PERRY: Aiming to keep the NRA from killing real gun control efforts

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Oh, so now it’s time to talk gun control. This slaughter of 26 innocent people was unacceptable, says President Barack Obama and a handful of other chosen leaders after the nation’s latest gun-wielding sicko wiped out a kindergarten — a freaking kindergarten. Perhaps if some of the previous slaughters had been unacceptable, this one could have been avoided.

I, like millions of Americans, am outraged about Adam Lanza slaughtering children and teachers with a gun made for just such a feat. But I am more angry at the spineless politicians and the creepy gun-nuts, the malevolent National Rifle Association and millions of mislead Americans who liken gun control to child molestation.

I am livid that the rabid gun-rights advocates, the crazy murderers and the blindly mistaken hold me and this country hostage no differently than the nutty suicide bombers do who terrorize innocents in Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan. We have become a nation of people afraid to send our kids to the movies, to the mall or even to school. And you call this a “free” country?

Of course shoot-em-up-fans’ answer to yet another slaughter is the inane, sophomoric and dead-wrong mantra the NRA has trained all its minions to parrot: “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”

What a giant load of crap that is. Of course guns kill people. That’s what they’re built for. How is it that Americans either don’t understand that or refuse to admit it? In almost every instance where one human has slaughtered another, the gun he or she used was designed to kill another human being. I’m not balking at the fact that Lanza killed those people, but he didn’t do it with a fire extinguisher or a pair of art-room scissors. People don’t die from inhaling stray bullets. They die because their neighbors zip down to Wal-Mart or Gander Mountain and buy enough ammo to overthrow Russia and then unload it inside elementary schools and movie theaters.

It doesn’t have to be this way no matter how much propaganda the NRA spews. It’s boils down to common sense and math. Japan has the strictest gun laws in the world, and people there own fewer hand-guns than anywhere else. They have about four hand-gun-related deaths a year. The same with Australia. The same with Great Britain. The same with Germany. Countries that have strict laws against gun ownership and real consequences for being caught with a hand-gun have negligible gun-related death rates. The rate is about 10 per capita in the US. It’s less than 0.07 per capita in Japan.

Nobody’s rushing kindergartens in Tokyo with lead pipes or razor blades and wiping out 20 little kids in a matter of seconds. The Japanese, the Aussies, the Germans and the Brits have no fewer freedoms than we do. They just have far fewer hand-guns and far fewer gun deaths. It’s just math and common sense. Can you hunt in those countries? Of course. But there people hunt game and not each other. Do those people feel unsafe in their homes? No. If you are convinced you need a gun to sleep well at night where you live, either move or get therapy. Aurora and Colorado are not Kabul — yet. There are so many gun massacres in this country that you wouldn’t even recognize the names of some because they fade away so quickly. How many remember that a huge mall in Portland was the scene of this insanity just a week ago? Exactly.

It’s time to tell the gun-nuts and their blindly faithful to shut the hell up before we lose another school-room full of children, because this will happen again, and again and again until we make it stop. It means that Gov. John Hickenlooper is going to have to get beyond excusing the state’s lack of action by saying discussing gun control is inconvenient or insensitive when it occurs around these vicious mass murders. That makes progress tough when the mass murders just keep coming, and it’s a load of crap.

It means that Obama is going to have to at least say the words, “gun control” when he coyly dances around the subject by insisting that, darn it folks, we just gotta do something. Yes, Mr. President, as unsavory as this is going to be for you and thousands of politicians in Washington, across the country, and right here in Colorado and Aurora, you going to have to legislate gun control. And it’s going to be something that the gun-toting bullies at the NRA aren’t going to like.

And the Aurora City Council is going to have to face the truth and the gun-nut spray of hate and cash by taking up this issue themselves. This is a body of lawmakers that will nearly send you to jail for harboring chickens or lighting a sparkler in your own backyard. But you want a Saturday night special and enough bullets to wipe out a high-school stadium? Hells yeah! The more, the better.

