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LETTER: Here we go again

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It is agenda time for the socialists who want to disarm the country.  A country where the courts, including the Supreme Court, time and again have ruled that an individual is responsible for the protection of themselves, family and property, not law enforcement, is once again hearing calls for disabling the second amendment.
Regardless of the actual circumstances of this shooting at the Washington Naval Yard, the socialist agenda is trotted out again. The calls for actions that will not affect increased security for individuals.  Just feel-good executive orders and pushing forward the socialist agenda of taking citizens rights and replacing them with social justice.  
The left never rests. It is incrementalism. The socialist agenda is to keep chipping away at the rights guaranteed by the constitution leaving the populace at the mercy of and dependent on the bureaucracies and the ever growing impersonal and impotent government.  
Will we learn, as we did at Ft. Hood, that there was political correctness and quotas involved in this case? The news organizations are already reporting that Alexis was hearing voices. He claimed PTSD with the VA. There are reports of mental disorders. He had at least two instances of discharging a firearm in a situation that was dangerous to others (in Texas, and in the state of Washington).  Acquaintances are reporting that Alexis was aggressive, felt aggrieved and smarter than others.  News sources are reporting that Alexis was discharged from the Naval Reserve for conduct issues.  Yet he was hired by a subcontractor to be a contractor and to work in an area requiring security clearance. Where was the security review?
Will time reveal that problems and issues with Alexis were overlooked, and he was passed on to be someone else’s problem? It is time to seriously look at the exposure to ordinary citizens created by political correctness, social justice and the soft enforcement of the laws on the books and in workplace regulations.  
Eric Holder and others in Congress are calling for the release of those who have been convicted and are incarcerated for federal crimes that were not “violent.”  Holder wants soft enforcement of laws that have caused “hardship” on certain groups. Focus is on drug related crimes. There are approximately 500,000 criminals incarcerated in this category according to news sources.
Were these crimes non-violent because no one was available to visit violence upon, and would they have been violent crimes if victims were available, or were the victims compliant and just allowed their property to be stolen? One can only wonder what the “non-crime” crime rate will be when these people are released into the general public and the crime is redefined as non-crime.
Employers are being encouraged to ignore certain criminal histories when hiring new employees. Some cities are already getting on the bandwagon. What will be the liability for the private sector employer? Will the increased cost of liability insurance and increased workplace violence be acceptable to the liberals in the name of social justice?
What does this mean for you as an ordinary citizen? Remember only about 30 percent of crimes are solved. Law enforcement agencies frequently report that they are under staffed. Courts place the burden of life and property protection on the individual, not law enforcement agencies.
The solution to gun violence is not to remove tools for defense of life, family and property from ordinary citizens, but to enforce the laws at the federal and local levels.  That means stop putting criminals back on the street through plea bargaining. Obama and Holder have the power to curb much of the gun violence in this country. They have to use the laws on the books. For whatever reason, be it social justice or the socialists agenda, there is no will or effort to do so.
What is ignored in the one way conversation on gun violence is the DOJ’s Special Report on Firearm Violence 1993-2011, JCJ 241730 published in May 2013. It virtually puts the lie to the majority of arguments put forward by the left on gun control.  Here are the highlights as listed on page 1:
•Firearm-related homicides declined 39 percent, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.
•From 1993 to 2010, males, blacks, and persons ages 18 to 24 had the highest rates of firearm homicide.
•Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69 percent, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.
•In 2007-11, about 23 percent of victims of nonfatal firearm crime were injured.
•For both fatal and nonfatal firearm victimizations, the majority of the decline occurred during the 10-year period from 1993 to 2002.
•About 61 percent of nonfatal firearm violence was reported to the police in 2007-11.
•Firearm violence accounted for about 70 percent of all homicides and less than 10 percent of all nonfatal violent crime from 1993 to 2011.
•In 2007-11, less than 1 percent of victims in all nonfatal violent crimes reported using a firearm to defend themselves during the incident.
•About 70 to 80 percent of firearm homicides and 90 percent of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a handgun from 1993 to 2011.
•In 2004, among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of offense, less than 2 percent bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show and 40 percent obtained their firearm from an illegal source.
The shootings on Sept. 16 at the Washington Naval Yard are not a failure of gun laws and regulations anymore than 9/11 was a failure of building codes. It is not the failure of rule of law. It is a failure of socialist reengineering of society by co-opting the rule of law and substituting in its place social justice. Social justice will put an ever increasing segment of the population at risk of victimization be it at the hands of an element that is coddled and tolerated or the government through diminishing the Bill of Rights.
William J. Rutherford
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