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Gun control backers ignore facts in killings

Gun control backers ignore facts in killings

The recent tragedy in Oregon made national news, and was the 294th “mass shooting” (defi ned by the

The recent tragedy in Oregon made national news, and was the 294th “mass shooting” (defi ned by the Department of Justice as four or more victims); by all accounts only three or four of these mass shootings in 2015 have made national news. Why haven’t we heard of the other 290 in the national news?

I suggest that a very large number of these shootings are taking place in the cities that have the most Draconian firearms laws in the nation (Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, New York City) and do not fit the narrative of “more stringent gun control.”

It is certainly not because no innocent victims were among those killed, as drive-by shootings are, by nature, indiscriminate. The reason that they do not fit is that they are committed by persons with extensive criminal backgrounds due to the judicial system’s catch-andrelease programs and would not be permitted to purchase a fi rearm in a legal fashion. (I have seen the disappointment in hardworking uniformed officers who are forced to arrest these same criminals over and over.)

The nation’s focus is on how and where do these perpetrators obtain the “evil” firearms. In a separate trial, the murder of Border Control Agent Brian Terry, the very first decision made by the federal judge was that the method used to obtain the fi rearms used in this heinous crime would not be allowed to be used in this trial. Seems contrary to what the president said about gun control in his remarks immediately after the Oregon tragedy.

By now, you might be wondering why the origin of the fi rearms used in the murder of Brian Terry is barred from his murderer’s trial. The reason is that the fi rearms used were illegally purchased with the help of the federal government (FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) during the often-times forgotten “Operation Fast and Furious,” an operation in which our own government illegally provided over 1,400 fi rearms to Mexican cartels.

When asked what proposed firearm law would have prevented any of these tragedies, the answer is always the same: “I don’t know, but something must be done.” By now, it should be obvious to an intelligent person that the anti-gun lobby led by the president has no interest in enforcing the current firearms laws on the books, only on making it more and more difficult for the average law-abiding citizen to obtain a firearm in a legal manner.

MICHAEL SHEEDY

Schenectady

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