May 31, 2017
Despite the murders of Lincoln County, Mississippi Sheriff’s deputy William Durr and Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario last week and the shooting of two Chicago police officers this month, the lie that “it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun” persists.
Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted if you see a “guns welcome” sign you know you are in Texas. Perhaps the guv felt enough time has elapsed since five Dallas police officers were killed and nine others injured by a gunman last July. Was the gunman’s weapon welcomed in Texas, Gov. Abbott? He was a legal gun owner, after all, and we can’t infringe on a gun owner’s rights just because he is unbalanced and violent.
Ten days after the Dallas massacre, six more police officers were shot and three of them died in Baton Rouge. Again, the gunman was a legal gun owner whose rights we can’t “infringe” upon just because he is unbalanced and violent.
The gun lobby says when you start infringing on someone’s “gun rights” just because of their threatening behavior, we are on a slippery slope. Next thing you know, no one can own a gun at all!
No, actually, gun lobby, if you restricted someone’s “gun rights” because of their threatening behavior, you’d have eight heroic police officers who would be alive today. (And many more in other cities.)
The “patriotic” NRA doesn’t seem to worry too much about cop deaths. Why else would it defend “cop killer” armor-piercing bullets? Why would it lobby for citizens to be able to carry military style weapons that outgun our own law enforcers? The gun lobby also wants to remove restrictions on gun silencers–an appalling pro-criminal stance which confounds law enforcement ShotSpotter technology. Whose side are they on?
Since the gun lobby loves its two lies–“it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun” and “gun-free zones cause gun violence”– it was strangely silent after the 2015 Chattanooga shootings, exactly a year before the Dallas and Baton Rouge police murders.
On July 16, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire at an Armed Forces Career Center and U.S. Navy Reserve center, killing four Marines and a sailor and wounding a police officer. Not addressed by the gun lobby was why an apparent terrorist had “gun rights” in the U.S. and was a legal gun owner. (The gun lobby also says people on the No Fly and Terror Watch Lists should be able to legally buy guns.)
The gun lobby tried to blame the Chattanooga murders on a “gun-free zone” until Military Times outed them by reporting that, “At least two service members involved in the Chattanooga shooting were carrying personal weapons during the attack, in possible violation of current military rules, and unsuccessfully returned fire in an attempt to stop the homicidal gunman.”
The gun lobby doesn’t want to talk about legal gun owners who kill our own law enforcement officers and servicemen in places that are not gun-free. It conflicts with its lies that it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun and that gun-free zones cause gun violence.