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Controlling guns won’t control violence.
Click here to listen to the broadcast of You Tell Me on KTBB AM 600, Friday, July 27, 2012.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, together with a chorus from the media and the far Left, is using the occasion of the senseless murders in Aurora, Colorado to again call for greater restrictions on gun ownership.
That such a chorus would arise is utterly and completely predictable. It is also utterly and completely ridiculous.
The thinking appears to go like this. A bad thing just happened. We don’t want it to happen again. We must pass a law. Then, when the next bad thing happens, we’ll pass another law and eventually, enough bad things will have happened so that we will have laws covering them all and then no more bad things will happen.
Never mind that five thousand years of recorded history and lawmaking have come and gone and yet bad things continue to happen, as we painfully observed last weekend in Colorado.
When it comes to random senseless violence, guns are not now and have never been the problem. Delusional, dangerous, homicidal individuals are the problem. Good luck legislating them away.
The sad truth is that those who have become untethered from the norms of civilized society will not be deterred by even the most tightly-worded statute. When drugs or demons or voices or delusions or simple unalloyed evil so directs them, they will find the means to create mayhem.
And yet Bloomberg fatuously said this week that police officers should consider going on strike until we, the people, insist that our legislatures pass more restrictive gun laws.
Such drivel is not new for Bloomberg. Seizing upon the occasion of the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona in 2011, the mayor said, “…every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns, and most of them are purchased or possessed illegally.”
That is precisely the point, your honor. Someone who is unconstrained by laws against assault and murder is unlikely to be much constrained by laws restricting gun ownership. Thus, with an estimated 200 million guns in America, the question is not, “Will there be guns?,” but is, instead, “Who will possess them?”
We know that criminals possess guns and the realistic among us know that no legislation is going to cause criminals to give them up. The City of Chicago has at the same time some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation and a murder rate that is spinning out of control.
We know that the police possess guns. But we also know that police seldom use their guns to protect citizens. They use their guns to protect themselves.
As for protecting the citizens, talk show host Tom Gresham sums it up: “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.” (Would that it were so. In most cities, you can get a pizza delivered faster than you can get a police officer to your door.)
Which leaves the inescapable truth. Since the founding of the republic, primary responsibility for self protection – against criminals and tyrants alike — resides in one’s own hands.
One can probably assume that Bloomberg, his fellow liberals and most of the media believe that gun ownership and the second amendment are 18th century anachronisms and would push for their outright elimination if they thought they could get it done.
Thank God they can’t.
If we, the law abiding, were disarmed, as Bloomberg would probably have it, we would face on the one hand the unchecked police power of the state and on the other the violent predations of the sociopath – with nothing to protect the citizens caught in what would surely be a most inhospitable middle.