- - Sunday, August 30, 2015

On Wednesday, three individuals were gunned down in rural Virginia in the midst of a live, on-location news broadcast. Two of them — the news reporter and the cameraman — died at the scene and a third is recovering. As the other facts played out, it was discovered that the perpetrator (whose name I will not glorify by mentioning) was a disgruntled former employee seeking revenge. This was a despicable act committed by a despicable and cowardly human being.

And, like clockwork, it took less than 24 hours for the Obama administration to begin renewing its call for gun control.

“While there is no piece of legislation that will end all violence in this country, there are some commonsense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact in reducing gun violence in this country,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Exactly what “commonsense things” does the White House have in mind? It’s the same laundry list of regulations and restrictions on our Second Amendment rights that have been bantered about by the Left for years — aired out when most convenient by politicians shamefully riding the coat-tails of a tragedy.

President Obama’s then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel seemingly laid the foundation for the administration’s political strategy by saying, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn’t think you could do before.”

And, true to form, every time a crime involving a firearm has played out on national television, so sounds the cry for gun control legislation. Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and current Virginia governor certainly wasted no time reiterating his call for background checks and promoting his own “commonsense ideas” even while the police chase was still underway on Wednesday.

Yet federal law already requires background checks on the purchases of firearms from a dealer. In fact, the Virginia killer was subject to and subsequently passed this background check. This begs the “commonsense” question that no one on the Left is willing to answer: What new gun control law could Congress pass right now that would have stopped the tragic incident in Virginia? What one law could have prevented a deranged man from committing a deranged act? Laws, by their very nature, serve only to restrict the law-abiding, not those who would thwart them for personal gain or evil purposes.

Thousands of gun laws exist on the local, state and federal level already, but the prosecution rates for such crimes are often dismal. Why do we look for more laws to solve the problem of violent crime rather than enforcing the ones we already have on the books? Why are we willing to infringe on the liberty of millions of law-abiding gun owners in the false hope of creating a “safer” society?

The answers to the problem of violence in this nation are complicated and don’t come with an easy fix. It’s so simple for politicians to call for additional laws, additional restrictions and additional bans in hopes that they appear to be “doing something.” But they do so knowing full well that this isn’t the real solution.

No, the root of the problem lies at the heart of society today — where life is devalued yet violence is celebrated in every aspect of our entertainment culture. The very same scene could have played out on any highly rated,  prime-time crime show and it would have enthralled millions of viewers. The fact that it played out in real life somehow shocks us. That the killer videotaped the shooting appalled the American public, but not enough to prevent them from sharing the horrific footage on their social media accounts.

We award celebrity status and countless hours of air-time to the ranks of the vicious and cowardly mass murderers, and yet we wonder why someone seeking to make a statement to the world would resort to this type of crime.

The old adage “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people” is the subject of much ridicule by gun control activists, but that doesn’t make the statement untrue. Until we are willing to ask ourselves “why,” no amount of restrictions on the guns will make any difference.

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