing we can do to eradicate evil and thus ensure that horrific tragedies never occur again.  According to Rahm Emmanuel (former Chief of Staff to President Obama and current Mayor of Chicago), “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  While such thinking is despicable, an attempt is already underway to “solve” the complex issue of gun violence in the most simplistic and least effective (and probably counterproductive) way possible:  limiting gun ownership.  Unfortunately, it won’t work.

Let’s start with the facts:

(1) I do not own any guns.  Those who argue for gun control assume that everyone who disagrees with them is a raving lunatic with more assault rifles than IQ points.  That may be true in my case (raving lunatic with a low IQ), but it doesn’t change the fact that I don’t own any guns.  The reasons are simple:  I have small children at home and I cannot yet afford to keep any guns sufficiently protected.  Once my children are teenagers and I can afford a gun safe, I will purchase a pistol and look into a concealed carry permit.

(2) I am grateful to my fellow citizens who do carry guns, especially concealed weapons.  Friends at church, friends at work, and friends in our neighborhood all own guns.  Knowing that responsible individuals have their guns locked up but available if necessary makes me feel safer.  One of those neighbors is also an Orlando City Police Officer.  He is neither more nor less responsible than the the others, but he’s probably the best trained (former Marine). 

(3) All forms of gun control give criminals an advantage.  By definition, criminals do not obey the law.  Therefore, it is highly unlikely they will choose to abide by gun control laws while breaking other laws (robbery, rape, murder, etc.).  This bit of common sense is soundly rejected by the anti-gun lobby with no rational basis.

(4) Gun control advocates assume that loaded weapons are left on the coffee table for the kids to play with, but such is almost never the case.  There are a few tragic cases each year where a child finds a loaded gun, thinks it’s a toy, and accidentally takes the life of another child, but those are clearly the exception and not the rule.  Every such incident is regretable, but parental responsibility is the root cause, not the right to bear arms.


Written by floridaconservative

December 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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