Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Not About the "Gun"...

...it's about the "Control" that's important in "Gun Control."

Two dead, two injured in Jamaica Plain restaurant shooting
Two people were killed and two were injured after a shooting on Jamaica Plain’s bustling Centre Street last night, police said.

One of the victims was taken into police custody before he died, said Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll. He suffered from “possible stab wounds,” she said.

This happened in Boston, Massachusetts. Massachusetts. Home of the "toughest gun laws". Where you are "more likely to live" because of those toughest gun laws according to the genius behind the AHSA. Massachusetts requires a permit simply to own a handgun - a permit that can be denied for any reason whatsoever, mind you. The City of Boston - and it's surrounding communities - does not issue concealed carry permits. Period. (Well, unless you're rich, famous, and/or well-connected, but that's fodder for another time)...

I'm not a betting man, but I'll put up $50, payable to the Joyce Foundation, that the person who did the shooting in this case did not have a valid unrestricted MA LTC.

It's about control, folks. Always has been, always will be. Making the good, honest people jump through hoops to get a magic permit from the government to exercise an enumerated right has nothing to do with curbing crime and everything to do with keeping the subjects in line. Every statistic out there shows this to be true - places with draconian gun control have out-of-control crime rates; those that have liberal concealed carry policies simply do not. Making someone apply for a permit to carry a firearm doesn't magically make them a better person; it's about damned time we stopped pretending it did.

Here's a question for you: How many Smith & Wesson J-frames are sold in Wisconsin and Illinois? How about Kel-Tec P3ATs? Unless every single one of them is going to an LEO, then you've got folks buying concealable firearms in states that - by decree - have zero provisions for concealed carry. I think we can all agree that if there were an epidemic of otherwise lawful folks getting involved in shootouts (the "Wild West" BS we see both in the linked article and in the myriad pro-gun-control drivel) that it would be front page news; it would be the irresistible concatenation of "if it bleeds it leads" and the liberal anti-gun agenda splayed out in black and white print for the world to see.

But it doesn't happen. A permit doesn't make someone any less inclined to go on a shooting rampage. Requiring a $100 "safety course" isn't going to turn a violent thug into a choirboy. Anyone not prohibited from owning a gun should be able to carry that gun - because the cold, hard reality is that they already can. If you can walk into a store and purchase a handgun, you can carry it - the legality of whether you should or shouldn't is your own personal risk assessment. The statistics do not in any way, shape, or form bear out the concept that folks start shooting each other over parking spaces or minor personal affronts - provided those folks are law-abiding, honest people to begin with (in other words, the very people who would go through the trouble to get a concealed carry license).

We're reaching the wrong audience in so many ways. The folks that get carry permits have been shown over and over again to be the most law-abiding citizens in the population. Making this demographic submit to further intrusions is beyond pointless - and yet the thugs and criminals continue to get firearms and use them in crimes with very little punishment. We blame the tool used - "Approved Firearms Roster"; "Assault Weapons Ban"; "Saturday Night Special" - while absolving the criminal of all guilt. And, more often than not, of most punishment as well - MA has a law on the books, the Bartley-Fox law, that requires a year in jail for any infraction of firearms laws. To the best of my knowledge there have been zero prosecutions.

Call it pessimism, but I fear there are more gun control measures in the works. We have seen nothing but contempt for the common man from the current administration, from the unwanted Ă˜bamaCare to the many bailouts to the ever-intrusive (and ineffectual) reach of the Federal government - it's only a matter of time before they try to further disarm the peasantry. Ă˜bama served on the Joyce Foundation, one of the many anti-gun groups actively working to effectively repeal the Second Amendment. He has repeated stated his views plainly and clearly that he supports Federal bans on concealed carry; that he supports handgun bans and arbitrary limits on how many firearms can be purchased in a period of time.

