Time for Offense in Gun Control Debate

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by Jonathon Dunne

I agree with our Liberal friends – it is time America had a serious debate on guns. I also agree with them when they say if action saves just ONE life then it will be worthwhile. As Conservatives we have to realise one very important thing – facts are on our side, NOT THEIRS!!! It is time for us all to go on the offensive not only in the gun control debate but on every issue.

This week America witnessed yet another senseless shooting, this time in Washington DC. How many of these shootings do Americans need to witness before they wake up and do something? It is an extremely sad day anytime an innocent person is murdered, however the shooting in the Navy Yard was even more disturbing and here’s why.

Every politician in Washington including Barack Obama acknowledges the members of the US military are heroes. For the last month, POTUS has been pushing for war with Syria and is going to trust military men and women with war ships, aircraft and bombs that are capable of inflicting incredible damage. Despite election promises, POTUS still has troops on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan where US troops are trusted with hand guns, rifles and grenades.

Despite trust with all these weapons, US troops are not trusted and allowed to conceal and carry guns on their bases in America. What type of mixed message is that sending? Imagine if troops were allowed to conceal and carry in the Washington Navy Yard? Chances are there would have been fewer casualties…

As the tragedy unfolded Monday Evening (Irish time), I spoke with my mother about it. My mother has very little interest in politics and would not be a huge Second Amendment supporter but when I told her about US troops not being able to conceal and carry on base, her reaction was spot on:

She said: “Wow, but they could be a target for terrorists. How are they supposed to defend themselves?”

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