It’s certainly not unusual for liberals to politicize events such as this before there are any answers regarding the investigation. I've heard from them time and time again that all we need is "common sense" gun control to prevent these mass murders and this isn't true. I can't tell you how many times political pundits have been stumped while they attempted to explain what "common sense" gun regulations look like. It's all about politics and not actual solutions.
Democrats are attacking Republicans with some even saying they’re responsible for the murders but they stay away from so many of the facts which includes that Chicago has the highest gun related murder rates in the country and they also have the toughest gun laws in the country. Gun laws aren’t our problem it’s the people who are twisted enough to commit murder. Not that I'm unwilling to add some new laws that are being talked about but there's no way they can prove that they'll work based on previous findings in other mass murders.
Is it the guns or the people using them where most of the problem lies? Case in point, when someone is stabbed and murdered, do Democrats blame the knife? There have been mass murders through people being run over by trucks and vans this year. Are the vehicles to blame or the people driving them?
I can’t remember a single election over the last several where gun control wasn’t brought up but the fact is they won’t remove the 2nd Amendment and there’s no way physically to remove all the guns in our country. Good luck taking the gun out of someone’s hand that lives in Texas. Even if we could, if someone wanted to commit mass murder he’d be able to get the weapons he wanted. When has outlawing something ever stopped it from happening?
Democrats don’t like to talk about it but when all the investigating had been said and done regarding previous mass shootings there were no realistic changes in gun control laws that would’ve saved the victims. There has been several times where psychiatric medication might have prevented it. Our prison system is filled with inmates with mental illness. This reality doesn’t help the Democrat Party so they don’t talk about it and instead demonize Republicans for protecting the 2nd Amendment in order to fire up their base.
If you look beyond what Democrats are saying to what they’ve been doing you’ll notice that even when they were completely in power for 18 months when Obama took office, they didn’t pass gun control legislation. Why is this? If they really believed that changes could make a difference why didn’t they pass legislation when it would’ve been easy to accomplish?
If the Obama Administration and Democrats were really focused on saving lives through gun control legislation, why did prosecutions by the DOJ regarding people who broke gun control laws, go down dramatically during his Administration? Keep in mind the Obama Administration was in charge during the mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary, Binghamton, and San Bernardino so what did Democrats do about it? All talk no action.
More gun control laws won't matter if we're not prosecuting the ones which already exist. It's not unlike immigration laws as there are so many that aren't followed. The fact is even if they add new gun control laws there's absolutely no proof the Department of Justice will follow through on implementation.
Of course Hillary Clinton tweeted about the tragedy and one of the things she mentioned was the use of silencers. She wrote that more people would’ve been killed if he used a silencer because they wouldn’t have known where he was shooting but investigators have already negated her comments.
The fact is he wouldn’t have wanted to you use a silencer because of its propensity to heat up the weapon including the firing mechanism. A silencer on a handgun isn’t as much of an issue because it doesn’t fire the massive volume of bullets like an automatic rifle and it doesn’t need the fire power (which means more heat), because it doesn’t need to send a bullet hundreds of yards like a rifle does. The shooter’s goal was to quickly go through as many clips of ammunition as possible so he wouldn’t have wanted to risk having his rifles lock up due to overheating from using a silencer. The bottom line is limiting access to silencers isn’t the solution to mass murders; I wish it was.
Hillary was also on The Tonight Show last night and made comments about the Republican Party being in bed with the NRA and that they are partly responsible for the murders. I find these comments deplorable. I just don't understand with all her experience in politics and having political consultants that she time and time again alienates at least half the country when she speaks. When she makes derogatory comments about Republicans she's also making the comments about their constituents. If their constituents want various gun control measures then they'll attempt to deliver and if not, they won't be voted back into office. Democrats tend to believe that government is the answer to everything bad which would be great but it's just not true.
