Playing for Keeps on Gun Control
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The inordinate backlash over the push for new, more stringent gun control laws in the United States is only “inordinate” to those who either understand nothing about the nation’s founding, the Constitution, and the Second Amendment, or those who wish to subvert same. Interestingly, the state of Colorado (where I happen to live) has become ground zero for the gun control discussion.
On February 22, 42-year-old Franklin Sain was arrested on suspicion of harassing Colorado state Rep. Rhonda Fields relating to alleged threats he’d made over frustration with the legislator’s efforts to tighten state gun laws. Fields, whose son was shot and killed in 2005 as he waited to testify against a gang member, sponsored two of Colorado’s new gun control bills. Her district also includes Aurora, Colorado, where gunman James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others in a theater on July 20, 2012.
While I sympathize with Ms. Fields’ loss, it occurs to me that her kid should’ve been packing…
On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan had just delivered a luncheon address at a Washington hotel. As he was leaving, a lone gunman (later identified as the deranged John Hinckley) fired at the President six times. President Reagan and three others were shot, among them White House Press Secretary James Brady. Brady was seriously wounded and became permanently disabled.