Today’s Chicago Tribune report about a blitz of Monday shootings that left five people dead and 11 more wounded revealed that a so-called “Safe Passage” route is anything but as two of the victims were shot in one of those areas, amounting to one more affirmation that gun-free zones are little more than a dangerous illusion.
Contrast that with a report yesterday on Fox News that “a review of active shooter cases by the Air Force has confirmed what gun rights advocates have long been saying: Firearms in the hands of good guys are often the best bet for stopping massacres.” Earlier this month, the story said, USAF brass reminded base commanders that they have the authority to allow subordinates to carry sidearms, “even while off-duty and out of uniform.”
This review was done following the Chattanooga terrorist shooting last year. Self-defense and Second Amendment activists could easily argue that the Air Force’s confirmation of the obvious was predictable.
Equally predictable was the reaction from one of the nation’s leading gun prohibitionists, who wasted no time trying to spin the story with a nasty dig at firearms owners as a bonus. Ladd Everitt with the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence said this about the USAF: “Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to embrace America’s degenerate gun culture. They won’t, and thank God given the potential implications for national defense.”
Degenerate gun culture? Is that the same “culture” that this week saw “extremely generous gifts” to the Project ChildSafe Foundation, totaling $15,000, from the J.B. and Anne Hodgdon Charitable Foundation Fund and the Pappalardo Family Foundation, according to the weekly “Bullet Points” bulletin? Project ChildSafe is an ambitious program that last year distributed more than 300,000 firearm safety kits in cooperation with law enforcement agencies.
As for the “potential implications for national defense,” apparently Everitt did not elaborate. At last check, the Air Force was still part of the U.S. military, generically referred to as the “armed forces.” What implications for national defense was he talking about?
One might suggest Everitt’s remarks are poorly aimed, and that a better target for criticism is the Windy City. According to the local CBS affiliate, the two men shot along that “Safe Passage” route may have been victims of a gang-related attack. One of those men died.
January isn’t even over and already, according to the Chicago Tribune, 43 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded. At this rate, President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown could rack up an impressive body count by the time he finishes his term next January.
The “Safe Passage” shooting underscores the futility of so-called “gun free” zone thinking. Thugs and crazy people don’t honor such designations, and law-abiding citizens who are disarmed and defenseless in those areas are essentially thrown to the wolves.
Gun rights advocates have long contended that the gun-free/Safe Passage mentality should be put out of our collective misery. The Fox News report suggests that the Air Force seems to have arrived at that conclusion, as have millions of honest American citizens now licensed to carry, with more joining the ranks every day.
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