Air Date: June 22, 2015
Host : Jim Schneider
Guest: Erich Pratt
Erich Pratt is the Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America.
News outlets continue to report on last Wednesday’s deadly shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Within hours after the incident took place, President Obama used it as an opportunity to repeat his anti-gun/anti-2nd Amendment sentiments. It’s an interesting position for a President who’s released illegal aliens with criminal records who went on to murder 121 Americans between 2010 and 2014.
Erich said we shouldn’t be too surprised at President Obama’s quick call to use this incident to speak out against guns because this fits into something his administration has touted throughout his entire time in office. It’s the idea that you should never let a tragedy go to waste.
He went on to note that people have a natural, God-given right to defend themselves. Unfortunately the President wants to essentially punish law abiding people for what a few “bad apples” have done and extend infringements on the rights of others. This doesn’t stop people from getting guns and if anything makes it difficult for good people to be able to protect themselves.
Erich also pointed out why the President is wrong in saying that this kind of mass violence doesn’t occur in other advanced nations. He reminded listeners about France where they have the kind of gun laws President Obama is in favor of. The problem is, such laws didn’t stop the Charlie Hebdo shootings that in 48 hours resulted in 17 deaths nor did they prevent the Norway shooting in 2011 that resulted in 69 deaths.
When you combine these incidents with the countless times that concealed carry laws have allowed law-abiding citizens to thwart potential tragedies, you can’t help but question the logic behind the formation of gun-free zones. Erich explained that perpetrators like gun-free zones but once someone starts firing back, typically that changes the equation, the attack ends and the perpetrator runs away.