Gun control laws won’t prevent another Las Vegas massacre because gun control doesn’t work.
The Chicago Tribune reported over this July 4th weekend in Chicago, 15 people were killed and more than 100 wounded by gunfire. Two weeks later in Chicago, over another weekend, 11 more were killed including a 10-year-old boy, and 47 more were wounded. Chicago is the most “gun controlled” place in America. It doesn’t stop the killings and we all know why, but since there are lefties reading and sounding out the big words in this column, let’s break it down.
Murder is illegal. Killers still murder people, like in Las Vegas. If killers are willing to break the law to murder people, lefties, they will also be willing to break gun control laws to get a gun to do it. Honest.
Gun control reveals the ugly underbelly of progressivism, from the political ambulance chasing of Nancy Pelosi’s letter and the refusal of some Democrats in Congress to participate in a moment of silence for the Vegas victims, to even uglier sentiments of media figures. A CBS vice president and senior counsel named Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote this on her Facebook page.
“I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic].”
But even worse than giving progressives excuses for their hate and obsession with controlling others, gun control diverts us from addressing the underlying causes of gun deaths. We’ve always had lots of guns in America, but the murder rate with guns is a recent phenomenon.
Consider this from anti-gun Leah Libresco, a statistician, former newswriter and author writing in the Washington Post. She “spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States,” and discovered, “Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides ... the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence.”
Put your shoes back on lefties and let Rimersburg Rules do the math for you. Two thirds of 33,000 is 22,000 and 1 out of 5 is 6,600 for a total of 28,600 deaths. That means over 86 percent of gun deaths are caused by suicide and gang violence, but instead of examining the causes so we can develop real solutions, control freak progressives beat on the gun control drum.
Suicide, which was relatively rare until recently, rose in frequency along with the use of prescription drugs. A 2017 Journal of American Medical Association’s Research Letter found at least “17 percent of Americans — 1 in 6 adults” took an antidepressant, anxiolytic, sedative, hyponotic or antipsychotic in 2013. Imagine how much money is made providing those drugs. Elsewhere we’ve noted, “Since 1998, eight of the 13 ‘school shooters’ were on psychiatric drugs. The records on the remaining five are sealed,” according to Dr. Lawrence Wilson.
Gang warfare, which was relatively rare until recently, rose in frequency along with illegal immigration. Elsewhere we’ve noted, “The AP quotes Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Chicago. ‘People think, ‘The border’s 1,700 miles away. This isn’t our problem.’ Well, it is. These days, we operate as if Chicago is on the border.’ Riley blames the cartels for the carnage in Chicago.” Imagine how much money is made using cheap illegal labor.
The Republican and Democratic wings of the cartel are responsible for not investigating the use of legal drugs in America and for permitting illegal immigration and labor, but Democrat control freaks own the bogus gun control argument. The gun control canard diverts us from identifying and addressing the underlying causes of gun violence and that causes more deaths.
Ending illegal immigration and Congressional investigations into the effects of powerful drugs will save lives. Gun control laws? They don’t work.
[This is a column of opinion and satire. The author knows of no undisclosed facts. To comment or learn more, contact Lewis at josephmaxlewis.com and click on Rimersburg Rules. Lewis the author of “Separation of Church and State” and “The Diaries of Pontius Pilate.”]