A call for vigilance

With surgical precision, famed doctor destroys gun-control argument

Dr. Ben Carson probably is too smart, soft-spoken and thoughtful to ever be president in this day and age. For reasons known only to the masses, the American electorate seems to prefer sarcasm, snark and shrill simplicity from their national politicians.

But in a column for The Washington Times this week, the famed neurosurgeon surgically eviscerates the mindless drumbeat for gun control that erupts with the precision of Old Faithful after most national shooting stories.

Indeed, after a particularly bloody Easter weekend in Chicago, the knee-jerk reaction was for more gun control. The truth is, it was a bloody Easter in what some are now calling “Chiraq.” But after the first quarter of this year, officials had trumpeted the lowest murder rate in the Windy City since the 1950s, and six straight quarters of decline.

And that’s after Illinois became the last state to legalize concealed weapons.

That’s more legal guns, yet less gun violence.

Dr. Carson makes an erudite and devastating case for legal gun ownership, noting that an armed citizenry may have prevented an overbearing federal government from escalating a confrontation with the Bundy family of ranchers in Nevada.

If nothing else, the federal government is guilty of wanton hypocrisy – as Dr. Carson notes, going after an American rancher with armed agents while embracing illegal immigration, and calling Mr. Bundy’s supporters “domestic terrorists” when the Obama administration won’t even say the same about radical Muslim Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 and injured 30 comrades at Fort Hood.

An armed citizenry, as Dr. Carson points out, is absolutely essential to protect us from the whims of sometimes capricious overlords.

“The massive show of federal force in the Bundy case,” Carson writes, “is frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities, and places in public office (those) who do not represent traditional American values.”

While lauding the restraint federal agents showed in the face of the armed Bundy supporters, Carson reminds us that, “The Second Amendment was crafted by wise citizens who recognized how quickly an enemy invasion could occur or how our own government could be deceived into thinking it had the right to dominate the people.

“Such domination is considerably more difficult when people have arms and can put up significant resistance. This is the reason that brutal dictators like Fidel Castro, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin tried to disarm the populace before imposing governmental control. Such domination could occur in America in the not-too-distant future if we are not vigilant.”

He makes absolute sense. And it makes no sense to respond to criminal gun use by going after law-abiding gun owners.

Chicago weatherman Paul Konrad put it succinctly in a comment on Twitter:

“44 Shot this Easter weekend with 8 murders. Seems to me that the problem isn’t guns as the media and politicians claim. Seems like there is a problem with values and morals ...”

He’s absolutely right.

But it’s not a problem you can get at by seizing guns, as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $50 million to do.

Rather, what we need is smart, soft-spoken and thoughtful people in positions of leadership.

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