A newspaper recently provided unintentional irony in its reporting and editorial. On the front page it reported the beating death of a mother by blunt force trauma while the editorial, referencing the Washington Navy Yard mass murders by a mentally deficient person, suggested that modest gun control measures might have averted the shootings.
Crime is safer for the criminal when guns are “controlled.”
Australia’s robbery rate increased 40 percent immediately after guns were confiscated and most crime rates remain slightly higher after 15 years. Why do the cities with the tightest gun control, Chicago and Washington, D.C., also have the highest murder rate?
Each month the National Rifle Association magazine publishes a page of crimes that were thwarted because the citizen used a gun to defend property or lives. Should we restrict purchase of hammers and screwdrivers? Why do we not dwell on the cause instead of trying to forget why the nation’s Founders wrote the Second Amendment?
When Rep. Mike Thompson directed the town hall meeting in Vallejo last winter to stir up enthusiasm for gun control, he did not get what he wanted. Ninety percent of the public comments were to forget gun control and take care of our nation’s mental problems.
For those old enough to remember, you might inform your younger friends that most counties across the nation operated mental asylums until the late 1960s. There were some problems within that system, but Congress attempted to solve those and other problems with Medicare. That and a couple of judicial decisions closed the asylums, but Congress made two serious mistakes: They forgot to provide treatment for the released mental patients and they failed to establish a monitor program to evaluate the effects.
It was convenient to say that the homeless problem was caused by the Vietnam War veterans, but the primary source was the mentally unstable who were dumped onto the street. Tell you legislator to help those thousands of people who are mentally deficient and forget the guns.