Air Dates: Oct. 17 & 18, 2015 | Larry Pratt (Gun Owners of America) & Doug Wyllie (Ed. Chief, policeone.com)
In the wake of the Umpqua Community College killings in Roseburg, Ore., there was a great deal of “politicizing” (thanks, “President” Obama) by the gun-control advocates, like Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the one-woman-Democrat-clown-car, Debbie Wasserman Shultz.
But unfortunately, the shouting from the political Left was often matched or exceeded by the shouting from the political Right: “they” are coming to take your guns, this is purely a mental health issue, gun-free zones don’t work (okay, that one’s correct), and so on. Both sides trot out numbers and statistics to support their argument and pretty soon most people don’t know what to think or believe and so they retreat, psychologically, into their previously held position on guns, gun safety, crime, or gun control.
Unfortunately, all this politicizing does is to divide people into entrenched positions (of either anti-gun or pro-Second-Amendment) and does nothing to solve the problem.
Whenever there are problems, the best way to solve it is to go to the people closest to the problems. And there is no group closer to this issue than law enforcement.
- Larry Pratt’s organization – gunowners.org
- Doug Willey’s site – policeone.com
- Doug’s article – the Five Phases of the Active Shooter
- Some solutions to mass shootings from policeone.com – “15 years after Columbine: 15 ‘big ideas’ for stopping school massacres“