Published DateTo the editor,
How many more innocent lives are progressives/liberals/Democrats willing to sacrifice to further their political goals of controlling people and making them dependent on government?
While Democrat gun control proposals in Washington and Concord wouldn't have stopped the Newtown massacre, they would make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to defend themselves from assault, rape, robbery, murder and other crimes.
Similar delusional Democrat policies, e.g., their counter-productive "Gun Free Zones" and highly restrictive gun controls that leave people defenseless, have already sacrificed far too many children and adults.
The failures of liberal counter-productive policies do not justify more counter-productive liberal policies.
Experience shows that criminals get guns if they want them, regardless of the law. Registrations, universal background checks, magazine size limitations, gun bans, etc., don't effectively restrain criminals, but they interfere with the ability of law abiding citizens to defend themselves. Making people defenseless does not protect them from criminals.
In other countries gun controls and confiscation don't reduce crime, some crimes increase significantly. E.g., there are more armed robberies in Britain now than before their gun confiscation, British citizens are more likely to be crime victims and are being attacked in their homes six times as often as U.S. citizens.
Most crimes are committed by people with a criminal history. Rather than restricting the rights of the people who are almost always the intended victims, politicians should focus on locking up the people who actually harm others.
There are about 780,000 violent crimes annually. Estimates are that between 1,500,000 (Clinton Justice Department number) and 2,500,000 crimes are prevented annually by armed citizens. Guns are used 150 to 240 times more often to stop a crime than to murder. Homeowner's guns are a far greater threat to criminals than to homeowners or their families, despite false claims to the contrary. Armed law abiding citizens save lives.
Democrats frequently justify gun controls by claiming that an intended victim or helper might shoot innocent bystanders. If someone is shooting people around me, I'd be happy for anyone who shows up to try to save us. And, according to a Newsweek article by George Will, the police are five times more likely to shoot a bystander than a civilian trying to stop a criminal.
Tell politicians in Washington and Concord not to make more defenseless victims. Tell politicians to do things that actually reduce violence: lock up hardened criminals and stop returning them prematurely to the streets, ensure that the mentally ill who pose a threat to others get help, stop illegal immigration because illegal aliens disproportionately commit crimes, and encourage more law abiding people to prepare to defend themselves.