VIA| Taya Kyle, whose husband, Chris, was the subject of the movie American Sniperand a victim of gun violence, published a lengthy op-ed in opposition to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control.
In a piece entitled, “Gun Control Won’t Protect Us,” posted at CNN.com, the 41-year-old said she has been on both sides of the issue during the course of her life. Kyle said she used to be afraid of guns, but now is a gun owner who is “prepared to defend myself with a firearm, and understand the fear of my freedoms being taken away.”
“Because I have felt, and lived, all of these things, I have spent much time thinking about evil, freedom and not only the world we live in, but the country too,” Kyle writes. “There are many facts and statistics people will use to argue both sides of the gun control issue.”
Kyle points out that violent crime is down significantly during the last 20 years, but due to the high-profile mass shootings of recent years, the public’s fears are up. She observes nearly all the mass shootings have occurred in so-called “gun-free” zones, where the killers know they will likely have the best chance to maximize the number of casualties.
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Kyle says there needs to be a better perspective when responding to mass shootings. “If we add up the number of these mass killers over the last decade, how many people are we talking about? Fewer than 40 over the last decade?” she questions. “Do we want to make laws for millions based on the choices of fewer than 40 evildoers?”
Critics of the president’s new executive actions contend none of the changes the president seeks, including so-called universal background checks, would have prevented any of the mass shootings in recent years, including those at Sandy Hook, Charleston, Chattanooga, Oregon or San Bernardino.
Kyle does call into question current medical privacy laws regarding mental health in relation to guns. “Because of the HIPAA law and our desire to protect everyone’s privacy, we allow bad behavior to slip through the cracks,” she writes.
The author also points out the reality of evil in the world and in the hearts of some. “We can’t legislate human nature,” Kyle writes, later adding, “If you put an assault rifle in my hands or yours, I am not going to murder anyone, and I am guessing you won’t either. But what makes gun control advocates think that someone who decides to kill will not use any means necessary to do so?”
She quotes Ronald Reagan on the subject of gun control. “You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens,” Reagan said. “There is only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, lose it for a long time.”
Kyle closes the piece on an optimistic note. “No government can provide the utopia many seek,” she writes. “My hope for this country is that we remain a people who value freedom, who have the courage to face the realities with faithful hearts… [and] remain the land of the free and home of the brave.”