Before I get to the main topic of this post let me start off by saying how heartbroken I am that so many people, particularly children, were murdered. It is beyond me how someone can be so evil and have such little regard for life. I will never understand why or how a person could harm children. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends affected by this senseless act of violence.
I knew it would not be long before the left started screaming about more gun control in light of the shootings today in Connecticut. The left does not like to let a crisis go to waste and by watching the reaction today it is easy to see they are in that mode right now. Micheal Moore says we need to take the guns away. Mayor Bloomberg says the same thing and the Baltimore Sun editorial says that maybe this will prompt Obama and the Democrats to get serious about gun control.
The Washington Post says that if roads were crumbling and drivers being killed we would act to repair the roads but with guns we do not fix the problem. The Post’s idea of fixing the problem is to ban guns. Yes, they want to punish everyone who had absolutely nothing to do with the shooting by taking away their guns. But the guns are not the problem. You see, in order to apply the same logic the Post uses to cure guns to its roads analogy we would not repair the roads, we would ban driving.
The absence of guns will not prevent guns from being used to murder nor will it keep people from being injured, even in schools. In China the people are not allowed to own guns and millions are murdered by them each year at the hands of their government, the only people who have the guns. And on this day we are shocked to see 20 children murdered with a gun a person in China went into a school and cut up a bunch of people with a knife.
You see, evil exists in this world and there is no way to prevent evil people from doing evil things. Gun control will not now or ever stop people who desire to obtain and use a gun from doing so. Criminals use guns all the time. look how easily criminals sneak people and drugs into this country and you can see how easy it is to sneak guns in. In fact, our government sneaked a bunch of them into Mexico and over 300 Mexicans were murdered with them. Certain drugs are illegal in this country and yet people use them everyday.
In other words, criminals do not obey the law and as long as there is a market for something it will be provided by enterprising people. Prohibition did not stop people from drinking and it did not stop the criminal element from getting the booze into the country. The fact of the matter is that you simply cannot stop people from doing what they want to do by passing a law.
In fact, gun control was in full effect at the school. It is a violation of federal law to have a gun at a school:
Title 18 U.S.C. §922(q) known as “The Federal Gun Free School Zones Act” is a federal law, currently in effect, which makes it illegal for an armed citizen to be within a “school zone” as defined by Title 18 U.S.C. §921(25). These “school zones” include, but are not limited to any public parks, fairgrounds, sidewalks, roads, and highways which are within 1000 feet of the property line of any public or private elementary, middle, or high school in our nation. Source
So tell me, if gun control works (laws banning guns) and guns are banned at schools, how did this guy walk into a school with a gun and shoot people? Clearly the point I made about criminals not obeying the law was demonstrated. This guy did not obey the law and even if the ban was for the entire country and all guns were banned he would still find a way to get one or he would have murdered people by some other means.
Laws and signs do not stop people from committing crimes. We have speed limits and people drive too fast. We have laws against drinking and driving and people drink and drive. We have laws against abusing children or having sex with minors and yet people still do that. If people obeyed the law then all we would have to do is pass laws. We would not need the police to enforce the laws or judges to preside over cases involving alleged lawbreaking because people would be obeying the law. The reality is that bad people do not obey the law and with regard to guns these bad people prey on those who are not allowed to have guns.
Does anyone think a criminal really cares if it is illegal for him to carry or use a gun? Obviously the guy who committed the murders today did not care because he entered a gun free school zone with a gun.
In Israel the teachers are armed in order to protect the students. How many would be criminals would think twice before attacking a school if it was well known that teachers (or others) were armed. Gun free school zones are open invitations to evil people. It is an advertisement that says “hey, there are no guns here so if you want to cause mayhem come on in.”
If guns are so dangerous how come there are never mass shootings at gun shows? In fact, does anyone think a criminal would try to rob a gun show or commit mass murder at one? Why do you suppose that is?
I suspect there will be renewed calls for more gun control despite the fact that these murders took place in an area governed by federal gun control. The left will not let the crisis go to waste.
Loss of life is tragic and the loss of the lives of children is particularly so but the sad truth is that evil exists and punishing every gun owner for something they did not do will not stop these kinds of things.
We do not allow guns in schools so criminals bring guns in.
More importantly, we do not allow God in schools so evil walks in to fill the void.
May God bless the souls of those children who were murdered and may he comfort the families of those who lost loved ones and of those left behind, forever scarred by senseless violence.
Never surrender, never submit.