Sometimes Crazy Is Just Crazy

In the wake of the recent horrific Las Vegas massacre the leftist anti-gun coven has kicked their hair-on-fire hysteria into overdrive. In the immortal words of former Obama chief-of-staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.

Contrary to their hysterical assertions, gun violence and deaths are in fact at historical lows. For the last 30 years violent crime rates, including murder, have been decreasing at a rate in direct correlation to the easing of restrictive gun laws, particularly for concealed carry, in those jurisdictions that have enacted such policies. In contrast, where gun laws are the most restrictive, those jurisdictions suffer disproportionate violent crime rates, including murder. Chicago, DC, and many other urban areas illustrate that fact.

The actions of this madman are no different from those who have driven their cars into crowds and committed mass murder, including recently in Las Vegas, but I don’t see anyone talking about banning cars. Why is that? Cars are at least as “dangerous” as guns, with a higher death toll.

I’ll answer my own rhetorical question: it’s because we don’t discuss abridging the rights of the vast mass of law-abiding citizens because of the actions of some lone nut job…. EXCEPT when it comes to guns.

Is there an unfortunate price to be paid for people to enjoy those rights? Yes, sadly there is. But that’s unavoidable in a free society, and the only way to avoid it is to eliminate the freedoms themselves.

That’s an unacceptable price. If we’re not willing to do it with cars, why should we do so with guns? Just because leftists don’t use or like them?

But there’s an even more important underlying issue, too. The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting. It’s there to assure that citizens have the ability to protect themselves if the government fails to do so, either by failing to respond in a crisis, or by trying to impose tyranny.

We saw this illustrated most vividly during the Los Angeles Rodney King riots in 1992, when the Korean shop owners protected their businesses, and themselves, with their own weapons – including semi-automatic “assault rifles” – when the cops and National Guard refused to enter the area for several days. The Koreans were on their own, and if you’re stuck in what is essentially a war zone, you want to be able to bring the most firepower to bear that you can if you have to.

But the Founders’ ultimate purpose in the Second Amendment was to make sure that the citizens had the ability to prevent their own government from trying to impose tyranny, and the only way to do that was to make sure that said government couldn’t outgun them. Never forget that they’d just fought a successful revolt against their own previous legitimate government, and they weren’t foolish enough to think it couldn’t happen again, right here at home.

In order to realize that potential, it’s important that the citizens have the same firepower as the average grunt they could be facing across the firing line. And that’s not some scoped bolt-action hunting rifle.

The “militia” to which the Second Amendment refers is not the active duty military, what our Founders called the “standing army”, of which they were very leery. In fact, as defined under 10 U.S. Code Section 311 (Link) the “militia” is composed of the National Guard (as anti-gunners dutifully note) as well as the “unorganized militia” which is composed of all law-abiding people of military age “who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States” (which the anti-gunners always manage to conveniently forget). That’s all of us, folks: you, me, and Joe Sixpack.

The AR-15s used by the Vegas madman, contrary to the hoplophobes’ characterizations, aren’t “weapons of mass destruction” or any of the other hyperbolic descriptions. In fact, they’re no different from any other semi-automatic firearm, in that they only fire one round per trigger pull. Further, as they’re the most commonly-owned rifle in general circulation, the Supreme Court decision in the landmark case of “D.C. v. Heller” assures their legitimacy.

Calling these guns a “full-on grade military arsenal”, as Gary Horton did earlier this week in his rant column against guns, is like calling Johnny Depp a real pirate. It makes no sense at all. In fact, if you ever found yourself on an actual battlefield and all you had was an AR-15, your life expectancy could be measured in minutes.

In Vegas, the killer used a “bump stock”, an after-market device that attaches to the rifle, to increase the rate of fire of his guns. Frankly, I’d never heard of this device before, and I’m pretty knowledgeable about guns. Whether or not this is an illegal modification of the guns is, I believe, a legitimate topic for discussion. But other than that, the jihad against AR-15s is a cynical exploitation of this tragic event to piecemeal advance the anti-gunners’ ultimate objective of trying to completely outlaw gun ownership in this country.

To that end, I want to acknowledge and thank Representative Steve Knight for his courage and conviction in standing firm for the rights of gun ownership. It’s thanks to people like him that we have any rights left at all.

The reality is that there isn’t any law at all that would have prevented that maniac from committing his insane act. None. We don’t know why he did it. We probably never will. I don’t think it matters. Sometimes crazy is just crazy.

He wanted to kill a bunch of people. He rented a hotel room and used guns. He could have rented a van and mowed them down. Timothy McVeigh rented a van and used fertilizer. The 9/11 jihadis bought airline tickets and hijacked jet aircraft.

Sometimes crazy is just crazy.

 

 

 

©Brian Baker 2017

(This column was published today in the print edition of my local newspaper, The Signal, as part of a pro/con debate on the issue of gun control in light of the Las Vegas massacre)

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8 comments on “Sometimes Crazy Is Just Crazy

  1. captbogus2 says:

    Several times I have heard that Las Vegas was the largest mass murder in our history. Are they forgetting Oklahoma City? Really, are they forgetting 9/11??? Seems like these would qualify. And auto accidents or vehicular homicde… Probably 99% of auto accidents are caused by ignorance and stupidity yet no attempt to make obtaining a license to drive. Most places it isn’t any harder than filling out a test paper and driving around the DPS compound and, yes, even the ignorant and stupid are allowed to take the test. But every time there is a tragedy caused by the stupid, ignorant or just plain crazy with a firearm the folks seem to want to take guns away from EVERY person. Except their own body guards, of course…..

    • BrianR says:

      Yeah, exactly. That’s why I mock and scorn them all the time. They have one tired song book with the same old verses, none of which are grounded in facts, logic, history, or the law.

  2. Nee says:

    Brian-
    I have shown stat after stat that nothing could have prevented this, because as you note, some people are simply killers. More gun control in not the answer….Chicago has 597 murders and counting…Where is the outrage there and what are any of the mouth breathers doing, other than steaming up windows? And, BTW, 64k overdoses both from addiction or overuse for a particular issue. Have those new controls worked? No. 3 times more deaths…and, no, they aren’t occurring en masse, but all the same…logically more regulation will never fix it, because they are not addressing the actual problems…PEOPLE. Sigh. The more liberty being seized constitutes the likelihood of those people screaming for gun control, no free speech, religion are also the ones who turn on each other because they believe themselves to be immune from the eventual consequences. It will work for them until it doesn’t.

  3. Hardnox says:

    Good post bro. Any mention of gun control is pure BS. The Left attempts to frame the narrative that the Founders never foresaw semi-auto weaponry thus the 2nd Amendment must be amended. No doubt the Founders never envisioned television either and the bile that the media spews daily. maybe the 1st Amendment needs a review. Lying is not protected last I checked.

    For the record, I don’t believe Paddock was alone. I have never believed it. Call me a tin-foil hat wearer if you like. Watch this:

    • BrianR says:

      I watched it, and it’s just nonsense. Sorry, pard.

      I’ve listened to the audio of the attack, and I hear one gun firing, and a lot of echoes of that gunfire. Nothing else. It’s the exact same firing signature — pauses, changes in tempo, timing, etc. — for everything you hear, which means it’s an echo. I’ve been in combat. I know what it sounds like when there’s more than one gun firing in rock’n’roll.

      This is just Grassy Knoll conspiracy theory stuff.

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