Why I'm #NeverOrange

  • 2016-05-31
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Jackson Richman
On June 2nd, gun control activist groups including Moms Demand Action and Everytown will launch an annual social media blitz with slogans like “Wear Orange” and “End Gun Violence.” Apparently, basic comprehension doesn’t come naturally to this lobby, at least when it comes to the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” [emphasis added].
 
Both sides of the Second Amendment issue agree regarding the need for background checks. Such a system already exists due to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) operated by the FBI. In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 students at the university. The mass shooting is the deadliest by a single gunman in US history. Two years prior to the tragedy Cho was deemed mentally incompetent by a judge and ordered to be receive treatment. Federal law already required states to insert the names of people declared mentally ill by a court into the FBI database.

For Cho’s mental history, which would have caused him to be ineligible to purchase a firearm, to not be inserted into the NICS system is inexcusable. Had that information been in the system, Cho would have been denied access to a firearm.
 
Furthermore, Cho should have been institutionalized, as mandated. The need to enforce the laws is urgent, which is what the pro-gun lobby—including the National Rifle Association—has been sounding the alarm to Congress and the rest of the US. According to the Cato Institute’s John C. Moorhouse and Brent Wanner, “Enforcement of gun laws must be taken into account in order to accurately assess gun control.”

Unfortunately, as opposed to solving the broken background check system, the gun-control lobby would rather further restrict and, eventually, inexplicitly eliminate guns than the to-be gunmen.
 
That is the battle between those who seek to protect the Second Amendment and between those who seek to undermine it.
 
Like any sane being, I sympathize with the “Wear Orange” crowd mourning those who’ve lost their lives to gun violence. However, I do not condone punishing law-abiding citizens who only want to defend themselves against those who don’t abide by the law. I’m pro-life for not just the unborn, but also the living.

Furthermore, more people in the US die of cancer and car accidents than from gun violence. Should we eliminate cars and cancer? The latter is a dream in progress, while the former would be unrealistic and absurd. It’s not guns that kill people, rather thugs who kill innocent, law-abiding citizens who should have the right to defend themselves.
 
Finally, for the gun control lobby to compare the US to Scandinavia and Australia as examples of sound gun control policy is ignorant. In 2011, a madman in Norway killed almost 80 people. Three years later, a gunman held a Sydney café hostage. What would have happened if the thug in both dire situations would have been shot by a law-abiding citizen? More lives would have been saved, not destroyed. The police are not present in every square inch of society, therefore using a firearm may be the only defense mechanism. 

I am staunchly for the Second Amendment and on June 2nd will stand with those who seek to protect freedom from those who seek to destroy it. I stand with law enforcement and law-abiding citizens who protect themselves and their neighborhoods.
 
I'm a journalist, and so I abide by my ethical obligation not to donate money to interest groups. Nonetheless, I stand with the NRA’s five million members and others who seek to protect the Second Amendment from being infringed by those who refuse to acknowledge facts and believe in the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.
 
On June 2nd, I am #NEVERORANGE.
 Source: AAN
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