The tragedy that took place in Colorado was one that was carried out by an individual who at best could be classified as crazy. However, liberals have once again used a tragedy as a clarion call for the absolutely vital need for gun control.
Time for a reality check people – gun control does not deter crime. If anything, criminals are emboldened tocommit even more crimes if they know that they would not encounter an armed individual. Gun control will never stop criminals from acquiring guns. What’s the old saying – “If there is a will, there is a way.”
But the clarion call is there for more gun control with requisite national media coverage in numerous cases. Here are a few examples:
- In Wake of Colorado Massacre, Gun Control Supporters Seek Reboot
- Colorado Movie Theater Massacre Renews Gun Control Debate In California
- Colorado Massacre: The Aftermath, and a New Gun Debate, With Sunday Updates
- Colo. shooting re-ignites gun control debate
- Obama Calls for Strengthening Gun Runs
And the list could go on and on…
Some locales have passed what are considered (or were at the time) strict gun control laws. Here are three cities that had bans on handguns.
- Washington, D.C.
- San Francisco
What do they all have in common? Incredibly high murder rates. Chicago currently holds the status of having the highest murder rate in the U.S. Washington, D.C. also held the distinction of being the murder capital of the U.S. on multiple occasions dating back to the late 80’s and early 90’s which would be during the middle of the handgun ban. Recently, the mayor of DC celebrated the fact that DC is no longer the murder capital of the US – which came after the handgun ban was struck down.
San Francisco has seen a drop in the murder rate to “historic lows.” What do they attribute that drop to?
- But they say a tighter focus on high-crime hot spots, and on the most dangerous criminals, seems to be paying off.
- If detectives know who committed a killing or other violent crime but can’t find a witness willing to testify in court, Cashman said, they are now more likely to attempt to put the suspect behind bars with a lesser drug or weapons charge.
- Officials also cited what they see as a stronger relationship with citizens, including leaders of community groups, victims of violent crimes and at-risk youth. Witnesses as well as anonymous tipsters are coming forward more often without fear of retaliation, the officials said.
So, according to the police, they are working with the public to lower the crime rate in the city – not gun control. What a novel idea? Locking up known criminals on whatever charge they can – the “Al Capone” approach –actually gets criminals off the streets.
The public working with the police and the police taking a no holds barred approach to locking up known criminals has done the job – not gun control.
- It took $833.69, a total of 15 hours 50 minutes, four trips to the Metropolitan Police Department, two background checks, a set of fingerprints, a five-hour class and a 20-question multiple-choice exam. – for one writer who documented the process.
- Another writer laid out the 17 steps required to legally purchase a handgun in D.C. The series of articles were over the nine months it took her to legally purchase a gun. Thanks to her series, that has been reduced to only 12 steps
Do you feel safer knowing that it is an extremely arduous and costly to get a gun in either of those two cities? Or would you prefer to go to San Francisco?