"Anyone with a gun can go out and commit an act of terrorism, even without a political affiliation." —Aaron McGruder
James Holmes entered a movie theater and started "throwing shots," injuring fifty-eight people and killing twelve others. I need not give a full narrative of the tragedy, given the ongoing coverage on television, radio, internet and print media. In the aftermath of this tragedy, the usual crowd quickly stepped up to politicize the event, calling for stricter measures on firearms ownership. The same old reliable liberal crows now grandstanding and blustering in the congressional well. Leading the charge is none other than NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
There really is no point in relitigating the whole gun control debate in this entry. I've written so many other entries arguing against gun control. I will simply say, I renew those arguments and assertions here and now. period. So my starting point is this. More American citizens own firearms than ever before in History. When one compares the numbers of lawfully owned firearms by law-abiding citizens, to those illegally obtained and used by criminals, the numbers are miniscule. In the last twenty years, most of the states have adopted or expanded laws that acknowledge a citizens personal and natural right to self defense. More people than ever before are carrying guns....law-abiding citizens, that is.
And ideas and beliefs not related to guns have changed. Attitudes about abortion, same-sex marriage, gambling, cohabitation...the list goes on. So what does this have to do with guns? Nothing. and everything.
The lame stream media picks and chooses its own exclusive fare of high ground. Notice that despite the marked increase in private gun ownership, citizens carrying guns and a whole cottage industries for everything guns is now busting at the seams, the lame stream media still beats the same old tired drum, giving ink, face time and digital space to the leftist, anti-gun pablum puking, Kool-Aid drinking whiners? These self-appointed moral compass guides of society. You want to talk about digging the heels in? Since the context for this is James Holmes and massacres, Lets talk about the one that is little known and was grossly under reported.
The Appalachian School of Law shooting on January 16, 2002. Three people were killed and three others were wounded at the Grundy, West Virginia Law School. Former student, 43-year-old Peter Odighizuwa, a native of Nigeria (relevant because there existed a question of whether he could legally own and possess a handgun), opened fire in the school with a .380 auto handgun. When Odighizuwa left the building where the shooting took place, he was approached by two students with personal firearms. Armed students Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross yelled at Odighizuwa to drop his gun. He complied and was restrained by other students until police arrived. Until Police arrived.
This case received very little media attention. And given the night and day coverage of Columbine, Paducah, Virginia Tech, and now the Movie Theater Massacre, the media is not going to give news space to citizens who thwart gun crimes like this.
We cannot say for certain if more people would have died had those armed citizens not been present and I am certainly glad we cannot say. It is a tragedy when even one person dies at the hand of a criminal. This is one criminal, however, who was stopped in his tracks by armed citizens. But do not hold your breath waiting on the lame stream media to make accurate and timely reports when this type of intervention occurs....you'll pass out before that happens. So on and on and on goes the nay-sayers asserting, even if an armed citizen was present, nothing could be done. That is just bread and circus in pursuit of a morally corrupt agenda.
CROSS-POSTED AT GRANITE GROK