- - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tragedies grow worse when politicians pile on.

The minister was one of nine killed at a black church in South Carolina. The horrid murders clearly involved a sick person filled with racial hatred. 

But before funerals could be planned, politicians jumped to urge gun control on all 320-million Americans. Others claimed it proves that most white people are racists.

Casting blame widely is a tactic they use to justify restricting everybody’s rights under our Second Amendment.

This was a racial attack, but those attacks are less common than activists claim. Cries of hate crime or hate speech are thrown around loosely. Blacks and other minorities commit race-based crimes, also; it’s not just whites.

More laws will not cure mental illness. False claims that most of us are closet racists will not bring us together.

Yes, firearms are used in killings, but they are used more often to save lives. A wicked act by a racist is not good reason to remove the rights from millions. 

Former Congressman Ernest Istook is president of Americans for Less Regulation. Subscribe here for his free email newsletter.

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