Adam Lanza Shooting: More Gun Control is Not the Answer

by Ed Earl Upshaw,  |  published on December 26, 2012

Since the moment the media broke the news about the Sandy Hook tragedy, gun control advocates have put forward new proposals on a daily basis attempting to add new restrictions to the purchase and possession of firearms.

However, I think there is a very good reason to oppose such new restrictions. They just don’t work.

Law abiding gun owners, when faced with new laws restricting what they view as an inalienable right, believe they are being forced to either give up their right to self defense or be branded as criminals.

Some gun control advocates were highly critical of NRA leader Wayne LaPierre’s proposal to place armed officers in schools. I cannot understand people’s objections, since they do not object to armed guards in a bank, guarding a sack of money in an armored car, or walking a college football coach on and off the field. Why are they vehemently opposed the idea of offering our children the protection?

I oppose such measures because I am convinced the existing evidence indicates that criminals, including rampage killers, are virtually unaffected by gun control laws. For example, the Columbine massacre occurred four years after the so called Assault Weapons Ban was passed. These two murderers violated numerous existing gun laws prior to their attack.

I am further convinced that a person’s inalienable right to self-defense is poorly served by further gun control measures. I won’t argue the Second Amendment at this time because it does not grant any rights; it merely protects an inalienable human right that pre-dates the U.S. Constitution. Restricting how we can defend ourselves against deadly force to less effective methods is nonsensical.

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