By Anthony Stark
Almost immediately after the very first reports about the latest school shooting tragedy in Oregon were reported and even before the victims had been identified, President Obama ran before the cameras where he all but climbed up on their bodies to use them as a grotesque political prop in order to not only make his latest call for more Gun Control Laws but to openly demand that the tragedy be “politicized.”
Heedless of the fact that his Party had politicized the issue long ago and had strongly campaigned on it repeatedly in past elections, the President advised that the public vote for politicians who supported stronger gun control laws and vote out those that did not.
The President bemoaned the fact that such mass shootings are becoming “routine” while at the same time offering NOTHING but the same old gun control platitudes that have been rejected at the polls… and in the courts… to such a degree that beyond giving the gun control mantra lip service, most Democrats no longer even run on it for fear that it will stigmatize them as anti-Second Amendment and result in the same type of electoral disaster that has befallen those who tried to run on it before.
The record is clear: this failed course has been rejected numerous times in the only poll that counts: the one taken on Election Day.
Of course, the Democrat Party was not likely to take up the President’s position since it is political suicide to do so in all but the most Liberal of precincts; instead, Democrats have basically stopped talking about it except to their most partisan audiences and didn’t bother to push the issue even when they held the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2008 – 2010.
Given this, I find it amazing that the issue is even debated any longer since it has been “settled” by the voters to a far greater degree than most other on-going social controversies.
One of the anti-Gun arguments that has been with us since the beginning, viz. whether the right to bear arms is an individual or collective right, was settled by the Supreme Court in the Heller decision; but where no Liberal would dream of changing the “Law of the Land” as decided by the Supreme Court on, say, gay marriage or a woman’s right to unlimited abortion, they constantly demand new laws to restrict gun ownership despite the Court ruling against one of their most important positions regarding it.
Further, their irrational position that one is safer being UN-armed when facing a violent criminal with a gun than one is when one faces such a situation as an armed citizen, has been rightly rejected in the Court of Public Opinion as an offence to Common Sense.
Most importantly almost all recent Social Science (which I will explore further a bit below) is against the anti-Gun position.
Having rejected the Constitution, public opinion and the social science, President Obama and his Gun Control dead-enders on the Left (which, with the help of a compliant ENE-Media sympathetic to their Cause, they have re-christened the issue as “passing sensible gun laws”) face a conundrum: what is there left for them to propose to advance their position, which is to restrict gun ownership by tax paying, law-abiding citizens?
No wonder the President is so frustrated that all he can do is wave the bloody shirt, emotionally “politicize” the issue and hope that it will have the opposite effect on the electorate than it has had in election after election where it was repeatedly rejected.
It seems that nothing remains to advance their argument except the raw and tasteless exploitation of personal tragedy in order to make the case that more Gun Control laws are required.
However, the public, as reflected in the electoral choices they have made, seems to understand that such laws would do nothing to stop the carnage but instead serve the Left’s ongoing gang rape of our rights under the Constitution which, shredded, battered and bleeding as it is after constant attack, is still the only bulwark remaining to protect our Liberty.
After throwing a few crumbs in the direction of mental health and mildly criticizing (if at all) the glorification of violent sub-cultures (the proponents of which are routinely and hypocritically feted at both the White House and are found writing checks at Democrat fundraisers) the President and his anti-Gun allies insist that it is the prevalence of guns that causes mass shootings such as occurred in Oregon.
But could it also be that, like many of the twisted individuals before him, this deranged shooter was inflamed by all the anti-Christian rhetoric coming out of Hollyweird; by the trash violence so prevalent on cable TV; by the glorification of it in violent, misogynist “gangsta rap” music; by obsessively playing with it on video games (some of which awards points for “murdering” digitized peopleoids) and by the political prostitutes in Washington DC who recklessly pander to their political supporters by telling them that society believes that only the lives of certain politically important voting blocs matter?
Could it be that he was fascinated with a culture so crude and coarsened that it makes aristocrats out of faux celebrities who are more famous for being drunken jocks, drug addled “singers,” foul-mouthed “comics,” sex perverts and gang-bangers than they are for whatever meager “talent” they may possess… and that he thought a mass killing was his best chance to join them by getting the 15 minutes of fame he felt was denied to him by a society that ignored his self-perceived importance.
After all, in today’s virtual reality world many people don’t even consider themselves to be truly alive unless their picture is on TV and their self-pitying “manifesto” of complaints goes viral on the internet.
Comrade President Barry, directing the Grand Guignol from a platform composed of the dead bodies resulting from this poisoned amalgamation of deliberately created violent chaos, instead blames it all on the National Rifle Association… which he doesn’t even have the guts to name outright and instead only describes it so as to leave no doubt as to whom he is referring to.
Yet again reiterating a compendium of clichés so empty and meaningless that even he seems tired of repeating them, it is clear that the President and the anti-Gun advocates have no answers…
…but I have one.
Could it be that they realize there is a proven solution to the problem that they will not, indeed cannot (given the doctrinaire nature of their secular political religion) accept?
Since, AGAIN, this attack took place in a “No Gun Zone” where, of course, ONLY THE CRAZED KILLER was armed, I suggest implementing the only solution that has been proved to cut gun crime; that is, the counter-intuitive but statistically proven correct approach advocated by Dr. John Lott: MORE GUNS = LESS CRIME.
Had there been an armed guard on campus, there would least have been a chance that this particular psychopath and the others who proceeded and will unfortunately likely follow him, could be taken out before they murder so many.
