Gun control kills people

The anti-gun folks are having a field day. A young man clinically judged “mentally ill” killed 31 people and himself on a Virginia college campus, and a significant part of the Left once again tries to convince us that private ownership of firearms is the problem.

This argument collapses in the light of reality. I’m sure Virginia Tech had a policy banning the possession of firearms on its campus, a policy that was apparently obeyed by everyone on the grounds — except the murderous, mentally ill perpetrator. Criminals — by definition — break the law. Murder is a far more serious offense than illegally carrying a concealed firearm. Someone bent on mass murder is hardly likely to care about the niceties of anti-gun laws, especially if he’s suicidal.

What anti-gun shriekers forget to mention in their hysteria is the fact that, time and time again, jurisdictions with less-onerous laws regarding firearms have lower crime rates. On the rare occasions where firearms laws are liberalized, anti-gunners are quick to predict increased violence, yet they remain strangely silent when the results are completely opposite.

As Prof. Juan Cole aptly notes, at least twice as many Iraqis die even more horribly every day. Reasonable people can easily attribute Iraqi deaths to the breakdown of Iraqi society, instigated by our unnecessary invasion. Yet many of these same people are unable to see how our own society is breaking down.

They shrug off the ineptitude of the Virginia Tech administration and the mental-health practitioners who declared the murderer mentally ill, and blame the gun. Why? Because it’s easy. Gun owners have been slandered for so long that blaming us for all of society’s ills is almost axiomatic. Facing our societal illness is tough, because we’re all part of that society. If society is sick, we all share in the blame. No, better to blame those infernal nimrods at the NRA, and pretend none of the evil that besets our country would exist without them. Blame the thing, not the person.

When laws are broken, the liberal solution is to write more laws. As if laws alone will save us. The re-elected president of the United States and his henchmen break laws, in fact and in spirit, with impunity. The Virginia Tech murderer broke the law before he fired the first shot. People intent on mayhem — like George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Cho Seung-Hui — will find a way. Why was such a disturbed young man allowed to remain in the college community? Why aren’t Americans calling for Bush and Cheney’s impeachment? Because in both cases, Americans would have to shoulder their share of the blame for allowing these men to run amuck in our country. Let’s just pass another law and move on.

In their zeal to be “fair,” several segments of our society failed us. Where are the voices from the Left calling for greater proactivity in protecting ourselves from such people before they act? Oh, no, that might look like discrimination. Instead, they discriminate against millions of American gun owners who dutifully obey the laws. The dead at Virginia Tech were prevented by anti-gun laws and policies from defending themselves on Monday. That may be the greatest tragedy of all.

One Response to “Gun control kills people”

  1. Larry Keith Says:

    Instead, they discriminate against millions of American gun owners who dutifully obey the laws. The dead at Virginia Tech were prevented by anti-gun laws and policies from defending themselves on Monday. That may be the greatest tragedy of all.

    Indeed! The killer could have been stopped if one campus cop had a firearm and was willing to use it!