And yet the news reminds us, on a frequent basis, that gun control is a complete and utter failure. Those that wish to acquire guns despite criminal records to the contrary will acquire them by theft or fraud; alternately, Weer'dbeard has an entire category of posts devoted to stories of folks killed with weapons other than firearms. We as a species are remarkably adaptive and can either steal guns, make guns, or simply use other objects if we truly want to cause death or destruction to our fellow man. Passing pointless laws that only hinder the honest and law-abiding does nothing for safety, nothing for security, and everything for further eroding away our rights.

I mean, we peasants simply cannot be trusted with such dangerous weapons, right?

That is all.

8 comments:

bluesun said...

It's kinda weird how rights-restrictors say they are always doing things for our "safety," but the results are never what they want. It's kinda weird how they seem to place so much faith on human goodness (as in, they always think that people will follow the laws) when they are trying to prevent things that are already illegal.

Not to put it too Christian-y, but we live in a fallen world. Whether you think it is the fault of Adam and Eve or you think it is just the way things are. Plan around that fact.

The only conclusion a person who cares to think about it can reach is that these Brady-bunchers, TSAhoos, and Massachusetts legislators et al. are either incredibly stupid or deliberately restricting rights, and either way they shouldn't be making policy...

McThag said...

When carry is legally denied, people carry anyway. Story county, Iowa did not issue carry permits, so I carried illegally. I moved to Florida because I got sick of the dual risks. I could between being disarmed or breaking the law. A poor choice.

It is interesting that I am a lot more law abiding about a lot of things now that I don't have to break the law to carry. Almost as if since I was not breaking one, it was easier to obey the rest.

Stretch said...

The Washington Pravda ... er ... Post is continuing its "guns are evil" series.
I fearlessly predict that before the Christmas recess the current Congress will move guns under the purview of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The CPSC commissioner will be given "full authority and power" to regulate guns, ammo and accessories.
But that's OK. It's for the children.

Stoutcat said...

What I'm wondering is when those in power are going to start treating illegal gun owners the way they treat illegal aliens--welcoming them with open arms. (Ouch! Sorry about that.) After all, the situations are analogous, are they not?

By the way, I just received my MA license last week! After paying my $100 "safety course" fee (which was worth every penny) and the $100 license application fee. And it only took 5 1/2 weeks for the paperwork to be processed! (I wrote about the process here.)

Jay G said...

bluesun,

Don't kid yourself. The results are exactly what they want. They're just nothing like what they state

McThag,

Bingo. When everything is illegal, why bother following any of the rules? You start obeying the Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules...

Stretch,

Interesting prediction - that would make the entire US like MA, where no law prohibits guns from being sold, but merely "consumer protection"...

Stoutcat,

Congratulations! Welcome to a very select group of crazy people...

Re: The Beretta Neos... Remember one thing. It is *NOT* illegal for you to own it. It is not illegal for someone to sell it to you privately.

Technically it's not illegal for a gun store to sell it to you - they'll just be hit with a fine.

You might be able to find one kicking around; otherwise, the S&W 22 & 41 are available off the shelf, as are the Ruger Mk III series, the Walther P22, and the Sig Mosquito.

Just some options to think about...

Jester said...

Yep, here in Wisconsin "concealable" Firearm sizes are pretty popular. Not that I would ever, ever, ever support illegal activity, Ill calmly state that many many times I have observed individuals carrying in their car at any rate.
I think that doing any fee or paperwork to process the application to carry concealed or otherwise is a crock of horseshit. The only fees you should be assessed is the actual court filing fees or whatever. Five bucks outta cover it if a permit is even deemed needed in your state. 100 dollars to process? They can lick my tailpipe.
Far too many people depend on others for everything. Police are not there to stop crime. They are there to arrest and enforce the laws that are already broken by the time they show up.

Ritchie said...

I seem to recall that the first person arrested under Bartley-Fox was some kid walking down a back road with a BB gun. Don't you just feel the safety oozing up over your ankles? By that time frame, give or take, I had moved my taxable income elsewhere. Um..is that what safety is supposed to smell like??

Skip said...

Been concealed for twenty years in Kalifornia, without a 'shall issue' permit. Applied nine months ago and nothing back, nada, bubkis.
Still walking out the door armed.
Me and mine, or whomever, will have their back covered.