The Brass Tacks of Gun Control


By J. Andrew Peak

Authors note:

Once the shooting at the Navy Yard occurred yesterday in Washington D.C., out of respect, I had determined to wait an appropriate length of time to submit a rejoinder to the all too predictable, anti-gun left. Sadly, given our current politics, it doesn’t take the intuition of Nostradamus to know the off target and misguided salvo would first come from their camp.

Last night on CNN, Piers Morgan reignited the debate over gun control. So I feel no remorse in adjusting my sight picture, going full safeties off and engaging. Indeed, it is about time someone explained the brass tacks of gun control.

In the wake of both the Navy Yard and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, many Americans are again asking hard questions about gun control in America.

Generally, the conversation centers on the role of firearms in modern society. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s Heller and McDonald decisions, whether or not a citizen has the right to own a firearm has been settled. As if there was any doubt the Bill of Rights meant what it so plainly says.

So here we are, once more discussing gun control. If the past be any guide, the issue is sure to get skewed. One side will spew talking points while the other side rebuts with their focus grouped logic. In the mêlée, usually the main point gets bypassed, glossed over and lost.

Concerning public policy and gun control, the central question today should be:

Does one deranged and suicidal gunman – or six for that matter, who are all obviously disturbed, if not clinically insane – have the right to take others rights away?

The answer must be a resounding no.

The first illegal acts of these madmen were to overtly deprive others of their lives. This is the first right these villains confiscated.

Once the shooting stops, we generally tend to think of the shooter’s damage as being completed. Frequently, our society views these tragic acts as being solely inflicted upon the immediate victims, their families and communities. Sadly this is not the case.

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