The Washington Post yesterday posted an appeal for readers to send in their personal stories about “gun violence” in what appears to be a build-up to this Saturday’s one-year anniversary of the Newtown tragedy, while a survey released by Reason today says only 16 percent of Americans think tougher gun laws would have prevented that crime.
Meanwhile, today’s New York Times is running a piece that argues, for what must be the umpteenth time, that “The most effective way to reduce gun violence without significantly curtailing Second Amendment rights is to treat the problem as a public health issue, like smoking or drunken driving, rather trying to profile potential shooters.” This is according to a report from a “panel of experts…commissioned by the American Psychological Association.”
The nation – including its tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners – was shocked and saddened by Adam Lanza’s attack. But unlike the gun prohibition lobby and its media cheerleaders, who seem determined to widen rather than close the gap between firearms owners and non-gun owners, the gun community is countering the Sandy Hook exploitation with this Sunday’s “Guns Save Lives Day.” It coincides with Bill of Rights Day, and an advertisement running on several cable networks and radio stations with an opinion poll that allows both sides to weigh in.
Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, tipped Examiner this morning that the toll-free telephone number – 800-970-0998 – is getting lots of traffic. SAF, unlike the gun control crowd, is at least providing opponents an opportunity to vote in disagreement, It does not appear that the Washington Post or the NY Times is doing any coverage of guns saving lives.
Tuesday night, a man identified as Demarcus Brandon was shot dead by a store clerk on Chicago’s South Side in an attempted armed robbery. According to published reports, Brandon was released from prison this past summer, where he did a stretch for armed robbery and illegal gun possession.
According to WGN, Brandon entered the store, armed with a handgun, and exchanged gunfire with the armed clerk. The unidentified clerk is probably alive today because he had a gun.
About two months ago in Dumas, Ark., a pharmacist identified by KATV as Bill Canada, who is legally-licensed to carry, fatally shot a man named Tavell Lawson, who tried to pull an armed robbery. Lawson was the center of a court ruling in Arkansas upholding his armed robbery conviction more than a decade ago, again in a Dumas case. Dumas Police told Examiner that this time around, Lawson was armed with a gun stolen in Pine Bluff a couple of years ago. Mr. Canada, the victim of a previous robbery, defended his business and his life.
This weekend in Puyallup and in dozens of other locations around the country, there will be gun shows attracting tens of thousands of visitors. While nobody expects a sudden epiphany among gun prohibitionists, those who have not taken sides may want to visit one of these events and make up their own minds.