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The momentum for increased gun control is fading. Good. Now we can move on

By DOUG THOMPSON - Capitol Hill Blue
April 3, 2013

040313gunWithout 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.

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15 Responses to The momentum for increased gun control is fading. Good. Now we can move on

  1. Walter F. Wouk

    April 3, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Good piece, but please don’t refer to Obama and his playmates as the “extreme left.” They’re reactionaries — period.

  2. Bill Cravener

    April 3, 2013 at 7:40 am

    The bottom line is a fact that most gun owners in this nation are law-abiding citizens.

    That is certainly true but I wonder how many of those legal gun owners are responsible and knowledgeable as you are about gun ownership Doug? I’ve owned a shotgun and a rifle for 50 years. Most of the year they are in a leather gun case stored away.

    I fear way too many gun owners haven’t a clue on the proper use care and storage of guns. Perhaps if guns were more difficult to obtain, child accidents and suicides, the biggest killers from legal gun ownership wouldn’t be so high.

    It’s alarming how a handgun owner can completely forget where that gun bought for fun or safety is, yet a child or someone wanting to end it all finds it so easily.

    To my way of thinking guns should be more of a responsibility then owning and operating a vehicle. Disturbingly that’s not the case here in America.

    • griff6r

      April 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Spoken like a true-blue nanny-stater, Bill. Wait, I got it…we need some shiny new laws that ban stupidity and carelessness as well. Now that would cure a whole bunch of social ills.

  3. Sandy Price

    April 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I absolutely want anyone who fears for the safety of their family to own a gun and be trained in the proper use of it.

    What has frightened me is the thought that many right-wingers despise the government more than they care for the safety of their kids. Arming oneself from the government is time to leave that government. Remember, we put those bastards in office.

    It troubled me when my choir sang “Onward Christian Soldiers” at a time when the WW2 was just ending. It is time the tea party shelves their God and Guns.

    I’m too old to move again.

  4. woody188

    April 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I never know which Doug Thompson is going to be writing from day to day, part of the fun of coming back to his site. :) Hard to believe this same guy wrote he was for banning assault weapons February 22nd.

    I like the pro-Constitution/liberty Doug much better than that other guy.

    • Sandy Price

      April 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Woody, could it be that this Doug hss mastered the art of irony?

  5. Jon

    April 4, 2013 at 1:24 am

    It’s worth noting at this time, that according to his remarks, Publisher Doug Thompson did not strap on an AR-15 or a tommy-gun. The weapon that he chose bears no resemblance whatsoever to any influenced by either a large magazine nor assault rifle ban.

    As an aside, why is ‘gay rights’ even an issue? They are human beings, they are citizens of the USA; that they may do with each other what any other law-abiding citizens of the USA freely and reasonably choose to do with each other is so stupidly trivially obviously permissable that to compare it with firearms regulation is, honestly Mr. Thompson, somewhat insulting.

    Jon

    • Almandine

      April 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      The Glock 17 chambered in 9mm has a magazine capacity of 17 rounds. Would have probably needed them all in that situation.

      • Doug Thompson

        April 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        A 30-round magazine is also sold for the Glock 17. The shooter of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was using one.

        In the situation described, I would have needed, at most, five shots. When I fire at something, I don’t miss and I don’t waste ammunition.

  6. Jon

    April 4, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Furthermore, if “Most Americans” prefer less government interference, why are they so jolly fond of government regulation in nupitals?

    J.

  7. Jon

    April 4, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Now for a complete U-turn, I add this:

    I was listening to the librul media (NPR) while ambling down the road, and they quoted that horrible socialist President Obama on background checks, and as best as I can recall (being driving, I wasn’t taking notes) he said, lightly paraphrased, “Those who wish to purchase a gun should prove they are not restricted from purchasing firearms.”

    Wait a bean-pickin’ minute here. Now it’s the buyer’s responsibility to prove they are NOT a felon? Prove we’re NOT on a secret CIA list of ‘undesirables’. Now, to buy a firearm, we need to prove a negative? Uhhhrrmmm…

    (‘s true in many things, actually. The ‘proof of law-abidingness’ has been creeping into U.S. government for many years in that one must prove one is abiding by all laws in many places, not leaving it up to the government to prove you were actually violating a law).

    J.

    Yo papers, please… *sigh*

  8. Sandy Price

    April 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Maybe we all should broaden our definition of dementia.

    Dementia often brings paranoia along with it.

    Living alone, I find myself not only talking to my cats but waiting for an answer to a question. I feel quite at home in my senior development as everyone talks to everything.

    • Jon

      April 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

      If you’re loitering about in Southern California, perhaps your handlers could handle you to a suitable public place while mine do the same to the same place at the same time, and I could reply to a question or two.

      I probably won’t purr, though.

      J.

  9. Wayne K Dolik

    April 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    For the last 20 years people guilty of mass shootings have been heavey users of psychotropic drugs. But, that topic will not never see the light of day, because there is just to much money in leagle drug pushing.

    The real sideshow and false flag’s in Colorado and Conn. is a distraction for the Obama Administration for 1. the economy, 2. looting the U.S. economy 3. no jobs etc. etc. etc. We are broke so let’s change the subject.

    They ought to make Conn. and Colorado politicians pee in a botle so we all can find out what they are on!

    • Pondering_It_All

      April 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Even if there is a high correlation between psychotropic drug use and mass murder, that doesn’t tell us that the drugs caused the bad behavior. Those killers were probably exhibiting plenty of other antisocial and strange behavior before they got around to killing a bunch of folks. That got them the drugs. The drugs may have actually improved their symptoms for a while.

      OTOH, acting up to the extent that some shrink prescribes those drugs should probably get your guns impounded and your name on the “no guns” list. At least that’s something the head of the NRA suggested. (At least he did until somebody proposed acting on his suggestion.)