COMMENTARY | Unless you have Harry Callahan following you around, you may sometime need to defend your family. Consider the seminal case of the Herbert Clutter family, brutally slain at a remote Kansas farm in 1959.
Members of the Clutter family, four of them, were featured in Truman Capote’s legendary book “In Cold Blood.” Shouldn’t they have had better protection than a 911 call, the police reports, and the book that followed?
The latest thrusts in gun control, at both the national level and the state level, will have the same result as Prohibition did after the 18th Amendment was signed. Hopefully, it will be less catastrophic.
A positive sign for those law-abiding citizens who might become outlaws by a sweep of a legislative fountain pen is that many sheriffs have opposed the new gun legislation, according to the Wall Street Journal. Perhaps those sheriffs perceive the hypocrisy the elite press seems not to grasp.
We find out that high-profile liberal anti-gun Democrats like California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer are “strapped,” as the hip-hop artists like to say. The Federal Observer article “Senators Schumer and Feinstein Pack Heat” tells of the concealed carry permits and armed security those persons have relied upon for personal safety.
The danger to police is not from the law-abiding gun-owner and most cops know it. We all wish the police officer allegedly shot dead by a thug in an alleged Brooklyn drug den didn’t have a 9mm.
The New York Daily News reporters now covering the trial strained to justify New York’s anti-gun crusaders, attributing the killing to “what’s become a scourge of the city — an illegal handgun.”
Swoon! Is it news that thugs with long rap sheets carry illegal guns? Aren’t they the ones law-abiding gun owners and cops need to protect themselves from? What cop ever had to worry about being gunned down by Wayne LaPierre of the NRA?
Currently, you can tell by even a quick sweep across the social networks that resistance to Second Amendment incursions, ever-present even in Republican administrations, is currently exacerbated to fever pitch.
Gun owners in America will never be convinced that the ultimate aim of state and local government crusaders is not to entirely whittle away their Second Amendment guarantees. It only heightens their resistance when politicians condescend to tell them guns are only for hunting or for wall decoration.
Anthony Ventre is a freelance writer and a Yahoo! contributor in news, commentary, and financial writing.