The Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has, rightfully so, monopolized the news. And now, predictably so, the anti-gun Democrats — or as USA Today describes it, “even the pro-gun Democrats!” — are screaming for gun control, you know, to divert another shooting crisis. Because by tightening gun laws, we will somehow keep guns out of the hands of criminals, or mentally disturbed individuals who have already made up their mind that they are going to go on a shooting spree.
Simply put, if they want ‘em, they’ll find ‘em. Still, political punks like Harry Reid are igniting the topic:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Congress would conduct a “meaningful conversation” about gun laws over the next few weeks to help prevent another tragedy like the one that took the lives of 20 children and 8 adults, including the shooter, in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.
“In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow this violence to continue to grow,” Reid said. “We have no greater responsibility than keeping our most vulnerable and most precious resource, our children, safe. And every idea should be on the table as we discuss how best to do just that.”
I understand that politicians feel like they have to “do something” after tragedies such as these. But Reid’s remarks about “meaningful conversations” simply indicate a discussion to violate the U.S. Constitution, or specifically, the Second Amendment.
The Sandy Hook shooting was tragic and devastating. No adjective can accurately describe the heartbreak that the families of the deceased are going through. Earlier, I saw an interview with two of the parents of a child that was slain, and it brought tears to my eyes.
But slapping despotic restrictions on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms will not magically cure these disturbed individuals.
It’s like trying to keep a bomb from a Muslim extremist. It just ain’t happening.