National Gun Debate Shows the Need for Moderate Sensibility

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By Sam Bocetta:

February’s Parkland school shooting has resulted in a wave of panic from concerned parents and a rash of gun control proposals from opportunistic politicians. At first blush, it would seem that this is just business as usual, but when we take a closer look, it becomes clear that the liberal media have kicked up quite the gun mania.

With increased pressure placed on gun manufacturers to cease production of assault-style rifles and accessories like bump stocks, gun maker stocks are trading differently than ever before. Usually, they drop following a mass shooting and then bounce back three months later, but this time the hedge fund analytics tool Kensho demonstrates a different reaction.

Shares of Vista Outdoor have fallen by a dramatic 20 percent and the parent company of Smith & Wesson is down by over 18 percent. By comparison, American Outdoor only averaged a decline of 3.56 percent after the last five deadly US shootings. And Vista shares only fell by 2.25 percent.

Based on the evidence, this is just the beginning of the trouble the national gun debate is causing American businesses. With social media being harnessed as a platform for public outcry, companies like Bass Pro Shops are facing damaging backlash.

After Dick’s Sporting Goods decided to placate the so-called progressives by vowing to remove assault-style firearms and high capacity magazines from their locations, liberals took to Twitter to put pressure on Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, the outdoor-recreation retailer they acquired last year.

This has put Wall Street giant Goldman-Sachs in an untenable position since they helped finance the $4 billion acquisition of Cabela’s which operates an online gun store. The problem seems to be mushrooming in all directions.

Last week, Google even went so far as to remove the word “gun” from all shopping search results. This sort of outrageous censorship speaks to the problem at the core of the modern Left. The Democratic party, once synonymous with civil liberty and forward-thinking ideology, is fast becoming a hyper-sensitive cabal for the destruction of the First and Second Amendments.

The same people who rallied for the freedom to wave rainbow-colored flags around in Speedos and to perform gross public displays of obscenity under the auspices of “freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression” are now calling for “triggering” language to be verboten and our right to bear arms to be revoked.

The situation is made that much worse by the extreme and erratic behavior of our president who has taken a distinctly bipolar position on gun control. Recent evidence suggests that he is going back and forth between promising to pass a manifold piece of regulatory legislation and then refusing to sign said legislation.

In a delirious televised meeting with lawmakers, President Trump managed to alienate his party by accusing them of being “petrified” of the NRA and, paradoxically, side with Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Amy Klobuchar’s proposals over those of Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Between the unruly and unpredictable nature of the president’s ideology and the absolutely reckless reaction of the liberal elite, this latest national gun debate illustrates America’s desperate need for a more moderate voice.

When we talk about mass shootings, we always talk about the need to prevent bad people from obtaining guns. In so doing, we ignore the fact that most of the guns used in the commission of a crime are guns that were purchased illegally.

That is to say, the majority of violent crime is perpetrated by individuals with “hot guns” that were bought on the black market. These aren’t guns from retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods. They’re not the guns you find on

Which is why we should we should ask ourselves, “What logical reason is there for retailers to remove firearms from circulation if those firearms are not being purchased to commit crimes?”

Most of these guns are being acquired for hunting or sport. All across the country, men and women participate in competitive shooting tournaments including regional and national events sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.

There is also the issue of the public lacking a proper education when it comes to gun terminology. As one OpEd piece pointed out, some anti-gun advocates have falsely referred to pistols as assault weapons.

The AR 15 is actually mislabeled as an assault rifle by the mainstream media, but if they bothered to do their homework, they’d know that the AR in AR 15 doesn’t stand for “assault rifle,” it stands for Armalite. It’s these and other facts that get so distorted by fake news outlets that they become what you might call our new truth.

Many of these guns are being acquired for hunting or sport. All across the country, men and women participate in competitive shooting tournaments including regional and national events sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.

Should these individuals be stripped of their right to purchase AR 15s and AR 15 cartridges because of the solitary actions of a few madmen? These are the questions we need to be asking ourselves.

It turns out that America doesn’t need any more radicals. It doesn’t need an extreme Right or extreme Left. What it needs are more sensible people who don’t lose their heads every time a national tragedy occurs.

As one post on Pinterest said, we need to have reasonable conversations about guns. And as that post went on to say, “Criminals will always find ways to get their hands on guns, leaving the rest of us defenseless.” How we handle that is up for debate, but it’s time we have a rational debate, one that doesn’t forget to include all of the facts.

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Sam Bocetta is a retired contractor who worked for over 35 years as an engineer specializing in cyber warfare and Navy computer systems. Past projects include the development of EWTR systems, Antifragile EW project, and development of Chaff countermeasures. Sam now teaches at Algonquin Community College in Ottawa, Canada as a part time engineering professor.

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