Democrats want calm discussion about gun control. They want to have a national talk about how to stop massacres like Las Vegas, or Orlando, or Aurora, or Sandy Hook, or any of the other mass shooting we’ve seen in the past decade.
But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve had it calmly, without the shrill impetuousness and raw emotion, for decades. Some states, like New Jersey, New York, and Illinois, make gun ownership a chore. In Illinois, there’s a 72-hour waiting period to buy a handgun, and 24 hours for a rifle of shotgun. Gun owners must have a Firearm Owners Identification Card, issued by the Illinois State Police.
Concealed carry permits are not of the “must issue” sort in Illinois. Applicants must be 21 years old, pass a 16-hour training course, and the issue of said license can be blocked by any law enforcement agency. In private clubs this is called “blackballing.” Yes, there’s a board of review, but it’s appointed by the state, so who do you think they’re going to side with?
There is practically no open carry in Illinois, and reciprocity with other states is limited. To even bring a gun into the state without a permit, it must be unloaded, enclosed in a case, and inaccessible or non-functioning.
In Chicago, most semi-automatic firearms with expanded magazine capacities are outright banned. All handguns were banned in most of Chicago and its suburbs until SCOTUS, ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller made that unconstitutional in 2008. Even then, Chicago kept its ban until the Supreme Court struck it down in McDonald v. Chicago in 2010.
Yet liberals still want to ban all handguns. They want to find a way around well-established Supreme Court precedent. They figure if all of Congress passes an unconstitutional law, maybe the Supreme Court will uphold it. Of course, that’s fantasy.
But they’re ignoring the one most important point. Chicago just passed its 500th homicide a month ago. The city is on track for 700 murders–just about all of them committed with guns–this year.
Every three weeks, Chicago, where guns are as illegal as they possibly can be within the bounds of the Constitution, has a Las Vegas massacre.
It doesn’t happen all at once, and it doesn’t happen all in one place. But many weekends, the death toll hits double-digits. And Chicago, remember, has some of the strictest gun laws in the country–so strict that the Supreme Court had to enforce citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
What the left wants is a repeal of the Second Amendment. It’s fantasy, and it wouldn’t work even if it wasn’t politically impossible. So really, the left wants nothing at all done. They just use this issue to virtue-signal, identify an enemy (the NRA), and raise money to win elections.
When Democrats were in power from 2008-2010, they could have passed Chicago-style gun control for most of America. They could have done something that now that they’re not in control of most state houses and Congress they cannot do now. But they didn’t. They passed Obamacare instead.
The cities that have the most murders nationally, by firearms, are mostly run by Democrats and have been for decades. These cities are overflowing with illegal and stolen handguns that the police cannot confiscate from actual criminals, while most law-abiding citizens can’t obtain a gun without a major investment in time and paperwork. In some places in New Jersey, a citizen simply can’t get a permit because the authorities don’t issue them.
But now that there’s been a massacre, we hear the Democrats and the left screeching endlessly about having a calm conversation about gun control.
We’ve had the conversation. And Chicago continues to have a Las Vegas massacre every three weeks, while Democrats do nothing. Maybe it’s time for calm, reasoned people to realize that people commit crimes, not guns. And someone like Stephen Paddock, or James Holmes, can’t always be identified in advance.
And even if those people had no legal access to guns (Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza did not), they’d find a way to commit their horrible pre-meditated crimes because their intent was evil.
Let’s have a calm conversation about evil and the best way to combat it. I guarantee the answer isn’t to ban all guns.