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HART: Gun Control — We Make Our Worst Decisions When Emotions Run High

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Ron Hart Ron Hart is a libertarian humorist and author who can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com.
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Liberals have predictably seized upon the recent Uvalde, Texas, shooting rampage to call for more gun control. Also, predictably, gun sales will go up.

Each side said the other was politicizing this shooting. The left and their social justice warriors were mad because Republicans are standing firm on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Biden, Kamala Harris and the liberals exclaimed, “How dare they grandstand, skirt facts and politicize the pain of others for personal gain during George Floyd Week?!”

We all need to go slowly, get the facts straight and not make rash decisions that give the politicians/government more power — which we will later regret. We make the worst decisions when emotions are heightened, and Americans are worked up. We invaded Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 and they gave us the “Patriot Act,” TSA, NSA, FISA Courts (which according to news reports, illegally spy on more than 3 million Americans) and Homeland Security (which includes the new Thought Police). All done over anger about 9/11. Now we live with these unneeded agencies. Never underestimate political “mission creep” when there are so many creeps in government. Freedoms ceded to government are almost never regained.

There are a lot of factors that went into the Uvalde mass shooting. The media makes a shooter’s name known to the world and encourages future shootings. I believe the entertainment business, which makes violent video games and movies (think Quentin Tarantino) plays a big role in mass shootings because they desensitize young males to violence.

That pandering idiot Justin Trudeau, who inherited the Canadian prime ministering business from his dad, Pierre, has introduced legislation banning handgun sales in Canada. Government officials think only they should be protected by guns.

Joe Biden says we have too many guns in America. Most are starting to believe that we have too many Bidens in America.

There are two more hypocrisies here: First, Democrats, Hollywood, government officials, limousine liberals and the mainstream media are all protected by gun-toting security. They are safe precisely because their guards have guns, which ghettos, farms and trailer parks do not. More and more, the left is tone-deaf to the needs of the average American. They want to defund the police, then take guns away from us so we cannot defend ourselves when government cannot. It is important. A gun toting grandmother in West Virginia just shot a man intending to commit mass murder; saving many lives. No major news outlet covered it. Nor about the heroic off-duty border security officer who helped mitigate the Uvalde shooting when he borrowed his barber’s gun.

Second, if more laws and gun control really worked, all mass shootings could just be outlawed. I am not sure why we think one more gun law, layered upon myriad past gun laws, will make a difference. Look at all the black-on-black murders in Chicago, the city with the strictest gun laws in America. Laws do not work with the lawless.

The media and public health leftists call the mass murders and killings an “epidemic.” The reality is that gun ownership has grown rapidly since 1991 while the murder rate has been cut by more than half. The only thing that has increased is suicide rates. Ninety percent of suicides are white males, which should make left-wing extremists happy.

In a year when about 10,000 murders were committed with guns, the “Journal of Quantitative Criminology” (I think it was the May swimsuit issue) found that U.S. civilians used guns to defend themselves and others from crimes at least 989,883 times. That peace of mind is immeasurable.

History shows us when any government tells its citizens they do not need guns, that’s when people need them most. No doubt many of us gun advocates could get behind raising the age to 21 to buy an AR-15 style rifle. Sadly, with each side blaming each other, common sense compromises can’t be had.

The hyenas on the left who know the least about guns, are the ones most vocal about what should be done. Biden got confused again and said we should ban 9 mm pistols. Then the White House, again, walked back his gaffe. For Memorial Day, Joe Biden went to Arlington National Cemetery. Guards made him show an ID to get out.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author, and TV/radio commentator; you can reach him at Ron@RonaldHart.com or Twitter @RonaldHart.