As the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre approaches, leftist activists are still trying to force law-abiding gun owners to accept draconian restrictions on their Second Amendment rights. The nonstop clamor of these shrill extremists has ramped up in recent days in an apparent effort to use the tragedy for political gain.
The Washington Post, for instance, published an entire article urging readers to submit stories detailing their experiences with gun violence. So far, there has been no similar outreach to those whose lives were saved by a firearm.
Perhaps it is only natural that these ideologues are growing increasingly desperate to make their ill-conceived point. After all, the vast majority of laws curtailing gun ownership rights have failed since the Newtown, Conn. shooting last Dec. 14.
Though both red and blue states have proposed – and many have passed – new laws regarding firearms within the past year, two out of every three actually give gun owners more rights. This flies in the face of the leftist argument that Americans are ready to turn in their only means of self-defense in exchange for a hollow promise of security.
In fact, the trend bolsters the conservative sentiment that an armed populace causes any potential criminal element to reconsider out of fear for his or her safety.
As has been repeated ad infinitum by Second Amendment supporters, the monsters responsible for attacks like the one in Newtown will not be constrained by gun laws in pursuing their deadly goal. Those who actually obey the laws of the land, however, would give such a murderer the upper hand by ensuring he or she is the only armed individual present.
Alas, when this reasoning is directed at knee-jerks leftists determined to strip the right to bear arms from the Constitution, it routinely falls on deaf ears. Among the majority of Americans, however, the sound logic makes perfect sense.
Colorado legislators – among the few in America able to pass stricter gun control laws in 2013 – learned this lesson the hard way after proponents of such measures were unceremoniously voted out of office by the state’s citizens.
Instead of politicizing a tragic event, Americans should remember the victims and their loved ones as they face a Christmas season forever changed by the heartless act of a madman.
–B. Christopher Agee
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