PR July 30th, 2012: Gun Control0
For Immediate Release: Contact: Brian Kennedy (508) 451-0574
July 30th, 2012
The horrific slaughter that occurred recently has brought a slew of demands from many on the left for more gun control. As is always the case, we’re now discovering that the assailant was mentally unstable, and again as is always the case, the assailant’s screams of intention were systematically ignored. In practically all instances of massive gun violence (including the massacres at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School) guns were already banned on those properties. In one case, a person who had a license to carry a gun lamented that his gun was locked in his vehicle because he could not bring it on campus. In this case, as is probably the case in many instances, one gun in the hands of just one law-abiding citizen could have saved dozens of lives.
It should be noted that Chicago has already listed over 200 murders since January of this year, yet it has the strictest gun laws in the country. The assumption in much of the media is always based on the premise that anyone who owns a gun, buys a gun, stores ammunition, or wishes to carry a concealed weapon for the purposes of protection, is an extremist. I would also note, as is usually the case, that in their zeal to ostracize those whose political beliefs differ from theirs, many in the media are quick to lay blame at the feet of the Tea Party without so much as a shred of evidence.
In all cases of gun violence such as this, the person responsible is mentally ill. Lawmakers should be able to make the determination for the difference between law-abiding citizens and criminal intent. Maybe we should be abandoning political correctness for a better system in identifying and taking proper care of those who suffer with severe mental illness before they decide to finalize their intentions for murder.
Criminals are by definition those who would ignore the law. Are we foolish enough to believe more laws would prevent the actions of those who have already chosen to ignore law? New laws and restrictions such as gun free zones are knee jerk reactions that only put law abiding citizens at risk. Anti-gun politicians prey on the emotions of their constituents in order to gain easy votes and support but, in reality, they are demonstrating an unwillingness to uphold our Constitution while doing nothing to treat the real problem.
Dr. David Steinhof is a dentist in Fall River, MA, and has worked his whole life in the private sector. He is the conservative choice in this year’s GOP primary for the 4th Congressional District. For more information or media availability, go to www.davidsteinhof.com or contact Brian Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.