The Dalles On April 19, 1995, a demented veteran parked a truck loaded with fertilizer, oil and explosives next to the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and created a blast that damaged a 16-block radius and killed 619 people, including 19 babies under the age of 6. Murder and mayhem does not require firearms. On April 16, 2007, a deranged student killed 33 and wounded 21 others at Virginia Tech. No semi-automatic rifle was involved. The shooter ignored existing gun laws. All of these perpetrators were unbalanced, out of touch with reality. In a word, insane.
Old Choctaw friends taught me that anyone committing a heinous, inhuman act should never have their names spoken aloud. So be it.
Anti-gun factions have rallied on the recent Connecticut shooting. The shooter’s actions broke existing laws. No gun laws prevented the bombing in Oklahoma. Firearms are not needed to kill or maim innocents. Reform of the Federal Privacy Act would be a start to ascertain who is mentally defective and dangerous to the public.
Bloomberg’s anti-gun Mayors Association urges passage of more anti-gun laws. I find that contradictory. Entities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D. C. and New York City have the most stringent gun controls in America — for the honest citizen, that is. Yet those cities rank highest in murder rates by firearms. Laws, rules or regulation does not bind criminals or the insane. Is there reality in more gun regulation?
The massacre in Newtown, Conn., set the anti-gun factions aflame. They insist on bans on semi-auto rifles, pistols and shotguns. (Those include your Grandpa’s old duck gun.) Semi-auto rifles are seldom used in crimes. Notable exceptions would be conflagrations occurring at Norco, Calif., in 1980 and Miami, Florida in 1986.
President Obama and his anti-Second Amendment followers urge further gun restrictions that criminals and the insane will simply ignore. Too, he supports the United Nations Small Arms Treaty that will let the U.N. regulate gun ownership in America. This is his reality. Is it yours?
Any new gun laws passed will be enforced by the BATFE. That’s the stalwart government agency that brought us “Fast and Furious,” the Mexican gun-running scheme that put hundreds of illegal guns across the border and into the hands of the drug cartels. Really? Really.
Glenn Dee Summers