The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has proposed a national commission to study the causes of violence. Rather than focus solely on the tools, i.e., guns, they are proposing to find the root cause of why you have people go so far off the rails as in Aurora or Newtown. I think this is a much more valuable approach to the tragedy in Newtown than passing more laws that will never stop a madman but might prevent the good people from defending themselves.
BELLEVUE, WA – Two leading national gun rights organizations are calling
for the creation of a national commission to study the causes of
violence in America, and offer possible preventive measures.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for
the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said that a national dialogue on
violence has already begun in the wake of the Sandy Hook school tragedy,
but that a national commission would be more able to address the
complexity of this dilemma.
“If we don’t identify and get at the root causes of
violence,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb of Bellevue,
Washington, “it won’t matter how many guns you ban, you will still have
violence. There were no guns around when Cain slew Abel, and throughout
recorded history, mankind has engaged in considerable violence. Only in
the past two centuries have firearms played a historic significance.”
“Connecticut already has laws regulating firearms and even
modern semi-automatic rifles,” noted SAF President Joseph Tartaro of
Buffalo, New York. “They did not prevent what happened in Newtown, any
more than Norway’s laws, or Germany’s or Russia’s prevented some of the
recent mass murders in those countries.
“If the public policy debate which is sure to follow,”
Tartaro continued, “focuses solely on gun law solutions and ignores all
the other key questions, we will have done a disservice to the memories
of all the victims of such madness in Connecticut, in Colorado, in
Oregon, or anywhere else.”
Both gun rights leaders noted that violence is a problem in the United States, and “we need to solve it.”
“Gun owners are like anyone else,” Gottlieb observed. “We
have families, we have children and grandchildren. We want to keep them
safe. We walk the same streets as any other citizen, and many gun owners
have decided to protect themselves and their families. Our rights as
gun owners should not be sacrificed in the interest of providing the
illusion that ‘something’ is being done.
“Any meaningful discussion on violence,” Gottlieb added,
“would need to include mental health, violent video games, television
shows and films, media malpractice that sensationalizes violence and the
dangerously false sense of security created by so-called ‘gun-free
“If we have a debate,” Tartaro concluded, “let’s make it a broad and meaningful one.”