Tragically, the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, where a gunman killed 10 individuals, has once again brought the issue of gun control, specifically on college campuses, back into the national spotlight.
The issue of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms has once again figured prominently in the analysis of cultural commentators and political pundits.
Although it is important to explore all pertinent issues, tighter control is not the answer. The consequences of situations analogous to the Oregon shooting, and even those of the Oregon shooting itself, could have been drastically diminished if those involved were carrying guns.
Kurt Schlichter, a Los Angeles trial attorney and recently retired U.S. Army Infantry colonel, argues that this is not a debate about facts, but rather one of power.
“The liberal anti-gun narrative is not aimed at creating the best public policy, but at disarming citizens the liberal elite looks down upon — and for whom weapons represent their last-ditch ability to respond to liberal overreach,” he penned on the Journal by IJReview.
The left’s agenda for stricter gun control seems more concerned about exerting power than empowering people.
Bob Owens, the editor of BearingArms.com, succinctly opines, “When push comes to shove, the Second Amendment is the right of rebellion and revolution.”
Stricter gun control laws will amount to little more than criminals infringing upon more laws when they commit these heinous offenses. Major cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C., which have the strictest gun control laws in the nation, also have the highest crime rates. This is not a coincidence. Chicago is now considered to be the “deadliest global city,” said Edward McClelland, writing for NBC Chicago.
Criminals are going to target places where self-defense is banned. This realization alone should compel citizens across party lines to promote concealed carry legislation. An article written in USA Today read, “With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns.” This is revealing.
Unfortunately, the media purposely manipulates and emotionally exploits these tragic major shooting incidents to support its call for stricter gun laws.
The article further stated that there is propaganda promoting advocates to advance the cause of gun control.
“A high-profile gun-violence incident temporarily draws more people into the conversation about gun violence,” the article emphasizes.
None of the suggestions that gun control advocates have put on the table would prevent future shootings. President Obama has even advocated “taking a gun-free approach to the American life,” writes AWR Hawkins of BreitBart.com.
The Obama Administration has called for nothing short of repealing the Second Amendment, believing that this will keep our country free of mass shootings.
David Kopel, in an article for the Cato Institute titled “Trust the People: The Case Against Gun Control” writes, “Gun control is based on the faulty notion that ordinary American citizens are too clumsy and ill-tempered to be trusted with weapons.”
Even if there were stricter gun control laws, the supply and access to weapons would not be diminished. Instead of trying to take away the rights of lawful citizens, we should be empowering them to protect themselves in ways that the government can’t and is simply unable to.
We will never know the answer, but how might the evil carried out against the students of Umpqua Community College been different if campus security had been permitted to carry guns?
The evil in the perpetrators of horrific crimes can never be legislated away.
Let’s fight for and ensure the laws and policies governing America’s campuses protect students rather than make them more vulnerable.
Lauren Konkol is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.