Lies and Deceptions Accompanying Atrocity
Repeating the statement from our article on The Myth That Climate Change Created Harvey, Irma, “The [mass slaughter in Las Vegas] drew the liberal elite, pundits, and politicians out of their holes. Spewing the continuous lies and deceptions promoting their liberal agenda, they again ignore [truth, reality,] and valid history.”. Following the horrible tragedy accompanying the sounds of evil raining down on the innocent in Las Vegas, the same irrational voices, moving beyond reason, place blame on the weapons used to commit crimes rather than the cause of the evils that have plagued humanity throughout history.
Stephen Paddock is a perfect example of why gun control legislation or any attempt to legislate morality will never work. He was entirely off the grid. More, all studies have shown that criminals obtain illegal weapons illegally. How hard is that to understand???? Hitler’s medical experiment atrocities pale compared to partial birth abortion!!!!!
Confirming their unjust, morally bankrupt political agendas promoting their attack on America, those who choose to ignore truth and reality continue to try to blame the President for even this. As God used Cyrus, the President elected by a political miracle has attempted to keep every promise he made to the American people during his campaign. His fight with the political establishment, both Republican and Democrat, in his attempt to “drain the swamp” is only partially reflective of the intention of the moral majority electing him trying to free itself from the slavery of the culture of unrighteousness corrupting and contaminating this one Nation under God.
2 October, 2017
“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get”, Hillary Clinton tweeted, adding, “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again”.
The horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas began around 10 p.m. local time, or 1 a.m. EST. Eight hours later, Clinton dropped her tweets.
And she wasn’t the only one to quickly promote gun control in light of the terrible news about the shooting, which has left at least 58 dead and another 500 wounded.
While the facts are still entirely unsettled as of this writing, that didn’t stop gun control activists from immediately jumping to conclusions or answers on how to fix everything.
And while too little is known about the Las Vegas shooting to make judgments about what could or could not have prevented it, the reality is that gun ownership does not lead to more crime in the United States.
Yet, in the chaotic wake of the horrific mass shooting that took the lives of at least 50 in Las Vegas, proponents of gun control quickly turned the event to fit their agenda.
For instance, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., accused those who didn’t act on shootings of “cowardice.”
Other lawmakers on the left weighed in as well. And, there were numerous other hot takes from nonelected politicos and celebrities that veered into various levels of blaming gun rights supporters for allowing events like Las Vegas to happen.
And all of this before even the most basic facts have been ascertained. The Associated Press reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting, but the FBI says there is no connection. The details of the case are simply a confusing mess and it is difficult to ascertain the shooter’s motives, how he acquired the firearm(s), or even what firearm(s) he used to conduct the attack.
While it is unwise to draw too many conclusions about what happened in Las Vegas, in the face of the relentless assault on gun rights and misinformation it is important to note some false narratives that have been spread in the last 24 hours.
Take Clinton’s claim about silencers. She was immediately denounced for this statement as being “ignorant” of how suppressors work. Even a Washington Post reporter wrote that the debate over silencers “isn’t really relevant” to what happened in Las Vegas.
And, both The Washington Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler and conservative pundit Dana Loesch pushed back on Clinton’s claim. Kessler tweeted, “Actually, even with a silencer, it’s pretty loud. An AR-15 rifle would have a noise equivalent to a jack hammer, and Loesch concurred in her tweet, “Suppressors only reduce by a few decibels, still same decibel level as a jackhammer”.
A study released earlier this year by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives found that while there were 1.3 million registered suppressors in the country last year, there were only 44 suppressor-related crimes recommended for prosecution.
However, federal laws dating back to the 1930s already on the books strictly regulate the sale and purchase of these kinds of firearms.
Sean Davis at The Federalist did an excellent job of explaining how tightly controlled automatic weapon sales are in the United States:
Only licensed entities are permitted to manufacture, sell, or own [fully automatic weapons]. Private civilian ownership of machine guns is illegal unless the individual has been explicitly permitted by the federal ATF to own them. All fully automatic weapons must be registered with the federal government in a central registry with no exceptions.
There is also a tax on these items—and they’re not cheap since only weapons produced before 1986 are allowed to be sold.
Of course, with the right tools and skills, it is still possible to create a fully automatic weapon, which some experts say may have been what the Las Vegas shooter did to carry out his murders.
Nevertheless, these weapons are incredibly difficult to obtain.
The events that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday night were an atrocity. But it must be noted that wicked individuals have found ways to conduct mass murder and terrorism through a variety of means both legal and illegal: guns, knives, acid, planes, and trucks.
The list goes on and on.
As numerous studies have shown, gun ownership is not necessarily connected to crime rates, and in fact may make crime go down. A 2016 report from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action noted that:
As gun ownership has risen to an all-time high, the nation’s total violent crime rate has fallen to a 44-year low and the murder rate has fallen to an all-time low. Since 1991, when violent crime hit an all-time high, the nation’s violent crime rate and its murder rate have decreased by more than half, as Americans have acquired over 170 million new guns, roughly doubling the number of privately owned guns in the United States.
Furthermore, concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding of any demographic group in America.
For these reasons and many others, gun control has fizzled as an issue even as its proponents continue to push the narrative.
The fact is, a majority of Americans just don’t see gun control as the answer to crime, violence, and terrorism.
As Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Ky., put it on Twitter, we live in a fallen world and ultimately can’t regulate evil.