Senator Diane Feinstein has announced that she intends to introduce a bill that will effectively ban assault weapons – and many other weapons. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, this is a fairly popular concept in this country, as can be seen here:
Twenty-eight innocent people, including 20 primary students, have been slaughtered in a mass shooting at an elementary school in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.
The massacre has triggered a new debate on gun control in the United States. However, this time, the public feels somewhat tired and helpless.
The past six months have seen enough shooting rampages in the United States. Just three days ago, three people were shot dead at a shopping mall in Oregon. Two weeks ago, a football player shot his girlfriend dead and then committed suicide. Five months ago, 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a shooting spree at a midnight screening of a Batman film in Colorado.
However, these are only part of the gun violence which has drawn the whole country’s attention. Every time a tragedy occurs, there are renewed appeals for gun regulation. However, the calls disappointingly always fail.
The previous could have come from any number of left-wing media outlets in the U.S., but it didn’t. That was from a column in Xinhua, the official press of the People’s Republic of China. Yes, there is great interest overseas in seeing the U.S. citizenry losing the right to bear arms, and the reasons vary based on the desires of the given nation. In the case of China, a disarmed citizenry means an easier target, if one takes into account the policies of this administration in that region. While considering an attack on U.S. soil seems farfetched, it is foolish to disregard the possibility altogether. Given our financial relationship with China, giving that nation what it wants – namely the weakening or repeal of the Second Amendment – is a strategically dangerous territory we should not even entertain.
Of course, that will not stop Feinstein and her aspirations to control guns in this nation. The bill, a summary that she released, is undoubtedly being mulled by the leaders at the National Rifle Association, among other pro-gun organizations and lobbies. Hopefully, they will wait before coming out with a public statement even until after the bill Feinstein is having prepared is actually introduced. For now, if nothing else, the NRA should be saying what should have been said after Newtown. Gun laws do not stop gun violence, period. Gun laws do not prevent crazy people from using weapons to commit heinous crimes. The Newtown tragedy would not have been prevented by any gun laws. The shooter disobeyed existing gun laws to acquire the weapons he used. If those weapons had not been readily available to him, he would have acquired weapons one way or another. The only laws that could have prevented that tragedy have to do with mental health, not guns. And finally, as for the intent of our Founders, the reason why the citizens of this nation were granted the right to bear arms in the first place is two-fold. First, it was an intentional decision to prevent the ascension of a tyrant, based on the desire to never again be under the control of anyone remotely similar to the King of England. Second, our Founders wanted to ensure the security of their new nation – an armed citizenry is an excellent deterrent against attacks by foreign powers. That second reason is precisely why nations like China would be quite happy to see our citizens disarmed. It isn’t about what sort of weapons the people could have, because our Founders intended that the citizens would be capable of forming militias as they had during the Revolutionary War. Wars were waged with muskets then – now they are waged with the sorts of weapons that Feinstein wants to ban.
Whittling away at the Second Amendment is rarely mentioned as a national security issue, but at this point in time, it is foolish to not take that into consideration. When foreign powers like China want to see our citizens disarmed, and are hoping that this administration exploits tragedy to do it, we the people should be highly suspicious of any gun control legislation. And that is precisely what this is – a left-wing administration is exploiting a tragedy to do something that normally wouldn’t have a chance of passing. Of course that sits well with China, a nation that doesn’t even recognize the concept of private property, and certainly would never allow its own citizens have weapons.