December 14, 2012
In addition to Brit Piers Morgan and liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, a number of liberal celebrities have responded to the shooting in Connecticut with demands that Americans be stripped of their constitutional right to own firearms.
The wife of former Federal Reserve boss, Andrea Mitchell, calls for “reasonable control” of the Second Amendment.
“America likes guns the way the rest of the world likes soccer,” tweeted comedian and Current TV host John Fugelsang. “Guns don’t kill people. People in states without gun-purchase background checks & waiting periods kill people.”
Evan Rachel Wood wondered what it would take to disarm the American people while singer Michelle Branch told “gun control people” that her “heart is breaking.”
“Gun control is our only road to freedom,” said actor Rashida Jones. “Freedom from the fear of senselessly losing children. I’m so saddened. WE NEED LAWS NOW.”
“Gun control is no longer debatable- it’s not a ‘conversation’- It’s a moral mandate,” actor Mia Farrow tweeted.
Comedian Patton Oswalt addressed the Second Amendment with an obscenity. “Yeah, I’ll wade right the f— into this: MORE gun control, MORE mental health services. It’s no longer a debate. Never was.”
“This year: CO movie theater, OR mall, and now CT school,” tweeted actor Adam Shankman. “How many innocents must die before we enforce more gun control!”
It is a demonstrable fact that tougher gun laws do not reduce crime. Background checks and laws against “assault weapons” and the possession of handguns will do little to prevent future mass shooting incidents.
“No empirical study of the effectiveness of gun laws has shown any positive effect on crime,” the NRA noted in 1996. “To the dismay of the prohibitionists, such studies have shown a negative effect. That is, in areas having greatest restrictions on private firearms ownership, crime rates are typically higher, because criminals are aware that their intended victims are less likely to have the me ans with which to defend themselves.”
The hand-wringing liberal celebrities quoted above are apparently allergic to fact – for instance, the fact that since the so-called assault weapons ban expired in September 2004, murder and overall violent-crime rates have declined. In 2003, the last full year before the law expired, the murder rate in the United States was 5.7 per 100,000 people. In 2011, the murder rate fell to 4.7 per 100,000 people. Gun-related homicide is falling as a record number of people buy firearms, not rising.
“Crime rates alone of cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C. prove that gun bans only increase crime,” Ron Meyer wrote following the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. “The D.C. police response rate is eight minutes; most crimes are done in less than one. Gun bans create a trouble-free world for criminals considering no one can defend themselves. If I were ever to face a situation like this, I would want to be prepared.”
Unfortunately, nobody in the theater was prepared when the shooting started because Colorado has enacted strict gun laws.
Liberals and anti-Second Amendment activists like to say gun violence is rampant in America because of lax gun laws.
They fail to mention, however, that many countries with strict gun laws often experience mass shootings. For instance, 77 people were killed and more than a hundred injured last year in Norway in a mass shooting. Anders Behring Breivik’s rampage outside of Oslo was the worst mass murder rampage on record following the Second World War. It stands as an irrefutable testament to the fact gun laws do not prevent mass murder.
Germany has some of the strictest gun control laws on record and yet it experienced three of the worst five multiple-victim K-12 public school shootings in the world in the past decade.
Despite the protests of celebrities and other vocal liberals, millions of Americans understand that owning and receiving training in the proper use of firearms is self-preservation and not a manifestation of a yahoo gun culture.
This was demonstrated again on Black Friday when gun sales hit an all-time record high.
“Fueled by fears that the Obama administration will go after gun rights during a lame duck term, the FBI reported 154,873 background check requests on Friday – a 20 per cent increase on last year’s record total of 129,166 checks,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on November 27.
“The number of guns sold could actually be double or more that figure because only one background check is recorded per sale even if buyers purchase multiple firearms.”
This poses a rather large problem for Obama, Michael Moore and liberal celebrities who want guns to disappear — either through law or confiscation. Millions of Americans will not surrender their guns and are now stocking up as the government sends out repeated signals that it will attempt to roll back the Second Amendment and may sign a treaty declaring the possession of firearms an international crime.