No more lies, which is what the pro-gun aficionados spew. No more lies to parents and children from school officials who want to assure you and your kids that they are safe. They’re safe only as long as some sick monster like Lanza or James Holmes doesn’t come calling on your school, or church or movie cinema or who-knows-where some ammo-laden freak will strike next time. But I do know next time isn’t that far off in the future. Do the math, folks. Listen to reason and not the NRA twaddle. Force lawmakers make the next move, not the next assassin.

Reach editor Dave Perry at 303-750-7555 or [email protected]

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John Harpel
John Harpel
9 years ago

AMEN Dave! Thanks for speaking out.

das codger
das codger
9 years ago

Livid sans rationality leads to a diatribe that kills discussion. Dave do you want a solution? Or, are you more comfortable from a pulpit?

Doxology
Doxology
9 years ago

Well said, Dave. Anyone with a logical brain must agree with you. Codger, Dave stated very clearly what the solution is: strict gun control as in other countries. Did you miss that part? I called my congresspeople and representatives and The White House (202-456-1111) and tell them we must reinstate the ban on assault weapons – now. I hope many other will do the same. This madness must end.

Jason
Jason
9 years ago

Norway has stricter gun laws than we do, but tell that to the 70 killed. Hitler banned guns. Guess what happened to 13 million Jews. Go spout your progressive crap elsewhere. Everyone of these shootings happened in gun free zones. Look at how many madmen killed themselves or were stopped when well armed citizens got in the way. But hey, your a journalist, I wouldn’t expect you to do your research.

The FITZ
The FITZ
9 years ago

Before we start blaming every bad act on guns, our “leaders” need to seriously strengthen how we treat the Mentally disturbed! Our priorities are currently focused on the wrong problem: provide greater discipline over those who have demonstrated irrational – mentally disturbed activities and
you will find a dramatic reduction in gun related activities. To name but a few cases: Holmes; August- Aurora case where an “individual” living at an Apartment complex in Aurora – sponsored by the Aurora Mental Health – who poured gas in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors and threw a match on it – killing 2 inocent people; and most recently the Conn. fiasco!
The only result of taking guns away from individuals will be to protect the criminals who will get guns anyway and protect them from concern that they will harmed if they steal, rob attack innocent individuals!

reader
reader
9 years ago

wonder why someone is labeled a “proressive” when they speak about banning assault weapons?

Are “progressives” the only people that have lost children, or care deeply
about the families who have lost children?

Let’s drop the labels and truly concentrate on a solution to do something
constructive about how easy it is to acquire guns that should only be
used by the military.

WeatherbyMarkV
WeatherbyMarkV
9 years ago
Reply to  reader

Primarily because those who speak of banning”assault” weapons and those authoring similar legislation make it glaringly evident through the language that they have no knowledge of firearms. Yet they are attempting to legislate. Thumb-hole stocks? Really? It’s like them attempting to write technical publications for gas turbines and informing themselves by reading an airline pamphlet.

fishunter
fishunter
9 years ago

Perry is as full of himself as he is of hot air! Name calling and labeling people is a juvenile method of argument when one wants to confuse the facts. Why do you publish such drivel?

TisMichael
TisMichael
9 years ago

The problem here is the guns you want banned become inaccessible to normal people but not criminals. If you want to buy a bully automatic weapon, which are illegal for citizens to own, you can if you can find the right people. You ban guns all together, you create a safe haven for any gun wielding criminal with the knowledge that you will not be able to shoot them with risking going to jail as well. Do you really think that this Adam would not have killed these people if he did not have access to guns? A mentally deranged individual will find a way of carrying out their plans and will not be stopped in their quest for vengeance. Lest we forget that Holmes had his apartment rigged with explosives to detonate and take out a healthy chunk of the building. The only way the police found out about the bombs is he told them about them. What would have happened had he not said anything? Half of the building would have been gone as well as half of the residents.

