WAKE FOREST, N.C., September 17, 2013 —The tragic and senseless incident in which an apparently lone gunman took the lives of more than a dozen persons yesterday at the Washington Navy Yard has caused many of us to stop and think about the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The advocates of more strict gun control legislation cannot look at this incident as Exhibit-A in support of restricting conceal carry permits by law abiding citizens. But that doesn’t mean that they won’t make the argument anyway.
Within hours of the shooting, Hollywood celebrity Henry Winkler (endeared to many Americans as “The Fonz” on the once popular TV series Happy Days) issued this statement on Twitter:
“ANOTHER shooting in WASH D.C. PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other.”
As my wife would say: “Child, please.”
The Fonz could not be more wrong on this. First, Washington D.C. has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in America. If you want to take this a step further, consider the ultimate consequences of what happens to a country that disarms its citizens.
It has been speculated that the alleged shooter, former U.S. Navy veteran Aaron Alexis, may have gained access to the Navy Sea Systems Command via use of forged or fraudulently obtained identification.
Regardless of how he gained access to the upper level of the building for the purpose of targeting employees at that command, his actions were those of a deranged and sick individual.
We will probably never know the motivation behind Alexis’ actions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends impacted by this senseless and horrific story.
Notwithstanding, we should not be disillusioned to think that more strict gun control will curb these incidents.
On the contrary, it takes power away from normal, law abiding citizens who (empowered by concealed carry liberties) could have brought this story to a less tragic conclusion.
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