Boy, 3, among 13 injured in Chicago park shooting – Yahoo News

From the city that brought us hope and change and, even with it’s recent decision to eliminate the city’s firearms registry, still has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, yet another night of violence that curiously doesn’t seem to happen with quite the same frequency in “free states.”  This time, a three-year-old boy is among 13 injured in a shooting at a Chicago park.

Like New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, and even Houston, Chicago has a violence problem.  But Chicago’s issues are demonstrably worse than most and has been in spite of what were some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the country.  They are in fact, the leader in total murders in the United States and there is no sign they are slowing down any time soon. Yet, in spite of overwhelming evidence that their anti-gun policies aren’t helping, we’ll see yet another call for even more gun control.

Democrats throughout the state claim that blood will run in the streets as a result of court rulings and new laws allowing concealed carry and other freedoms.  But here’s a news flash, blood has been running in the streets of Chicago since the 1930s. Banning guns, even the National Firearms Act, attempting to ban/register the “Chicago Typewriter”, didn’t help. Curiously, the surrounding areas, where people can own guns with a great deal more freedom, are actually pretty peaceful. Seems like the old saying that an armed society is a polite society rings true every time.

-Gary

Ex British PM Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint – CNN.com

Ex British PM Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint – CNN.com.

Depending on your perspective, the fact Tony Blair’s daughter was held at gunpoint demonstrates several things. First; it demonstrates that crime and violence know no race, creed, religion, or economic status. Two; given the first, they can occur anywhere, anytime, to anyone. And third; that gun control, even in the United Kingdom represents is an abject failure of public policy.

I meet people from the UK on a fairly regular basis in the US as they often go to gun ranges as a sort of tourist attraction. There aren’t many gun ranges in the UK and the few that exist, are generally only for the rich and well connected. Even then, it’s almost exclusively rifles and shotguns that must be used, maintained, and stored securely AT THE CLUB. Legal possession of firearms in the home in the UK is EXTREMELY rare. The police don’t even carry guns except for specialized units who are only authorized to access or use those guns under very specific conditions. Even then, those units do not regularly carry said guns.  Given all of this, one would think there is zero gun crime in the UK. And yet, we have the headline above…Tony Blair’s daughter, held at gunpoint.

Rewind to yesterday, I watched a recording of CNN’s new iteration of “Crossfire” in which they had yet another debate about gun control. This one sparked by the traged at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. The talking points were predictable, especially the lies/delusional musings of the anti-gunners.  But notably, they had Colin Goddard, Virginia Tech survivor and advocate for the Brady Campaign as well as Mayors Against Illegal Guns facing off against Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America

Newt Gingrich led off the discussion by asking Goddard what law would have prevented the Navy Yard shooting. Goddard immediately deflected and failed to answer the question saying we shouldn’t base our policies on the last mass shooting because, “…those people are already dead.” “We have to do things to prevent the next group of people from getting shot and killed.” What’s important is, “…what measures will stop the most number of dangerous people from easily obtaining firearms in the first place,” he said.

In other words, he didn’t have an answer because the reality is, as even LZ Granderson of CNN pointed out, gun control is not the answer. When Chicago was brought up as an example of a city that until very recently, had a near total ban on all modern long arms and handguns and in which nearly all such guns are illegally purchased, Goddard laid his cards on the table saying, “…all illegal guns began their life as a legal gun…”  He contends that requiring background checks for all sales would cut off the flow of illegal guns.  And that brings us back to the UK.  Surely, an outright ban has cut off the flow of illegal guns…right?

Nope, If Chicago and Washington DC weren’t good enough examples, then few things demonstrate the failures of gun control better than the rise of violent crimes in general, especially those involving firearms, in Great Britain.  Civilian gun ownership, especially in the home, has been all but completely outlawed. As mentioned before, with limited exception, not even the police have or carry guns.  And yet even Tony Blair’s progeny cannot escape the fact that if you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns.

-Gary