Tuesday, May 24th began just like any other day in Uvalde, Texas.
At about 91 degrees, it had the appearance and feel of another beautiful Texas day. However, on this day, residents in this small town of just over 16,000 would never be the same again. At around noon, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos walked into Robb Elementary and began opening fire.
When it was over, at least 20 individuals, including many children under 10, along with Ramos himself-were dead. No matter what details we discover over time and in the coming days, there is one aspect on which all will agree: this was a horrific tragedy.
However, long before all is said and done, many will speculate on the motives of this 18-year-old. They will rummage through his life and social media, looking for clues. Instagram posts where he said “you will repost my guns” will emerge. That will lead people to speculate whether an Instagram user could have stopped him. They will even speculate on why he shot his grandmother prior to his arrival at Robb.
Yet, despite what drove him to commit these actions, one thing will remain: the gun he used did not kill those people- RAMOS killed those people.
The Crime We Never Get Used To
While many school shootings have happened sporadically over the last 50 years, in the last 30 years that number has spiked dramatically. That is because our culture has changed. The world is different, because people are different. It’s not the other way around.
On December 15th, 1791, the 2nd amendment of the Bill of Rights was ratified, which gave all citizens the right to “keep and bear arms.” Within the last 25 years, many on the political Left have fought to eliminate or negate this ratification, utilizing in part as political collateral horrific tragedies such as this and those in the recent past:
Sandy Hook elementary, where 26 individuals(including 20 children) were murdered; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, which resulted in the loss of 17 innocent lives, the Oxford High School shootings, that left 4 murdered and several injured, and of course, Columbine High School, which saw the slaughter of 15 helpless students.
Though clearly not enough to satisfy those that oppose guns altogether, the most extensive and intensive background checks have been put in place as well as greater gun restrictions, all in efforts to deter or decrease gun fatalities. However, studies show that such restrictions have made little difference.
Gun Laws and Their Effectiveness
While cities like Chicago maintain some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, there were more than 3,200 shootings in 2020 alone, leaving nearly 800 dead: those numbers up more than 50% from the prior year. The expression, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” is not merely a catch phrase; it is a matter of fact.
In 1999, many were quite surprised with the now infamous “debate/attack,” during the run of ‘The Rosie O’Donnell Show.’ While interviewing actor Tom Selleck (a member of the NRA) for his current film, O’Donnell (then known as the ‘queen of nice’), showed her true colors when it came to gun control.
Selleck’s response to her barrage of questions is as valid now as it was then, stating:
“The troubling direction in our culture and where I see consensus, which is what I think we ought to concentrate on in our culture, is [that] nobody argues anymore (whether they’re conservatives or liberal), whether our society is going in the wrong direction.
They may argue trying to quantify how far it’s gone wrong or why it’s gone that far wrong; whether it’s guns or television or the internet or whatever- but there’s consensus saying that something’s happened. Guns were much more accessible 40 years ago. A kid could walk into a pawn shop or hardware store and buy a high-capacity magazine weapon that could kill a lot of people, and they didn’t do it. The question we ought to be asking is…
Look, suicide is a tragedy; it’s a horrible thing, but 30 or 40 years ago, particularly men- (and even young men) when they were suicidal, they went and unfortunately blew their brains out. In today’s world, someone who is suicidal sits home, nurses their grievance, develops a rage and is just as suicidal, but they take 20 people with
Selleck’s grasp of the reality concerning guns is one that escapes far too many.
As difficult as it was to hear the mother of Telemachus Orfanos (the 27 year-old that was among the 12 murdered at the Borderline Bar & Grill in 2018) say she wanted, “Gun control, not prayers”, many of us already know that gun control is not the answer. Clearly, it never was. Those on the political Left would have us to believe that all they want is gun control, but we know the truth; gun control is not the end; it is the beginning.
Ironically, leftists ignore statistics that prove guns are not the problem. A CBS report explained that according to the FBI, across the United States in 2018, there were: 1,515 deaths by knives or cutting instruments, 443 people were killed with hammers/clubs/other blunt objects, 672 people were killed from fists/feet/’personal weapons’ compared to the 297 killed by (any) rifles. The reason leftists can’t acknowledge facts like this is that it completely renders their arguments moot.
Every Democrat Presidential candidate in the 2020 election ran on this very platform and promise. Michigan Radio host simply known as ‘Renk’ once put it this way: “I believe that the outcry we are hearing today for gun control has nothing to do with protecting Americans and legal citizens from violence. I believe it must do simply with hatred. Hatred of people who do not believe in the same government policies as others. I believe if we look further, you will find that the side that wants gun control really just cannot stand that the other “team” will not go along with their governmental policies of “controlling” the people.”
In other words, the plan that you hear is not the real plan.
It is a smokescreen- the ‘old bait n’ switch, or “the rope a dope.” The truth is you cannot make guns behave. They are inanimate objects with no moral compass, no sense of right or wrong. Obviously, they are just machines; no different than an automobile. Yet, while gun murders claim 39,000 lives each year, and deaths by car accident
are only slightly behind at 38,000, there is still (as of this writing) no call for car control. So, rather than deal with the issue honestly, the Left would rather eliminate the guns.
Regardless of what you hear, our 2nd amendment is designed so that we would be able to protect ourselves and our families. Thus, what better way to control people than to take away their ability to protect themselves? Be not deceived. Gun control is people control. If you don’t understand that… you are part of the problem.