In the aftermath of yesterday’s horrific attack in San Bernardino, gun prohibitionists moved quickly to exploit the tragedy to advance their political agenda, but they’re getting some heavy duty resistance that contends gun control has been an abject failure, and it’s time for gun grabbers to admit it.
For Alan Gottlieb, it’s the second time in two days he has taken the gloves off against those who, as the title of his most recent book would suggest, are “Dancing in Blood” of murder victims to push an agenda of public disarmament. Yesterday, Gottlieb chastised Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for intimating that last Friday’s shooting in Colorado Springs might somehow be connected to the high percentage of gun ownership and concealed carry permits in that community.
Hickenlooper told CNN Sunday, reacting to last Friday’s attack on a Planned Parenthood facility, “And, in Colorado, we passed universal background checks. But, at the same time, in Colorado Springs, it’s one of the more conservative parts of the state. We probably have more people that have licenses for concealed weapons, probably more guns around. That didn’t help.”
Today, Gottlieb reacted to an e-mail blast from Everytown for Gun Safety that went out last night over the name of Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In that message, Watts asserted, “There are common-sense steps we can take to stop this from becoming the new normal.”
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Gottlieb said Watts, was “spouting carefully-worded, deceitful nonsense.” He also says Watts “obviously wouldn’t recognize common sense if it fell on her.”
The bottom line is that gun control laws supported by Hickenlooper, Watts and other anti-gunners have not prevented the crimes they were supposed to. It doesn’t appear they have prevented any crimes at all. California’s restrictive gun laws didn’t stop last year’s mayhem in Santa Barbara or yesterday’s San Bernardino tragedy.
Other authorities are weighing in. Detroit Police Chief James Craig, an African-American career cop who has worn a badge in many different jurisdictions, says armed citizens are a deterrent, according to WWJ, the local CBS affiliate.
Down in Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has called on armed citizens to fight back. He told KPHO, “That’s a risk sometimes you have to take.”
If one looks at Wednesday’s attack and other mass shootings, not to mention the on-going slaughter in Chicago, it suggests that gun control has so far been a monumental failure. But that hasn’t stopped gun grabbers, as Politico noted. The story quotes Erica Soto Lamb, spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, who admitted that the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012 gave the gun ban crowd a boost.
“The opening we had was Aurora,” she stated.
President Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton have both been beating the gun control drum. Yet, it is not clear what parts of the gun control agenda would have stopped what happened in San Bernardino, or Colorado Springs, or anywhere else. Their arguments invariably call for “common-sense gun laws,” which is what have been passed already in Colorado and California, if one recalls the rhetoric that pushed those measures.
Both states have so-called “universal background checks.” Both states have magazine capacity limits. California has a waiting period on handgun purchases plus other gun restrictions. At last check, both states also had laws against assault and murder.
Politico also quoted Clinton, who was on the campaign trail yesterday in Florida, claiming once again that “Ninety Americans a day die from gun violence, homicide, suicides, tragic avoidable accidents,” and that “33,000 Americans a year die. It is time for us to say we are going to have comprehensive background checks, we are gonna close the gun show loopholes.”
Here, again, Clinton – as has become a gun prohibitionist strategy – lumps together homicides with suicides and accidents under the smear heading of “gun violence.” In reality, annual homicide statistics, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports over the past few years, have been lower than 9,000 involving firearms. There are more murders committed with knives, fists, feet and blunt objects than there are involving rifles and shotguns combined.
All of this may become academic, thanks to San Bernardino. This attack, which so far authorities are carefully not defining one way or the other as a terrorist act or workplace violence, has added a new dimension to the gun control debate.
Yesterday this column reported on the Black Friday record-setting spike in background check applications. It will be interesting, and perhaps instructional, to see how many such checks are conducted over the next several days as the fear of a possible domestic terrorist attack settles in across the landscape, and people who have never before owned a firearm suddenly become Second Amendment converts.
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