Once again, firearms—and those who like to possess them—have been blamed for mass shootings. Yet murder rates are typically highest in cities with the strictest gun-control laws, such as Chicago and Baltimore, and in places where guns are prohibited, such as schools. Also, more innocent lives are saved by guns in the U.S. annually than are taken by them. Moreover, Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership of any nation on Earth, yet its murder rate is near zero. But, let’s not let facts stand in the way of surging emotions and ideological dogma.
Once citizens are deprived of gun ownership, they are usually and quickly deprived of a host of other freedoms. Despite what progressives proclaim today, the Second Amendment was placed where it was specifically to guarantee the First Amendment…and all the others that came after it.
After firearms are taken from the people, does a society immediately become peaceful, safe and harmonious? Quite the opposite. It is nearly impossible for a private citizen in formerly Jolly Olde England to own a gun. Yet, knife crime has skyrocketed. London is to knives what Iraq is to IEDs (improvised explosive devices). Politicians there have seriously discussed banning knives. Only knives of a certain type and length, of course. Longer ones, stouter ones and sharper ones. Perhaps serrated cutlery, too. But, not to worry, you can keep your butter knives. (And your salad forks). For now.
When guns and knives are banned, what’s next? Will cars be outlawed? Baseball bats? Rope? Matches? Candle Sticks? At what point, if ever, do leftists admit that evil is the culprit and not inanimate objects? The answer, I’m afraid, is never. The Ten Commandments have been banned from the public square as the Church of Satan has seen rapid growth in membership. We are controlled by The Swamp and immersed in a cultural sewer. “Father Knows Best” and “Leave It to Beaver” have been supplanted by “Heather Has Two Mommies” and “Daddy Has A Beaver.” We have all but made cigarette smoking illegal as we have legalized—and encouraged—marijuana use. We have smeared the Founding Fathers while elevating rap “artists” and “drag queens.” We no longer even know what pronouns to use when addressing each other.
We no longer even know who we are.
It is no coincidence that this has occurred at the same time as rates of mental illness have risen dramatically.
As have the number of mass shootings.