Responsible Americans are the Real Vicitms of Gun Control
Posted by politicizer on June 11, 2009
Kathleen McCaffrey, Staff Writer
Within the past 24 hours, a man walked into the Holocaust Museum and used it as a shooting gallery. This white-supremacist held a perverted motivation to prey upon this particular site, blaming the Jewish people for destroying Western Civilization – or something along those lines. I, as a libertarian, believe that everyone is entitled to their batshit-crazy opinions and interpretations of history with the faith that most average Americans wont fall into any patterns of insipid lunacy. However, I am fiercely opposed to violence and the violation of personal property in our Republic. With that being said, a paragraph in the Associated Press report caught my eye as a reminder of why I am pro-Second Amendment despite my peaceful demeanor:
“Two law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said investigators are trying to better understand time he spent in Idaho, and how he acquired the .22-caliber rifle used in Wednesday’s attack. At the request of the U.S. Park Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is tracing the weapon. Under federal law, convicted felons cannot purchase firearms.”
Gun laws only restrict the law-abiding citizens of this nation. The culprit, James Von Brunn, most certainly acquired his arms in an illegal manner. This, conflated with the fact that he knew nobody in the museum was allowed to wield a gun, made his objective far too easy to execute. I don’t think we should ‘just give guns to anyone,’ but I do believe that responsible citizens should be allowed to carry firearms as a means of minimizing terror acts like the one carried out today. (In the past ten years, how many citizens with a concealed carry permit have gone on a murder spree? None that I can find.)
Of the safest cities in the United States with populations of 100k +, many have laws that permit carrying a concealed weapon. Consider the American cities of Camden, NJ and El Paso, NM. Camden’s estimated 2008 murder rate was 41.2 per 100,000. El Paso’s population of 600,000 had only 16 murders in 2008. The difference between the two?
From the tens of thousands of gun owners in El Paso, thousands are Right-to-Carry permit holders. It is one of the safest cities in the nation.