With State of the Union This Week, War on Guns Heats Up. Still, Resistance to New Gun Laws Quietly Builds in USA
(Jerome R. Corsi) - The war on guns is heating up.
Undoubtedly, Obama will make an impassioned plea in his State of the Union address this week in Congress, acting again on Rahm Emanuel’s advice never to let a good crisis go to waste.
Still, resistance to President Obama’s attempt to exploit the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, to pass new, restrictive gun legislation through Congress is quietly gaining momentum across the nation.
Nationwide, 288 county sheriffs and sheriffs’ associations have gone on record stating they will refuse to enforce new federal gun restrictions within their jurisdictions
Since the Newtown shooting, the National Rifle Association has added 250,000 new members; total membership in the NRA is at approximately 4.25 million nationwide.
In New York, statewide resistance to Gov. Cuomo’s gun control plan, the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, known as the NY SAFE Act, a sloppy piece of legislation that was rushed through the New York state legislature and signed into law before its provisions could be carefully considered.
Last week in New York, Republican legislator Terry Wilbur went on the record to say the NY SAFE Act is unconstitutional, unfairly targeting civilians. “We want to have a voice that wasn’t allowed because they took that message of necessity and crammed it right through,” Wilbur said in a television interview, describing the legislative process by which Cuomo sought to have the law passed.
Oswego County has now joined Ulster County in passing a resolution supporting the Second Amendment and calling for a repeal of the NY SAFE Act.
Lewis County is also joining what is developing to be a secret uprising against the NY SAFE Act. Last week, Lewis County joined Ulster and Oswego Counties legislatures in passing a resolution calling the NY SAFE Act unconstitutional and calling for it to be repealed.
On Jan. 30, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, along with the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, the Sportsman Association for Firearms Education, and AR15.com filed a legal suit challenging the constitutionality of the NY SAFE Act.
A Second Amendment rally, supported by the NRA, has been scheduled for noon in Albany, NY, on February 28.
Evidence is growing that new legislation is being passed in states like New York, when existing laws already on the books are not being enforced.
Moreover, cities like Chicago that have some of the most restrictive gun legislation in the nation also have the highest level of gun violence by gangs and criminals in the nation.
Still, the Obama administration has brought forward Arizona’s former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to give personal testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, followed by a series of high profile appearances in which former astronaut Mark E. Kelly, Giffords’ husband, has done follow-up interviews on television and radio to make emotional appeals to impose further restrictions on the Second Amendment by passing new federal gun-control legislation.
Giffords has created two new gun-control advocacy organizations and has raised millions of dollars, including $1 million from Houston trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn and a six-figure donation from Mayor Bloombert.
Drugs cause school shootings, not guns
Still, the mainstream media continues to ignore overwhelming evidence that school shootings are related to drugs prescribed to school children to modify their behavior in classrooms.
“Pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for school children cause violent behavior,” was the message London-based psychiatrist Dr. David Healy insists.
Healy is critical of pharmaceutical companies who have made billions of dollars marketing Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, known as “SSRIs,” a class of psychotropic drugs widely used as antidepressants, prescribed in the United States by doctors working in the mental health field and increasingly by primary care doctors.
“The pharmaceutical companies made these drugs with the idea of making money,” Healy observes. “There’s a wide range of problems when it comes to looking at these drugs for children. Very few children have serious problems that warrant treatment with pills that have the risks SSRI drugs have.”
Healey argues the problem today is that doctors working with schools to control the behavior of children are inclined to prescribe SSRI drugs without serious consideration of adverse consequences.
“The child may be made aggressive and hostile,” he notes. “Children taking SSRI drugs are more likely to harm or to injure other children at school. The child may be made suicidal. We are giving drugs to children who are passing through critical development stages and as a society we are really conducting a vast experiment and no one really knows what the outcome of that will be.”
Healey cautions that there is a very high correlation between youths involved in mass shootings, including school shootings.
“When roughly 9 out of every 10 cases in these school shootings and mass shootings involve these drugs being prescribed, then at least a significant proportion of these cases were either caused by the drugs or the drugs made a significant contribution to the problem,” he says.
Also ignored by the mainstream media is that tough gun-control laws like the NY SAFE Act will do nothing to stop the majority of school shootings, including the Newtown elementary school shooting that precipitated President Obama’s recent push, when most school shooters obtain their weapons illegally.
Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is the founder of the 1776 Nation and chief writer for the Tea Party Research Team of TeaParty.org. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command.