Biden concedes new laws won't end gun massacres
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden, who spearheaded the White House's effort to find ways of reducing gun violence, admitted to reporters Thursday that any measures passed by Congress would fail in totally eliminating gun deaths.
"Nothing we are going to do is fundamentally going to alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down," Biden said, echoing remarks President Barack Obama made in January when he said "there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely."
This is EXACTLY what those of us that believe in the Constitution and respect the Second Amendment have been saying all along. Mass shootings are a statistical anomaly - more kids were killed by gunfire in Chicago last year, with its insanely tough gun laws, than in all school shootings period. Yet no one's suggesting that Chicago pass more gun laws - because IL already HAS everything they want: registration, background checks, an assault weapons ban in Cook County - everything they've suggested in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
They're suggesting that millions of law abiding gun owners suffer the loss of their enumerated right because a tiny handful - less than the number of people struck by lightning - misuse the freedoms we all enjoy. The laws they suggest will not be obeyed by the criminals nor the mentally ill, nor will they do a damn thing about the millions of these types of firearms already in circulation. Semi-automatic, removable magazine rifles have been in widespread circulation for well over 50 years now - some, like the M1 carbine, for over 70 - and yet only in the past 20 years have we seen school and mass shootings increase.
Rather than look at this as a gun problem, we should be looking at it as a social problem. The people that perpetrate these sorts of mass shootings fit a definitive pattern, yet we decline to take even the most cursory of looks at the commonalities. All of the major spree shooters in recent memory - save the Aurora, CO and Newtown shooters, only because we haven't heard the medical reports yet - have been on very specific medications: Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) (hat tip to Dr. Gene Garris of America's Radio Show for pointing that out to me).
Yet no one's saying we should ban Prozac or Zoloft...
That is all.