Topic: Paris attack, threats against U.S. sharpen focus on gun laws, rights
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Paris attack, threats against U.S. sharpen focus on gun laws, rights
Last Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris is putting focus on strict gun laws, according to a report by O’Dwyer’s, a public relations and marketing news agency, this morning, and that follows on yesterday’s report in The New American that questioned whether strict French gun control laws contributed to the slaughter by disarming people.
“Of course,” the New American story said, “common sense should inform us that it is not guns in the hands of the law-abiding, but civilian disarmament, that makes civilians more vulnerable to attack by armed terrorists — including the terrorists who were able to kill or wound nearly 70 people per terrorist on Friday night without interruption in Paris, where Frenchmen are denied the right to keep and bear arms.”
What happened in Paris has put a sharp perspective on the Second Amendment, and how armed citizens at least have the potential of fighting back. As the New American story put it, “Much handwringing and declarations of vengeance emanated from French politicians who appeared to have been caught by surprise. After all, as recently as 2012 those very same politicians enacted even more draconian gun laws in order, they said, to keep this from happening again.”
UPDATE: A new Rasmussen Report Monday morning revealed that a majority of likely U.S. voters are “less confident in their safety here at home than they have ever been,” and that poll was taken during the two days prior to last Friday’s Paris attack.
Rasmussen took the survey last Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The polling agency found that just 33 percent of likely U.S. voters believe this country is safer than it was before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Fifty-three percent believe the nation is less safe, Rasmussen said.
That’s about the same thing one could say about American gun prohibitionists. The laws they have pushed ostensibly to prevent Chicago-type street crime and mass shootings haven’t worked. And in the aftermath of each new tragedy, these anti-self-defense advocates clamor for even tougher gun laws, putting honest citizens at even a greater disadvantage to criminals, kooks and now, terrorists.
Reuters this morning reported that the Islamic State has threatened to attack countries participating in air strikes against their strongholds in Syria will face retribution. Washington, D.C. was specifically mentioned, the report said.
The District of Columbia still has very restrictive gun laws, despite court victories by the Second Amendment Foundation that have pushed the city to allow handguns in homes for personal protection, and the creation of a carry permit system. But now with O’Dwyer and New American raising the question about gun laws, it isn’t just the so-called “gun lobby” pointing to what now appears to be the dismal failure of gun control in Europe, which domestic anti-gunners wish America would emulate.
Even The Guardian was talking about this situation yesterday, and that’s no mouth organ for American gun rights groups. What happened in Paris has been like a bucket of ice water in the faces of Europeans who thought restrictive gun policies would prevent mass attacks.
Concerns are now being voiced by governors in at least three states, according to this morning’s Washington Post, regarding Syrian refugees. Fox News added that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is also raising concerns about refugees in his state.
The habit of America spreading the welcome mat may be facing serious reconsideration with the threat of terrorism on the level of what happened in Paris. The Friday attack may also add momentum to what is already a strong surge of U.S. citizens applying for, or renewing, their carry licenses and permits, and exercising their right to keep and bear arms.
Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation
Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report
Author of twenty books, including:
Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd
Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution
Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns
Regular on TV and radio including MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s20/20, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live,
Fox News Channel, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Good Morning America and Piers Morgan Live/CNN
Alan Gottlieb Bio:
Dynamic and articulate are two accurate descriptions of Alan Gottlieb. Alan is a Nuclear Engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee and has attended the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University.
He is recognized as a member of the working press, maintaining active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America. His articles have appeared in the Seattle Times, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cincinnati Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today.
Alan is the Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report. He is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee and President of NoInternetTax.org.
His handiwork has received notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Time, People, Rolling Stone, National Review and Outside magazine.
Alan has received the prestigious Golden Eagle Award from the American Federation of Police, and was commended by the Kentucky House of Representatives for his “outstanding leadership in preserving our American heritage of freedom.” He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Politics.
Alan has appeared on over 4,400 TV and radio talk shows, including the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s 20/20, The Michael Reagan Show, The Ken Hamblin Show, PBS All Things Considered, CNN Crossfire, Fox TV’s Crier Report, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, ESPN, Larry King Live, CNN Special Reports, Hannity & Combs, CNN All Politics, Fox News Channel,CNN Headline News, MSNBC, Piers Morgan, Lou DobbsTonight, Hardball with Chris Mathews, The Mike Huckabee Show, Al Jazeera Inside Story and Good Morning America.
Alan is President of Merril Associates, a noted direct response advertising agency specializing in direct mail, fund raising and public relations. He is also President of Merril Press, a non-fiction book publishing company. Alan is also President of radio stations KBNP in Portland, Oregon, KITZ in Seattle, Washington, KGTK in Olympia, Washington, and KSBN in Spokane, Washington and former Chairman of the Talk America Radio Network and former President of the Universal Talk Network.
In addition, Alan is the author of twenty books including Politically Correct Guns, Trashing the Economy and She Took a Village: The Unauthorized Biography of Hillary Clinton, Alan Gottlieb’s Celebrity Address Book, Double Trouble: Daschle and Gephart Capitol Hill Bullies, and Gun Rights Affirmed, America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age, These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War on Guns and Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns and Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution, Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd.