'Gun Violence' an Epidemic?
By Nicki Fellenzer
you just love it when the enemies of freedom begin whining
about gun violence being an epidemic, as if it were garden
variety disease, instead of a willful, criminal or irresponsible
act of a human being pulling the trigger?
absurdity of this transparent scare tactic struck me as
I was once again treated to a petulant
bit of bellyaching by the President of the
stridently anti-freedom Joyce
Foundation Ellen Alberding, who had the temerity
to refer to “gun violence” as a public health epidemic,
as if the irresponsible or criminal actions of those few,
who choose – either by intent or ignorance – to inflict
harm on others can be compared to the horrors of cancer
or other lethal diseases.
firearms industry needs to be held to the same standard
as every other industry in America,” Alberding whines,
as if the industry is immune to lawsuits should their product
malfunction. But you see, Alberding and her fascist ilk
don’t really want the industry held to the same standards
as every other business, but rather an unfair level of accountability.
She wants to see the firearms industry held responsible
if their perfectly legal product DOESN’T malfunction! And
this ludicrous clamor is echoed by every sub-American ranting
ignoramus who sees it fit to blame the industry for the
misdeeds of those who use its product.
only is this demand unconscionable in terms of its lack
of moral fiber, but it’s preposterous in its sheer lack
of common sense. What Alberding, the Brady Bunch and every
neo-fascist enemy of self defense wants is this in a nutshell:
Make sure that the most effective tool of self defense on
the market today is rendered ineffective, cost prohibitive
or at least cumbersome and impossible to use quickly and
efficiently in an emergency. After all – it’s for the children.
medicine, food, cars and other consumer products, guns do
not have to meet any minimum product safety standard,” Alberding
continues. “That is why, unlike aspirin bottles, most
guns can be operated by the tiny fingers of a 3-year-old.”
Oh really? If a firearm malfunctions, does not operate or
is in any way defective, the consumer has the right to sue
the gun maker. But how many successful lawsuits have resulted
from the thousands of poisonings of children under the age
of 5 by aspirin-related products, despite the safety caps
that usually accompany them?
this straight, Ms. Alberding: no mechanical gadget is a
substitute for parental responsibility and proper education.
Your bizarre plan to force an entire society to rely on
inanimate objects like trigger locks and aspirin caps to
prevent bodily injury is second in irrationality only to
your fascist attempts to force an entire society to depend
on its government to protect it from criminals.
but dear readers – the best is yet to come in Alberding’s
is why, unlike cameras, guns do not have load indicators,
which could prevent a curious 12-year-old from firing an
‘unloaded’ gun and unintentionally killing a friend,” she
pouts. Yeah, God and Goddess forbid children learn the rules
of gun safety – like checking the chamber to ensure no round
is inside or keeping your finger off the trigger until you’re
ready to shoot, or never pointing the firearm at anyone.
My son has known and followed these rules since he was four
years old. He does not pick up any firearm without checking
the chamber, and he recites the rules before he is allowed
to touch it. But no – Alberding and her breed of neo-feudalist
scum would rather enslave every gun owner to a costly mechanical
device than have parents take responsibility for their children’s
safety and teach them basic safety rules.
that is why military-style assault weapons and sniper rifles
are freely and legally available to virtually anyone who
wants to purchase them.” You didn’t think this particular
anti-gun diatribe would pass by without a vacuous reference
to “assault” weapons, did you? After all, Ellen Alberding
couldn’t dare pass up an opportunity to push for the extension
and expansion of the Clinton AW Ban, could she? Of course,
if you ask her for the definition of “assault” weapon, we
will probably gaze at you with a vacant stare and mumble
something about “bad gun shooting lots of bullets for maximum
destruction of human life.” What she might not mention,
perhaps, is that these weapons are almost never used to
commit crimes. What she also might not mention is that these
so-called “assault” weapons are used in less than 1 percent
of all homicides in the United States. But it’s nice to
have a scary-looking, military-style gun to blame for the
world’s ills, isn’t it?
then, of course, we have the obligatory call to every petty
would-be tyrant to spread lies, paranoia, misinformation
and manipulation across the land to ensure maximum compliance
with the socialist agenda. “…doctors, parents, teachers,
opinion leaders and others need to educate their patients,
friends, neighbors and communities about the risks of keeping
a handgun in the home,” she bleats. Note that she stubbornly
and ignorantly avoids the issue safety education. Notice
she doesn’t urge authority figures to promote safety training.
She simply begs them to promote fear and mistrust of a simple
safety education is bound to cut down on deaths, and that
just doesn’t fit their agenda.
in this quivering mass of verbiage is all the pre-requisite
propaganda about the need for more gun control in Chicago,
the supposed “ease” with which the most recent workplace
killer obtained his gun and the required “children in gun
fire” routine. What Alberding tries to avoid is that Chicago
already has some of the most draconian gun control laws
in the country and that despite said laws, the shooter was
still able to obtain a firearm, which was previously owned
by two police officers.
food poisoning or faulty automobile tires were taking lives
at the rate that firearms do,” she pouts, “you
can bet measures would be in place to prevent or reduce
the toll.” Well, gee, Ellen. I’d be willing to bet
that if faulty firearms were causing death, without some
criminal or ignorant pulling the trigger, measures would
be put in place as well. However, since firearms appear
to be operating effectively, doing exactly what they were
produced to do, such measures would be laughable, wouldn’t
a clue for you, Ellen – no matter how many laws are passed,
no matter how many regulations, precautions, mechanical
gadgets and background checks you push, you will never stop
a determined criminal or a curious child. So your options
are to arm the potential victims and educate the inquisitive
child. Both are preferable to your oppressive version of
a “gun free” utopia.
a US Army veteran, who spent nearly four years in Frankfurt,
Germany on active duty at the American Forces Network. She
is a former radio DJ and news anchor and a Featured Writer
and Newslinks Director for Keepandbeararms.com. She is also
a former contributing editor to the National Rifle Association's
newest monthly magazine, Women's Outlook and writes occasionally
for the Libertarian Party. She resides in Virginia with
her family. We are also proud to have Nicki as regular contributor
to Armed Females of America.
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