Whatever the facts are that arise in the case of Alton Sterling, his death was indeed tragic.
I, for one, do not relish the fact that in this age of instant news and instant video, he died in front of millions of viewers’ eyes, his arm raised up, convulsing; his very life leaving his body as the world watched. The mass voyeurism of such horrible events troubles me.
Even though Sterling’s actions that day led to his death, he died needlessly. In my opinion, the videos shown that day stand as a testament to the fact that the police involved were poorly trained, panicky and overly aggressive given the circumstances.
Much hay will likely be made of his past criminal record, as well as his sex offender and marital status. Little to nothing will be mentioned about the fact that his death reveals the erroneous idea that gun control laws reduce gun violence, especially violence caused by or involving those with a record of felony convictions.
Alton had a long rap sheet. He was convicted of multiple felonies and misdemeanors and served numerous jail and prison terms. In the commission of at least three of his charges, he used or brandished a firearm. He was, at times, an extremely violent man and a serial domestic abuser and batterer. Under no circumstances was he legally carrying a gun the day that he was shot and killed.
Allegedly, the brandishing of a firearm by Alton Sterling and a subsequent call to 911 led to his death. Truth be told, had Alton followed the current gun control laws in place in the State of Louisiana, there was no way he could legally own and possess a firearm. Therefore, had Alton followed the law, he would not have died that day.
Defenders of the right to keep and bear arms understand that the right to do so can be taken away as a result of a felony, or in some instances, a misdemeanor conviction. Violent criminals do not care about, nor fight for, 2nd Amendment rights. They need not, they just acquire and use firearms at will, regardless of gun control laws; and that is what Alton Sterling did.
Days after the shooting death of Philandro Castille the media wailed about the absence of an official statement from the NRA. After all, Castille had a concealed carry license, right? His rights were violated, right? Of course, an NRA spokesman DID respond saying that the shooting “didn’t look good,” but no matter.
However, there has been SILENCE on the part of the anti-gun groups like “Moms Demand Action“ and other anti-gun groups in regards to the deadly shooting of Alton Sterling. Why? SIMPLE. Their most recent national crusade is to enact tougher gun control laws for domestic violence offenders. The very same offenders like Sterling, who was charged and convicted of multiple violent domestic battery and abuse charges and therefore ILLEGALLY possessed the handgun that led to his tragic death.
It should also be noted that days before the Alton Sterling shooting, at least sixty-four people were shot in Chicago during the 4th of July weekend. SIXTY-FOUR. Just count to sixty-four and see how long it takes. You can bet that not one person who shot those sixty-four victims did so with a firearm that they obtained and owned legally.
We defenders of the 2nd Amendment have, for decades, used the phrase “if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Not once has the gun control crowd proven this untrue. Not one gun law has proven it false. Quite the opposite. Blood soaked cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and Newark demonstrate our point year after year.
The tragic death of Alton Sterling proves it once again.