Sandy Hook and the Second Amendment

Stamper Brown
Stamper Brown

With emotions running high in response to the heart wrenching events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, many of my liberal friends and family members believe now is the perfect time for gun control legislation.

As heartbreaking as it is that 20 children in Connecticut will not have the chance to open Christmas presents, celebrate birthdays, go on a first date, drive a car, graduate, get married and have kids, there are millions of kids out there who will. And they are the reason why the rest of us need to fight for the freedoms guaranteed to us in the Constitution that Progressives are so predictably willing to give away.

Before Americans were able to corporately exhale upon hearing the news about the Connecticut shooting, liberals hopped on the gun control bandwagon. One of MSNBC’s many loose cannons, Ed Schultz, went on a rant saying, “Hiding behind the Second Amendment doesn’t cut it anymore,” and described our founders as slave-owning bigots.

It’s real hard to wrap your hands around the hypocrisy of those who cry giant crocodile tears over the loss of these 20 precious children (and they should), but care little about millions of children who will never see the light of day due to abortion.

And here we go again; Progressives are manipulating the Sandy Hook massacre as a way to strike down the Second Amendment. Truth is, gun control is like putting a bandage on a gaping wound. Seems to me a better solution is to do something about the culture of violence currently destroying our society from the inside out — and place armed guards in schools in the meantime. Chances are, had one been at Sandy Hook, I wouldn’t be writing about it today.

I might date myself here, but when I was a kid, I didn’t stay inside playing violent computer games or watching violent movies; I played outside with real people who picked flowers in the spring, climbed trees in the summer, jumped in leaf piles in the fall, and ice-skated on frozen ponds in the winter. And I grew up to be a responsible citizen and gun owner.

As I’ve written before, if you listen to liberals long enough it’s not too long before you find yourself in Bizarro world. And in the case of the Second Amendment, Progressives like Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., pretzel it into something it is not. On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Feinstein inferred arming school guards is a crummy idea because “the rights of the few” (i.e. the millions who own guns) would, in her world, somehow “overcome the safety of the majority.” Say, what? Bizarro.

As brokenhearted as we all are over what happened in Connecticut, gun control will not stop those lacking certain emotional filters from doing bad things to children — and others.  Policies in China, for example, make it largely illegal for private citizens to own and sell guns. Possession or sale of a gun can lead to anywhere from a three-year prison term to the death penalty. I digress to mention that because the Chinese government has little regard for human life. There, gun laws were devised to protect the tyrannical Chinese government from its citizens rather than the other way around.

Nevertheless, people find a way to do bad things, and in the case of the Chinese, crazy people are still hurting children. Oddly, on the same day the Sandy Hook massacre occurred, a knife-wielding Chinese man stabbed almost two-dozen children at an elementary school in central China. And he found a way to do it although the Chinese government recently enacted strict knife regulations after a spate of deadly knife and cleaver attacks on school children in China in 2010, killing 20 and wounding 50.

Before long, the Chinese will be eating steak with teaspoons, and so will we — if we relinquish our Second Amendment rights to those who would rather steal the rights of the masses than address our society’s moral decline. With that in mind, the best gift we can give our kids this Christmas is a future filled with the promise of freedom.


Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker and military advocate who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email Susan at [email protected] or her website at

  • John Doe

    Why do you think that liberals are the only group of people that want Gun Control? Please stop your ad hominem attacks and stay to the main points of why a lack of gun control is beneficial to our country. If we as American citizens are to have mature discussions about the future of our country, it is paramount that we do not resort to name-calling and fanatic claims. Your comparison of “millions of children who will never see the light of day due to abortion” is incomparable to those who have already completely developed and are actual citizens of the U.S. You are right when you compare gun control to “putting a bandaid on a gaping wound” because if you compare the lethal aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to the Guangshan county stabbing of 22 children, it is clear that although we may not be able to stop the attacks of individuals, we can lower the risk of death by regulating automatic weapons in this country. Although the stabbed victims were in critical condition, many will survive, unlike those children that were slaughtered and had no chance against an automatic weapon. There is a large difference between the two events that coincided and it is clear that injury from automatic weapons is far more difficult to evade than injuries from non-automatic weapons, like hunting rifles or knives. To not discuss gun control and prevent lethal events like the one on Friday are doing the victims a disservice.

    • Eric

      Educate yourself on guns before you make a fool of yourself. First of all, the guns were NOT automatic. They were semi-automatic just like many hunting rifles. Most hunting rifles are much more powerful than a meager .223 used in an AR-15, which stands for (Armalite, not assualt rifle–for which there is no definition). And yes, modern hunting rifles are also semi-auto, many of them. They just don’t look “mean” because they are built with classical wood and polish and shiny things. So you as the “nanny” are much more likely to find them less scary. You are scared of something because it is unknown to you. The press is culpable in spreading the allure of these cases also. Should we also restrict their freedom of speech?

  • Patricia Randolph

    As a journalist who writes the Madravenspeak LIVING wildlife column against killing our wildlife ( in Wisconsin where they want to murder wolves over every weapon and packs of dogs for dog / wolf fighting sadism) , mostly for a sick culture’s serial trophy killing mania, I find this gun loving woman’s defense of guns typical of the daddy-pleasing, gun nut boyfriend pleasing women who take up arms, like women took up corporate personhood, to be powerful.

    The NRA and their four million membership find much of their membership in mandating membership be purchased at shooting ranges in order to shoot guns. Much like my mandated Farm Bureau membership because I buy rural insurance. Yet the right wing gun lovers whine about unions requiring that workers who rights unions fight for pay union dues – (rights like the weekend, the 40 hour week, fair benefits, and fair wages.) The NRA intimidates and buys our legislators, in concert with ALEC ( the far right wing American Legislative Exchange Council and their model laws). The NRA recently took one of their RATED “A” legislators out of office for standing up against a bill in Tennessee that would have mandated that guns be allowed everywhere, including schools, churches, and YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY. Whether you wanted someone on your property with a gun or not. They are like the Mafia with their intimidation and money and it is time that they are treated like the Mafia and shunned. They are purveyors of death and destruction. Guns are largely used to kill millions of innocent wildlife for fun. A sick addiction taught to children. It has included the sadism of trapping and wolf, bear, and any natural predator or “fur-bearer” murder ad nauseum. This is a violent culture and the NRA wants to promote its violence everywhere, especially in the woods to the most innocent of victims – teaching innocent children to murder innocent young wild animals.

    After the Port Arthur massacre in Australia, 12 days later, the legislature not only banned semi-automatic weapons but bought back 650,000 of them to destroy. They have not had a massacre in the 16 years since the killing of 35 mostly tourists and wounding of another 22. Without the buy-back, an assault weapons ban is worthless pandering, again, to the worthless NRA and its “freedom” minions.