I support the 2nd Amendment as it would be crazy not to but understand it doesn’t guarantee access to any weapon we want just like we have freedom of speech but there are limitations for societal reasons. With this in mind when hard-core 2nd Amendment advocates scream about Democrats wanting to ban automatic weapons, I don’t think they have a case from a Constitutional perspective. I’m not a fan of automatic weapons and I’m not too fond of semi-automatics either but the fact is only around 2% of the people murdered in the U.S. are killed by automatic and semi-automatic rifles so they’re clearly not where the major problems lie.
The issue of bump stocks has also come up because the gunman used them to turn his semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons that could fire as fast as a machine gun. I hadn't heard of them before and from what I've learned, even Congress and the Senate weren't that familiar with the device. What you certainly won't hear from Democrats is that they were authorized under Obama's Administration in 2010 as the ATF and DOJ didn't think they needed to regulate bump stocks because they were a gun part not a weapon. My guess is the issue of bump stocks never made it to Obama's desk but if we are to be fair and balanced, he's ultimately responsible for everything under his watch just like Democrats blame Republican presidents.
My opinion is that since automatic weapons are outlawed then selling a tool that could turn a semi-automatic weapon into one makes no sense; even the NRA agrees. I definitely don't mind outlawing them which I believe they will, but sadly enough, it won't stop these types of killings.
There's all kinds of information (including videos), on the internet on how to create a bump stock versus purchasing one from a gun dealer. There are also ways to illegally modify the firing mechanism on some semi-automatics to perform like automatics. In other words this can't be stopped with the exception of when someone is determined to be a suspect and police get a search warrant. They can take the weapons away and put the individual in jail but thwarting mass shootings like this isn't the norm.
Even if bump stocks and silencers were made illegal there are plenty already out there so if someone had the desire to use them to commit mass murder, he could still get his hands on them. Keep in mind this is how most murderers are already doing it instead of buying from a gun store in order to not play their hand on their intentions and also to not have a paper trail tying them to the guns should they get away. Lastly, getting their hands on weapons in the black market can sometimes be much cheaper.
Apparently this guy had over 20 guns in his hotel room and many more at home which definitely gives us something to discuss when it comes to the number of guns we should allow someone to buy but when I investigated the matter it appears not many people purchase more than two guns from a gun dealer. Most people only buy one handgun for protection so the number of weapons this guy had was highly unusual.
Then there’s the issue of costs. Guns aren’t cheap so if you get more than a few from an authorized gun dealer it often runs into a thousand dollars or more. There are some automatic and semi-automatic rifles that cost more than $10,000 each. With this in mind you need a good amount of money to own a lot of guns and demographically speaking, wealthy people don’t typically commit mass murder; this last guy was a statistical anomaly.
Gun sales have been increasing double-digits over the last ten years but murder rates haven’t so it would be difficult to prove more guns means more murders. The fact is, no matter how many guns someone owns, they can only shoot one at a time.
I’m okay with limiting the number of guns someone can purchase because I don’t believe our Constitution supports an unlimited amount of weapons a person can own but I don’t believe it’s the answer to the number of gun related murders in our country. Once again there are a lot of changes that could be made to our gun laws that would make a lot of people feel better but it wouldn’t do anything to stop disturbed people from committing murder.
CNN has lost their minds over the event and is putting out blatant lies which shows their extreme political bias. First of all, one of their reporters who reports on Trump’s schedule told the news anchor that President Trump was going to fly to Las Vegas then he couldn’t help but add his liberal spin about the trip and said that it only makes since that Trump would go there because he has a hotel in Vegas and that it was a country music concert which meant the crowd was mostly Republican.
Let what he said sink in. It was a deplorable comment. It wouldn’t have mattered if it were a Katy Perry concert filled with liberals it was the worst massacre in U.S. history so of course he was going to be there. To insinuate Trump was concerned about the victims only because they were Republicans should bury any credibility left at CNN. Keep in mind it would be one thing if a political pundit made these comments but CNN is supposed to be a news agency and the reporter worked for them.
