Over the weekend news started to circulate that the two men who bombed the Boston Marathon and terrorized Boston for the next several days, including a brutal stand-off and shoot-out with the police, were not licensed to own the firearms that they used to fight off law enforcement. According to The Hill, there is no record of Tamerlan Tsarnaev obtaining a license to own firearms. Also, the state of Massachusetts doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 21 to obtain a firearms license for anything other than a rifle that holds 10 rounds of ammunition or less, so there is no way that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is only 19, could have had a license to own the firearms that he possessed in his stand-off with the police.
Now, common sense would tell you that this would dampen the fire of the anti-gun activists using the Boston Marathon bombing as a reason for stricter gun control. Because this, in no uncertain terms, proves that strict gun laws do little or nothing to keep criminals from obtaining any type of gun they desire, without going through any sort of gun control check.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. In the article published by The Hill the author stated that:
“The news that the suspects were not authorized to own firearms will likely add fuel to calls for tougher gun laws – an issue that was put on the back-burner last week after the Senate blocked the central elements of a gun-control package backed by President Obama.”
So instead of reporting that the strict guns laws already in place in Massachusetts would not have prevented this crime and would do little more than disarm law-abiding citizens, the liberal propaganda machine (aka the mainstream media) is spinning this story in such a way as to advance Obama’s desperate need for gun control.
In fact, the gun control laws in place in Massachusetts closely mirror many of the proposed laws put forth by the Obama administration. According to a Boston Globe article:
“In 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun-control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic “assault” weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked.”
Also, according to this article – when these new laws went into effect – the number of guns owned by law abiding citizens dropped significantly. The number of licensed firearm owners dropped from 1.5 million in 1998 to 200,000 in 2011 but the number of murders committed with a firearm almost doubled in that same time period.
In the 5 days following the Boston Marathon bombing, especially in the hours following the release of the identities of the suspected Tsarnaev brothers, the citizens of Boston were in constant danger. Not only because there were two terrorists on the loose but also because Massachusetts had taken firearms out of the hands of 1.3 million law abiding citizens. The citizens of Boston were at the mercy of heavily armed terrorists and their only protection was an overworked and preoccupied police force.
If a person is willing to break a law to kill another person/people, rob a bank, or terrorize an entire nation – then why would they follow the law to obtain a firearm? If you really want to take the logic that liberal anti-gun activists use in their methodology – following the Boston bombing we should also restrict the purchase of pressure cookers. From now on every person who goes to Wal-Mart to pick up a pressure cooker must submit to a background check from a national database and no pressure cookers can be sold that are large enough to hold more than 1 chicken. Ridiculous? Of course, but this is how the liberals look at guns.
If a criminal or terrorist wants to inflict as much pain as possible, on as many people as possible – they will find a way to do just that; regardless of whether they use a gun, a bomb, an airplane, a car, or chemical weaponry. New and stricter gun laws will only prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves against the evil that abounds in our country today.