A Tale of Two Shootings, and Why Gun Control is Killing Us

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(Editor’s Note: This article is a syndication from Gun Owners of America. It was authored by the group’s communication director Erich Pratt)

In the wake of Thursday night’s Louisiana shooting, the media has made much ado about the President’s “prediction” that law gun control laws would lead to more shootings.

But the reality is that strict gun control laws made Thursday night’s shooting at the Lafayette Grand Theater possible.

While facts are still pouring in, here’s what we already know:

1) The perpetrator chose to commit his crime in a gun free zone. The Grand Theater chain does NOT allow concealed firearms on its premises — even by lawfully permitted concealed carry holders. This discourages law-abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves and others.

2) The shooter was a prohibited purchaser because of mental health issues, yet that did not physically prevent him from acquiring firearms.

3) The gunman had been denied a concealed carry permit years ago, yet he still managed to illegally carry a gun.

Bottom line: Gun control failed to protect honest civilians in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Contrast Thursday night’s shooting to one that occurred one year ago today.

On July 24, 2014, a nutcase walked into a Darby, Pennsylvania hospital, intent on killing as many people as possible.

But the gunman hadn’t counted on the fact that his #1 intended target — his doctor — had defied the hospital’s “no guns allowed” policy and was carrying a gun of his own.

Dr. Lee Silverman is a lawful permit holder who regularly carries a handgun. Having come under fire, he crouched behind a desk and shot back, hitting the perp three times in the mid-section.

Even though the bad guy was able to murder one person, authorities have credited Dr. Silverman with halting a mass shooting in progress.

Guns in good people’s hands are saving lives. But the President’s approach — which denies guns to law-abiding citizens — prevents potential victims from bringing mass shootings to an abrupt end.

Erich Pratt is the Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America, a grassroots lobby representing more than one million gun owners. GOA is based in Springfield, Virginia, which is just outside of Washington, DC.

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  • John August 13, 2015, 1:11 pm

    Craig, why don’t you move to England and set your mind at rest. I’ll help pay the cost.

  • craig July 31, 2015, 8:02 am

    So if guns are so wonderful to have every where , how come the NRA does not allow them in it’s press conferences and most of it’s conventions. Anecdotal evidence proves little, I have had a green light put out on me for IDing some gang banger rapists, and have been shot at as a result and had a gun to defend myself; but if they knew how to do a proper ambush my gun would have done little good.There are a lot more deaths in this country because of all the guns. Period. Now you can say that is worth the Constitutional price, but it is because the guns are are readily available and so many gun shops and owners are complicit in selling to anyone.

  • Lopaka Kanaka July 27, 2015, 5:59 pm

    Every Person should be able to open carry or conceal carry there choice of guns where every they go in the USA and not have the watch dogs telling everyone it is not allowed in any public place. If you can pass the Fed check and you are mentally
    sound and need to wait the period to pick up your payed for guns, then they should be no problem to defend oneself or your family when you have a bad dog shooting everyone in sight to kill the innocent public who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Too many copy cats shooters are killing the people they know have no way at shooting back at these killers to defend there family. If enough people conceal carry like in Arizona, Oregon, Alaska and many more States, we would have more dead killers that innocent by stander being killed.

  • wiserthanu July 27, 2015, 2:26 pm

    laws are for those who obey them. criminals do not do that so no amount of laws will change that fact.
    obama wants you guns so he can run even more roughshod over Americans. he could care less about who dies or how, his
    goal is to take away everything you have and believe in. he said he would stand with the heathens(moslims) when the time came. you made that time now and it is you who will lose everything.
    if you get another chance to vote try think with what is between your ears and not with your out stretched hand.

  • Bob July 27, 2015, 2:23 pm

    I am from Baton Rouge . I have for many years now, not been to a theater. Many friends use to ridicule and scorn at the fact I would not go with them to the movies. Now they agree with me. Too easy to stream to a big screen T V in the comfort of your on home to take that risk. I live by, if a service provider or merchant has a problem with me legally carrying then they have nothing I could want, I will not even take the time to even look..

  • Fred July 27, 2015, 12:29 pm

    It’s not about safer or self protection. It is all about taking your guns. Obamer wants your guns, the writer wants to sell more stories. Bunch of hot air. Us get to the real reason for gun control and fight that. Everything else is just hot air.

  • Captain Dave July 27, 2015, 11:31 am

    Obama needs to lead by example: A. He does not need body guards. B. If he chooses to have body guards, they should not be allowed to carry guns because he tells us that we are all safer without guns. C. All of the police who assist in protecting Obama when he travels, or makes an appearance anywhere, should also not be allowed to carry guns. Maybe when he gives up his guns and his protection, the rest us might just consider that we don’t need guns either. It could be a long wait…

  • Larry July 27, 2015, 11:01 am

    Carry where you want which should be everywhere you go. To hell with the leftist lament of wanting their businesses to be “gun free” when, in essence, they are asking for their businesses to be a defense free killing zone.
    And STOP voting for Democrats & Rinos. If there is no Conservative running for a position on your ballot, vote a Conservative from a third party but do not settle for Dems or Rinos. That is the only way we can possibly reclaim our country from the nut job leftists & simpleton nincompoops.

    • DaveGinOly July 27, 2015, 4:21 pm

      People say that when you vote “third party” you split the vote and often help Democrats win. Nonsense. The only people who contribute to a candidate’s victory are the people who vote for that candidate. I sometimes withhold my vote altogether when I approve of none of the candidates. People tell me that’s a waste of my vote. More nonsense. It would be a waste of my vote to cast it for a candidate who didn’t meet my approval (as the lesser of two evils) and then have that person win. I would then be, in part, responsible for the victory of a candidate I didn’t actually support, and I become responsible for any damage that person does while in office (damage I suspected he would cause, which is usually the reason why the candidate didn’t meet with my approval in the first place).

      “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
      John Quincy Adams

    • RKZ July 28, 2015, 1:02 am

      You got it completely right sir ! These wooses that walk around calling themselves Americans, makes me sick to my stomach. They call for gun control, they throw their children to the communist government, they would rather see their family members slaughtered before they will stand up and fight these communist thugs who want not only our FREEDOM and our method of fighting for our FREEDOM, but they want our country and ring in our nose so that they can control us and work us in the field along with the other comrades. Each and everyone of these thugs have spit on the graves of our forefathers and have cast into the dung pile our American values that have kept us FREE and righteous people. But now we have thrown GOD to the trash pile and are living as the lowlife scum these scumbags want us to be, so that they can easily walk in upon us. Our Military has been reduced to pitiful levels, as the UN military has increased along with those armies of countries that are preparing to land on our shores. Our borders are being used to facilitate the entrance of terrorist islamic thugs , and diseased carrying third world people who have never seen a doctor, and are now spreading diseases to our children, when you and I cannot send our children to school without all kinds of inoculations first, and the socialist-democrats still want to pump drugs into our children every year ! To hell with these enemies of America and anyone who supports them. An American Christian cannot have a planned meeting of members at the white house, but the muslim thugs can, along with the black panthers, the rainbow coalition, the cfr (communist group), and any other anti-American affiliated pack of wolves. Are there any others out there that are aware of what has been going on since the 1940’s specifically.

    • Frank Allen July 28, 2015, 7:10 pm

      Well said. Your comment was spot on.

  • Steven July 27, 2015, 7:13 am

    How would the idiots on LIP would feel about gun control, if some asshole comes into their station and starts shooting people?

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