Giffords & Gun Control Debate

Just a few hours after posting my previous article, I ran across a surprisingly good piece addressing some of the problems with using the Arizona shootings as a pulpit for the gun control debate.  Take a look at it here.

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3 thoughts on “Giffords & Gun Control Debate

  1. I wasn’t as pleased with this article. I grabbed the below paragraph from today’s LewRockwell which summed up my concerns:

    even if they decide the killer is insane, that’s fine with the left, in classic Soviet style: after all, anyone who disagrees with them is on the lunatic fringe, and belongs in a psychiatric hospital. The dialectic permits no rational discussion, since that requires a grounding in reality, which is forbidden territory. To the left, all critics are nuts.

    Marshall

  2. Thanks Marshall. I do agree with you and with the passage you added from Rockwell. However, my agreement with the article I linked was in relation to the gun control debate – or rather, with the attempt to use the recent shootings to justify “gun control.”

  3. Brian,
    I see and agree with your point, but mental illness was repeatedly put forward as a way of controlling gun violence. Result: more unconstitutional Federal Regulation. The part about “Congress shall make no laws” is not being talked about. Murray Sabrin, again in today’s LewRockwell gets to the heart of the matter:

    “…we as a people should be more outraged about the thousands of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan who have been killed by our military as “collateral damage” in the juiced up global war on terror. In addition, where is the outrage by our political leaders, the pundits and others about our government invading a country – Iraq – that made no hostile acts against the American people?

    The Middle East wars have taken a huge toll. Hundreds of thousands of deaths, maiming of young American men and women in uniform as well as the destruction of civilian homes and lives throughout the region and the borrowing by the federal government of trillions of dollars to fight wars, are the legacy of our bipartisan foreign policy.

    In short, while we pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded in Tucson and mourn the deaths of more innocent people gunned down by another delusional individual, the attacks on public officials is no excuse to shred the Constitution and take away more of the people’s First and Second Amendment rights. That is the direction we are headed given the reaction by both members of the left and right on the political spectrum.

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