How can a person like Sheila Jackson Lee be elected to office? A couples of weeks ago, Representative Lee spoke on the House floor in favor of more restrictions to prohibit law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and their families from criminals. She had the nerve to blame the murdering of innocents at the hands of gangs on the guns instead of the despicable people holding the gun. This is what she said:
Don’t condemn the gang bangers, they’ve got guns that are trafficked — that are not enforced, that are straw purchased and they come into places even that have strong gun laws. Why? Because we don’t have sensible gun legislation. I’m going to agree with my friends on the other side of the isle. Our Republican friends, let’s enforce the gun laws that we have – – who would run away from that. That’s a sensible proposition. Put a resolution on the floor of the House – – let’s enforce gun laws that we have.
Does anything that she said make any sense to you? She contradicts herself halfway through and then joins with her “friends across the aisle”. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Chicago and New Orleans have the highest murder rates. The reason Chicago does (according to Ms. Lee) is that it doesn’t have enough strict gun control and that neighboring states don’t impose the same restrictions that Illinois does. It’s not their fault. It’s that we don’t have universal gun control. If we didn’t have any guns at all, these criminals wouldn’t be able to kill each other…
“So, don’t blame the criminals”. So according to Ms. Lee, the poor gangbangers just need more rehabilitation. I wonder if she asked any of them if they would even entertain rehabilitation. Even the police don’t like going into their operating area.
I am not blaming anyone. I am citing indisputable facts that show that when NYC had similar problems, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani took steps to stop it. To this day, some sections of Chicago are still struggling against gang violence and the murder of innocents. NYC, which has a greater population, does not have anywhere near the amount of murders in a year that Chicago has had in the last four months.
As for enforcing current laws, what pro-2nd Amendment people mean by that is that most violent criminals shouldn’t be on the streets at all, and so the point about whether or not they should be allowed to purchase a firearm is moot. If there is eyewitness testimony and evidence that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone is guilty of murder or rape, that person shouldn’t be given freedom. He shouldn’t even be in a position where he is trying to buy anything, let alone a gun. That is what is meant by “enforcing current laws.” It’s definitely not an endorsement of states’ various gun control laws. If guns are taken away, violent crime will increase, as it has in the U.K. and Australia following national mandatory gun buy-back programs. Many of our founding fathers have stated that the only way to enslave a population is to take away their means of defending themselves. Hitler learned this and applied it in German-controlled states in 1936. Once he had removed all their guns, they had nothing to fight back with. That is why he was able to torture and murder more than 6 million people under his regime, and it only took him 4 years to do it.
Why doesn’t Congresswoman Lee or some of her “friends” propose tightening up the requirements in mental institutions and mental health agencies? How can anyone in their right mind release people who are mentally unstable onto the general public in any area of the country. It is not guns that have been around since time infinitum that are the problem. It is the person holding the gun who bears the responsibility of pulling the trigger. If they pull the trigger, they are committing themselves to the act. Many people who take that step end up killing themselves. Others who are more cowardly drop the gun as soon as they are confronted with superior force. These people are cowards as well as murderers. These are the people the liberal establishment champions: “Oh they had such a terrible childhood.” Despite what they would like us to think, many of us had childhoods that would make the ordinary person blush or puke. We got through it and learned how to make our lives better. We didn’t blame someone else for something we did. That is the difference between a responsible individual vs. a person who plays the victim. Liberals love victims and will make you a victim, even if you were the aggressor (or in this case a murderer.) Making you a victim adds to their elitist arguments that society is responsible for not understanding criminals, even when those criminals are murdering your children.
If you agree that there are enough gun laws on the books (and that there are proactive steps your local government can take to stop the spread of gang violence), then contact your Congressional representatives and demand they do something instead of just pointing fingers at themselves.