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Editorial: Washington, media: Never let a good crisis go to waste
About politics and other thingsDecember 26, 2012 | 813 views | 2 comments
As far as crises go, the shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut was a “good” one.
Washington, supported by the media, is capitalizing on the latest crisis in order to achieve the long-awaited dream of gun control in America. On Dec. 14, a crazed gunman shot his own mother and then forced his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 20 first-graders and six adults before killing himself.
This may well have been the crisis that Rahm Emanuel referred to in 2009: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” At the time, he was White House Chief of Staff representing the Barack Obama administration. “And what I mean by that,” he said, “is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Today, the Obama administration, as well as the media, is taking full advantage of emotions that are running high following this mass killing. Obama appointed a task force to investigate and make recommendations about gun issues. All indications from the White House are that, instead of analyzing the causes and looking for possible solutions, they are going after weapons by taking advantage of people’s emotions when they are most vulnerable.
As one commentator said, this is like going after the makers of the airplanes that were flown into the World Trade Center. It’s not the planes that created havoc but the persons guiding them, and it’s not the gun that is guilty of killing people, but the shooter.
They ignore statistics that show crime is reduced in areas that allow qualified private citizens to own and carry guns. Chicago, for instance, has some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws, and their murder rate is among the highest in the nation.
They ignore that, in Mexico, where guns are illegal and only lawbreakers have guns, there have been more than 100,000 murders in six years, bringing their annual murder rate to more than 16,000.
They ignore the fact that there are more deaths annually from medical errors, accidents and injuries, car wrecks, poisoning, drugs, and stabbings than there are from gun-related murders in the United States.
They also ignore the fact that those intent on doing harm to others will find the means. Mass murders have been in the news recently, but mass killings are not new.
It’s time to encourage responsibility, possibly even educating and allowing teachers to be armed so they could protect themselves and save their students. If, in the case of the principal and the counselor at Sandy Hook, they would have had access to a gun, instead of pointlessly throwing themselves at the shooter and thereby losing their lives, several adults and many children could have been saved.
Instead, the focus is on guns, using the hysterics following a tragedy. In fact, the deadliest mass murder in a school in the United States was not committed with the use of guns, and it was not recent. It was in 1927 when a crazed person set off bombs in the Bath Township in Michigan, killing 38 elementary school children and six adults. It was later determined that he had purchased and hidden enough explosives to have destroyed the entire school.
It should be obvious that the answer is not disarming Americans.
As Ronald Reagan said: We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty, rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
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