Disarming the Second Amendment Won’t Stop Terrorism

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Op-Ed from the Office of Senator Craig Estes

Texas State Senate District 30

 

For Immediate Release

Date: June 20, 2016

Contact: Kate Ferrell

512.463.0130

 

Disarming the Second Amendment Won’t Stop Terrorism

Partisan spin doesn’t usually surprise me—after almost fifteen years in politics, I’ve come to expect it from both sides in response to both triumphs and tragedies.  But I was honestly surprised when, after the worst terrorist attack on our soil since September 11th, the Left’s response was to blame the National Rifle Association, the Republican Party, and an imaginary class of scary-looking firearms.  Remember when the country used to come together after terrorist attacks and unite against our common foes?

Well this isn’t 2001 anymore.  Our President remains committed to discussing our common foe as little as possible, choosing instead to join his party’s attack against the Second Amendment and the people who support it.  This isn’t new for him.  After San Bernardino, he infamously stated that “[w]e have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world”, ignoring the fact that, only two weeks earlier, Islamic terrorists had attacked Paris in its third mass shooting of 2015.  Blaming guns for terrorist shootings is like blaming airplanes for September 11th.  France has far more firearms restrictions than the President has publicly advocated.  India’s gun laws are even more extreme than France’s, but the worst mass shooting I can recall took place in Mumbai in 2008, when ten Muslim terrorists attacked the city for three days, killing 164 people and wounding another 300.

There is a common theme to these attacks, and itʼs not AR-15s or “assault weapons”, as guns that look like the AR-15 are often described.  The term “assault weapon” is intentionally confusing.  The gun control activists who coined it wanted it to sound like “assault rifle”, which is an actual class of military arms.  But the two are not the same.  Assault rifles are capable of fully automatic fire, while assault weapons are only semi-automatic.  (“Automatic” means the gun will fire multiple shots if you hold the trigger down, while “semi-automatic” means the gun will only shoot once per trigger pull.)  The expired federal ban that invented the term “assault weapon” defined it as any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine with two or more of the following features: a folding or telescoping stock, a pistol grip, a bayonet mount, a flash suppressor, or a grenade launcher mount.  None of those listed features affect the gun’s power or rate of fire; they are all either cosmetic or ergonomic in nature.

Although AR-15s are frequently called “high-powered” in the media, this is only true in the target-shooting sense.  To put this in perspective, the AR-15’s standard chambering makes it too weak to hunt deer legally in many states.  In fact, the lower power of AR-15-style rifles relative to most others, combined with their good ergonomics, is what makes them the best-selling rifles in the country and the perennial favorite of recreational shooters.

Where guns are illegal, terrorists nevertheless manage to get a hold of them.  When a person decides to commit multiple counts of pre-meditated murder, followed by suicide, statutes banning the possession of certain weapons don’t act as much of a deterrent.  The common theme of these attacks is not lax gun laws; it is the repeated radicalization of a small number of Muslims by ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other organizations like them that have declared a religious war on the United States and its allies.  The solution to Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris, Mumbai, and scores of other attacks across the world is not banning scary-looking guns.  It’s figuring out how to shut down these terror networks and their hateful propaganda.

 

Estes serves nearly 820,000 constituents across Senate District 30 which includes all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, and Young counties and parts of Collin and Denton counties.

 

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One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    Estes ( & King )……it would have meaning if either or both of you were REAL 2nd Amendment advocates and would work to do away with any “licensing” – aka “permission slips from .gov “.

    No one should have to apply for a permission slip to carry a firearm – concealed or open carry. Such is an extreme abridgement of the 2nd amendment, and you both know it.

    Texas ranks @ 15th in ” firearms freedom ” accoridng to numerous sites.

    ” No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. ”
    Thomas Jefferson

    A RIGHT ( as opposed to a “privilege”, granted by .gov) does not require arbitrary rules and regulation.

    “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute.
    He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers”
    delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.’
    A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law,
    and independent of the lawmaking power.” – Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)

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