Let's talk about guns: The never-ending debateEDITORIAL
February 18. 2018 1:29AM
Echoes of gunfire had barely faded in a Florida school when liberals pushing ineffective and unconstitutional gun control laws asked, "Now can we finally talk about guns?"
When did they ever stop?
Certainly, it is ghoulish to use the death of children to attack your political opponents.
We've been discussing gun control in the United States for decades. In fact, about the only time gun control advocates pause their otherwise ceaseless attacks on the Second Amendment is when Democrats are actually in position to do something.
In 2009 and 2010, gun control zealot Nancy Pelosi was speaker of the House, Democrats held a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the U.S. Senate, and President Barack Obama was sitting in he White House, openly contemptuous of yokels clinging to guns and religion. They could have passed the most wide-ranging gun control laws in American history. They didn't. Democrats didn't even reimpose the failed Assault Weapons Ban that had expired in 2004.
Yet now that Republicans hold the White House and both congressional chambers, gun grabbers are attempting to hold them responsible for deadly acts of violence.
Neither the Republican Party nor the National Rifle Association are responsible for the actions of killers. Attempts to vilify gun rights supporters reinforce the plausible fears of law-abiding gun owners. Of course, they will support political candidates who refuse to treat them as criminals.
Americans own a lot of guns. This has not led to a higher crime rate, or murder rate, than comparable nations. America also has an epidemic of disaffected young men who see killing sprees as the fastest path to infamy. Nonstop national coverage of each deadly attack surely fuels the next violent loser, yet no one would seriously consider censoring the press.
Likewise, reducing the ability of peaceful Americans to defend themselves would do nothing to deter the next attack. The killer in Florida had no criminal history, had not been found mentally ill by any court, and passed a background check. The FBI failed to follow up on at least two known threats. What new law would have stopped this murderer, other than confiscation of all private firearms in America?
The Venn diagram of the gun control movement is the intersection of ignorance, dishonesty, and unearned moral superiority based on the flawed premise that opposition is tantamount to abetting murder.
If gun control advocates want a debate about guns, we welcome one. It should not include reckless and divisive attacks on gun owners or the politicians who support them.