GUNS: Aurora’s Strict Gun Laws Didn’t

Aurora’s Strict Gun Laws Didn’t Prevent Shooting, But If One Law-Abiding Person In The Theater Had Been Carrying One…
By Ron Meyer
July 21, 2012

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Purdue student and Young America’s Foundation Intern Scholar Hillary Cherry provides her thoughts on the Colorado shooting, stressing the importance of protecting our Second Amendment rights:

A masked gunman opened fire yesterday on one of the 3,700 midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises, leaving 12 dead, 50 injured, and one in custody. Liberals everywhere are wasting no time to use this massacre in an effort to push gun control and gut the Second Amendment.

Mayor Bloomberg asks the Obama administration for stricter gun laws following Colorado shooting. Comedian DL Hughley tweeted, “Aurora is 13yrs and 13 miles from Columbine! Since the 60s over 500,000 ppl have bn killed by guns in the US we have no right 2 b shocked!”

How will stricter gun laws bring an end to criminals having guns, when the laws against murder have not been able to stop them from killing innocent people?

Currently in Aurora, Colorado, where the shooting took place, it is already unlawful to carry a concealed “dangerous weapon,” discharge firearms, unless by law enforcement on duty or on shooting range, and have loaded firearm in motor vehicle.

Yet these laws were unable to stop James Holmes.

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The lessons of Columbine, Virginia Tech, and now Aurora is that people must be allowed, able, and prepared to defend themselves.

Period, end of story.

The Dead Old White Guys’ wisdom was to enshrine that. We are stupidly ignorant of what makes our species thrive and cooperate — when each is a “sovereign” we have peace.


“Dial 911 and die”

When death is seconds away, the police are minutes away. “We, The People” ARE the police!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” — Lazarus Long (Robert A Heinlein)

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

Or movie patrons!

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2 thoughts on “GUNS: Aurora’s Strict Gun Laws Didn’t

  1. I’d like to take a more moderate approach to this topic. First off, gun laws work. Yes, I said “Gun laws work”, as long as they are directed at the population of people who are breaking the law. If you look at the vast majority of gun laws that have been enacted in the US, you will notice that they are all directed at the everyday law abiding citizen. This is not necessarily wrong, since it makes good sense that law enforcement should know who in their population is armed, and with what type of weapon.
    Many politicians and news organizations will support laws that make it more difficult for the general population to acquire and own firearms, because this is an easy way to get recognition without really achieving anything more that political brownie points. The truth is that these laws make it more difficult for honest, law abiding citizens to acquire firearms, while illegal firearms are still bought and sold in greater numbers, with relative impunity. My point here is that instead of making honest, law abiding citizens the focus of gun legislation, we should be targeting that element of our population that feeds illegal firearms to criminals. The time our legislators are spending on figuring out a process that will make someone wait six months for a firearms license, could be better spent on designing legislation that imposes extremely severe punitive measures for simply being caught with an illegal weapon. I would wager that if many criminals knew that they would spend a mandatory, and non-appealable, fifteen years in prison for being caught with an illegal weapon, and an additional ten for committing a crime with it, they would think twice about purchasing that weapon, or using it.
    As far as that element of the population that suffers from a mental disorder, there is very little that can be done to avoid this. I am one of those that are in favor of allowing the public to carry concealed weapons, as long as they are registered and the individual routinely demonstrates that he/she is qualified to carry it. Under such circumstances, I would be confident in saying that the amount of damage that was done in Aurora would have been significantly less, if multiple people would have been able to defend themselves. To those that detest this type of approach, then you are free to not defend yourself. Just remember, that if you are unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, you will find yourself wishing that you could do something to stop the horror that is unfolding before you, and that may end up making you one of its victims.
    I am extremely saddened by the pain that the families of those killed and wounded in Aurora are suffering. No one should ever lose a loved one in such a senseless way. I hope and pray that such an incident will never happen again.

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