A Common Thread

by Rick Olson

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” —Robert Kennedy

In the wake of this recent horrible tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, the anti-gun grabbers wasted no time coming right out of the block to renew the arguments for taking away our gun rights. While First Responders were still on the scene, the anti-gun left tweeted, blogged and mouthed off in the lamestream media with their cherry-picked facts and selective assumptions.  The one common thread they all ignore is the stark absence within the school to meet the deadly force with equally opposing deadly force.  That is the common thread found in all of these massacres. And the timely pandering hoplophobes likely blackened each others’ eyes, amidst the thrust of elbows in the breakneck race and fight to the microphones.

This is telling. MSNBC underscored this  recent quote from NY Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. Not surprising at all from a leftist-Obama-cheering lamestream media outlet:

 “The gloves are off  if President Obama fails to act on the issue. I know the president is going through an election and I’m telling you after the election I’m coming out (on Gun Control) full force” 

I bet Chris Matthews got that chill up his leg.

The gun control crowd is always reliably creative with their facts. I am not only amused, but always marvel at the anti-gun rationale that European nations with their highly restrictive gun control, do not have the crime or the mass murders we bear witness to in these United States. Those assertions, however always belie the facts. Here are just a few examples:

On September 23, 1995, 16-year-old French high school student Èric Borel murdered his entire family walked miles to the village of Cuers the very next day.  Borel then shot dead 12 more people and wounded another four, using a .22 caliber hunting rifle, a hammer and a ball bat. Synonymous to the UK and Australia, French gun ownership is heavily regulated and controlled and like its counterparts, places firearms into different categories based on their function and caliber.

On April 29, 1996 28-year-old Martin Bryant went on a killing spree in Port Arthur in Southeastern Australia, killing thirty-five people and wounding twenty-three others. Australia has some of the tightest, most restrictive gun laws in the world. Air pistols (what we Americans commonly refer to as, “Pellet Guns and BB Guns”) are as difficult to acquire as rimfire (.22 caliber) and centerfire ammunition-fed handguns. Likewise, Low-powered air guns are as difficult to license down under as their traditional cartridge-firing counterparts. Conversly, Airsoft guns are banned in all Aussie states and non-firing replicas are banned in most.

On September 27, 2001, 57-year-old Swiss national Friedrich Heinz Leibacher, an unemployed alcoholic with a personality disorder, dressed up as a Police Officer, entered the Zug Parliament and open-fired, Killing fourteen members of parliament and wounding eighteen others before detonating a bomb and killing himself.

Switzerland is unique in comparison to other European states and their gun laws. Often times, Second Amendment proponents will mistakenly point to Switzerland as a model of gun freedom. But such an assertion lacks a proper context or understanding. Switzerland maintains NO standing army and relies upon its citizens for its defense. In Swiss culture children are taught at a very young age that  when they reach adulthood, they will have Military training and will be part of a citizen Militia standing ready to defend the country from outside hostile belligerents.  However, when one actually drills down and looks at Swiss gun laws, There is a registration and categorization  system in place and firearms restrictions do in fact exist.

On February 9, 2002, 29-year-old Bulelani Vukwana, a South African National went on a killing spree where eleven people died and six others were wounded. The UK has as equally restrictive gun laws, in some cases less so, than Australia.

On June 2, 2010 in the Southeast UK village of Cumbria, 52-year-old English cab driver Derek Bird used a double barreled shotgun and a bolt action .22-caliber rifle to kill twelve people and  wound eleven others before killing himself.  Location….reminding us again of the “highly restrictive” UK gun laws.

The list goes on. Examples are found in Canada, Germany, Russia, Poland, Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Finland, and Norway.  The liberal-progressives  love to hold European and other international Gun laws out there as a comparative example showing why America should become just like them. The cold hard honest fact is that America does not have an exclusive lock on crazy people.  Moreover, The aforementioned examples above give creedence to why in instance after instance of lawful defense with a gun, there is no news value.

A stark example of the media bias against guns is the remarkably absent commentary in the wake of the the Appalachian School of Law shooting on January 16, 2002. Perhaps the body count wasn’t high enough for the lamestream media…or perhaps, an armed citizen meeting a threat does not fit their liberal anti-gun paradigm. A disgruntled student killed three people and wounded three others before being taken down at gunpoint by an armed law school student.

With twenty-seven dead in Newtown Connecticut (A state the Brady Campaign lists as one of the top five toughest gun law states) it made me absolutely sick to see the media patting people on the back and celebrating the so-called heroes in this when the fallen corpses of the murdered dead still lay lifeless in Sandy Hook Elementary school .

