Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bradys Blame Guns And Not Major Hasan For Killings At "Heavily Fortified" Ft. Hood

In a recent press release, the Bradys blame guns in mostly "gun free" zones for the Fort Hood killings.

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- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement about the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas. And, just what kind of innuendo are the Bradys trying to make by saying that the shootings happened at a "heavily fortified army base in their press release.

“Our deepest sympathies go to the families who lost loved ones or are today visiting them in the hospital. Along with the rest of the country, we wish the Fort Hood community a return to a secure and safe environment. "

“When I heard of the tragedy yesterday, we were in the midst of planning a response to the latest dangerous legislative proposal from the gun lobby in the United States Senate - language to automatically restore access to guns to veterans designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department as ‘mentally incapacitated’ or ‘mentally incompetent.’ In light of what happened yesterday - a violent attack by an emotionally unstable soldier - it is even clearer that
the proposal being pushed by Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina should be rejected.

“America has seen an epidemic of horrific gun violence at
churches and synagogues, workplaces, health clubs, high schools, universities, police stations and now Army bases. This latest tragedy, at a heavily fortified army base, ought to convince more Americans to reject the argument that the solution to gun violence is to arm more people with more guns in more places. Enough is enough.”

Yes, the bases are heavily fortified with fences, barriers, and armed guards. But inside, they are by and large, gun free zones. Just like a high school like Columbine, or a college like Virginia Tech. No ammunition is allowed on base except that in the armory. Most base commanders do not allow private firearms on base. All people on base are subject to killers like Hasan. Laws against murder and misuse of guns didn't stop him, as they do not stop any other determined killer.

All the Brady press release proves is that "gun free" zones do not work, and they do not prevent shootings. The only "final solution" that the Bradys want to see is a total ban and a total turn in of all guns. And then, as we have seen from the Australian gun ban, we would be completely at the mercy of armed criminals.

We are all sorry that Sarah Brady's husband was shot by a would be presidential assassin. But, we are also sorry that many in anti-gun organizations make a living on the misfortunes of others.


Anonymous said...

The Brady's have again over simplified the gun issue. Taking guns away from the citizenry does not in itself eliminate crimes using guns. The problem is those who are handling the guns.

I agree those who are mentally challenged should not be allowed to be armed, but the majority of gun owners are mentally competent, and have registered their guns with the proper authorities.

By the way, a base that has a fence and gate guards is not considered "heavily fortified". Just thought you might want to know this.

jgh said...

"heavily fortified" is the Brady's term, not mine.