We have had more mass shootings in America during 2015 than actual days have passed on the calendar. The time between mass shootings is not being measured anymore by months, weeks, or even days. It is down to hours. In every case, the only solutions by Republicans and the NRA call for more “good guys with guns”, as they blame the victims. If you believe the NRA, we just have to make every person in America carry assault rifles, and nobody would ever get shot again. Republicans would also insist it would reduce unemployment to zero while raising wages.
I remember a time when a famous person was shot on camera, along with three other people, while they were surrounded by well-trained and very vigilant good guys with guns. All those guns did absolutely nothing to prevent that from happening. The guns were not even used to stop the bad guy. He was tackled and restrained instead.
That guy was Ronald Reagan. Pictures of the incident are below:
President Reagan didn’t blame the victims of this shooting, which included himself, for not carrying a gun. He didn’t insist that all of the civilians in the area were at fault for not using guns to stop someone from shooting him. He didn’t just explain it away as a rogue, mentally ill individual that no law could have stopped. Instead, he acted like a grown up.
Ronald Reagan supported banning assault rifles. Period. There was no worrying about how to define an assault rifle, or talk of rights, or “good guys” being punished by not being allowed to own them. This is the same Ronald Reagan that Republicans ritually worship every day of the week. He passed the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which banned general civilian ownership of fully automatic machine guns. He was also a vocal proponent of mandatory background checks to make sure felons and the mentally ill did not get firearms.
In short, he completely called out “responsible gun owners” who feel that their enthusiasm for owning firearms which are only designed for war is greater than a group of people’s right to not be murdered. Next time Republicans want to quote from the bible of Reagan, they should include his thoughts on firearms if they can summon up the courage to do it.
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