It’s always interesting to note the ways in which anti-gunners demonize firearms. Take president Obama for example, while addressing the National Governors Association on Monday, the gun-grabber-in-chief made the following remark, “On Saturday, another one of our communities was terrorized by gun violence.”
Obama was referring to a spree killer who murdered six people and left, at least, two others wounded in Kalamazoo, MI, over the weekend.
What bothers me about that remark is that it’s misleading. Guns didn’t terrorize Kalamazoo, the crazed shooter, identified as 45-year-old Jason Brian Dalton, did! By shifting the blame from Dalton to firearms, Obama is perpetuating the myth that guns, in and of themselves, are responsible for violence — not the individuals pulling the trigger.
Communities, therefore, aren’t terrorized by gun violence, they’re terrorized by crazy people (“crazy,” as in murderous, sociopathic, etc.) who are armed with all sorts of weapons, yes, including firearms. We stop crazy people, we stop the violence. It’s that simple. But, of course, Obama has other ideas.
After mentioning his executive actions to expand the background check system, Obama said, “It’s clear we’re going to need to do more to keep innocent Americans safe.”
Without directly stating the obvious, Obama means gun control. He means restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. He means banning many commonly owned and widely popular firearms. He means gutting the Second Amendment.
What he doesn’t mean, what he doesn’t really care to do, is the obvious. Stop crazy people.
Now, let me be clear, I know I said stopping crazy people was “simple,” yes, as in simple to understand. We all know what we need to do. In practice though, it’s a bit more difficult. We don’t have a reliable means to stop crazy people before they start acting crazy. However, what we do have is a surefire way to stop them after they start acting crazy.
You know where I’m going with this. Guns. That’s right. Firearms are capable tools for putting a stop to a crazy individual. Again, we all know this. It’s why all of our communities are protected by good guys with guns. We we ought to be doing, then, is encourage more responsible citizens to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. It’s really just common sense.
However, I’m positive that’s not what Obama had in mind when he made a plea to the governors to come together on this issue.
“I’ve got to assume that all of you are just tired as I am of seeing this stuff happen in your state,” said Obama. “So, that’s an area where we also need to partner and think about what we can do in a common sense way, in a bipartisan way without some of the ideological rhetoric that so often surrounds that issue.”
We’re definitely tired. Tired this administration’s constant grind to demonize firearms and disarm the law-abiding.