By Lynn Woolley
December 16, 2012
Go ahead. Let’s have
hearings on gun control in the wake of the senseless murders at Sandy Hook
Elementary School. And you know what
we’ll find out if we’re honest? That it
was gun control that prevented teachers and a heroic principal from being able
to protect these beautiful children.
Because of laws that prevent guns in schools, principal Dawn
Hochsprung and teachers Victoria Soto, Anne Marie Murphy, and school psychologist
Mary Sherlach ran toward the gunshots and into battle with the gunman – without
any weapons of their own. The law
stacked the deck against these courageous women and they died along with two
other adults and 20 children. No
reasonable person seriously believes that gun laws will prevent evil and
disturbed people from obtaining guns.
Only people who are law abiding will be affected. That can only make the situation worse.
Now, big-city mayors, Democrats in Congress, the mainstream
media and the anti-gun lobby will do their best not to let this crisis go to
waste. Already, we’ve seen the TV
graphic – 13 such mass shooting incidents already this year including Sandy
Hook and the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre shootings. But as tragic as these shootings are – and
especially so when precious little children are victims – they do NOT represent
some sort of historical trend. The media
is lying to us all through omission.
Bing the phrase “Chicago neighborhood shootings,” and see
what you get. We did and the first
headline read: “Ten shot including four
teens Friday afternoon and night.” That
was December 14 – the same day as Sandy Hook.
But you didn’t read about it, did you?
It happens virtually every day in Chicago – the political crime capital
of the nation and a city whose leaders are big proponents of gun control. The aforementioned search phrase got over
eight million hits.
How interesting that President Obama, who hails from Chicago
and who rarely mentions the nightly bloodbath on the streets there, has already
called for action on the gun control issue.
His hometown is the national center of gun violence and always has
been. In the 1930’s, the Chicago mobs
were heavily engaged in bootlegging prohibited liquor, and running numbers and
protection rackets and prostitution rings.
Their preferred way of eliminating their enemies – usually other gangs
that were moving into their territory, or G-men like Eliot Ness – was the
drive-by shooting using the deadly machine guns of the day. Women and children often were killed in the
As early as 1929, the gangs were murdering each other. Al Capone’s gang executed seven criminals
while targeting his rival Bugs Moran in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. This occurred in Lincoln Park – again,
Chicago. Even when President-elect
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was targeted for assassination in Florida, it was
Anton Cermak that was killed – the mayor of – you guessed it – Chicago.
Back in Texas, your writer lives within an hour’s drive of
three mass shootings – each with a particular nuance. In the University of Texas Tower incident,
the shooter, Charles Whitman, had a brain tumor. Future State Representative Suzanna Gracia
Hupp might have saved her parents from a crazed George Hennard at Luby’s Cafeteria
in Killeen – except that she obeyed the law and left her firearm in her
car. Just up the road at Fort Hood,
fourteen people (one, an unborn child) were slaughtered. They were not allowed to carry guns on post,
but a jihadist under the full protection of political correctness was armed to
What now? We’ll have
congressional hearings aimed at taking guns away from people who would never
use them illegally. Ink will be used by
the barrel to print stories about the current “epidemic” of mass
shootings. No one will talk about the
days of the Untouchables or the situation on the streets of Chicago today. Few will discuss the culture of violence in
video games or in the movies. We
witnessed the massacre at
Sandy Hook and called it “tragic.” We
paid money to see similar violence in the “The Dark Knight” and called it
Before we make changes in our gun laws, let’s drop the
emotion of a useful crisis and face facts.
We have always had violence and we always will. But in video games and in today’s movie
theatres, we promote it as if it’s innocent fun. Without calling for censorship, we can ask the
entertainment industry to stop glamorizing mass murder.
Beyond that, the only way to protect our schools is to level
the playing field. We should arm our
teachers and principals – by law – and make it widely known that schools are no
longer sitting ducks for bad people like Adam Lanza. Only then will our children be safe.
Lynn Woolley is a Texas-based
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