Gun crime most deftly describes gun deaths
This letter is in response to the column of Sunday, Sept. 22, by Bob Ray Sanders regarding gun control.
In his column, Sanders touched on all of the usual bogeymen of the pro-gun control/anti-Second Amendment crowd, while painting millions of honest, law-abiding Americans as uncaring, ruthless, paranoid rednecks – or worse.
He neglects to mention that it is the politicization of each of these shootings, which immediately turns every tragedy into an opportunity to weaken the rights of the law abiding (a ploy as predictable as the sunrise) that triggers the rush to buy guns, not the tragedy of the shooting itself. Their constant use of these deaths as a political tool is what gets folks rushing to the gun store, in order to get them while you still can, before their rights are taken away.
The hypocrisy of it is that while they rush to use these tragedies to their advantage, they turn a blind eye to the real problem, which is gun crime.
The anti-gun crowd shamelessly uses these mass shootings in a transparent attempt to attack our constitutional rights, moaning on endlessly about each occurrence, when in fact the 12 people that were killed at the Navy Yard – or even the 26 killed at Newtown – represent the toll of a couple of weekends in liberal bastions of strong gun laws such as Chicago. These are not honest, law-abiding citizens gunning down kids in the streets of Chicago every day; these are known criminals and drug gangs, mostly.
Of course, it’s easier for him to attack the law-abiding, simply because we are law-abiding; we’ll obey the law. This allows them to overlook the real problem, which is tougher to solve, and that is enforcing existing laws and reducing crime. That, you see, simply does not fit the agenda at this time.