As a manufacturer of handguns, there is no news report more disturbing than to hear some lunatic has gone on a rampage and killed scores of fellow citizens. Sensitive that such an event immediately emboldens and encourages leftists to renew their tenacious assaults against law abiding citizens and gun ownership, no incident could be more dangerous to the 2nd Amendment and more likely to elevate government tyranny over liberty.
Giddy Democrats will have a party to develop talking points. Michael Moore and Sarah Brady will be invited. Gun nuts, gun culture, evil gun lobby, the NRA Speeches will be sprinkled with the malicious vernacular designed to quell opposition or any factual debate. The endless recollection of horrendous stories from families who lost loved ones will inundate the festivities, but these people will be discarded as soon as Democrats sufficiently rile their base.
Emotion will permeate every assertion, but very important facts will be left out.
They won’t mention how Australia’s gun ban and England’s ban have increased crime in both countries.
They won’t mention how the Sudanese government made gun laws which enabled only Muslims to obtain arms promoting the genocide in Darfur today.
They won’t mention how registration laws enacted by the Weimar Republic made it easier for Hitler to control the population and ultimately restrict all Jews from gun ownership.
They won’t mention that total gun control was implemented in China immediately after the communists took power in 1949.
They won’t mention how Stalin exterminated tens of millions after instituting gun controls in Russia in 1929.
They won’t mention that similar exterminations took place in Uganda, Turkey, Guatemala, and Cambodia, all after implementing gun controls.
They’ll tell us that most homicides are committed with guns, and in the United States, the Justice Department reports 7 homicides in 100,000 persons per year, but they won’t tell you Finland and Israel have much fewer restrictions on gun ownership than does the United States and in Finland there are 2.9 homicides per 100K, and in Israel 1.4. In Switzerland, where gun ownership is practically mandatory there are 2.7 homicides per 100K.
Brazil has 19 homicides per 100,000 persons with much stricter gun controls than here in the U.S., but they won’t mention that either.
They won’t mention that an armed populace could very likely have made Monday’s death toll 3 instead of 33. They won’t mention it because they don’t care. Death is their lever, and it is not their lever to make us safer, it is their lever to make us more dependent upon a government of their design.
When more gun controls are implemented, when fewer citizens are able to protect themselves, and when our next tragedy devours 333 lives, American leftists will only call for more gun controls. Those 333 lost souls?
Liberals will assign blame to supporters of the 2nd Amendment.
As for the tragedy at Virginia Tech on Monday what words could suffice?
My feeble offering May God be with you Rest in Peace.
Copyright 2007 Jim Pontillo