3/15/18, by James Mosher,
Thousands of students across the country left their classrooms yesterday to march in solidarity against gun violence.
Meanwhile, my kids and I took the opportunity to conduct a demonstration of our own. Instead of marching in the streets, we chose to go to the gun range.
We aren’t buying the propaganda.
First, guns are inanimate objects. They do not murder human beings, evil people do. A march to end gun violence is based on the false premise that guns are malevolent. They are mere tools. Period!
A person who utilizes a firearm to commit murder is a murderer. We already have laws prohibiting murder and countless laws that govern the possession and usage of firearms.
Second, more gun regulation will not make us safer. Many of these mass murders have taken place in states with highly restrictive gun laws. The Parkland, Florida case occurred in a “gun free zone.”
Let’s think about that for a moment.
There is no greater progressive utopian concept than a “gun free zone.” The aim of increasing gun legislation is to curtail the prevalence of guns in our society. There are numerous ways to constrain the common use of guns. Two examples bandied about are limiting specific platforms like the AR-15 and banning high capacity magazines.
It should be evident that restricting the possession and usage of guns will not reduce the frequency of mass murder. Criminals don’t abide by laws; they break them. If it were truly possible to rid this country of guns, criminals would utilize alternative means to perpetrate evil like bombs, box trucks, airplanes, and pressure cookers to name a few.
Third, the notion that the United States has the highest rate of mass shootings because there are too many guns is fallacious. Researchers have collected and analyzed the data of mass-shootings in eleven countries from 2000 to 2014. According to the data, “the U.S. doesn’t rank No. 1. At 0.15 mass shooting fatalities per 100,000 people, the U.S. had a lower rate than Norway (1.3 per 100,000), Finland (0.34 per 100,000) and Switzerland (1.7 per 100,000)”.
Anyone who is remotely paying attention is aware of how terrorists have employed guns, trucks, car bombs, scimitars, IED’s, etc., to exact heavy casualties in countries across the globe.
The U.S. may have a significant number of gun-related homicides, but what does that mean exactly?
It seems to me that because “the United States is the most heavily armed society in the world…90 guns for every 100 citizens”, we are more apt to prevent murder, rape, theft, etc. In fact, according to a 1995 study by criminologists Kleck and Gertz, “guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense.”
We live in a world where evil exists. The best way to address the issue is not by mobilizing activists for a national walkout, but by proactively protecting our assets. Time and again, evil seeks the path of least resistance. Our job is to make it difficult.
General Patton’s axiom is apropos: “The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” Adequate study, practice, and preparation are key.
Progressives scoff at the idea of staffing our nation’s schools with armed personnel.
Why is this option loathsome?
If an armed presence safeguards the President, Hollywood moguls, members of Congress, federal buildings, state legislatures and homes all across the country, why not our schools?
We know from history that the effective use of firearms is what ultimately secures freedom. The 2nd Amendment preserves all the others.
So, today while thousands of students left school to spew off about “gun violence,” my kids and I chose to head to the best classroom we know of for enhancing our firearm proficiency: the range.
Yesterday, in the Portland Press Herald, Rep. Sara Gideon, Maine’s very own Speaker of the House, weighed in about the nationwide march to end “gun violence.” She credited the students’ walkout for being the impetus of “meaningful reform.” She said, “On Wednesday, as kids across Maine walk out of schools, I want them to know that we are listening — that their voices matter. That, without question, they are making a difference.”
Her idea of “reform” is taking guns that she has deemed “weapons of war” off the streets and passing more legislation in the name of public safety.
Why not enforce the laws we already have?
Rather than holding murderers accountable for their actions, Rep. Gideon blamed the US Government. She stated, “Instead of closing loopholes, we have forced teachers to make 6-year-olds practice being quiet and hiding under their desks. Instead of restricting high-capacity magazines, we install cameras and self-locking doors. Instead of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, this country is actually having a serious conversation about arming teachers.”
I have written two columns recently to address the progressive-push for more gun control:
An armed presence in our nation’s schools seems to be the best strategy at this point.
When evil strikes, hiding in a closet is not an option!
Call, or e-mail Speaker Gideon. Inform her that lawful gun owners shouldn’t be penalized for the actions of murderers.
Prevent future attempts to confiscate liberty by remaining vigilant; whenever there is an attempt to hogtie the law abiding with more bureaucratic red tape, visit the State House and let your voice be heard!
And know that you are not alone.