Something absolutely horrific happened in Connecticut today. An entire class of 20 children in elementary school was murdered by a gunman, as were seven other people (including the piece of shit shooter). And, of course, the leftists and gun control nuts are ravenous at this new opportunity to demand stricter gun control. And to them, I say “fuck off.” And that includes the president, who is abhorrently using this tragedy to demand more gun control.
As much as this tragedy pisses me off, I must return to my rational mode. I’m sure gun control is very appealing at moments like this, which is why the gun control nuts drone on and on about how the United States needs stricter gun control. And that is also why people on the other side are needed to counter them. Most gun rights advocates are decent people who wish to stay silent out of respect for the victims, but the leftists can’t be given a platform without being challenged. It is their modus operandi to manipulate people’s emotions to get what they want (i.e. power), and they will use every opportunity. Mass shootings provide an excellent opportunity for that.
I’ve said this before, but decisions should never be made when emotions are strong. Again, I urge people to be rational now. The gun control nuts can’t demonstrate that stricter gun control would have prevented this. In fact, if the teacher had a gun, he or she may have been able to decrease the number of casualties. Also, take a look at this map (h/t Melissa Clouthier). According to that map, Switzerland has the 3rd highest rate of gun ownership in the world, and it has a low homicide by firearm rate. Look also at South America. Uruguay has the highest gun ownership rate in South America, but it has a much lower homicide rate than Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela (all of which have low rates of gun ownership). Even the United States, which has by far the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, has a relatively low homicide rate. There is clearly not much of a correlation between the rate of gun ownership and the homicide rate (and I would argue that the correlation is the reverse of what the left would argue). Anyway, there are obviously other factors involved. Gun control is not the answer here. If you want to eliminate mass shootings, you should identify their actual cause and determine a good way to eliminate the cause. The cause isn’t a lack of gun control.