2017-10-08 12:55:48 UTC
Rolling Stone: Gun Control Wouldn’t Have Stopped Las Vegas Slaughter But . .
October 4, 2017
Over at ammoland.com, David Cordrea advises readers to counter gun control
advocates with a simple question: “What ‘gun law’ would have prevented the
Las Vegas massacre?” You may be surprised to know that some gun control
advocates asked themselves the same question. And answered it correctly:
there isn’t a law that would have stopped spree killer Stephen Paddock. You
be less surprised to discover . . .
that fact does nothing to deter the antis from the civilian disarmament
agenda. Here’s Rolling Stone scribe Jesse Berney (above) “wrestling” with
the truth about the Mandalay Bay slaughter, in an editorial headlined Evil
Doesn’t Kill People – Guns Kill People:
The problem here isn’t evil. It’s not the devil. It’s us: human beings. We
have motivations and justifications and rationalizations and reasons for
everything we do. We don’t know why Stephen Paddock murdered those people.
Maybe we never will. And maybe the sensible laws we could pass, like
universal background checks and a ban on all assault weapons, wouldn’t have
stopped someone so wealthy and motivated to commit horror. But it could stop
someone else. It would save lives.
So gun control could stop someone poor and poorly motivated? And that’s good
enough reason to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally
protected right to keep and bear arms? I don’t think so. But a lot of people
Blaming evil is an excuse to do nothing in the face of tens of thousands of
gun deaths a year. Only a fraction of those deaths are the result of mass
shootings like in Las Vegas. We can and should work to reduce all gun
deaths, from suicides to accidents to crime-related deaths to massacres like
Sunday’s. That means passing laws that keeps guns out of the hands of people
who shouldn’t have them. The only other option is to do nothing.
So close! And yet so far.
Like all gun control advocates, who are by their very nature statists, Mr.
Berney sees gun control as a panacea. If we pass the right laws, we can
reduce suicides! Accidents! Crime-related deaths! Massacres!
Yeah, no. Gun control doesn’t work.
But there are things we can do to tackle these firearms-related injuries and
deaths, reaching out more effectively to people contemplating suicide.
Educating school children and teens on firearms safety. Eliminating the
revolving door justice system in big cities.
As for massacres, I’m not so sure there’s a lot we can do, save arming
ourselves and making sure we have the best law enforcement tax money can
But I am sure that doing nothing on gun control is the correct course of
action in the wake of the Las Vegas killing, or any other firearms-related
tragedy. Take it from the son of a Holocaust survivor, the “cure” would be
far worse than the problem.