Post-Newtown Gun Control is Not About the Children, but Control

Excerpted from Catholicvote.org:

Kermit Gosnell is on trial for many counts of murder, including delivering babies alive, taking a pair of scissors, and snipping their spinal cords. Did you know about that? I’ll bet lots of people who may have heard of it a while ago forgot about it, and didn’t know his trial has begun.

That may be because no one is talking about it in the major media outlets. I mean no one. Check out this screen capture of Google News results for “Gosnell.” LifeNews.com, a couple of local papers, and someone at HuffingtonPost.com covered it, sure. But look at the last link. It says, “It Is Disturbing That Mike Rice Gets More Coverage Than Kermit…” Yes, coverage about the non-coverage gets higher billing than most coverage. So you could be excused for not knowing about this.

I’ll bet you did know about the ABSOLUTE NEED for more restrictive gun laws nationwide because of the massacre of children in Newtown, Connecticut.

Pardon my French, but this is political opportunism by people who want control at its worst.Obama-Obey

Anyone. And I mean anyone who does not want to talk about Kermit Gosnell’s actions and our abortion-saturated culture but does want to use Newtown to push gun control because of our gun-saturated culture does not care about saving kids. They care about control.

The difference between the children gunned down by Adam Lanza and the children who had their spines snipped by Kermit Gosnell is nothing more than time.

The socio-economic wherewithal of the family does not lessen the humanity of the child. To say otherwise is to say the Newtown kids were “more human” because their parents had more money than the poor people who went to Gosnell. That is an abhorrent thought that no feeling person could harbor.

The “choice” of the mother (or the mother’s mother, who is forcing her teenage daughter to have an abortion) does not confer humanity upon the child. If it does, why not extend that principle longer and let the family take the kid home, give it some thought, see how the kid grows up, and let them bring the kid back for an “after-birth abortion” some time down the road when the kid becomes inconvenient or fails to make the honor roll. Just reserve the right to “choose” until later in life.

If you disagree and think an “after-birth abortion” is okay within the first few moments after birth, especially for a kid who should have been aborted, tell me what is different about the kid herself between that moment right after birth and the moment the kid arrives home for the first time (should she be so fortunate). Why would it be murder to intentionally kill the kid once home but it is not murder there in the delivery room? If you have a response, challenge yourself: Provide a response without talking about “should have been aborted,” “the mother’s choice,” or “terrible quality of life.” None of those affect the humanness of the new human person that has left the birth canal alive.

The Newtown victims were murdered by a mentally unstable man who had been mercilessly bullied as a youth, who was mesmerized by hundreds of hours of military-style first-person shooter video games, and enabled by a mother mind-numbingly irresponsible with the weapons she lawfully owned in one of the states with the most restrictive gun laws. They were not murdered by a roving band of renegade scary-looking guns with bloodlust or in a yippy-kai-yay shootout in a town as permissive with guns as the Wild West.

Yet the target in the national rush to DO SOMETHING!!11!!!!!11!! in the wake of Newtown is not violent video games. It is not bullying. It is not even making sure families with mentally unstable members are more heavily scrutinized or required to be more responsible with their guns. No, it’s gun ownership, through blanket measures that will restrict the rights of millions of people who are entirely innocent and entirely responsible with their guns.

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An Unlikely Ally In Support of Second Amendment Rights…Or Not

A few days ago*, a fairly creepy video made the rounds on the internet. Purporting to be from the hacktivist collective “Anonymous,” it was a pretty straightforward and powerful argument in defense of Second Amendment gun ownership rights and a veiled warning to the Obama Administration if they continued to pursue gun ban legislation. If you are not familiar with Anonymous, they most recently made an internet splash for hacking the Twitter accounts and website of the Westboro Baptist Church in retaliation for their announcement that they would be protesting at the funerals for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Anonymous is generally thought to be a more left-leaning “collective” and has identified itself with such “movements” such as the “Occupy” groups and WikiLeaks/Julian Assange, which makes their supposed support of the Second Amendment a bit suspect. However, the group definitely has an Anarchistic bent, and generally does not support government intrusion on citizens’ rights; not to mention some of the stated goals of the Occupy movement are similar to those of the Tea Party.

Therefore, there has been a great deal of speculation regarding the authenticity of the video. At first, the video was declared authentic by the “Anonymous Relations” blog; however, they then retracted the declaration and stated that it was a fake. This then led to several Anonymous members questioning how an anonymous collective could declare the video as “unofficial”, implying that there was some central authority (as well as noting that the video used to authenticate was a mirrored version, and not the original). In addition, many comments indicated support for the content of the video:

I was under the impression that Anonymous is a collective of people with no leaders, no authorities, and most importantly no names. Anyone is a part of Anonymous if they say they are, and the things which Anonymous “does” happen organically in reaction to a collective mindset. You can’t figure out who made that video? Guess why, because he/she’s anonymous, thats the point. If the author of this “We’re sorry” post is attempting to be an authority over the actions of Anonymous, then guess what, its no longer Anonymous. Someone should make a “we’re sorry” post for the “we’re sorry” post.

