Friday, December 21, 2012

Banning Firearms & Firearm Accessories: Democrats Get It Wrong Again.

Here we go...
"Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will introduce legislation in the next Congress to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines, his office told The Huffington Post on Monday." -  The Huffington Post (THP)

The good Senator should know that criminals, and others who wish to do harm, are often deterred when the balance of power lies with the potential victim.  Firearms, along with concealed carry laws, help provide that balance.

Concealed carry laws give the law abiding the balance of power and an opportunity to defend themselves. When the criminals do not know who are victims and who have the power to defend against them they must assume anyone can defend themselves and look elsewhere for victims.  That is one reason why crime in right-to-carry states is lower than those areas where law abiding citizens are prevented, by law, from defending themselves. Much like our public schools, these areas are free fire zones for criminals and wackos to do as they please.

Consider that government agencies, such as the police, cannot be there to defend anyone when there is no time. The Newtown Police Station is 1.6 miles from Sandy Sandy Hook Elementary School*. And no police officer got to the school in time to save the children and their teachers.  People must be permitted to defend themselves. Do do otherwise is a grave disservice.

No legislation will stop a criminal who is intent on doing harm.  But smart gun laws reduce the open opportunity for criminals to do harm and gives the balance of power to the correct group: law abiding citizens.

THP goes on with "The legislation would simply reintroduce the prohibition of high-capacity magazines that existed under the federal Assault Weapons Ban from 1994 to 2004."
OK, easy enough to understand, but since it has already been tried with no success at any of its advertised goals, one would think that our elected officials would know better.  But if you consider this as simply a way to remove these tools from law abiding citizens the action makes more sense.

Senators Lautenberg , Feinstein, Schumer and the rest of the anti-gun crowd who want to ban firearms and firearm accessories, have gotten it wrong again.  They prefer to blame the tools instead of the person using them.

One more thought.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book retrieved from The Patriot Post email Newsletter, 20 December 2012.

* According to Google Maps

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