Published DateTo the editor,
Gun control advocates say their proposals are worth whatever the impact to law abiding citizens, "if they save just one life". History teaches that gun controls create more, not fewer victims, but gun control advocates persist anyway, ignoring the additional deaths.
Aside from their refusal to learn from history, what makes me so skeptical of their claimed desire to save lives is gun control advocates' unconcern about millions of other unnecessarily lost lives.
Most gun control advocates support Obamacare. Obamacare's Independent Patient Advisory Board (IPAB) essentially will ration spending on those "too young" or "too old" (suggested as under 15 and over 40), thus causing millions of Americans to die prematurely or live limited or painful lives.
Some people in President Obama's inner circle (Steven Ratner, former Obama car czar, economist Paul Krugman, and Peter Orszag, Obama's OMB Director) admit that the IPAB is, essentially, the much ridiculed "death panel."
President Obama says, "maybe you are better off not having the surgery but taking the painkiller". While this may be true, such a decision should be made by the patient and doctor based on the patient's circumstances, not forced by remote, faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats.
Gun control advocates are mostly pro-abortion, pro killing over one million fetuses annually. That's more than 100 times as many lives as are taken by murder.
The trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia shows that these million plus annual abortions include living breathing moving babies killed after birth. Where is the outrage against these barbaric murders? Where is their concern for these lives?
Are gun control advocates fighting for other things that save lives? E.g., tougher sentences for violent criminals, elimination of "gun free zones" which create so many defenseless victims, or elimination of bureaucratic obstacles to getting a gun when a person is faced with credible threats? No.
Are they protesting President Obama's cutting federal gun prosecutions nearly in half, or his releasing criminal illegal aliens from prison unnecessarily in response to the sequester? No. Have they condemned President Obama for the "Fast and Furious" program that funneled guns to Mexican drug cartels who used them and other weapons to kill Americans and about 30,000 Mexicans? No.
Gun control advocates' lack of concern for millions of other destroyed lives is inconsistent with their claimed concern for gun victims. While I am sure many gun control supporters do care, they are being deceived by their liberal leaders who know their proposals won't save lives. Liberal leaders advocate these proposals because they advance their objectives of increasing government power at the expense of the freedoms and independence of law abiding, and in particular middle class, American citizens.