But that makes too much sense and besides… it would take away the emotional political issue of “gun control,” which President Obama and his ilk LOVE to hold onto like a mutilated teddy bear in the hope that it will somehow, magically, come to life and garner them some votes from those so ideologically blind that they still cling to it like a dead religion.
The Social Science supporting the contention that the more that the law-abiding citizen is armed with legal firearms the more it deters crime is strong and convincing; in fact, it’s probably the only solution that will mitigate that problem without emasculating the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which is, of course, the real purpose of the Liberal push for ever more gun-control laws.
The last full set of data we have regarding the relationship between guns and crime are from 2011, compiled from the FBI and the CDC.
This data indicates that while there were 32,352 gun deaths in 2011; of these, 21,175 of them were suicides! CDC
Included in this list of gun deaths are the most important numbers we need to be concerned with: murders. According to the FBI, of the ~32,000 total deaths caused by firearms; of these, 8583 were murders. FBI
It is interesting to note here that, for all the sturm und drang concerning “assault rifles,” more murders are committed using knives (1694) clubs (496) and even human hands and feet (728) than are committed by rifles (323) …and that includes all rifles: bolt action, deer hunting rifles and all the rest. The number committed with so called “assault rifles” was but a fraction of that.
The remaining numbers are comprised of hunting accidents or unsecured firearms.
Of course, of the 8583 gun crime murders, Justice Department studies strongly indicate that the overwhelming majority of gun crimes were committed with firearms procured through illegal means outside the rules required by law and followed by law abiding citizens when buying guns. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/GUIC.PDF
Almost one quarter of inmates convicted of gun crimes admitted to having stolen the gun. For those not stolen, 40% bought their guns on the black market; 37% obtained their guns through the so-called “gray market” via illegal methods. Forbes
The surfeit of examples is so numerous… and so easily available through even the most cursory of internet searches… that the only limitation to a seemly endless recitation of the facts is space.
Therefore, let us proceed to the bottom line: the fact is that as legal gun possession has literally exploded in recent years:
“The number of guns in the U.S. has increased by more than 60 percent since 1994. Latest figures show there are 310 million guns in this country of 307 million people. That’s more than one gun per person.” HuffPo
YET THE CRIME RATE HAS FALLEN PRECIPITOUSLY:
“Gun-related homicides and crime are “strikingly” down from 20 years ago, despite the American public’s belief that firearm crime is on the upswing, a new study said Wednesday.
Looking back 50 years, a Pew Research Center study found U.S. gun homicides rose in the 1960s, gained in the 1970s, peaked in the 1980s and the early 1990s, and then plunged and leveled out the past 20 years.
“Despite national attention to the issue of firearm violence, most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago,” the researchers say.” CNN
The reasons are myriad and complex… but since gun ownership is decidedly UP while the gun crime rate is decidedly DOWN, it is illogical in the extreme to conclude that the murder rate is being driven by guns. It forces one to conclude what all the surveys indicate, no matter how counter-intuitively: MORE GUNS = LESS CRIME.
The most recent research strongly indicates that a large majority of the public may already be most receptive to this approach.
“The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 3-7 among 1,507 adults, also finds a shift in attitudes about whether gun ownership in this country does more to protect people or put people’s safety at risk. Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) say gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, while 38% say it does more to endanger personal safety. In the days after Newtown, 48% said guns do more to protect people and 37% said they placed people at risk.
Over the past two years, blacks’ views on this measure have changed dramatically. Currently, 54% of blacks say gun ownership does more to protect people than endanger personal safety, nearly double the percentage saying this in December 2012 (29%). By contrast, whites’ views have shown less change: 62% now view guns as doing more to protect people, up from 54% in December.” People Press
Of course, the issue remains as to why the Left cannot accept what is so demonstrably true about the Right to Bear arms according to the Constitution, the Social Science and basic Common Sense and why they continue to be so prone to accept what instead is demonstrably false.
This is because the Left has no objection to that which is false; in fact, it is fundamentally predisposed to believe in Untruth because lies are indispensable to the maintenance of the irrational dependence they have on their secular political pseudo-religion, which has its own set of myths and which they adopted due to their rejection of traditional, spiritual religious forms.
In this perverse cosmology, Big Government is an omnipotent “god”; Bureaucrats are the Apostles of that “god”; paying taxes are Holy Sacraments by which one communes with that “god” and the latest Personality Cult Leader is the “Messiah” sent by that “god” to save you from the many bitter truths about the nature of reality that you cannot face.
The dreary existentialism of this wretched pseudo-religion, which posits a Universe devoid of any meaning or divine transcendence, is so sterile that, because it sees no purpose in life, it doesn’t find any value in it and therefore doesn’t care very much about losing it.
According to this view, your life and death are about as meaningless as the life and death of a plant or a collection of bacteria in a Petri Dish; since this Earthy sphere is all there is and since Being is simply a brief, finite, absurd, meaningless transition to Nothingness… WHATS THE DIFFERENCE whether or not you are armed or disarmed in the face of mortal danger?
To renounce such false opinions would amount to a renunciation of the false religion they cling to in lieu of the spirituality they have rejected and would force them to recognize that they must accept Untruth as a condition of their life… that is, if their lives and opinions are to make any sense to them.
The idea that people will reject law, science and common sense in such a dangerous manner not only reflects an inability to recognize the difference between Truth and Falsehood, but between Good and Evil… and to irrationally seek to put oneself beyond it.
Guns don’t kill people; a dead spirit and a determined effort not to recognize the basic truth kills people.