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Without another mass murder at a school somewhere in the United States, the cause of gun control is dead, holstered by other political realities that have taken center stage.
Those who thought the shock and momentum caused by the deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut cold spur enough national momentum to force new curbs on guns in American had their chance and blew it. The past is prologue in America and it will take more than the murders of prosecutors in Texas or prison honchos in Colorado to generate any enthusiasm towards curbing America’s appetite for wholesale gun control.
Some states may pass new legislation tightening the laws on gun availability. Connecticut just did but that’s where the Sandy Hook tragedy took place and the state was never a haven for gun ownership anyway. Colorado has too but the state has taken a sharp turn to the left lately and such fads are normal in a place where a “Rocky Mountain high” is considered good.
Congress has moved on. Gay rights i the new popular issue on the hill and those who fretted over the political impact of speaking out against guns are quietly smiling at the welcome change in focus.
A ban on assault-stye weapons will not become the law of the land. Neither will limits on magazine sizes. You may see some window trimming tightening of background checks for gun purchases but even that is a long shot in a Congress where attention spans look more like a kindergarten class at recess.
Gun control is a passe issue. Move on. Other fish to fry.
While control freaks will mourn the swift of momentum away from further government intervention in our lives, most will welcome the change in momentum. Most Americans prefer less, not more, government control and the ideas emerging from the Obama White House and the extreme left that panders to bureaucratic overkill were based on the concept of too much government and too much control.
When you get past the hyperbole that surrounds over-emotional arguments on hot button issues like gun gun control, you realize that news laws are nothing more than legislative overreaction that accomplishes no real progress but threatens the freedom and independence that has always has — and should — define America.
Do too many Americans own too many guns? The answer to that question depends on one’s personal prejudice. Will opressive laws on ownership of guns end the increasing waves of violence in this nation? No, because those who choose to break the law operate outside such legislation — old or new.
The bottom line is a fact that most gun owners in this nation are law-abiding citizens. In states where relaxed laws allow the carry of concealed weapons by more citizens, violent crimes against such citizens have actually decreased.
A couple of years ago, my wife worked as assistant manager in a retail store in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Floyd, Virginia. Virginia a state where carrying a concealed weapon is not only legal for most citizens. It is also one where it is legal to carry a firearm openly — like in a holster strapped around one’s waist.
Shortly after a rare armed robbery occurred in out area — by young ruffians in a car with North Carolina plates — my wife was preparing to close here store when she and a co-worker observed a beat up gar with such plates driving by the store more than once in the parking lot. Besides putting in a precautionary call to 911. she also called me at our home, less than five miles away.
So I into a slipped my Glock 17 into a low-rise holster on my hip, climbed aboard my Harley and rode over to her store. Sure enough, the car was parked in a dark area by the side of the store. I rode up to the left side of the car, put down the kickstand and sat on the bike. The driver looked over, saw the weapon on my right leg, and chose to leave.
As the car pulled out of the lot and headed for town, I called 911 and advised the operator of the car’s direction, license plate number and description. A deputy saw the vehicle as it pulled into the parking lot of another store that was closing. A tail light was out, giving him probable cause and the right to stop the car and inspect. He found five young men with criminal records and outstanding warrants and each carrying weapons.
Did my ownership of a weapon — and the legal right to carry openly — prevent a crime. Maybe yes, maybe no. but my presence at that time made the criminals think twice about hitting that store and moving on. It is also possible that my presence could have stirred them into drawing their weapons and shooting at me.
It was a chance I was willing to take and a decision made easier by the fact that I was legally armed, not only with a weapon that was visible but also with one that was concealed — with a valid permit — under my leather jacket.
Right or wrong, it was my choice in a country where I had the freedom to make such a choice and — in the end — having that freedom was the most important thing of all.