- Faith & Family
The tragic murder of innocents at the hands of crazies keeps mounting — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Gifford shooting, Aurora, Colorado and now Newton, Connecticut. I
name only the big killings where large number of people were killed and made national news. But we rarely hear about the smaller shootings where only three or four people died which occur on such a regular basis that those murders often don’t make the national news.
The National Rifle Association’s objective is to arm more people. In two years, there will be more guns than people in this country at the present rate of purchases. In the month of November and December, with the possible threat of a ban on assault weapons and high capacity clips, over 2.7 million FBI background checks were conducted for new purchasers of guns. This does not include people with concealed weapon permits who bought guns at gun show and did not have to undergo a background check. Putting more guns in the street, especially assault rifles, does not lead to a decrease in gun violence. In fact, the lowest period of gun violence was when the assault ban went into effect in 1993. What the NRA does not tell you is that in the 60 or so mass murders in the last 20 years, there was not one instance in which an armed civilian stopped the violence. This despite the fact that there are more than 250 million guns in circulation in this country. So why would arming school teachers make a difference? It is time to stop being afraid of the NRA and to start taking steps to end the madness.
Reginald J. Clyne is a partner at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of Miami/Fort Lauderdale.