Mental health services and drugs need to be made available to everyone that needs them. It is too expensive to see a mental health professional and afford the drugs if one does not have health insurance.

newsdesk
newsdesk
9 years ago

Editors,
I’m not surprised when I see ignorance and vitriol displayed by a “progressive”, but when it comes from the poisoned pen of an editor, it saddens me. To refer to supporters of the 2nd Amendment as “creepy”, “rabid”, “misled”, “nutty”, and a host of other insulting cerebral shortcuts is indicative of a “writer” with more uncontrolled emotion than thought – ie. a Progressive.
So let me school you on just HOW misinformed your illustrious editor is.
1) Guns are not designed to kill people; they are designed to stop an imminent threat to life or limb. This could be a bear, a murderer, rapist, or a Sturmtruppen. When a gun is used to shoot an innocent individual, it is being MISused, just as a car being used to mow down pedestrians is not being used for its intended purpose.
2) The 2nd Amendment was never intended for hunting bunny rabbits or even protecting us from burglars and rapists. The writers of the Constitution had just fought for five long years against the most advanced, well trained, and well equipped military the world had ever seen- their own Army and Navy. And they did so primarily with their own personally-held firearms. They wanted to assure us that if we ever needed to, we could defend ourselves as they had.
At this point, like a good talking-points-repeating sheep you will bleat about the founders not having fully automatic weapons in the early 1800’s. True, but John Hancock, a private citizen, had battleships. More succinctly, he had cargo ships he converted into battle frigates. Therefore, by such logic, not only did the Founders foresee powerful firearms, but had little or no problems with private citizens possessing cannon, artillery, and ships of war.
3) The idea that we have “grown past the possibility of tyranny” here in the United States (the usual refute to the above fact), is shortsighted and naive. I’m sure German Jews in the 1920’s, Chinese in the 1950’s, Russians in the early 1900’s, and Iraqis in the 1980’s all thought “it could never happen here.” In fact EVERY great genocide has taken place only after the populace has been disarmed.
4) For decades, mass-shootings have only taken place in “gun free” zones (the only exception I recall being the parking lot in which Gabby Giffords was shot). It seems “gun free zones” have a higher correlation to mass shootings than guns do. After all, millions of guns are owned, used, and discharged every day with no injuries, yet ALL MASS SHOOTINGS BUT ONE have taken place in “gun free zones”.
5) Lastly, your mentioning of the “strictest gun laws” of Japan, Great Britain, and Australia is impressive, why didn’t you mention something a bit closer to home? Perhaps because it would have blown your premise out of the water! When Washington DC had the toughest gun laws, it also had the #1, highest murder rate in the country. Now that they have loosened up their laws, they have dropped and Chicago and Detroit have taken the lead – again, two cities with the strictest gun control in the country!
Mr. Perry,
Harris & Kleybold broke over 13 Federal Gun Laws and actually planned on killing hundreds by blowing up the school with propane tanks (presumably uncovered by your vaunted gun laws). Tim McVey used fertilizer, and the 9/11 hijackers used box cutters.
I suggest next time you think and learn before deciding to shred our Constitution!
Charles K. Byrne
Security Officer
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Center
303-520-9682

Jason
Jason
9 years ago
Reply to  newsdesk

Well said. The facts don’t lie.

Claudia Mishell
Claudia Mishell
9 years ago

Dave Perry, you are my hero! You say it like it is – there is no sugar-coating and you are spot-on with your views here. This country’s obsession with guns is uniquely “American.” And I am so tired of the NRA’s fear-mongering and brainwashing this country into thinking that their 2nd Amendment rights are going to be taken away completely. The NRA is a lobby – way too large and they wield far too much power – but they are not politicians and they do not write public policy. As a parent of young children, I am heart-broken that I have to keep telling my children about these horrible events. I don’t want to, but they find out from their friends if we don’t tell them first. We must not wait until the tears dry before we act – as we will be crying again if we don’t do something.

Prof57
Prof57
9 years ago

“AURORA DEMANDS AN INVESTIGATION,IN THE AFTERMATH OF AURORA SHOOTINGS,GOOD GUN CONTROL IS GOOD POLICING, GUN CONTROL IS SPIN CONTROL…” SEE ROBT. A. YOUNG’S BLOG FOR SOCIAL [email protected]