On October 1st another mass shooting occurred. Just recently another occurred. In the near future another will certainly occur.
Mass shooting of theses types are all criminal acts, perpetrated by criminals, and using guns illegally. It doesn’t matter how or where the guns came from, nor whether they were stolen, purchased illegally, or even legally. Using guns in for mass shootings is illegal.
Is there nothing that we can do? Well given the situation, most people targeted by the shooter were either critically injured or died. I guess that’s what you do in a “gun free zone.” You could also attempt to take out the shooter like unarmed Army Veteran Chris Mintz did. I’d like to think that his heroic actions saved at least a few people by slowing the shooters actions, but ultimately it is very unlikely that an unarmed person will be able to take out a person with a gun. So without a gun, what we do is get shot.
The 2nd amendment to our US Constitution assures us that we have the right to both keep and bear arms. To keep means to own, and to bear means to carry. The 2nd Amendment means that citizens not only have the right to own guns and they have the right to carry them around with them. The 2nd amendment was not included to assure that criminals will have access to guns, it is there to make sure that non-criminals will have access to guns to defend themselves. This was reaffirmed as recently as 2008 by the US Supreme Court,
On June 26, 2008, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the United States Supreme Court issued its first decision since 1939 interpreting the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court ruled that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution confers an individual right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes such as self-defense
Unfortunately, in last week’s shooting, just like many recent shootings, the rights of people to bear arms in their own defense had sadly been infringed upon. More sadly their rights were infringed upon by our own government.
The Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 requires each state receiving federal funds to have a state law in effect requiring local educational agencies to expel, for at least one year, any student who is determined to have brought a weapon to school.
In addition, schools are directed to develop policies requiring referral to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system for any student who brings a firearm or weapon to school.
And in the case of this latest shooting, someone at the local level made the decision to infringe upon people right to use a gun in self defense.
Under state law, people in Oregon could carry concealed firearms on college campuses like the one where a gunman killed nine people and wounded several others on Thursday. However, Umpqua Community College has been established as a gun-free zone thanks to a loophole in state law that has made every third-level institution in the state almost entirely gun-free.
Would the outcome have been the same if Umpqua Community College were not a gun free zone? Well it’s possible that the shooter would have chosen not to bring his evil into the college knowing that he’d have likely been shot without ever getting his sick 15 minutes of fame. It’s possible that a US Army veteran, trained in the use of guns, would have quickly taken out the shooter and not had to rush unarmed at the shooter. It’s also likely that in a college of that size several people would have chosen to carry guns onto campus, making it very likely that several of the victims would alive today, not dead.
But there were no guns on campus, except those of the crazy shooter, because our government prohibited them. Not only prohibited, but essentially paid the schools to take away a peoples right to use a gun to defend themselves and others while on campus. Sounds like a good old fashioned gangsta threat, “yous guys betta do what I says or else…or else you’re gonna lose funding.”
And for the things keep getting worser and worser crowd, while the critically injured victims are still being treated, and the dead are being buried, our President is siding with the criminals by calling for more infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in our own defense.
The residents were barely given time to begin the grieving process when President Obama decided to openly politicize the event in an effort to push his anti-Second Amendment agenda. In July, Obama lamented that he was not able to do more about gun control stating America, “is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun safety laws.”
And apparently he is also lamenting that he is “powerless to prevent another tragedy.”
WTH Mr. President? Powerless?
Mr. President, the power to fight back against these tragedies lies in the US Constitution, the same Constitution that you are sworn to uphold. Do your job. The power is our right to keep and bear arms.