On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden told CBS’ Face the Nation the Trayvon Martin shooting should spark debate on gun laws – particularly Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
“It’s important that people be put in a position where their Second Amendment rights are protected, but that they also don’t, as a consequence of the laws, unintendedly put themselves in harm’s way,” he said Sunday.
Biden, who once served as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he does not believe that citizens carrying concealed weapons keeps them safer from criminals.
“The idea that there’s this overwhelming additional security in the ownership and carrying concealed and deadly weapons…I think it’s the premise, not the constitutional right, but the premise that it makes people safer is one that I’m not so sure of,” he said.
Chances are, he’ll have a difficult time convincing those who – like Oklahoma’s Sarah McKinley – have actually protected themselves and their families from criminals with a firearm.
In January, McKinley shot and killed 24-year-old Justin Martin when he broke into her home armed with a 12-inch hunting knife. By shooting Martin, she protected herself and her 3-month-old baby. Perhaps Biden would prefer that she was unarmed so Martin could have killed both her and her child.
In 2008, Gun Owners of America reported that Americans used guns 2.5 million times every year to protect themselves.
Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.
The group also reported that concealed carry laws help reduce crime, as criminals tend to avoid armed citizens.
The Martin shooting has already sparked debate over Florida’s law, with Martin’s parents testifying before a Congressional panel, and the case has gun control advocates like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg chomping at the bit to place limits on the 2nd Amendment.
An article at the Palo Alto Patch entitled: “How Do We Prevent The Next Trayvon Martin Tragedy? Gun Control” says:
Let’s be clear, it is highly likely Trayvon Martin would be alive today if George Zimmerman did not possess a handgun. Think about it. Two individuals come upon each other in the night. It’s dark and drizzling. One is shrouded by the hood of his sweat shirt, the other is hyped up by his role as community policer. They each have their own long list of anxieties and fears which eventually leads them to a confrontation. Without a gun, it’s a shouting match or maybe even a scuffle. With a gun, we know the ending.
The equation is simple: no gun, no death.
But that is not necessarily the case. According to at least one eyewitness, Martin was smashing Zimmerman’s head against a concrete sidewalk. It is quite likely Zimmerman would have been the victim instead of Martin.
Gun control advocates always forget that criminals, by definition, disregard such laws, leaving law-abiding citizens at their mercy.
No doubt, one can expect a steady stream of leftist, anti-gun propaganda from the Democrat-media complex fior quite some time. As former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel said, “never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
More on the Trayvon Martin case at nextooze.com here.
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