[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Piers Morgan, the inflammatory Brit who was off the air only a few short years after taking over the “Live” franchise from news host Larry King, has made his opinion on the Second Amendment quite well known.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The media personality has gruesomely pounced upon several high-profile shootings to spout-off and attempt to demonstrate that those who do not crusade against access to firearms are, to a degree, complicit in the deaths of innocents when a madman goes on a rampage.
However, Morgan’s feverish gun control push has largely fallen flat throughout the years as emotional grief soon gives way to cold, hard stats and logic and support for gun control remains low throughout the nation.
Still, Morgan persists. On Friday, after a deranged gunman opened fire in a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater, Louisiana Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal appeared in Lafayette to offer condolences.
Instead of offering a nonpartisan slow-clap for the tender words of the governor, Morgan seethed in an article published at The Daily Mail entitled, “Spare Me Your Crocodile Tears, Governor Jindal, You’ve Got The Blood From This Massacre All Over Your NRA-Approved Hands.”
Jindal’s rhetoric made me want to vomit, coming as they did from a man who’s on record as saying: ‘In Louisiana we love us some guns.’
Louisiana is ground zero for America’s gun violence epidemic.
An official report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a year ago revealed that 45 per cent of Louisiana residents have a gun in their homes.
This compares, as the local Louisiana Weekly newspaper pointed out, to 13 per cent for Rhode Island.
The State ranks fifth for weakest gun laws in the country, according to data researched by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Well, if the Brady Campaign says so…
Morgan vents and cites murder rates, hoping to imply a causal relationship where there is none. Though he notes that Louisiana has a higher “gun death” rate than Rhode Island, he neglects to mention such variables such as median household income, poverty rates, and other violent crimes besides murder- all which serve as contributing factors to homicide rates. Further, Morgan’s diatribe conspicuously cites “gun deaths”- the go-to term for propagandists who often lump-in hunting accidents and suicides in order to beef-up the scary-sounding stats.
After the hideous annihilation of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, more than 100 new gun laws were passed by state legislatures.
But Louisiana actually LOOSENED restrictions on guns, making it easier for people who wanted to carry concealed weapons to stay anonymous.
Jindal is primarily responsible for all this.
This is a guy awarded an A+ rating from the NRA – meaning they absolutely love him for his pro-gun speeches and legislative behavior.
Jindal voted to stop gun manufacturers being sued for misuse of their weaponry, and he co-sponsored banning gun registration in Washington, D.C.
Under his governance, Louisiana has approved numerous pro-gun laws including allowing off-duty cops to carry guns in schools and civilians to carry concealed weapons into churches; and it has introduced a law levying fines and jail sentences on people, including journalists, who identify concealed-carry permit holders.
After the Charleston church massacre last month, Jindal disgracefully branded President Obama ‘shameful’ for having the temerity to ask for new gun control laws in America.
‘Within 24 hours we’ve got the president trying to score cheap political points,’ he sneered. ‘Now is the time to be hugging these families, to be praying for these families, now is the time to be coming together.’
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]While so many issues in America can be argued as “good ideas” or “bad ideas,” Morgan defines individual gun ownership as a moral issue… and he’s right. However, as Morgan sees an inherent immorality in the continuation of freedom for the right to bear arms, many (including this author) see the right to self-defense as an absolutely moral issue and those seeking to restrict this right of self-defense as obstacles to the human right of self-preservation.
In one instance, however, Morgan got it exactly right. He notes,
Churches, army bases, movie theaters, schools: nowhere, it appears, is now safe from the slaughter.
It’s amazing how he could type those words and yet, his mind did not *click* with the obvious realization that so many Americans have already had:
We are not safe. There are bad guys with guns out there. They are shooting-up places that are “gun-free” zones and liberal pinheads are astonished to discover that the deranged gunmen did not heed the policy.
Allow me to repeat: We are not safe. And while the truly moronic hope that those who would not obey a “gun-free” zone sign would, miraculously, adhere to more gun control laws, the simple fact is that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
No- it doesn’t stop all evil-doers; but as Morgan so poignantly pointed out, we are not safe, seemingly, anywhere.
So, perhaps Morgan should spare America the arrogant lectures and get in line with the gun-toting populace he so obviously loathes.
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