In the wake of the horrific shootings in Newtown last Friday, I made the mistake of trying to engage a Facebook “friend” (actually more of a distant acquaintance) with actual facts in response to his emotional rantings about “why can’t we just ban guns once and for all now.” As I very quickly discovered, he was not really interested in dealing with facts – he repeatedly dismissed them as “empty words” and “drivel”. He preferred to constantly revert to characterizing any questioning of the premise that more guns laws would have prevented this tragedy as “heartless regurgitating of NRA propaganda”. After a while I gave up…
In the days since then, the drumbeat has not receded… in fact, the Media is in full throated campaign mode to ram new laws through before the public outrage they are helping to fan finally dies down. In spite of the well documented fact that this shooter (I refuse to further promote his “fame” by mentioning his name) broke a slew of existing laws in the process of carrying out this rampage, they cannot seem to grasp the simple concept that by definition criminals don’t pay attention to laws – no matter how many you pass! I know there are a number of questions about mental illness involved in this case – but the genuinely mentally ill are incapable of conforming their conduct to laws either! So, no matter which category this shooter and others like him might fall into – new laws will probably have zero effect on their behaviors!
Thomas Sowell addresses this issue in much more depth with a great column entitled “Gun Control Ignorance”:
This paragraph pretty much sums up the whole situation:
There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic, and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun-control advocates.