Sunday, July 22, 2012
Aurora, Colorado, Already Had Gun Ban
Leftists are trying to spin this as a black eye for gun advocates but it is in fact a black eye for the gun ban advocates. If someone in the audience had been armed, he might have been able to cut the shooting spree short
Around 12:30 am, a masked gunman opened fire on one of the 3,700 midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises, leaving 12 dead, 50 injured, and one in custody.
Liberals everywhere are wasting no time to use this massacre in an effort to push gun control and gut the Second Amendment. Mayor Bloomberg asks the Obama administration for stricter gun laws following Colorado shooting. Comedian DL Hughley tweeted, "Aurora is 13yrs and 13 miles from Columbine! Since the 60s over 500,000 ppl have bn killed by guns in the US we have no right 2 b shocked!"
How will stricter gun laws bring an end to criminals having guns, when the laws against murder have not been able to stop them from killing innocent people?
Currently in Aurora, Colorado, where the shooting took place, it is considered unlawful to carry a concealed "dangerousweapon," discharge firearms, unless by law enforcement on duty or on shooting range, and have loaded firearm in motor vehicle. Yet these laws were unable to stop James Holmes.
Crime rates alone of cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C. prove that gun bans only increase crime. The D.C. police response rate is eight minutes; most crimes are done in less than one. Gun bans create a trouble-free world for criminals considering no one can defend themselves.
If I were ever to face a situation like this, I would want to be prepared. I cannot help but think, if one person in that audience was carrying a gun with them, they could have saved lives.
Unfortunately-despite what some of the Left have said this morning-this tragedy is an example of the significance of our Second Amendment Rights.
As I look into the history of mass shootings, one detail stands out: most of the gunmen are between the ages of 17 and 24. In the Columbine High School massacre of 1999, students Eric Harris, 18 and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at their school. In 2007, the worst mass shooting in our nation's history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech by 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho. Currently, police have 24-year-old James Holmes in custody for the mass shooting that took place in theater 9.
Why do these young people feel the need to take innocent lives? That question I do not know, but as a young individual I have a Constitutional right to protect myself. I should not be scared to go to the movies, walk around campus, and attend class.
Some people seem to think guns are to blame for these murders. Not only did Holmes gas his victims but his apartment is completely rigged with explosives. Now tell me, did his guns set up explosives and throw tear gas at his victims too or did he?
Mass shootings can be stopped. People need to arm themselves with the facts (and with weapons). If one law abiding person in the theater would have been carrying a gun on them, they could have saved lives.