The murderous rampage last Friday by Adam Lanza was an ineffable act of which we may never know all the reasons for its occurrence. But in the wake of that act, as is the case with all similar acts, there is a misplaced outrage by some directed to the instrument of Adam's evil, i .e. Constitutionally protected fire arms. Part of the reason for this misdirected outrage is the Lefts inability to come to grips with the reality that there is real evil in the world, so they have to blame an inanimate object. Those on the left calling for an assault weapons ban or any other stricter gun control laws would have us believe that the weapons Adam Lanza used to commit his horrible act were the impetus for it.
I am always amazed at the Lefts ability to ignore the many times more deaths committed without guns than are committed with guns. After all, over 3000 people were killed on September 11, 2001 by evil men using nothing more than box cutters and hijacked airliners. I didn't hear anyone on the left suggesting that a ban be placed on either of those items. On April 19, 1994 Timothy McViegh used a U-Haul truck and a homemade bomb to kill 168 people, 19 of which were children under the age of 6, when he destroyed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and damaged over 30 other buildings in the vicinity. I don't recall anyone on the left calling for a ban on U-Haul trucks or the fertilizer which comprised the main ingredient for Mr. McVeigh's bomb. But President Clinton did blame Rush Limbaugh, just a guy on the radio, and there was serious talk on the left of restricting Mr. Limbaugh's right of free speech. According to recent statistics, arsonists claim over 500 innocent lives a year, most of which are young children who have less of a chance of extricating themselves from a fire than adults. And yet no one on the left is calling for a ban on matches and accelerants, which are the common tools used by arsonists to commit their murders.
The danger in allowing the Left to succeed in passing more restrictive gun laws as a means of "solving" murderous rampages like the one committed last Friday by Adam Lanza, is that it lulls people into a false sense of security. After the right of the people to keep and bear arms has been infringed, those same people will not be any safer, and in fact will be less safe because their ability to defend themselves will have been mitigated. At the same time, criminals and those intent on perpetrating evil will find a much more target rich environment. The pure folly of thinking that more gun laws will keep law-abiding citizens safer is irrational at best and deliberately tyrannical at worst. But my guess is that the Lefts goal is not the safety of the innocent, but the incremental dismantling of the very Constitution which has been the foundation for this exceptional nation.
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