The folly of more gun laws

Evidence, facts and even common sense don’t enter the minds of liberal elites searching for utopian solutions to social problems—real or imagined. Many of those who live in a virtual world try to impose their ideas on those who understand that we must live with reality and solve problems accordingly. Obviously, this leads to conflict.

An example of a pernicious problem mostly in America’s inner cities is the criminal use of handguns. Liberals and more radical “gun control” groups insist that we don’t have enough gun laws. Rational people recognize that we have all kinds of gun-laws on the books. The problem is not too few laws, but rather too little enforcement.

Allan Cors, president of the National Rifle Association comments on this conflict in the December issue of the NRA magazine, “America’s 1st Freedom.” Mr. Cors responding to a Chicago Sun-Times editorial calling for tougher gun laws writes:

How many times do we have to tell the sanctimonious media that such laws—laws that cover every corner of the nation—already exist? The surgical enforcement of these laws could wipe the streets of Chicago, or any community in America, of violent armed predators.

Although Chicago politicians don’t seem to know, Sun-Times editors write that “Violent crime is a Chicago crisis.” So far this year I think the number of killings is over 500. I wrote about this bad situation and what should be done about it last April (Link below).

The answer is stronger enforcement of myriad existing federal gun laws, not more laws.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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