Time for gun restrictions? Don’t hold your breath

Dennis DalmanEditorial, Opinion, Print Editions, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

One big reason Hillary lost the election is because her enemies – Russian propagandists, too – convinced millions that on the day she’s elected, “she will knock on our doors and snatch our huntin’ guns away.”

Well, folks, hang on, here we go again . . .

  1. A slaughter by a madman armed with an arsenal of guns.
  2. Shock, horror, dismay.
  3. Demands for a “conversation” about gun restrictions.
  4. Legislators say “wait awhile.” Wait until emotions cool down before a gun “conversation” begins.
  5. We wait; the dust settles; the massacre slips off the radar.
  6. The short “conversation” happens:

“We want gun-restrictions,” say 90 percent of Americans.

“Oh, no! The Second Amendment is sacred and absolute,” say hard-core gun supporters and their spineless legislative minions. “Nobody’s gonna take our huntin’ guns away!”

Conversation ends.

  1. Flash forward a month or two. Another bloody massacre by a lone wolf armed with an arsenal of guns.

Repeat the seven steps above.

As many have said, if the slaughter of 20 sweet little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School didn’t move legislators to crack down on military assault-style weapons, why should the slaughter of 58 adults at a Vegas concert change their minds?

The man who caused the latest bloodbath used “stock bumpers” on his rifles, which allowed his rifles to fire rapidly non-stop as if they were submachine guns used by crime-syndicate thugs in the 1930s. They weren’t “huntin’ guns” – that is, unless you include human beings as hunted prey.

Websites, including one for stock bumpers, are riddled with blog posts from gun-enthusiasts post Vegas. Most of them are new variations on the tiresome old dictum that guns don’t kill people; people do.

Excerpts from those postings:

“Guns don’t rent hotel rooms!”

“If it was up to me, big news networks would be banned!”

“Why don’t they ban cars and airplanes?!”

“Where can I buy one (stock bumper)? Everywhere is sold out. A…hole liberals are trying to ban them now. Grrr!”

“A hundred more people die from smoking cigarettes than die by gunfire.”

So much for “conversation.”

There is, however, a little tiny ray of hope, if you can call it that. Some legislators who have categorically opposed gun laws for so long said last week they would consider banning stock bumpers. Trouble is, a ban on just the bumpers would likely to be a sop, an attempt to mollify the vast majority of Americans who have long wanted common-sense gun restrictions. And then the “conversation” would end. Once again. Until the next massacre with military assault-style weapons.

Ninety percent of Americans have long favored reasonable gun-restrictions such as universal background checks and closing of gun-show loopholes. How disgusting it is that stubborn opposition by anything-goes gun-rights advocates convince legislators they will be primaried and/or defeated if they so much as dare propose or vote for even the slightest gun restriction. We must ask: Are the lunatics in charge of the asylum?

Author: Dennis Dalman


Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.

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