Gun rights are a serious issue when governments become and/or are tyrannical. It takes guns away from peaceful people, but it doesn’t make guns magically dissapear. If a criminal wanted one, he could still get one. And the smartest criminals could get themselves into positions of power in government. They have all the guns, and apparently all the rights.

So this is not a “fake” video. Its just a video. A video an anonymous person made. If thats not part of Anonymous, then Anonymous is no longer Anonymous.

Regardless of whether the video is an authentic Anonymous message, or if it was done by someone pretending to be part of the collective (or if it is even possible to determine). The message in the video is a powerful, if not creepy, argument in favor of individual rights and against government infringing on those rights, and well worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet:

*I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting regularly lately. I’ve been dealing with two cars in the repair shop, and has been totally distracted by the NFL during the Ravens’ run to the SuperBowl. I expect to return to regular posting in about two weeks.

Ban All The Things!

I find it reprehensible when the first reaction to a tragedy is to politicize it (are you listening, Rahm Emmanuel?). So I was really trying to avoid writing about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in any kind of political manner. However, the reactionary call for a “national conversation” on gun ownership/laws by gun control advocates has forced my hand, so to speak. Full disclosure: I’m not really a gun person. I don’t hunt, and I don’t own any for personal protection; I just never got into them (although I do enjoy target shooting, which I have done on several occasions). However, that does not mean that I do not believe in defending and securing the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. I firmly believe that Americans have the right to lawfully bear arms (not necessarily to bare arms, Ms. Obama).

Without signgetting into a detailed debate on gun laws, what I find especially despicable is that the leftists/gun control advocates want to use such tragedies to push their own political agenda. They’ll take the recent tragic shootings perpetrated by Adam Lanza, Jovan Belcher, James Holmes, Jacob Roberts, and Jared Laughner  and argue that if we only had stricter gun control laws these senseless acts could have been prevented. Of course, such a notion ignores the reality that if these people were hell-bent on mass murder, they would have found a way, even if guns were not available. Just ask the guy in China who used a knife to slash 23 people at a Chinese school, or the guy who committed a murder-suicide with a bow and arrow. If we take their arguments at face value, we might as well ban everything that someone could use to harm another. Once all the things are banned, we’ll be safe as can be in our little utopian bubbles.

Rather, I suspect something more nefarious. Namely, I think the gun control proponents actually care less about stopping this type of violence than they do for “disarming” the American citizenry, thereby ever-increasing the power of the state. To be sure, there are the few misguided souls who truly and sincerely believe that gun control will end violence, but they aren’t the influence-peddlers.

If these people were committed to ending this type of violence, they would be interested in moving past the tool used, to the actual causes, such as the breakdown of the family and traditional values. However, I’ll leave that debate for another day.

[UPDATE 12/15/12]

I just noticed this in my Twitter feed courtesy of Todd Kincannon; it was written by the mother of someone like Adam Lanza and the others mentioned above. It is truly a remarkable story and is a plea to have the real cause of such behavior recognized:

Thinking the Unthinkable

[UPDATE II 12/16/12]

Randall Collins offers a sociological analysis of the background and motivations of so-called mass rampage killers, and some insight involving gun laws. It is well worth a read:

[…]It is their rarity that attracts so much attention, and their out-of-the-blue, seemingly random relationship between killer and victims, that makes them so dramatically alarming.

This rarity means that very distinctive circumstances are needed to explain mass killings, and that widely available conditions cannot be very accurate predictors. There are approximately 190 million firearms in the civilian population in America, in a population of 310 million. The vast majority of these guns are not used to kill people. Even if we focus on the total number of yearly homicides by gun (about 12,000), the percentage of guns that kill someone is about 12,000 / 190,000,000, or 1 in 16,000. Another way to put it: of approximately 44 million gun owners in the US, 99.97% of them do not murder anyone. It is not surprising that their owners resist being accused of abetting murder.

[…] What can be said analytically is that banning guns is trying to manipulate a variable that is a very weak predictor of mass homicides. It resembles TSA procedures of searching everyone who enters an airport gate area; airplane terrorists are also extremely rare, and thus the vast majority of the persons who are searched are innocent.

(h/t to GayPatriot and Mary Climer for the title; I borrowed it from an ongoing meme in their Twitter feeds)

Prayers For Sandy Hook

I’ve been watching the coverage of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT trying to think of something to say, or some insight that can be gleaned from this tragedy.

After reflecting on the events, there’s nothing more that I can do other than follow Moe Lane’s lead and just note this this is proof that evil exists in the word; and offer my prayers for those who lost their lives and loved ones, and for that community as a whole.

[UPDATE 12/14/12]

This has been floating around the internet for a little while now, and while I’m generally not a Buzzfeed kind of guy, in the wake of today’s senseless tragedy, I needed this to lift my spirits:

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year

(front page photo credit: Fox News)