Broken Record: Gun Control Activists Call for Tougher Laws in Wake of Chattanooga Shooting

Like death and taxes, one thing you can be sure of is that in the wake of any gun-related incident activists for tougher gun laws are going to call for rolling back the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

It’s inevitable.

It doesn’t matter whether all the facts are known about the shooting or whether the dust has settled and we have a clear picture of what exactly transpired. Nope. If a gun goes off and innocent lives are taken, gun-control advocates are going to say: we need to restrict the Second Amendment.

Yes, it’s a reactionary response. And in the vast majority of cases, it’s a deeply misguided response as the laws the activists are calling for would not have prevented the individual from perpetrating the attack. In effect, they’re calling for solutions that would do nothing to fix the problem.

To situate this phenomenon in a different context, it would be like calling for a ban on cars in the wake of automobile accident. Instead of targeting the drunk driver, the person responsible for the wreck, the outrage and ire would be direct at the automobile. Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

With respect to the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, there are still a lot of unknowns. That said, what we do know is that 24-year-old Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a naturalized citizen from Kuwait, shot seven people, killing four of them on Thursday.

Reportedly, Abdulazeez was targeting soldiers at two military centers. Of those killed, all four were Marines. Of those injured, one was a Marine recruiter, one a police officer and one a Navy sailor.

Abdulazeez was also killed in a shootout with police. Authorities are now examining his background to determine if Abdulazeez had any connections to terrorist groups. So far, nothing conclusive has been reported.

So, while most sensible people will wait till all the facts are known before the render judgement one way or another about legislation regulating firearm ownership, gun control activists have already started beating the drum for tougher gun laws.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and colleagues of those injured in the shooting today,” said Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, volunteer chapter leader of the Tennessee chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

“While we don’t know all the details yet, it is once again clear the damage that can be done when a dangerous person gets hold of a gun. Tennesseans must stand up and demand more from elected leaders to prevent the gun violence that kills 88 Americans and injures hundreds more every single day.”

Likewise, former Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, a member of the Tennessee Coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, echoed the need to target the Second Amendment.

“This horrific shooting should be a call to action to strengthen our gun laws,” said Littlefield. “There are common sense measures we can take that would prevent gun violence while respecting the Second Amendment.”

What bothers me most about this misdirection is that it doesn’t change regardless of what the circumstances are. Even when these tragedies occur in places with draconian gun laws, the refrain is the same: “There are common sense measures we can take that would prevent gun violence while respecting the Second Amendment.”

In other words, when does it stop? Where do gun-control activists draw the line on the Second Amendment? When do they say, “Okay, the laws here are appropriately tough, now it’s time to examine other solutions?”

Unfortunately, I don’t think it ever stops. I don’t think they’ll ever be satisfied so long as the Second Amendment remains intact. Which is sad because were they to put retire the gun-control agenda once and for all (think of all the time, money and energy it consumes) and instead pursue real solutions to violence (efforts to target gang and drug-related activity) think of all the lives they may actually save. It’s a pity, really. But here we are once again. Listening to the same old, same old from the gun-control movement. A broken record if there ever was one.

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

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  • Dave Hicks July 23, 2015, 8:03 pm

    A broken record wont play, turn the thing off it’s annoying.

  • Eternal Worth July 23, 2015, 3:18 pm

    Human beings are selfish & do bad stuff; i.e. “sin”, as a result of their factory equipment…a fallen/depraved soul, heart, & mind. There is a remedy, but it is a Person, not a law that fixes it. Therefore, until they come to know their Creator, bad guys & bad girls will continue to do bad stuff & get guns or whatever weapon they want to do that bad stuff. They don’t care about laws because our factory wiring drives us to break the laws & feed our selfishness.

  • Wolfpack-bravo July 22, 2015, 1:16 am

    Gun control works.
    Just ask the experts,
    Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot.
    Next Obama?
    Never register, never surrender.
    Enough said.

  • Tom Horn July 21, 2015, 1:35 pm

    It is beyond all logic. When there is a mass shooting the anti-gun crowd call for more territory to be established as victim zones, and won’t be happy until all U.S. Citizens are left defenseless. It makes me sick that the U.S sailor and Marines were left defenseless because it was a “victim zone (No conceal carry area).” Common sense tells us we need more protections, not less.

