Oregon Shooting Response Must be Reasoned
On Thursday, we saw evil on display once again during the Oregon shooting. A young man entered a local Community College and asked people their religion. The man shot those who said they were a Christian, but shot people in the leg or elsewhere if they said they were some other religion or refused to answer. The shooter killed 10 people and wounded another 7 when it was over. Many politicians and activists were immediate in their response to the shooting: demanding that their policies be implemented. However our response to the Oregon shooting should be one born out of reason and not of emotional rage and grief. So let us look at the facts.
Right After the Oregon Shooting is not the Time to Decide
When is the best time to decide critical matters? Is it when you are emotional, and grief and anger cloud your thinking? No of course not. However, that is what many politicians and activists are advocating for. Before the bodies were even cold there were calls for gun control. It is common sense and logical that now is not the time to act.
Additionally, it is insensitive to the victims to make political statements so soon after the shooting. When victims and her family are rightfully concentrating on each other and the memory of the lost, forcing them to consider political issues is insensitive and immoral. However this is what our President has done. President Barack Obama literally called for us to politicize the Oregon shooting, “This is something we should politicize.” We still do not know all the facts today, five days after the shooting. It shows an utter lack of character and morals to make such a statement.
Gun Control Does not Work
The President and others will tell you that we are the only civilized country in the world without gun control and that this is the reason we see mass shootings like the Oregon shooting. They also blame our high-ranking in terms of murder rate relative to other countries on our lack of gun control laws. While other countries have lower murder rates, we have to ask is that a result of gun control? Comparing two countries’ gun rates to see which is higher will not tell you if gun control works. One must look at the countries’ with gun control and compare their murder rates before and after gun control was put into law. So what does that tell us? It clearly shows that gun control does not work. If you compare the murder rates from before the gun ban in England with now, the rate remains relatively unchanged, though the murder rate went up before coming back down in the intervening years. So liberal gun policies, like their economic and national security policies do not work. You can see charts showing England’s murder rate along with other countries at the Crime Prevention Research Center‘s website.
Oregon Shooting Reminds us of the Danger in Gun Free Zones
With the Oregon shooting, we once again see the dangers created by gun free zones. Once again people anti-protection policies, this time on the part of the college made people a defenseless, easy target. It is a great immorality and injustice that we often leave people totally defenseless. The time to act was after Sandy Hook when the principal of the school had to charge Adam Lanza totally unarmed. How might it have turned out differently if there had been an Armed guard, armed teacher or administrator? When Lanza arrived at Sandy Hook, he found the doors locked and had to shoot a window out to gain access. How might it have turned out differently if there had been someone armed to return fire as he tried to enter? Many times we that victims are victims of not lack of gun control, but of laws or policies that prevent them from defending themselves
So let us look at what happens when you are allowed to defend yourself versus when gun control has been implemented. This is what you get when people are able to defend themselves:
- Woman, 22, Fends off Attacker with Gun
- Woman Shoots, Fends off Three men in Early Morning Attempted Robbery
- Pistol-Packing Dancer Fends off Attackers
- Uber Driver Stops Mass Shooting with Gun
What do you get when liberalism and gun control reign?
- Sandy Hook and 27 murdered including 20 children
- 13 and 3 people murdered in 2 separate shootings at Ft Hood
- 4 Marines killed in a shooting at a marine recruitment station
- 161 murders in Chicago through the first 151 days of the year
Gun-free zones kill people. The statistics back this up: 92% of mass shootings take place in gun-free zones.
Conclusions about a Proper Oregon Shooting Response
To close, we must stand against the tyranny of forced vulnerability. For the children, the elderly and the weak, we must act out of reason and stop efforts to institute more gun control. Freedom and maintaining the people’s God-giver and inalienable rights are the answer, not government oppression. For “the least of these,” we must stand with the second amendment and people’s right to defend themselves, their family and their property.