Thank you very much for an objective and rational article.
What many people fail to understand is making the decision to be armed actually restricts your actions, rights and behavior. One has much to lose carrying that responsibility on their shoulders. Much more than the criminal who disregards all laws.
Yet this decision is increasingly being made every day. The "why" as described here is perhaps the most insightful and cogent writing I ever have read in any publication.
Please do continue to mock and marginalize this issue.
Your credibility, influence and relevance as a viable force will continue to suffer as a result of the bias you exhibit.
If you have not noticed, people are now purchasing firearms at a larger rate than anytime in history. SCOTUS and the Court of Appeals are overturning restrictive and unconstitutional laws weekly at an ever more accelerating rate. The population is looking through the veil of propaganda and lies, recognizing it for what it is.
With the tremendous flood of information available today, the only way the fifth estate can survive is by pursuing a balanced and accurate record of events.
Continue down this road, raise your subscription prices, watch your subscribers leave. Then as you wail and gnash your teeth on the day of your bankruptcy, recognize that you had a chance that was thrown away by presenting several sides of an issue and allowing the reader to make up their mind.
We readers are not stupid. Continue to treat us in that manner and suffer the self inflicted consequences. You are throwing away your most valuable asset ...
The problem today is there is a protected class that transcends race, economic class and social position. This protected class has clearly defined rights and privileges that supersede everyone else's rights.
That class respects no law or rule of law, yet more laws are legislated to control the majority that are not the problem and effectively making it easier to join this protected class.
That class, if you haven't guessed it by now is the criminal, gang member or thug. They are responsible for the overwhelming majority of the aggravated assaults, homicides and other serious crimes. Not one member in this protected class will conform to stringent gun laws ... not a one. So now we have the victims that have no say or collateral in the process. We have the liberal media broadcasting emotionally charged headlines demonizing the evil firearm culture and their fanatical followers.
The problem is not firearms, it is the inability to enforce existing laws, funding of correctional facilities and most importantly the lack of effective mental health care. Every mass killing was committed by mentally ill people. So now, the media is screaming for the abolishing of firearm ownership of two hundred million law abiding CITIZENS.
Do you know who the "evil powerful NRA" is? It is the hundred plus million people like myself who fear the loss of our rights and the tyranny that will ensue. It is your neighbors, friends, coworkers that joined this organization because we fear the irrational legislation that followed every manufactured crisis based on some horrific event cashing in on the blood of the victims. Totally ignoring the root cause of the problem because the fix is too expensive, not politically expedient and it allows lots of money to be made by the media.
We as a group have never been convicted of a crime. We obey the laws to the best of our ability ... even seat belt laws! We work hard at making a living in these difficult economic times. We hold ourselves personally accountable for our actions and do our best to instill these traits in our children. We educate ourselves on the responsibility of firearm ownership.
The best you can come up with is this irrational fear that gun owners will crack and run amok totally ignoring the fact that we are not like that. We as a group will do whatever it takes to restore balance. It is happening now in the courts, legislative bodies and our society as a whole. Is it a coincidence the areas with the most restrictive firearm laws have the highest crime rates? I think not.
You want to fix this problem? Focus on the root causes.
Weak sauce ...
Just how many shootings in the last ten years have been committed by a permit holder?
Why won't you write about the real reason permit applications are soaring?
How about focusing on the root cause? You know the one about the appalling lack of mental health resources that is a crucible for generating mass shootings. Every incident with the exception of Gabby Gifford was in a gun free zone. Every incident was committed by mentally ill people.
Bravo! A rational, coherent and practical discussion that can bring both extremes together to solve this horrific issue!
Kudos also to Joan Garrett's very well written and researched article. Lets try to be part of a solution, instead of exacerbating the problem.
What about the other part of Obama's speech ... the part where he conceded the is a problem with mental health resources in this country?
Have you ever seen what happens to a family that has a high functioning special needs child reaching the age of 18?
Pulitzer Prizes go towards leaders in journalism, it is obvious this paper is more interested in sensationalism and muckraking rather than exploring and defining issues that cut across all social stratus.
When will the media focus on the real issue?
Reagan destroyed mental health care system in the United States because of budget problems. We are reaping the results of that decision. There are graver budget problems today ... banning firearms will not solve this problem.
The underlying cause for EVERY mass shooting in the last decade has been mental health issues.
So, the media has taken it among themselves to let a collection mentally ill people rip apart the Constitution and destroy the fabric of our society.
Isn't it obvious that a heavily promoted gun-free zone attracted this mentally ill individual to "leave his mark on society?"
You meet force with force. A trained school resource officer and several well trained school personnel such as those with military background will be more effective in denying the insane their quest for infamy.
TFP has an image problem. What is apparent to many readers are the lack of journalistic integrity, hidden agendas and utter contempt TFP espouses as their first amendment right to "create" sensationalistic stories that lean more towards malicious gossip rather than sound journalistic reporting. The difference is laying out the facts rather than creating plausible scenarios.
A wise friend once told me, "You hate in others what you despise about yourself". Self deception is the greatest obstacle to truth. The harder I tried to prove that axiom wrong, the clearer the inventory that emerged. Pointing a finger at someone or something also means there are three more fingers pointing right back at oneself.
The more convinced of how righteous one is, the greater the blinders of denial.
What separates a great journalist from a mediocre reporter? It is not the person writing ... rather it is the culture of the organization and the management that provide the foundation for greatness to emerge.
Change comes from within. Not from external influences.
Does the TFP really expect its readers to believe this tripe? The efforts to demonize and marginalize Sherriff Jim Hammond are well documented within your tomes. Now the costs incurred from the results of those actions are impacting the operations of your organization.
Part of the consequences of adopting the role of a bully is accepting and acknowledging why some people are urinating in your sandbox. Playing the victim role won't get you respect or results. Did you learn anything? Are you going treat the next sherriff the same way?
Expecting different results from the same behavior is a definition of insanity ...