Frankly, I find it unconscionable that before we even knew the most basic facts about what happened during the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas – who did it, his motivations, what weapons he used or how he obtained them - some were already rushing to demand more gun control laws. Instead of concentrating on the victims, offering prayers and comfort or even just a respectful silence, they sought to exploit their pain for partisan gain. I resent that I have to respond to this, but when political operatives on either side start making questionable claims, I’ve always held it as my responsibility to find out the facts and present them to you. So here is a roundup of just a few of those who couldn’t even wait for the blood to dry before launching into the infamous practice of “never letting a crisis go to waste.”

One of the first out of the gate was Hillary Clinton, who said we “must put politics aside,” then in the very same sentence tried to blame the killings on the NRA for opposing regulations on silencers. She claimed that if the gunman had used a silencer, that would have made it impossible to hear the shots and more people might been killed. This was stunningly ill-informed on several levels. First, the idea that a mass killer would be deterred by a silencer law seems highly unlikely, to say the least. Secondly, as even the Washington Post’s fact-checker pointed out, a silencer reduces by only a few decibels just one of the noises that a gun makes. It doesn’t actually “silence” a gun. Hillary’s rush to regulate something she doesn’t vaguely understand is reminiscent of the gun laws that brand certain rifles as “assault weapons” if they have any of several random features that make them look scary but don’t make the gun any more lethal (some are even safety features, like a barrel shield that simply prevents the user from burning his fingers on a hot barrel.) This school of gun control activism falls under the “Do something even if it’s wrong” category.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren also leaped onto the gun control bandwagon…READ MORE

…As did, of course, Nancy Pelosi…READ MORE

…And John Kerry…READ MORE

Kerry’s Facebook statement started out focused on the victims and their families, but quickly veered into a pitch for more gun control laws to prevent mass shootings, without which, he wrote, “we have to reckon with the fact that it happens here in the United States with a frequency that the rest of the modern world can't imagine.”

Any killing of even one innocent person is too many, but is it really true that the United States is a hotbed of mass killings the likes of which the rest of the world can’t even imagine? In a ranking by Insider of the 20 most dangerous nations on Earth, the US didn’t even make the list. The top five were Colombia, Yemen, El Salvador, Pakistan and Nigeria. But wait, Kerry said the “modern world.” So let’s look at Europe, which we know Kerry loves and wants the US to emulate, and which already has the same strict gun laws many want to impose here.

The Crime Prevention Research Center reports that in 2015 alone, France (with a population about 1/5th that of the US) suffered 532 casualties from mass shootings, or five more than the US experienced during Obama’s entire presidency. As gun researcher John Lott notes, in France, even semi-automatic weapons are illegal, yet all four mass shootings there in 2015 involved machine guns (fully-automatic weapons have already been heavily restricted in the US for many decades, but that apparently didn’t stop the Vegas shooter from obtaining one.)

Lott points out that the Las Vegas attack is the worst in US history, but only the 14th worst worldwide. Also, last year, a jihadist terrorist in Nice, France, didn’t even need a gun: he used a truck to kill 86 people and injure 458 more.

And if you think those laws would work better here, Chicago already has some of the toughest gun laws in the US. Last weekend in Chicago, four people were killed and at least 29 more injured in shootings, bringing the 2017 total so far for Chicago gun deaths to a staggering 474. A recent survey of Chicago convicts found that virtually none obtained their guns via legal methods that were subject to those laws.

Just to be crystal clear: none of this is to argue that there should be no firearms regulations or to seek to downplay the heartbreaking horror of mass shootings. But if we’re serious about preventing such attacks, we should approach it realistically. Passing fantasy-based feel-good laws that disarm law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to impede murderers is not merely useless, it’s counterproductive. No law can block evil from entering the heart or mind of a would-be killer.

So what can be done? Better vigilance of mental disorders would help. Less political correctness that forces authorities to deny the source of threats. And better security at large scale events like concerts, whether Jason Aldean or Arianna Grande.

Aaron Cohen is a former member of Israel’s Special Ops terror unit. He told Fox News that Israeli authorities understand that you can’t guarantee complete security, so they institute layers of security so if one fails, the next might not. In the case of the Las Vegas shooting, he said there were bag checks to keep guns out of the event, but the surrounding hotels didn’t check guests’ bags for guns – understandable, since this has never happened before. But in the future, for events with a large crowd near a hotel or other tall building, maybe they should scan guests’ baggage or have undercover officers inside those buildings. Those are “common sense” measures that might actually work. So why aren’t we talking about doing that?

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  • kevin springs

    10/06/2017 02:01 PM

    Pelosi is just a disgusting human being.

  • Michael Egbert

    10/06/2017 08:52 AM

    "John Doe" shoots somebody and the first thing they start yelling is "gun control!" Why is it we don't hear these same morons yelling about the 15 THOUSAND + killed each year by drunk drivers? Ban motor vehicles? Not likely. But guns, thats another thing. Liberal hardcore leftists are convinced that gun laying there on the table is the culprit and just plain kills indiscriminately without warning - those bullets just come magically flying out of that barrel hunting for any innocent person nearby. People, that firearm needs help to do its dastardly deed - an actual PERSON to pick it up and pull that trigger just like that motor vehicle needs a drunk idiot to crawl inside, start it up before it too can do evil things. The common thread? A person, people, man or woman, young or old is that catalyst. Banning the gun or motor vehicle is not the answer, never has been, never will be. Human behavior needs to be the target to know, I was reading a history book some time ago and one of the reasons listed (among several) as why Japan didn't follow through on their attack at Pearl Harbor by invading the U.S. west coast was that they knew the citizens would be well armed because of our 2nd amendment. Let that soak in...

  • Donna Domingo

    10/06/2017 08:35 AM

    My heart goes out to all affected by the LV massacre. However since the dems particularly, are calling for more gun control that would, hopefully, save lives, how about having legislation that would outlaw bump stocks with the 20 week abortion ban that most republicans want? How many lives (babies) would that save?? I have never understood how someone can be tried for murder of an unborn baby but a woman can kill it lawfully through abortion. Thank you for being the voice of so many of us. I am looking forward to your new show.

  • Marie Simmons

    10/05/2017 12:45 PM

    I believe there should be gun-control, but I believe it should begin with the gun manufacturers.
    What purpose is the AK 47 - not sure that's the proper letters or numbers - and all the other high powered guns? I'm 84, grew up in Iowa, and the guns then were used to shoot pheasants and rabbits.
    But if you eliminated all the guns, people would still find a way to kill. What did Cain use to kill Abel? We can't stop evil, but God will.
    I enjoyed your program on Fox and I will be watching your new program this weekend. Thank you, Mike, for your newsletter. I enjoy reading it.

  • Richard

    10/05/2017 09:27 AM

    I believe that the left, but not all, really hate America. They prove it over and over every time a shooting happens. They have proven that they want to destroy America, and all the good that America stands for. I have been to some of the other countries when I was in the Air Force, but America is where my heart is. As someone has said before, Why don't the left jump on the Chicago killings. I pray for our President, who is trying to do the right thing, and make America great again. May God bless America again!!!