Patricia Morrison of Wilmington oozes emotion ahead of common sense and facts:
Over the past 30 years, America has seen an ever-increasing rise in gun violence and mass murders by assault weapons. The effect is ruining the fabric of society. People seem to have given up in trying to make America safer because of fear of the political power of the National Rifle Association. Once a respected organization promoting gun safety, the NRA has been highjacked by an extremist vision that verges on paranoia. Now, without real restrictions, anyone can purchase assault weapons and ammunition. These are truly “weapons of mass destruction.” Meanwhile, our constitutional rights of life, liberty and happiness are lost because we cannot go to the movies, to the mall, to a political rally or school without worrying about being killed.
1) There hasn't been "an ever-increasing rise in gun violence and mass murders" in the United States:
But the fact is that, while mass public shootings always tend to galvanize massive media coverage, they are becoming increasingly less common, falling sharply in the last decade compared with the previous two.
Although mass public shootings may seem to be on the rise, newly compiled data show that there were 24 such incidents in the past decade. While that’s still significantly higher than the average of the first eight decades of the 20th century, it does mark a significant decline (nearly 50 percent) from the 43 cases in the 1990s.
Highly publicized shootings often renew the call to either loosen or tighten gun laws, but the availability of guns doesn’t appear to be much of a factor. Right-to-carry concealed firearms laws do not have a significant impact on mass public shootings, according to a peer-reviewed study I co-authored with Tom Kovandzic and Carl Moody. And rates of gun ownership remained relatively constant in the last several decades of the 20th century, when mass public shootings were on the rise.
Note, Patricia, the part about "mass media coverage." It seems you have been sucked into just that, and haven't thoroughly thought things out.
2) Exactly how has the NRA been "hijacked" by "extremists," and how is its vision "paranoid?" I guess we'll just accept your word. Not.
3) Actually not anyone can purchase assault weapons and ammunition. It's possible this could occur -- between private individuals at gun shows -- but the vast majority of purchases require background checks.
4) Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not constitutional rights. They were in the Declaration of Independence. The right to bears arms, on the other hand, is a constitutional right -- most recently affirmed by the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago.
*Sigh*Posted by Hube at December 19, 2012 04:43 PM | TrackBack