by John Snyder : Opinion
Washington , DC – -(Ammoland.com)- American firearm owners can commend the Trump White House for its talking points on the Las Vegas shooting reportedly urging Republicans to reject new gun control laws.
The White House paper, as reported Tuesday by the Washington Examiner, is most needed and most welcome.
After news broke about the murder in Nevada of scores of victims and the wounding of hundreds of others, many of the usual suspects in the media and politics, generally Democrats went off half-cocked in demanding the imposition of more gun controls on our law-abiding citizens.
The anti-gun nut cakes in the media and politics have to be straightened out, and the issuance of the talking points is a step in the right direction.
The document notes President Donald Trump welcomes “a reasoned and well-informed debate on public safety,” but maintains the Second Amendment “is a key constitutional right that is meant to protect people's freedoms.”
It points out that new gun control laws “won't stop a mad man committed to harming innocent people” but “will curtail the freedoms of law-abiding citizens.”
It urges Republicans to proclaim in answering calls for increased gun control that:
- We've seen terrorist attacks committed with knives, by people driving cars into crowds, and hijacking airplanes.
- We've had examples where concealed carry has allowed people to protect themselves and stop a mass shooting in its tracks, such as last month in a church in Texas.
- More laws on the books may not work. The problem in these cities isn't too few gun laws.
- We welcome a reasoned and well-informed debate on public safety and our constitutional freedoms, but we reject the false choice that we can't have both.
The usual suspects, the nut cakes, are trying to use public reaction to Vegas against freedom. They are trying to put tremendous public pressure on President Trump, on Republicans and on freedom-loving American citizens generally to cave in to demands for more gun control.
Instead, let's unite against them as never before. Let us continue our promotion of universal recognition of state approved concealed carry.
The White House talking points are below:
Las Vegas Shooting:
The President's thoughts and prayers are with the hundreds of victims who were killed and injured in this senseless act of violence.
We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials.
All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers.
The FBI, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security are working with local law enforcement officials to determine the facts surrounding this tragedy, and it wouldn't be appropriate to start having a political debate before we even know the facts, less than 24 hours after local law enforcement and first responders arrived on the scene.
The FBI has said there is no evidence of a link between the suspect and an international terrorist organization at this time.
Let's gather the facts before we make sweeping policy arguments for curtailing the Second Amendment. The investigation is still in its earliest stages.
The Second Amendment has endured for more than two centuries for a reason: it is a key constitutional right that is meant to protect people's freedoms, and the President understands that.
The President believes that our founding principles, like freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to bear arms must be protected while maintaining public safety.
We welcome a reasoned and well-informed debate on public safety and our constitutional freedoms, but we reject the false choice that we can't have both.
And when it comes to gun control, let's be clear: new laws won't stop a mad man committed to harming innocent people. They will curtail the freedoms of law abiding citizens.
We've seen terrorist attacks committed with knives, by people driving cars into crowds, and hijacking airplanes.
And some of America's cities with the strictest gun laws have the highest rates of gun violence. Examples include:
-Chicago last year had over 4,300 shooting victims
-Baltimore last year had over 900 shooting victims
This shows that more laws on the books may not work. The problems in these cities and many others isn't too few gun laws.
Also, we've had examples where concealed carry has allowed people to protect themselves and stop a mass shooting in its tracks, such as last month in a church in Texas.
Again, we welcome this debate, but in the wake of Sunday night's tragedy, we shouldn't rush toward compromising our freedoms before we have all the facts.
Some of the unknowns we must learn from investigators:
· What motivated this individual?
· Did he have radical ties?
· Did he have mental health issues?
· How was his weapon obtained?
About John Snyder:
A practicing Catholic, Snyder has been named “a champion of the right of self-defense” by the Washington Times, the “gun dean” by Human Events, and the “senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News. The Trace designated him a power broker.
He holds AB and MA degrees in government from Georgetown University. He has been an NRA magazine editor and official of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation. He directs Telum Associates, LL.C, and serves on boards of NACOP, Council for America, and American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens.
Contact: John Snyder, 202-239-8005, [email protected]