The Failure of Gun Control

It takes only a minute to see that no amount of gun control would have prevented the school massacre in Connecticut. After all, the shooter, Lanza, had already broken a number of other laws, and most of Connecticut’s already stringent gun control laws, before he ever pulled the trigger.

In an article appearing on www.wnd.com, Drew Zahn observed that “if you count theft, murder and breaking and entering – since CBS New York now reports it likely Lanza broke into the school through a window to circumvent a locked-door and intercom security system – [Lanza] would have violated a half-dozen laws in his crime, including the following gun-control statutes: First, Connecticut law requires a person be over 21 to possess a handgun. Lanza was 20. Second, Connecticut requires a permit to carry a pistol on one’s person, a permit Lanza did not have. Third, it is unlawful in Connecticut to possess a firearm on public or private elementary or secondary school property, a statute Lanza clearly ignored. Fourth, with details on the Bushmaster rifle still sketchy, it’s possible Lanza may have violated a Connecticut law banning possession of “assault weapons.” Lanza’s known personality disorder would have also likely stopped him from legally owning and carrying a firearm, adding a fifth violation of the state’s gun control laws.

What does this tell us? To me it represents a terrible failure in the ideology that contends that you can stop crime by regulating the instruments of crime, in this case guns. Great Britain saw what happens when you try that. In the 1990s, they banned nearly all guns. What happened? Home invasions, armed robberies, rape, murder, assaults, and other crimes of violence shot up. “How could this happen?” I hear you cry. “They banned all the guns.” They only reached the lawful gun owners with their ban. The criminals, deeming it better for their career prospects, hung onto their guns. American criminals will do the same. So, if the gun grabbers get their way, the the bumper sticker slogan will come true, and only outlaws will have guns. Moreover, the people, once free citizens, will turn into subjects of the government, and the socialist revolution of the U.S. will be complete. The State will be in charge, and the people will just have to keep their mouths shut (1st Amendment rights will be next, they are already under attack from the Leftists and the Muslims) and obey.

It is time for the People to recognize the threat to their freedom posed by gun control zealots, and for government to finally accept an idea that the rest of us figured out a long time ago: that gun control is a failure and that an armed society of free citizens is a safer, more civil, society than one under the jack boot of the almighty State.

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