I don’t know about you, but the senseless death this week of the Canadian soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed at Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa, left me devastated.
When I look at the photograph of him with his dog, I cry as if he were my own son or brother. I cried even more, when I subsequently found out that he left behind a wife and young daughter.
At first, I was in disbelief, then I became angry, then saddened, then angry again. It’s where I find myself now.
What I think makes this incident so difficult for me is based upon several factors.
First, the killing happened so close to the United States. It’s only a matter of time before this type of killing is repeated with regularity right here on our own soil.
It may already be here following the recent hatchet attack of police officers in New York. Officials initially refused to label it a terror attack. However, today it is being called a terrorist attack by a Muslim convert.
Secondly, Cirillo’s death has brought out the far left progressives again in their anti-gun control attempts to nail the final coffin of freedom in the U.S. with their gun control rhetoric.
Immediately following the Canadian shooting, an American supermodel, Chrissy Teigen, made an inappropriate comment on Twitter comparing the shooting of the soldier to the deaths that are caused by guns in America.
While Teigen tried to backtrack and say that she wasn’t minimizing the shooting but rather criticizing her own country, it was too late for many in Canada who also viewed her tweet as insensitive to the death of the Canadian soldier.
Next to make a statement was comedienne Rosie O’Donnell in support of Teigen. O’Donnell jumped on the Teigen bandwagon to levy her own assault on the Second Amendment.
O’Donnell was quick to remind everyone that a supermodel had made a statement about gun control, as if the term supermodel somehow lent more credence to what was said.
O’Donnell went on to say that Teigen was making a valid point about the issue with guns and defended Teigen’s comment, when O’Donnell said, “But 86 people are killed a day in America with guns. And you know what, that is terrorism here.”
O’Donnell took the opportunity to not only pushed gun control but in the same comment, also bashed Americans by implying that Americans with guns commit terrorism.
I’m tired of supermodels, comediennes and other celebrities thinking that they speak for me and other people in this country. They do not!
We must become the voices that speak out in this nation for common sense and for our Constitutional rights. Otherwise, progressives will continue to use statistics and other tactics to help push their agenda even when the statistics don’t support their position.
An article I read was quick to point out that in 2011, the number of firearms in the U.S. was 270 million or 89 per 100 people. Canada had 9.95 million, or 31 per 100 residents. The U.S., the report claims, had 11,000 gun-related killings in the same year, while Canada had 158.
The report does not site how many deaths were from suicide, accidental, caused by non-Americans, or if they were police related or otherwise.
While the article also did not indicate where it got its statistics, I was able to find another article contradicting the number of gun ownerships in the U.S. The household gun ownership rate fell from an average of 50 percent in the 1970s to a low of 35 percent in the 2000s.
In 2012, the number of American households owning guns was at 34 percent, which was up two percent from 2010. If my math serves me correctly, that’s far less than 89 per 100 people.
Additionally, in 2013, the number killed per day by guns was approximately 30 and not 86 as O’Donnell said.
It is clear that gun control didn’t help Cirillo as a sentry who stood with a gun that had no bullets in it, to guard his post. Who ever heard of an unarmed sentry?
image source: John Ivison Twitter
image source: John Ivison
A caller to the syndicated Rush Limbaugh radio program yesterday, said that Cirillo had no bullets in his gun and that the man who shot the assailant, had to first go and retrieve a gun, and then load it so that he could kill the Muslim convert.
Canada’s gun control laws are stricter than those in the U.S. Besides having a licensing and registration requirement, handguns owned by Canadian citizens can’t be carried out of the home, either concealed or openly, except with a specific license, such as for those who need a gun in their line of work. Guns also must remain locked and unloaded.
Cirillo’s murderer, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Quebec-born Muslim convert and son of Canada’s immigration chief, was a ‘high-risk traveler’ with multiple drug and robbery arrests, and a 2003 weapons charge.
He didn’t follow Canada’s strict gun laws even though they were in place and used his own gun to kill an unarmed man and wound another.
How arrogant is it for people like O’Donnell and Teigen to ignore the fact that criminals don’t obey gun laws while calling for stricter gun laws here in the U.S.?
The progressive agenda has always been to chip away at our gun rights and they will use every opportunity they can to see that it happens.
“Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal,” said former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, on December 10, 1993, while appearing on Good Morning America.
The late Nelson T. “Pete” Shields, a founder of the advocacy group Handgun Control and avid gun control advocate, said on July 26, 1976:
We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is to necessarily—given the political realities—going to be very modest…Our ultimate goal—total control of handguns in the United States—is going to take time…The problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns sold in this country. The second problem is to get them all registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of *all* handguns and *all* handgun ammunition – except for the military, policemen…–totally illegal.”
Don’t for one minute think that they aren’t still working diligently on reaching their goal.
As terrorist attacks continue in neighboring countries and in our own country, the call to violate our Constitutional rights will be heightened by so called celebrities, media, and others that are in the current administration’s pocket.
We must stay vigilant and supportive of such groups as the National Rifle Association who fight daily to ensure that our right to bear arms is not violated.
Let us today, remember to mourn the death of an unarmed soldier who died while carrying out the duties of his position for his country and pray for those he left behind.
And may we remember tomorrow the importance of standing up for our Second Amendment rights before we find ourselves unarmed against what may be coming!