Wisconsin, Colorado Shootings A Failure Of Government
August 7, 2012 27 Comments
Over the weekend we had another mass shooting, this time at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist with ties to National Socialist groups shot up the temple killing six before being killed by police. Why Page targeted a Sikh temple is anyone’s guess since these people are few and far between and relatively harmless. Of course this has renewed calls for more gun control by liberals. There are ten murders every week in Chicago, nearly all of them committed by gang criminals using guns. Do you really believe that gun control is going to stop criminals from obtaining guns? It hasn’t worked in Europe, which has as many mass shootings as we do with more gun control, and it won’t work here.
What we had in Wisconsin is the same thing we had in Colorado with James Holmes. We had a failure of government. This is the same government that the left trusts to run health care, education and gun control (think Fast and Furious). Page was on the Feds radar because of his associations with white supremacist terror groups. He had been kicked out of the army. The Feds knew about this guy and barely monitored his activity despite being associated with domestic terror groups. How is this anything but a failure of government?
James Holmes also represents a failure of government. Holmes psychiatrist contacted university police weeks before he shot up a movie theater. She knew he was having psychological problems, she knew he was potentially violent. The psychiatrist did the right thing, the police don’t even know what was done with the information. How these cops can obtain information from a psychiatrist that her patient is crazy and violent and not investigate the matter or monitor the person is beyond my comprehension. This is a failure of government. These police didn’t do their job and a dozen people are dead and 58 were injured.
These cases highlight a couple of things. First, they show us that government cannot prevent every act of violence, even when they have information that suggest someone has a violent tendency. In short government cannot protect us from everything, we will in fact have to take care of ourselves at times. This is contrary to the government dependency sought by Obama and the far left. Second, these acts highlight the futility of government’s attempt to stop all terrorism. Government simply isn’t capable of stopping all acts of terrorism. They can obtain all sorts of information but if they are unable to piece it together or even do something with the overt information they’re given then the information is worthless in terms of preventing terrorism. Simply put government just doesn’t have the resources or ability to protect us from everything.
As such we must not be dependent on government to protect us from all acts of violence. We must be able to fend for ourselves. As such, gun control is the last thing we should have. If only someone at that theater had a concealed weapon. If only someone at the Sikh temple had a weapon. These acts of evil could have been stopped. Gun control would have served only to ensure that evil criminals have guns while complacent citizens are defenseless against evil. We cannot trust government to piece information together to stop these criminals before they act, we surely know we cannot trust government to respond to calls for help in a matter of seconds. We must be able to defend ourselves, government cannot be trusted to protect us.