In 1991, former President Reagan threw his support behind the Brady Bill – a relapse on his Mulford Act stance which disallowed Californians from carrying guns in cars, or public places. It was George H.W. Bush who banned the import of assault weapons and paid homage to the 1968 Gun Control Act which stated that guns must “be generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”
Reagan’s conversion to gun control may have had something to do with his being shot by Hinckley or because his press secretary Jim Brady (for whom the bill is named) was shot beside him. Originally the idea was that if Hinckley had been forced to go through a background check prior to buying his gun, the psychological red flags would have prevented the sale. The Brady Bill eventually led to all kinds of weapons bans, but ironically not the .22 caliber Rohm RG-14 revolver, the model used to shoot Reagan and Brady.
It’s not surprising that the Brady Campaign has used this Arizona tragedy to gain some momentum, perhaps most pathetic is their attack on business. See the video below:
The Brady Campaign has tried the federal route, and for the most part they haven’t been very effective. In 1997 the SCOTUS ruled in Printz v. United States that local law enforcement background checks were violations of the 10th Amendment. In 2004, the assault weapons ban, that prohibited the sale of things like bayonet mounts, folding stocks, certain detachable magazines, large magazines, and barrel shrouds, expired. These failures have led them to fight on different fronts – we’ve seen the attack on businesses, the other front is local.
The Brady Campaign is going after state and city legislatures. Arizona is “in the crosshairs” right now. Last week on “Morning Joe”, Tom Brokaw put his two cents in saying,
“In Arizona they have a wide open system. I would be nervous about going into a bar or restaurant in Arizona on a Saturday night where people can carry concealed without permits.”
To quote the always eloquent Greg Gutfeld, “That’s the point, Tom.” Greg goes on to point out that a major factor in the number of people harmed in these rare incidents is the amount of time it takes for someone with a gun to arrive. Of course, the Brady Campaign expects that to come from authorities alone. They blame this massacre not on the failure of their federal background check system to catch a nut, but on the state’s recent passage of the open carry law.
The whole debate could have been forever changed if it weren’t for a package of cigarettes. The fact is that Loughner opened fire on a defenseless people. It wasn’t’ until he finished his clip that brave individuals were able to swarm and disarm him. Had Joseph Zamudio not stopped to get cigarettes on his way to the event, he would have been able to shoot Loughner with his concealed weapon. How would the media have reacted in this scenario? The size of his clip, the accuracy of his gun, and even (heaven forbid) the hostility of his rhetoric wouldn’t matter if there had been just one concealed carrier in the crowd. Alas, there was not.
That is what the left doesn’t understand; good citizens buy and carry guns to protect themselves and others. My best friend’s dad, Don Lewis, used to laugh at the “no guns” sticker outside of a local grocery store. He was always packing heat. One day the store owner confronted him and asked him to leave the gun outside. He mocked him asking, “Do you have security?” When the owner responded to the negative Don countered, “Consider my services free of charge.” That’s true citizenry; looking out for those around you – especially those who think a sign is the truest form of protection. Don never wanted to use it, but he never wanted to find himself with a cloak and no sword.
Gun ownership is a right that can be found well defended in our Constitution. It isn’t a made up right like public education, internet access, or health care. Unfortunately, fear is trumping our rights. There is no right to live fear free in this nation. One person’s fear of someone holding a gun in a public place doesn’t displace another’s right to hold it – yet the best of us can fall victim to fear…even Reagan.
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