Why The Left Hates Guns|
December 24, 2012
Liberals have declared war on gun rights. Following the mass shooting at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun-control zealots have
seized on the murder of 20 children and 6 adults to push their longtime goal of
rolling back the Second Amendment. The bodies of the victims were not even cold
before the progressive blogosphere was blaming the
National Rifle Association for the atrocity.
President Obama is calling for sweeping new gun restrictions, including
restoring the assault-weapons ban and limiting ammunition in magazines.
MSNBC host Ed Schultz
seeks the outright “confiscation of guns.”
wants America to adopt Great Britain’s rigid gun laws. Ultimately, the left’s
argument boils down to one seminal belief: The primary cause for our epidemic of
mass shootings lies in technology — the wide availability of firearms. Restrict
access to guns, liberals claim, and violence will be curbed significantly.
This is not only false, but blatant propaganda. The Sandy Hook shooter,
Adam Lanza, was
severely mentally ill. His mother,
who also was butchered by her son, proved unable to find appropriate treatment.
Instead, according to press accounts, she kept him isolated in a windowless
basement for long hours each day, where he played violent video games. No one is
willing to confront this painful truth: Our culture’s obsession with video
games, especially those that glorify mass killing, senseless brutality and
bloodlust, is desensitizing our youth.
Adam Lanza was a
deranged individual who spent countless hours in a virtual reality slaughtering
imaginary human beings. He also lacked necessary medical treatment — including
medication. His life was a combustible mix, ready to blow at any moment. The
results were predictable and ominous: Someone was going to get hurt. The only
question was who — and how many.
The massacres at
High School in Colorado;
Virginia Tech; Tucson, Ariz.; Aurora, Colo.; and
Sandy Hook all
had one thing in common: The perpetrators suffered from serious mental illness.
The recent rash of mass shootings has nothing to do with guns. Rather, it is our
society’s refusal to involuntarily institutionalize the violently mentally ill.
Since the 1970s, liberals — in the name of “civil rights” — have succeeded in
opening up the doors of psychiatric hospitals and releasing psychologically
disturbed patients. This has allowed mentally unstable individuals to roam our
streets. The consequences have been disastrous — soaring homelessness, rampant
poverty, rising crime and an explosion in random murderous atrocities.
The schools, malls and movie theaters where these crimes took place had
something else in common: They were gun-free zones. If banning firearms was the
solution, those places should have been safe havens. They weren’t. The reason is
obvious. Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from being able to protect
themselves, leaving them defenseless against ruthless gunmen. The principal and
teachers at Sandy
Hook stood helpless as
Lanza shot them
in cold blood. They were like sheep led to the slaughter.
Norway has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. That did not stop a
madman in 2011 from massacring nearly 80 people — many of them children — at a
summer camp outside Oslo. To think gun control can prevent mass violence is a
leftist utopian fantasy. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in
1995 using a fertilizer-based truck bomb. The worst school atrocity occurred in
Michigan in 1927 when 38 children, ages 7 to 11, along with seven adults were
murdered. The weapons that were used: three primitive homemade explosives. Evil
is a fundamental reality of life. It cannot be legislated away. It must be faced
down and defeated.
This is why the only policy answer to the wave of mass shootings is not fewer
guns, but more guns. In particular, gun-free zones should be dismantled at
schools. It’s time that education budgets incorporate the hiring of security
personnel — say, two guards per school — who would be armed and trained to use
deadly force against any future potential shooter. Ideally, they would be
ex-military, who possess experience in dealing with surprise attacks and
volatile situations. Just the fact that schools would be known to have armed
agents protecting students and staff would significantly deter gun violence.
Yet the Democratic left is determined to repeal the Second Amendment. Why? The
answer is simple: An armed citizenry is pivotal to a self-governing republic.
Our founders enshrined gun rights not because they were bloodthirsty hicks who
celebrated a culture of dueling, revenge and honor. Instead, they understood
that pervasive gun ownership is a bulwark against excessive state coercive
power. A self-reliant people — as opposed to one subservient to rulers — must be
capable of defending themselves and their families from dangerous predators. Gun
rights are essential to our system of limited government and individual liberty.
For liberals, this is precisely the problem with the Second Amendment. Their aim
is to erect a Scandinavian-style social democracy — a North American Sweden. The
structure standing in their way is the Constitution. This is why the progressive
left has been relentlessly assaulting our Judeo-Christian heritage and
constitutional republic. It must vilify — and discredit — our founding
principles in order to pave the way for its collectivist revolution. Nothing is
more quintessentially American than our gun culture. Secular leftists hate guns
because they loathe America. And they will stop at nothing — including
exploiting the bodies of dead children — to achieve their radical, anti-American
and anti-gun agenda.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist and editorial writer at The Washington
Times. He is also the host of “The Kuhner Report” on AM-680 WRKO (www.wrko.com)
from 6-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon EST in Boston.