If you thought your Second Amendment rights were secure in the aftermath of Heller and McDonald, you’re sadly mistaken. A new battle is coming and it’s going to be a doozy. It will be you against the gun grabbers. It will be you against the media. It will be you against the politicians. And your President has fired the first shot on Meet the Press this morning.
“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,” said Obama in an interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.”
While we would all love to do something to make sure that the massacre at Sandy Hook is never repeated, I cannot imagine anything that the federal government can do will be effective.
“Something fundamental in America has to change. And all of us have to do some soul searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in a classroom,” Obama said in a taped interview with Meet The Press host David Gregory. “And I’ve been very clear that an assault rifle ban, banning these high capacity clips, background checks — that there are a set of issues that I have historically supported and will continue to support.”
First of all, people who don’t know the difference between a magazine and a clip, have no business legislating either one out of existence.
Second, we already have background checks, which will do nothing to stop someone who steals firearms from friends or family members, like Adam Lanza, or acquires them through straw purchases, like William Spengler, who shot firefighters on Christmas Eve and like Harris and Klebold in Columbine.
“I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,” he said. “And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.”
I don’t know very many Americans who believe that putting more guns in schools will somehow “solve our problem.” I haven’t heard anyone propose this as a panacea. Would it help? Probably. And I’m not talking about turning our schools into armed camps. I’m talking about restoring the right of responsible, trained Americans who are willing and able to properly use their firearms to carry their tools of self defense in schools. Many teachers are former military. They have the training and the ability to take that responsibility. Many states have training requirements before one is issued a concealed carry permit. So why not?
Armed citizens stop violent thugs nearly every day in this country. For every story reported in the news about a self-defense case, hundreds more go unreported and unexamined. Most of these cases do not involve a shooting. Merely brandishing a gun is enough – and that doesn’t make the news. So why not?
Armed citizens and students have stopped rampaging madmen before. Joel Myrick in Pearl, MS stopped a teenaged gunman and prevented him from claiming more victims. Students at the Appalachian School of Law stopped another rampaging lunatic after they ran to their cars and got their firearms. So why not?
There would be no force and no obligation. Those who work in schools and are willing to help, would be allowed to do so. Why not?
No one is saying this would stop armed lunatics every time, but it would give the victims a fighting chance. So why not?
Paranoid hoplophobes will start their mass howls of protest, and politicians would react – with proposed limitations on the rights of people who committed no crime. And they are committed – dedicated to ensuring that they consolidate power in their own hands. They are determined to shove another ban down our throats, and they are ready, willing and able to fight.