The recent shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and wounded 14, including a member of Congress, has inspired some predictable calls for new gun legislation. But it has also focused attention on state laws for dealing with the mentally ill and the call from some quarters for involuntary commitment or at least treatment of people with mental disorders — whether or not they have committed a crime.
In the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy, the writers at the Media Research Center (MRC) are proving, once again, that they are better reporters than the “journalists” they monitor. According to a study by the MRC, there have been many occasions when reporters and liberal pundits have publicly aired their death wishes against conservatives, and have done so with impunity. Meanwhile, left-wing politicians and their media flacks have been deluging the airwaves with claims that conservatives are to blame for Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage at a political event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
Despite — or perhaps because of — politicians’ and pundits’ handwringing about the dangers of guns in the hands of ordinary citizens in the wake of the January 8 shootings in Tucson, Arizona, Americans seem far from fearful about the prospect of owning firearms. In fact, they are positively giddy about buying their own guns. Bloomberg News reports that, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data, handgun sales across the country on January 10 were up 5 percent year-over-year, with Arizona experiencing a 60 percent increase. In addition, sales rose 65 percent in Ohio, 38 percent in Illinois, 33 percent in New York, and 16 percent in California.