Before the dead and injured could even be moved and identified, Hillary Clinton issued her gun control demands. And right out of the old Democratic playbook, their politicians joined the chorus for gun control while they blasted the National Rifle Association with their usual simplistic talking points. Some even went so far as to say that anyone who opposed gun control was partially responsible for the carnage. As usual, they fail to look at the total picture as they try to make political points for their agenda out of every happening in America.
The killer, Stephen Pollock, a heavy gambler who lived only an hour away from Las Vegas, killed himself as officers closed in on his room, but only after killing fifty-nine and wounding another five hundred and twenty-seven. The victims were easy pickings from the twenty-two thousand attending an outdoor country music concert across the street in an outdoor venue. It is one of those places that are really indefensible if a maniac is willing to ultimate sacrifice himself to rain down his hatred for others.
Las Vegas has some of the most extensive security systems in the country and at the Mandalay in particular, not even personal body guards are allowed to carry. With cameras everywhere and awareness of the degree that the city attracts crowds, it's kind of hard for me to understand how a sixty-four year old man of questionable fitness could smuggle twenty-three rifles and other weaponry into his room. Even though he was there for numerous days before the shooting, it just seems that someone would have wondered what was being carried up to his room. In addition to the guns, he had a large cache of ammunition, cameras to prevent his early detection and other weapon supportive items like tripods that should have attracted questions.
But let's really focus on the real issue that Democrats raise which is their perpetual claime that we can't be safe without gun control. Without even scratching the surface, it's easy to counter that argument. For starters, aren't the Democrats the ones who want open borders and do they not know what comes across those borders? Well, in addition to large numbers of illegal aliens seeking to gain the fruits of America without earning them, large caches of illegal drugs enter the country daily and where there are drugs there are guns, guns which are sold to anyone for a price on the black market. As a case in point, look at Chicago, a city with a homicide rate off the charts with over five hundred killings just this year. Chicago has perhaps the toughest gun control laws in America yet gun violence is an epidemic and notice how the Democrats avoid discussing the situation.
And in the case of the troubled Pollock, if it wasn't guns, he would have found something else. Since we know he was also in possession of bomb making material, he could have put together and detonated a bomb. Or as a licensed pilot who owns two private aircraft, he could have crashed a fuel heavy plane into the crowd killing many more than died that die. Or, as ISIS has mastered in recent years, an explosive laden truck could have created massive carnage. My point is that a madman will find a way to carry out his evil deeds, regardless of what laws we pass to try and tame him. And when he knows that he is going into a venue where good citizens are defenseless, it just makes his choice of targets that many more.
Whey you pass a law, the only ones it impacts are the law abiding citizens. Criminals don't care about the law, so if you take awaythe right to bear arms, an inalienable right from God via the Constitution, the only ones who will suffer will be the good, law abiding citizens. It won't be the politicians who have bodyguards and protection everywhere, whether such a law is passed or not. Even Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican Congressman who was nearly slain by a madman in Alexandria, Virginia earlier this year, stated that gun control is not the answer. Stopping the hate is, and only when man realizes that and acts accordingly will things ever change. Sadly, that will not happen until the Second Coming, but we can work to try and change minds before they reach the point of no return.
The NRA does more to train citizens in the proper use of weapons than any other organization in the country. It supports legal use of guns, not the use of guns for illegal purposes, but since it doesn't meet the dogmatic agenda of today's Democratic Party, it is always the scapegoat. It's time to quit looking for easy answers to the problem that fail miserably and instead face the reality of truth. The truth is that evil people perpetrate evil actions and until the hate is identified and dealt with appropriately, nothing will change.
Politicians, not just Democrats but even many misguided Republicans, look for easy answers to difficult problems and use them as feel good examples of their great work. It's a farce; they know it and we know it. So, instead of continuing with the same-old, same-old, using scapegoats as solutions will just further the problem.
Guns don't kill people, if properly used by qualified users they actually reduce crime and save lives. Guns in the hands of evil people set on doing harm are used to kill people. But the problem is caused by the evil user of the gun. It's really just as simple as that.