By Alan J Chwick & Joanne D Eisen
United States -(AmmoLand.com)- We grieve with Andy Parker and his family, whose daughter, Alison, was murdered during a TV news broadcast. It must be unbearable to suffer the senseless loss of a child.
But gun owners do not deserve the blame. Blaming the law abiding gun owner, and not the deranged gunman, turns the battle against misuse of guns completely off the mark and makes any progress impossible.
Mr. Parker has vowed to, “Do whatever it takes,” and he suggests that “universal background checks” would help to reduce firearms violence. This is just wishful political thinking. It’s impossible to accomplish and might likely be counterproductive.
While universal background checks sound like a good idea at first, in fact, they are. Because of the politics of gun control, the expanded check would be used against the law abiding to harass them. This is not paranoia, it is what has happened in the past and will continue happening. Universal background checks ONLY apply to law abiding citizens, as criminals buy their guns on the street.
Another law will not change the ability of a deranged person or a criminal to get a gun. And the rhetoric again begins – This past holiday weekend in DC, during a 10 hour surge of violence, 10 people were shot, and 9 guns were confiscated. Police Chief Cathy Lanier declared, “It's like they are freaking dropping out of the sky.”
The reason they come after the law abiding gun owner is because we are vulnerable. We are out in the open., we leave paper trails and they [read ‘government’] have access to our lives. We, like all good citizens, have always been hopeful and desirous of creating a safer society. After all, we want, like everyone else, the best and safest society for our kids and families.
We have some information for the liberals: Get the deranged and criminals off the streets, as it might be a more productive cure.
We will be watching.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Alan J Chwick has been involved with firearms much of his life, and is currently the Managing Coach of the Freeport Junior Club, at the Freeport NY Revolver & Rifle Association, Freeport, NY.
Joanne D Eisen practices dentistry on Long Island, NY. She has collaborated and written on firearm politics for the past 25-years, and is a Senior Fellow in Criminology at the Independence Institute in Denver, CO.
Alan J Chwick – AJChwick@iNCNF.org
Joanne D Eisen – JoanneDEisen@cs.com