Backward Thinking Infects Chicago and Beyond

Yet another deadly holiday weekend has rocked Chicago. The city saw dozens of shootings, death, mayhem, and—as one would expect—politicians blaming guns for the actions of people and suggesting that more restrictions on law-abiding citizens would curb the problem.

I cannot express the depths of my frustration at this backward thinking. Do the politicians in Chicago really believe that videotaping firearms sales in the city will do ANYTHING to stop criminal activity? They would have to install video cameras in every back alley and crack house in the city to catch criminals trading guns for drugs.

The majority of these shootings are taking place in four or five districts within the city and one thing is for certain: law-abiding gun owners are not behind the crime spree. Yet the politicians continue to demand more and more gun control laws in an effort to “reduce crime.”

Chicago still has the most Draconian gun laws in the nation and I am preaching to the choir when I say, “Gun laws do not work to reduce crime.” Gun laws certainly work to get in the way of good people who want to protect themselves. We have to put up with all sorts of garbage from the anti-gunners and they are willing to say and do anything to push their gun-control agenda. As proof of this, a recent story in Rolling Stone magazine gave readers seven steps to “beat the NRA!”

Here is the worst advice I have ever seen and it shows how low the anti-gun crowd will go. This is a cut-and-pasted right from Rolling Stone:

3. Politicize Disaster, Unabashedly

This may make some progressives queasy. But if you don’t have the stomach for hardball politics, just accept that you’re going to be steamrolled by the NRA—which shamelessly stokes the emotional power of national tragedies like 9/11, Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy to convince Americans that social collapse is around the corner, and you really should be buying that AR-15.

This isn’t complicated: Making a political issue of the tiny coffins of dead children in the wake of a school shooting isn’t just a thing that helps pass strong gun-control, it’s practically the only thing in the last quarter century that’s moved the needle on anti-gun-violence laws. Recall that the catalyst for the 1994 assault weapons ban was a 1989 school shooting in Stockton, California, that killed five kids and wounded 29 other children.

It’s not distasteful to act in the name of victims of gun violence. What’s distasteful is to squander the burning anger and intense political focus that such senseless bloodshed inspires. There’s nothing dishonorable in taking the swift and necessary action to prevent other children from being massacred by an idiot with a war rifle.

Look at the words these people at Rolling Stone have used: war rifle, massacred, bloodshed. They want to use the tiny coffins to push their agenda, but those same people will not cross the street to help the inner city kids of Chicago. Idiots with rifles kill far fewer people than thugs on drugs, but this epidemic of backward thinking keeps people from understanding the real problem of criminals running wild in the streets.

So, what can we do? The first thing we can do is speak up. Never let anti-gunners speak their lies without calling them on it. Crime is down in every area where gun ownership is up. Tell people that. Let the world know that law-abiding citizens are not the problem.

I have said it before and I will keep saying it. We can never give up and let them beat us.