The Standard-Examiner's publishing of Cagle Cartoons' columnist Joe Gandelman's "Are victims collateral damage sacrifice to the gun-worship god?" In Dec. 22 Viewpoints column, there is the classic example of media bias when it comes to guns in our society. This so-called "veteran journalist" proceeded to insult every law-abiding gun owner (all 80 million of us) in the country while at the same time exposing his ignorance to history itself and the case at hand.
Mr. Gandelman pointed out the Nazi's brutal program to exterminate Jews including lining up children and shooting the first so the bullet then also killed the second. What the veteran journalist failed to mention is that Hitler achieved these atrocities by first disarming the people. He then goes on to say that some seemingly consider shooting victims "collateral damage" and "mere sacrifices to the right to unfettered gun ownership and NRA preferences." He continues by stating that Republicans and the NRA are largely mum over the issue of seriously regulating guns. Huh? Obviously Mr. Gandelman has either failed to do his homework or is a typical anti-gun liberal and I'm guessing it has nothing to do with homework.
There are currently roughly 20,000 "sensible" gun laws on the books and countless pages of BATF regulations in the U.S. related to the production and sell of guns. The firearms industry is one of the most regulated industries there is, so to suggest that we as a nation lack serious gun regulations is ridiculous.
In typical liberal fashion, gun-grabbers wasted no time after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in calling for stricter gun control laws. As soon as there is a tragedy, there come calls for "We have to do something." Something evil happened so we have to do something and preferably now while emotions are high and before we think things through.
Some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes and John Lott at Yale University conducted an extensive study of multiple victim public shootings in the U.S. between 1977 and 1995 to determine how various legal changes, many of which are currently being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut shooting, affected their frequency and death toll.
The study's findings: Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate of such crimes: concealed-carry laws.
Australia had a mass shooting and instituted a massive gun ban and confiscation. As many "experts" have pointed out, they haven't had any mass shootings since. What these same folks fail to mention is that they didn't have any real mass shootings before either or that violent crime is up significantly. England reacted in the same way after a mass shooting and now their violent crime stats are off the charts. Are we sensing a trend here?
With few exceptions, gun control laws don't work. On the other side of the coin, there are an estimated 2.5 million defensive gun uses a year. One of our founding fathers, I believe it was Thomas Jefferson, once stated that an armed society is a polite society. It is sad that our society has digressed to a point where we don't feel safe anywhere anymore. So, until our politicians get guts enough to admit we have a societal problem, not a gun problem in this country, don't plan on additional senseless gun laws changing anything except business at the local gun shop.
Grange is the director of PR and Shooting Promotions, Browning/Winchester Repeating Arms. He lives in Taylor.