Nation’s Top Law Dog: ‘Sad Fact… No one is Safe’ from Gun Violence

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This week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch lamented the state of the nation with respect to gun violence while addressing a crowd at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“It is a sad fact now that no one is safe” from gun violence, said Lynch.

“We have seen violence strike at all segments of our community,” Lynch continued, referencing the recent church shooting in Charleston, the movie theater shooting in Tennessee and the terrorist attack on military recruiters in Chattanooga.

“This violence against all of us — regardless of what uniform any of us wear — has to end,” Lynch said.

She said that the Justice Department is actively looking at what’s causing the “uptick in violent crime,” noting that she has asked various attorney generals around the country to set up meetings to determine “specific causes” of violence in their areas because they could be “different in every location.”

While everyone can agree that we must work harder to reduce gun-related violence, the main causes of it are well known: drugs and gangs. Sure, we can throw out terrorism and homicidal individuals suffering with mental illness, but those only account for a small fraction of gun-related crime. The real culprits are drugs and gangs.

While this is obvious to most, the Justice Department needs to hold meetings at the taxpayer’s expense to try and figure it out. But Lynch and company won’t figure it out, or they will, they just won’t be honest about it. Instead, they’ll point the finger at the gun industry and once again make the argument that lax gun laws are the somehow compelling these gunmen (criminals, gangsters, drug dealers and sociopaths) to take innocent lives.

Violence is a human problem. It has nothing to do with hardware or policy. We can pass all the laws we want to ban implements of “mayhem”: knives, guns, hammers, baseball bats, bricks, cars, motorcycle, and any other object that is heavy enough to induce blunt-force trauma, but at the end of the day people will still kill other people. Ergo, society’s emphasis should be on fixing broken people. Not limiting the freedoms of the law-abiding.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • DC September 9, 2015, 1:57 pm

    So are they gonna start banning cars and motorcycles for the crashes that they supposedly cause wen it’s the operators fault

  • Dave September 8, 2015, 12:40 am

    Mr. Blannelberry,

    The plural of attorney general is attorneys general, not attorney generals. Now you know.

  • silvestris September 7, 2015, 7:39 pm

    Drugs and gangs are responsible for the vast majority of gun violence. Legalize drugs and you will eliminate the primary reason for gang membership, money, leaving the few sociopaths in the remaining gangs. These can then be more readily identified and eliminated or incarcerated as the situation demands. Drugs are bad, yes, but prohibition of human desires has never worked.

    • Walter September 8, 2015, 8:23 am

      I agree. De- criminalization would make it unnecessary to rob, steal, kill, or prostitute yourself to get and stay high. It would also eliminate the rash of OD deaths from poison drugs that are such a plague on my town, and sadly, family. Finally, the was on drugs has turned into a war on the Bill of Rights and in case no one else has noticed, where we were ankle deep in drugs before, we’re now up to our necks in them.

  • Joe McHugh September 7, 2015, 6:42 am

    Wrong title for the article. The following would be more appropriate.
    Nations top lapdog: “Sad fact…no one is safe” from a government that is growing more and more tyrannical.
    The rest of the article might just as well be a review of obama’s various decrees, illustrating his scorn for the Constitution.

  • DRAINO September 4, 2015, 10:03 pm

    Well said, Mr. Blannelberry. Lynch is just another in the long list of socialist cronies infecting our government saying what she is being paid to say(or coerced to say). I believe this is a lot of the reason that the “non-politician” presidential candidates are doing so well currently. A message is being sent that we are tired of “politics as usual”. Not sure the “establishment” will take the hint or not. Its time for a good total house cleaning for sure!

  • Justin Opinion September 4, 2015, 11:23 am

    Very well stated. I may need to quote this from time to time.

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