Earlier on Friday I covered the Indianapolis FedEx shooting that left 8 people dead, and a number of others injured. My colleague Jeff Charles did a follow-up with identification of the shooter (19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole) and possible reasons, uncovered by the police, on Hole’s state of mind leading up to the deadly shooting.
Jeff concluded with this:
While not all of the facts have yet been discovered, it seems likely that this shooting was not motivated by race, meaning that the national conversation that comes from this atrocity will be centered on gun control once again. As with the shootings in Boulder, Colorado, and Atlanta, Georgia, the hard left will undoubtedly exploit the matter as the Democrats continue to try pushing through more useless gun laws that will make gun ownership more difficult for law-abiding Americans.
When there is a plane crash, there is an investigation, but no immediate outcry to tighten regulations or ground planes until the airline makes it right.
Car accidents and vehicular deaths are an everyday occurrence, but there are very few vigils for the victims, organized protests, or hashtags for #CarControlNow.
But with every mass shooting or police-involved homicide, the gun control advocates become more vociferous and more unreasonable with their demands to restrict law-abiding citizens from gun use and ownership.
The gun control agenda gets parroted by a complicit media, and pours money into the cause. Michael Bloomberg, in his rabid advocacy, poured over $60 million into the 2020 elections to back candidates who would toe the line for the cause.
Now the advocates are aided and abetted by another Democrat president. Biden wants to create new gun control regulation through executive order and demand Congress pass gun regulation bills on so-called assault weapons and to restrict high-capacity magazines. He also wants to appoint a gun control activist and zealot to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
It’s an hysterical, full-court press on finally getting nationwide gun control done, and done quickly.
Why is that? If we are to look at the statistics, the urgency does not make sense.
In 2019, there were 39,707 gun deaths. From recent news reports, that number appears to be around the same margin for 2020.
However, if you dig into the data, 23,941 of those deaths were from suicides. Still tragic deaths, but this does not fit the narrative of dangerous people doing harm to others because they had a gun or a rifle.
It is terrible that the lion’s share of gun violence appears to be self-harm. But, is the problem the gun, or the mental state of the person? If that person is intent on killing themselves, would they not find another method to off themselves? Shouldn’t the urgent agenda be to help such a person heal their mental state?
Compare that with the 36,096 deaths from vehicular accidents in 2019. As I said earlier, despite vehicular deaths and accidents, there seems to be no outcry to outlaw cars, and presidents do not try to bypass the states and people’s individual rights with executive orders on car ownership and use.
In fact, vehicle accidents are studied to implement better safety measures, to train people to be better drivers, and laws are put in place to mitigate behaviors that contribute to these deaths, like alcohol and drug use, issues with lack of sleep, and so on.
Measures like not driving impaired, quality driving instruction, and devices like seat belts and air bags have been shown to reduce those numbers.
But the bottom line: no one is crying to outlaw cars. And most people knowingly still drive drunk, high, or otherwise impaired (sleep, illness, etc.), when they are a danger to themselves and others. People still drive distracted, text while driving, pay no attention to safety laws (hello, STOP signs), and have issues with road rage.
What is the difference between a 3,000-pound vehicle traveling at 35 miles per hour, and a 9 millimeter bullet traveling at 1,200 FPS? Both are dependent on the state of the person operating the vehicle or the gun, and both can kill you, if you get in their path.
Just like someone makes a choice to pull the trigger on a gun and do harm to others, so a choice is made to get behind the wheel, knowing you can do the same. So, why do we keep enabling one set of choices while criminalizing the other? Why are gun violence deaths more horrific than vehicular deaths?
I’ll end with a freedom that very few people question: the freedom to have children, to become parents. I know people who were total screw ups in life who made stellar parents and raised some great kids. Then there are those who don’t. We literally have what seems like an epidemic of filicide: parents killing their own children. But, no one is demanding legislation to fix or control this.
Frederick Douglass said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” yet we have a lot of broken people having and raising children, and the end-result is terrible.
A 38-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally stabbing his three young sons inside an SUV in South Los Angeles five years ago.
No gun involved, just a knife, a tortured state of mind, which resulted in three dead children. Should this man have had a license to parent in order to avoid this?
An Ohio woman is charged with murder and assault, after she allegedly killed her teenage son and hid his body in his bedroom for two months.
The teenage son was 19. He had already been raised, yet he was murdered by his own mother and her partner. What restriction on allowing her to parent, or law, would have prevented that from happening?
One doesn’t need a gun to do heinous things. You just have to be a heinous person or mentally unstable.
The rabid gun control advocates know a lot about the latter.