Stricter gun control measures would not have stopped Las Vegas massacre

By on October 24, 2017

Dear Editor:

This letter is written in response to the recent editorial that ran in your newspaper under the headline, “Call for U.S gun control likely to fall on deaf ears again.”

What happened in Las Vegas to innocent people attending the concert was nothing short of abhorrent and I am sure everyone felt very sad for the families affected.

Every time this sort of thing happens, the gun control advocates come out in full force with calls for various measures from banning to restricting various types of firearms.

Most of these calls to action are emotionally based and advocate for various measures that are not effective nor do they make much sense, when you drill down to the root cause of such tragedies.

In fact, the editorial written in the Osoyoos Times has some incorrect statements that are typical of the narrative of those who want to do something … anything.

One of the glaring errors was that a machine gun was used in the Las Vegas attack. This is not correct.

The firearms found were semi-automatics, one of which had a ‘bump-fire’ stock, which allows the firearm to be cycled quickly, with less effort from the shooter.

Everything the perpetrator had in his possession, other than the bump fire stock, could be purchased by a Canadian licensed firearm owner in Canada.

Many sport shooters are able to cycle their semi-automatic firearms just as quickly without a bump fire stock.

The simple fact is, murder is illegal.

The perpetrator had no prior issues with the police, passed all background checks and was able to set up a situation where he could sneak all of the firearms and ammo where he wanted to be without notice.

He did all this in a premeditated fashion.

What laws, other than complete confiscation of all firearms, and taking American’s freedom away, could have stopped this?

The simple answer is, none.

In November of 2015, three heavily armed men with AK-47s killed 89 people and injured scored of others at the Bataclan night club in Paris, in spite of that country’s strict gun control laws.

How did France’s strict laws allow these madmen to murder so many folks with firearms?

Isn’t gun control supposed to stop this?

Unfortunately, not too many politicians are brave enough to stand up and say, ‘that won’t do anything.’

In Canada, the murders at Ecole Polytechnique spawned Bill C-68, which laid the groundwork for Canada’s current gun laws, but it did nothing for the victims of Dawson College, Mayerthorpe, or the three RCMP members gunned down in New Brunswick.

Statistically, death by firearm doesn’t even rank in the top 10 causes of death in the United States.

When one removes suicide by firearm from the mix, the overwhelming number of homicides are caused by handguns.

Rifles, including the type that the Vegas killer used, are less than 10 per cent of the total.

As of this writing, murders by firearm in Chicago alone for 2017 are 577 and the total amount of those shot rises to 3,083. Chicago has some of the tightest gun control in the U.S.

If more gun control equals less shootings, then how can this be explained.

As an aside, the editorial mentioned that the Obama’s gun control measures were stopped by Republicans who “refused to acknowledge gun crime in America.”

It is ironic that Chicago is a Democrat-run city and the state is considered a Democratic stronghold.

Americans have their second amendment – and the NRA – to remind politicians to stop trying to put band-aid solutions on a very serious problem.

Sadly, the world is increasingly turning to more government intervention, at the cost of basic human rights.

Maybe those deaf ears are because the proposed solutions don’t work.

Csaba Hollo

Osoyoos, B.C. 

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