This school had security measures in place…cameras, being “buzzed” in…like what so many schools around the nation have. Yet, the killer got in….he smashed a window.  And finally, there are the pundits with that time-honored notion, “If there was armed security there, it would not have made a difference…” ” A paradox of “what-ifs.”

Clearly, more restrictive gun laws do not stop these massacres. What schools put in place for so-called “Security” certainly does not protect students or teachers, either. So as time passes in the wake of this recent tragedy, enter the Charlatans, Panderers and Hypocrites…to gleefully politicize this massacre all on the backs of dead children and teachers who did nothing wrong other than to go to school. Shameful.

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  • Tim from Nashua

    I didn’t hear one of these Gun-grabbers suggest homeschooling as a method of preventing this type of tragedy either. Got to have all the little lambs all penned-up, with no ‘sheep dog’ to protect them from the wolves. ( See ‘On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs’ by Dave Grossman)


      Silly Tim . . . don’t you know that homeschooling will create MORE Messrs Lanza, Laughner, et al . . . not FEWER?!?!?!

      • Interesting notion…the home schoolers I have met (and I have met very many) seem to excel academically, are well adjusted kids, play nice and get along well with others. In fact one I know is presently in Law School down South after graduating from College Suma Cum Laude

        Seriously, I send my kid to a private school, but homeschooling was not off the table. If I were a parent diligently homeschooling my child, I’d be personally offended by that comment. Keep on drinking the Kool-Aid.

        • C. dog e. doG

          Homeschoolers threaten his padded pension. Nothing else need be known to explain govy schoolmarm behavior … and comments.
          – C. dog

      • granitegrok

        Spoken like a true Government school worker – you have ZILCH with which to back that up that claim.

        • IWKAGGP

          The worst student I ever had was home-schooled. I caught him cheating on a music composition assignment. He passed off something someone else wrote as his own. He was a bully, constantly picking fights with other kids. He had the worst social skills I’ve ever seen. His mom was the biggest helicopter parent I’ve ever seen – enabling his bad behavior at every turn. He went to a famous conservative Christian college – where he flunked out after one semester. Every time there is a new mass shooting – I check the news to see if it’s him because I truly believe that he is capable of such horror. Granted, he’s only one home-schooled kid I’ve taught. I’ve had many others – some who were home-schooled through 8th grade and then came to our high school. Others who were home-schooled through high school but were sent to my class because their parents wanted them to have a music education that they could not give them. Most of these were fine, upstanding kids who were a joy to have in my classroom. But the willingness of some of their parents to accept the fact that they were not prepared to teach their kids every subject and instead send them to me for part of their education is a key point. I feel that MANY if not MOST parents who home-school feel that they are qualified to teach everything – and their kids suffer because of their parents hubris.

        • IWKAGGP

          CENSORSHIP!!!!!!!!!!! I make a point, albeit with tongue firmly in cheek.

          Then Messrs Olson and “Granitegrok” jump ugly with me and say that I have no proof.


          AND THEN . . . my post gets taken down. HMMMMMMMMM . . . .

          Funny how when someone provides facts to dispute any of your claims you delete them. Better to not have a record of all the times you’re wrong about something, huh, granite-heads . . .

          What’s the matter??? Did you feel that I was “outing” a privat . . . no, let me rephrase that so you will understand . . . a “sovereign” citizen?

          That was not the case, as I did not provide names or any other information that would allow anybody to identify the student. Trust me, I know FERPA. I work every day under FERPA.

          I guess you guys just don’t like being wrong. Sure, ole’ “IWKAGGP” was fine after he calmed down post election. We didn’t mind his posts concerning bat-guano-crazy Bab’s – who thinks that “Bambi” is a documentary. We let those posts stay because we agreed with him.

          But now he’s getting out of control again . . . disagreeing with the Tea-Party line. And if there’s one thing we can’t stomach at “the Grok’ it’s an independent thinker!

  • Dano

    Its all about safety and security. The most vunerable don,t get seat belts, but they get govt approved text books, they don,t get a resource officer, but its all about the children,[it takes a village]. This better cause more home-schooling. One question, where are all the wounded?

    • That is a good question. You should see the seething twitter posts. You have people opposed to guns now saying we need to kill NRA members and shoot the NRA President. Irony comes in strange doses. But to answer your question, I don’t know. Perhaps Bloomberg and the Brady Campaign are arranging to have them all shot in the morning for publicity purposes….surely I gest, though.

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  • Wade Haponski

    With over 22 thousand gun laws nationally… how can this happen?

    Well it goes to show you that there is no law that can regulate or ban insanity.

    Criminals will always be able to get outlawed tools of mayhem, why?
    Because they simply circumvent laws that only law abiding people will follow.

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