Why you don’t legislate emotionally…
I just came across this newest story from Gallup regarding Americans attitudes about “gun control”. In the story was this interesting paragraph:
Ten years ago, three in five Americans (60%) said they favored stricter laws regulating the sale of firearms, but support fell to 44% in 2009 and remained at that level in polls conducted in the next two years. Days after the Newtown shooting, support for stricter gun sale laws swelled. Since 2012, however, Americans have retreated from those stronger attitudes about the need for more gun control, and the percentage of Americans who say the laws should be less strict — although still low — has edged up.
As expected after a horrific crime like Newtown, everyone’s emotions are raw and on edge. Therefore that is WORST possible time for politicians in a legislative body to start passing bills! Think about it; after you experience the death of a family member, most people in the world of psychology or counseling advise NOT making any life altering decisions for 6 months to a year. Most legislators don’t wait 6 minutes until they are proposing far reaching, life changing legislation while the rest of us are still grieving. “Never let a good crisis go to waste…” is the consummate phrase of an evil person seeking to dominate the lives of those distracted by tragedy.
Here’s also a very encouraging graph from that same article:
Notice that this graph is from 1959-2014?! Just as interesting is the chart further down in the article that 71% of Democrats favor stricter laws on the sale of firearms while only 55% of women overall favor stricter laws. You mean Democrats are more scared of guns than women are? It just go to prove that a lot women have a better understanding of what an equalizing force a gun is in the hands of responsible citizens.
Gallup concludes their article with this “bottom line”:
Public demand for stricter gun sale laws is returning to levels seen throughout the past decade. After seeing a spike in support for stricter laws following the Newtown school shooting in 2012, the call for more stringent laws has settled to near-record lows. The percentage of Americans who say that handguns should not be banned is at a near-record high as well.
So while we just saw another deranged individual use an inanimate tool (a gun) to commit an evil deed in Washington state last week, it seems that Americans have become wise about allowing politicians to run to their legislative offices and erode yet another Natural & God-given right protected in our Constitution. As the Declaration of Independence so eloquently states;
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed
When every iota of data that is produced by our own government and many others proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that far more preventable deaths are caused by things unrelated to guns, we have a duty to avoid infringing on Constitutional rights in the emotion of the moment.