Next, they wrote an article titled: "How America Has Silently Accepted the Rage of White Men." When I heard about the article I thought it couldn't be true but it was. Their premise is that white men get a pass when they commit mass murder but people from Middle-Eastern countries don't. In other words, if a Muslim commits mass murder people automatically come to the conclusion that it was a terrorist attack but they don't when the person is white.
What they're saying is absurd. By the way some of the data they shared (which they often do), was from Mother Jones. I guess they hope that people don't know that it is a progressive magazine run by a hardline Democrat by the name of Clara Jeffrey's. It's a ridiculous, biased, place to get any reports.
CNN and MSNBC both have stated that the U.S. has some of the highest number of murders in the world but once again they mislead their readers and viewers. We have such a high number of murders because we have one of the largest populations in the world.
The only fair way to accurately evaluate where we stand is to compare the number of murders per capita here to other countries. If you compare the number of murders per 100,000 people we have 5.22 while the rest of the world averages 9.63. Statistically speaking, we are one of the safest places to live even though we have more guns than any other country in the world.
This isn't what you hear from liberals but it's the truth. You can go to: www.chartsbin.com/view/1454 to see how all countries fare. There's no other way to put it since they know the truth, but Democrats and the mainstream media are blatantly lying to push a narrative. Why aren't more people outraged about this?
I guess the point is that unfortunately you have to be very careful about believing anything you hear from the Left. A report recently came out that showed the media spends 92% of their time talking negatively about Trump. They're not talking about the lowest unemployment rate in years, our growing GDP, great increases in job growth, highest levels in the stock market, ISUS losing ground, etc. Why aren't they covering at least some of the good things happening? They can't stand being called biased but the evidence is available on a daily basis.
The truth is profiles are based on historical evidence and the fact is when Muslims have committed mass murders it has been about their religious ideology; killing infidels is their common denominator. There isn't a common denominator to the mass murders that have been committed by white men. The motives haven't been clear up front so it's difficult to jump to conclusions. Law enforcement is completely perplexed at the motives behind this latest shooting. The bottom line is race has nothing to do with this tragedy but CNN and MSNBC constantly push this devise rhetoric. If anyone believes they're credible news sources anymore they're naïve.
What I find especially disgusting is that the Muslim shooter at the Orlando nightclub was mentioned as an example of jumping to conclusions because of his race. Nobody had to jump to conclusions, he called 911 and told the operator he was going to kill a bunch of people in the name of Allah. This is the kind of fake news that the Trump Administration has been talking about.
There are so many critical issues in D.C. which need to be addressed like our budget, deficit, and national security. Pushing for the immediate revision of gun control legislation that won’t actually save lives is all about politics. Case in point, you can add up the number of people killed in mass shootings in our history and it wouldn't come close to the number of murders in Chicago in just one year. If they really cared about saving lives why don't they start there? Because they know there aren't any new regulations that would make a difference or they would've already made it happen.
There's not a single proposal that has been made thus far such as limiting the number of weapons someone can purchase, making the sale of bump stocks and silencers illegal, or even making background checks more consistent throughout the country, that would prevent the massive amount of murders taking place in Chicago. I promise you this reality won't be brought up by a single Democrat because it doesn't fit their political agendas. I will add that I don't have a problem with doing any of the above if it makes people feel better but it won't make a difference.
I think that mental illness is a greater contributor to the problem than anything else and that organizations like NAMI (National Organization for Mental Illness), are making a much more positive difference on reducing violence in our country than anything our legislators are doing.
The issue of gun control is a very complicated topic that Democrats want people to think they can solve if they can get Republicans to start caring about human life. This is a lie of course that I guess liberals are accepting but they forget that 2nd Amendment supporters including some in their own party, aren't drinking their Kool Aid so all their bombastic remarks only serve to divide our country further and does nothing to save lives.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this sick individual. I know my life will move on as the media coverage fades but it will forever be a part of the victims' lives and for some they’ll be dealing with PTSD (now known as PTSS) for years. Hopefully they'll be able to focus on the countless number of stories that provide the good and true nature of human beings as they risked their lives to protect one another and tended to each other. One evil man in this story but hundreds of angels; I think this should tell us something.