In a remarkable moment of candor, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell today acknowledged what the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has been saying for years: Stronger gun laws could not have prevented the horrible shooting yesterday at the Amish school in Lancaster County.
Rendell, a staunch gun control advocate, admitted, â€œI believe with all my heart that we need more gun controlâ€ during a live press conference. But he also acknowledged that tougher gun laws would not have prevented gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV from carrying out his deadly attack, noting, â€œYou can make all the changes you want, but you can never stop a random act of violence by someone intent on taking his own life.â€
â€œWelcome to the party, Gov. Rendell,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. â€œWhile the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has been wringing its hands and declaring that â€˜somebody has got to do something,â€™ we have consistently maintained that such crimes are impossible to predict, and equally impossible to prevent with passage of yet another gun law. And finally, Gov. Rendell agrees with us.
â€œThe gunman had no criminal or mental health background,â€ Gottlieb said, â€œso he would pass any criminal background check. His family and friends described him as a loving family man. Nobody saw this coming.
â€œThis shooting, and the ones last week in Colorado and Wisconsin, and every school shooting in the past ten years all had one thing in common,â€ he observed. â€œThey all happened in so-called â€˜gun-free school zones,â€™ where students and adult staff are essentially helpless.
â€œGun control extremism has disarmed the wrong people and created risk-free environments for those who would commit murder and mayhem,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œIt is time to re-consider gun-free school zone laws and the zero-tolerance mentality such laws foster. We can no longer afford the empty-headed Utopian illusion that gun control and gun-free zones will keep children safe. Like all other gun control laws, this one has been a monumental failure, and it is literally killing our children.
â€œIf it saves the life of just one child,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œabolishing such laws will be worth the effort.â€