    The only way to meet force is with force. That’s why we send the military to defend our country, not the girl scouts.

  • law dawg July 21, 2015, 1:45 am

    It’s the same ole rhetoric…. Stricter gun laws….yada, yada, yada…etc…etc….the obamanation is @ fault for this travisty… The day those Marines died and the others where shot dumb bams was at a Federal prison pardening convicted convicts. When are the patriots to this country going to kick this piece of human waist and his constituents out of the white house and put them in prison to make lic. Plates. Our second amendment right will be gone if the law abiding citizen s in this country don’t stop his crap NOW…..

  • BJ July 20, 2015, 6:24 pm

    If anything this shooting should call for everyone being armed, not disarmed. As the writer says, it’s an emotional response, and makes no sense. If a maniac comes into my house and shoots my wife upstairs, he’ll look live a sieve after trying to come downstairs where I am. So, the gun would save my life. But, these gun grabber fanatics don’t deal with facts, only emotion. Besides, while I have a gun, I’m probably a right winger and don’t agree with most (all actually) of the leftist’s agenda. Since our right to keep and bear has to do with the possibility of defending ourselves against our own despotic govt. I maintain that ALL gun laws are illegal. Why would we LET our employees, who we may need to shoot, decide what we can be armed with?
    They need to take our guns, see: because until they destroy our ability to resist, our will to resist will remain strong. Once our means are gone, we’ll be subjects they can do what they want with and we’ll have no recourse.

  • Zack July 20, 2015, 6:02 pm

    THIS IS STUPID!! How about you drop gun control, give those Marines the right to carry their service pistol or rifle, and let em kill terrorists like this! I took that oath too, and I believe it’s for “ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC” but it never named and names. How about the politicians and “activists” that are taking away our rights?! How about the liberals who have set yet another double standard, you know, the one where if it offends them we get rid of it, but if it offends us we’re racist, backwards hillbillys who need to “catch up”!

  • Foy Hodge July 20, 2015, 1:18 pm

    The shooter in Charleston gun was given to him by his Daddy. No background check would have stopped this shooting.
    CCW people undergo background checks and we are great parents also. Poor parenting is 99.9% the cause of shootings.

    • Boz July 20, 2015, 9:08 pm

      Amen and Amen!

  • Carl Gulledge July 20, 2015, 9:42 am

    Why is it every time there is a shooting of any kind, the idiots come out of the wood work screaming new gun laws, when we do not enforce the ones already on the books?
    I don’t know of a law that could have prevented the shooting in Chattanooga as these people are calling for.

    • Boz July 20, 2015, 9:05 pm

      Ban liberals and Muslims. Problem solved.

  • deadbang July 20, 2015, 9:38 am

    what wonderful logic. make it easier for terrorists to kill more by not being able to defend oneself. prefect logic don’t you think?
    if you agree then you don’t think but that is another story.
    it makes absolutely not sense but then America’s government has made no sense for several decades now.
    what would you do if faced with an active shooter? would you try to protect your kids and self? would you turn and run leaving your kids to die? would you simply freeze and let yourself be killed. remember unless you got a “cop in your pocket” you are along for several minutes or longer(probably much longer). do you know how long it takes to bleed out? the pain?
    yes it would be wonderful to live in utopia where everyone loved each other and obeyed all the laws but we don’t and you don’t if you are realistic. so now what are you going to do? it is your life after all and others don’t care if you live or die, do you?

  • GuidoFL July 20, 2015, 9:24 am

    How many are killed in auto accidents every year yet no one calls for banning cell phones in cars or stricter drivers licensing tests , WHY ?

    • boz July 20, 2015, 9:03 pm


  • Ron Matthews July 20, 2015, 8:23 am

    OK Mr. President, you want to take everybodys guns ?? Here is a suggestion. Go to Chicago, work with your budy Emanual, Take ALL the guns and see how the crime rate drops. If it works then you can look at the rest of AMERICA.

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