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On Newtown and Gun Control: The Difficult Response

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On Newtown and Gun Control: The Difficult Response
By Charles C. W. Cooke
December 15, 2012 10:45 A.M.

After a man walked into a British elementary school in 1996 and killed 17 people, the British government summarily banned handguns. After yesterday’s massacre at Newtown, some in America would that Congress did the same here. The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik wrote yesterday afternoon that “gun massacres, most often of children, happen with hideous regularity, and they happen with hideous regularity because guns are hideously and regularly available.” He concluded with a general call for something to be done and the execrable charge that those who oppose “gun control” were complicit in the crime. This, sadly, is a predictable response.

Arguments over the merits of gun control are made all the more difficult to navigate by the Left’s stubborn denial that we are already having a debate on the issue. Gun control propositions are by no means new, and nor is there a lack of a “national conversation on the subject.” Instead, the national conversation is ongoing, and the Left is losing it badly. Gun control advocates may talk of national soul searching and dialogue, but in truth that already exists; what they mean is that they’d like to win for a change.

The Gopniks of the world don’t tend to win, however, because their arguments are weak and because their thinking is shallow. It is quite literally unfathomable to almost every human being that a man could shoot his mother dead. It is perhaps doubly unfathomable that someone could shoot a group of little children. To have done both on the same day is nothing short of astonishing. Herein lies the essential problem for those who would radically change our constitutional order: Americans know that they could never do such things whether they had no guns or two hundred guns at their disposal. The mind of a man so ill or depraved that he is capable of an atrocity such as we saw at Newtown is not one that can be constrained by law. Nobody refrains from shooting up a school because it is illegal.

There are at least two hundred million privately owned guns in America, and Connecticut regulates access to them more strictly than most. To believe that yesterday’s crime could have been prevented, you have to presume either that a man willing to go to such grievous lengths could have been deterred from doing so by stronger laws, or that those stronger laws could rid America of privately available guns completely ­ thus making the killer’s task an impossible one. I believe neither thing. To pass a law is not to achieve its aims, and one suspects that any attempt at gun control in America ­ which outlaws and the deranged will naturally ignore ­ would be destined to be filed next to Prohibition and the War on Drugs in the annals of man’s folly.

American liberties, including the Second Amendment and the 40-plus state-level guarantees of the right to bear arms, pre-exist the federal government, and are defined and protected in the same document from which the state derives its authority and its structure. In a free republic, the people cannot be disarmed by the government, for they are its employers, and they did not give up their individual rights when they consented to its creation. There is no clause in our charters of liberty that allows for the people to be deprived of their freedom if and when a few individuals abuse theirs. Moreover, contrary to the rhetoric of many, America is not in the middle of a crime epidemic. As laws have been liberalized over the last forty years, crime has dropped significantly. The partial incorporation of the Second Amendment by the Supreme Court, along with the decline in public support for gun control and the passage of state-level concealed carry laws has done nothing to check this trend.

Contrarily, school shootings, such as the nauseating and heartbreaking spectacle we saw yesterday, are seemingly on the rise ­ as are other mass shootings, such as that which afflicted Aurora, Colo. earlier in the year. As Ezra Klein has observed, “of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, six have taken place since 2007.” This is a separate problem. What is causing this is not yet known and probably underinvestigated, but it is certainly not guns. The American republic stood for almost two hundred years before the first school shooting occurred. Something is awry, to be sure; to blame guns is a mistake.

It is often glibly asserted that mine is the “easy” response. On the contrary, it is the difficult response. To shout “do something” or “ban guns” is the facile suggestion, and nonchalantly to content oneself that laws passed in a faraway city will fix society’s problems is the comforting conviction. My judgment, by contrast, is the terrifying one: To realize that there is very little than one could have done to stop yesterday’s abomination is to understand that we are sometimes powerless in the face of evil, however much we shout about it.

Also, about media complicity in mass killings, see:


Finally, about authorizing and training teachers to use firearms safely in defense of classrooms, John Farnam says, “Gun-haters in our culture are so blind, so arrogant, so devoted to their false gods, they would rather see the situation continue than admit they’re wrong. These are the same people who predictably, vehemently opposed all ‘shall-issue’ state concealed-carry laws that we now take for granted. Over and over, they oh-so-sanctimoniously predicted ‘gratuitous gunfights in the streets.’ When proven wrong (over and over!), they suddenly develop amnesia!”

Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana

  1. Sir Richard
    December 16, 2012 at 16:06

    Pitbull, I am surprised your not talking about the govts. of the world, or NWO using MKUltra mind control in order to ban guns completly. That’s what happened in England. Just look at the amount of shootings since obama took office. Just as “Fast and Furious” was designed to get a ban on guns. Victims of the MKUltra project are either killed, locked up for good such as Sirhan Sirhan. Or they commiit suicide. Although this MKUltra project has been going on since Hitler, obama has really stepped it up. Maj. Hasan and Loughner and Colorado shooter all had one thing in common, studing Mind control. If the people do not put the pressure on impeaching obama, well, then we are fucked. Obama will put the pressure on the conservative supreme court justices to step down. Obama did use death threats on Justice Robert’s in regards to obamacare. Then. Dictator obama will end term limits. Yes there are morons that say that he could never get away w/that. DO NOT under estimate this anti-white, anti-christian, anti-american socialist MUSLIM. If America does not wake up, then there will be a civil war

    • December 16, 2012 at 16:49

      As to your last sentence, I believe there WILL be civil war. I believe it’s inevitable at this point. We’ve crossed that line where America is no longer a united force and the shining beacon of hope for the world. Our citizens have been forever divided, and nothing will stop this trend until those damned “schools” and those damned “educators” are punished for their heinous crimes and abolished forever.

      As to your comment regarding MKUltra, I’ve posted a few things about it, but I’m afraid I’m not capable of explaining it in terms that wouldn’t make me seem like a total lunatic. If you have a comprehensive article I can post on that subject, please send it to me and I’ll be more than happy to post it, with credit of course.

      I was watching a show on the Discovery network a while back which talked about mind control and how normal people can be made into murderers and the like. It was jaw dropping when they hypnotized various people into doing things like stealing, poisoning people (with fake “poison” just to prove it can be done) and throwing away their own money. The premise of the show was the question of “Manchurian Candidates” and “government assassins” It was quite alarming how easily it can be done.

  2. Sir Richard
    December 16, 2012 at 16:08

    Go to u-tube and listen to all sites related to MKUltra mind control

    • December 16, 2012 at 16:51

      I’ve seen a lot about it. Feel free to forward anything you believe might be useful to post here and I’ll be more than happy to post it.

  3. Sir Richard
    December 16, 2012 at 20:45

    Pitbull, I feel sick to my stomach. I was in the local grocery store and I had a 28 year old kid come up to me and ask for some money. He told me that his hotel room was $26.00 a night. He was a army ranger who did 2 tours in Afghanistan. He was very embarrased just for approaching me and apolagized. I am a former marine and put him to the test, he passed w/flying colors. All I could afford to give him was $40.00. He looked shocked. He thanked me for my service. I felt like shit, I wish I could have done more. I HATE OUR FUCKING GOVT.

    • December 16, 2012 at 20:58

      There are lots of government and privately run programs to help our Veterans. Some make the choice not to participate for various reasons, mostly having to do with following unreasonable rules. Our Veterans should be provided free homes, VIP medical & dental coverage, free transportation, freedom from paying taxes and they should be given the key to their city so to speak. Our government sticks it to them every chance they get, and the obama regime, along with their chief nazi, janet napolitano has portrayed our returning Veterans as domestic terrorists. It just sickens me.

      If you see that individual again, please help him get help. I know that, as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, there’s things our group can do and there’s lots of folks ready and eager to help our Veterans. The American Legion puts on a lot of auctions to help those in need and there are housing programs in many cities that will provide Veterans a place to live.

      And perhaps a goody bag might make him smile! You know, soap, razors, shampoo, deodorant, snacks, candy…..

  4. CounterRevolution
    December 17, 2012 at 15:14

    So….. lets see, Adam Lanza was the son of Peter Lanza, tax director at General Electric who was scheduled to testify before Congress on the LIBOR Scandal and the father of James Holmes was Robert Holmes, a ‘Fraud Scientist’ at FICO who was ALSO scheduled to testify before Congress on the LIBOR Scandal. Out of a population of about Three hundred and fifty million people (350,000,000) we have two basket case loonies who go in and shoot up innocent children and movie goers and their only connections are fathers who are scheduled to testify on LIBOR. Can anybody out there calculate the odds for me? And in the same time period General Petraeus has a girl friend and “retires” while Hilly has a feinting spell and can’t remember her testimony on Benghazi (or Vince Foster, or Whitewater, or….) Pathetic doesn’t even begin to describe these people.

    I just checked these items out through various sources and through different references. Incidentally, I just read the riot act to the RNC when they called asking for donations and mentioned these facts to the caller in addition to other pet-peeves.

    • December 17, 2012 at 16:55

      Oh, get me started on the RNC and the GOP. I’m so deeply disgusted by those two front groups I could vomit all over them.

      But I won’t.

      For now, anyway.

      • CounterRevolution
        December 17, 2012 at 20:52

        My daughter would say “Projectile Vomit”!

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