New York Times columnist calls for reduction in ‘total number of guns’ in America

Once again, Democrats are pushing radical gun control legislation in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Colorado.

According to Breitbart, New York Times columnist David Brooks recently argued that the best and most effective solution to curbing gun violence across the country would be to reduce “the total number of guns” owned by Americans. 

“The only way”

Brooks’ remarks on the hot political topic of the day came during an appearance on PBS’s NewsHour.

“The more I look at it, and I’m not alone in this, the more you conclude that the simple problem is we have too many guns in America,” Brook said, according to Breitbart. “There’s upwards of, some estimates, 350 million guns in this country. And so, when you get a lonely young man who’s detached and sociopathic, getting a gun for that person is not hard.”

Brooks went on to suggest that background checks and “assault weapon” bans are simply not enough to control gun violence, claiming that a more radical solution is necessary in order to stop the violence.

“And so, we spend a lot of time on these things like background checks and assault weapon bans, and that’s fine,” Brooks asserted, according to Breitbart. “But a lot of effort has been put into things that aren’t that effective. We just have to have a debate on how do we reduce the total number of guns in [the] country?”

The columnist added that “other countries have done this, Australia and others, through buybacks and other things. It’s obviously super difficult politically. But, to me, it’s the only way to have a meaningful difference,” he declared.

Narrative check

Brooks’ remarks came days after a 21-year-old man named Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa allegedly opened fire in a grocery store, in Boulder, Colorado, claiming 10 lives, including the life of a local police officer. A week before that tragic event, a mass shooting in the Atlanta, Georgia area claimed eight lives, according to The New York Times.

Democrats typically use mass shootings to renew calls for various kinds of gun control that are currently on the table in the halls of Congress. Right now, several gun control bills await a U.S. Senate vote, including a measure that would require universal background checks. One of the problems with the most recent shooting, however, is that it doesn’t exactly line up with the Democrats’ narrative.

Breitbart recently reported that Alissa passed a federal background check before purchasing the gun that he allegedly used in the Boulder grocery store shooting spree.

The outlet included in its report a rather long list of mass shootings in which the shooters obtained their weapons legitimately following all of the necessary background checks.

It is for that reason that some, like Brooks, are seemingly using the current opportunity to push more extremist ideas that fly directly in the face of the rights afforded to American citizens by the Second Amendment, like confiscating the guns of law-abiding citizens through politically acceptable means such as buyback programs. We can only hope Republicans in Washington won’t let it happen.

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27 Responses

    1. I fully agree that the Communist Chinese Party is directly involved in disarming Americans to easily take control of America as their next Communist nation to be known as the United States of Communist China.

    2. Unfortunately, The dems want gun control because they believe they will maintain power in Xi take over. Got news for them. Not going to happen.

  1. Same old saying…guns don’t kill, BAD PEOPLE KILL. So get ride of the bad people and not the good people that want to protect them selves.

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  3. They want to punish normal (sane) people for what the crazy do. I am 74 years old and have been around guns my entire life. I never once went out one day just to kill anyone. 99.9% of gun owners are not killers, yet politicians are taking away their RIGHTS. Democrat politicians are out of control and need to thrown out of governing ANYTHING!!!

  4. The stupid dems and communists think that taking guns from law abiding citizens will stop the killing are way out idiots as only the criminals will have guns and don’t any of you say that they won’t because libs have been proven in
    all of their lies and cheating, and fraud of doing just those things.

  5. The best way to curb gun violence is to embrace the truth, that it’s not now,nor ever has been a GUN violence problem, it’s a violent people problem.
    What do they have to fear when even IF they are caught,& convicted, they serve minimal sentences,get released early,& go back out into society,to do it again!
    The good,honest american gun owners are fed up with paying the price for bleeding heart Democrats who do NOTHING to get to the root of the problem,& just scramble to create more useless laws,& do whatever they can get away with to make it more expensive,& difficult for the honest gun owners, while it doesn’t do a thing against those who wouldn’t follow the laws to save their own lives!
    Anyone who believes in the democrat lies,has been brainwashed into thinking laws matter,& will stop violent people from killing.
    The Boston bombers didn’t need guns for their carnage,as well as others like Tim McVey.
    People need to wake up, & stop drinking the demonrats koolaid!

  6. The democrats refuse to accept the fact that there’s no such thing as a violent gun. They push their rhetoric about guns being bad, when there’s no such thing as gun violence, only violent people,who don’t abide by the incredible amount of gun laws already in place. Not only that,but what do they fear about breaking the law anyway,they are given light sentences,& released early, only to be released back into the public to cause more deaths,& destruction.
    There’s NOTHING any new laws will do to stop violent people from committing violent acts.
    The only thing gun laws do are make it more expensive,& difficult for legitimate gun owners.
    Those who follow the laws,are the ONLY ones penalized by the laws democrats know don’t do a single thing to stop the violence, & want everyone at risk of not being able to defend themselves from violent people, anywhere, anytime.
    People need to wake up,& stop believing the democrats who lie about guns,& mostly everything else!

    1. If we have to give up our weapons, then the ones who protect the politicians (armed security guards, bodyguards, secret service, etc.) have to give up their weapons, too. After all, if the get rid of the guns, there won’t be any around for bad guys to get their hands on and kill innocent people, right? This is what the democrats are trying to get everyone to believe so they should join in as well. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  7. The columnist is dead wrong. The solution is not less guns in America. The right to keep and bear arms UNINFRINGED is the law and in the U. S. Constitution. The solution to curbing gun violence is enforcing the laws by identifying, arresting, prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law and incarcerating criminals and terrorists. Law abiding citizens do not have any problems with guns, none whatsoever, because they obey the laws. Why should law-abiding citizens have to be restricted and infringed in gun ownership if they are not the ones committing crime? They should not!

  8. The problem is not too many guns; it is too many ignorant anti gun people. You want to take guns away from law abiding citizens but don’t want to enforce existing laws against criminals, who will always be able to acquire guns. Maybe you have heard the saying; “When seconds count…Help is minutes away”

  9. They do not care about people being shot. They want the guns so when they come to imprison everyone there is no way to fight back. Run by government and told what to do and when.

  10. Everything will go back to normal as soon as we find the whole truth about the corrupt Democrats and put them all in prison. There is no way that all the voters in America are going to let the Democraps take anything away from them without a fight till the death. This small group of Traitors that are in control right now are no match for all the People in America that will drag them out of the capital bldg. by their heels

  11. If the politicians manage to ban all firearms, you can kiss all freedoms as we know it will be gone. The Chinese want uncle Joe to ban all firearms, i don’t care what it takes for us to be in control of our future, as the 2nd Amnd says shall not be infrenged. We might have to decide what action we as citizens will have to do.

  12. Biden better start with his , purchased a firearm illegally. Throw him under the bus, mandatory 5 years. That’s why law bidding gun owner’s have so much trouble, because of idots like Biden , with there illegal purchase.

  13. FBI Stats Show Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles In America – It’s Not Even Close
    Shall we band knives and lets talk about cars…. Death toll over the top.
    Biden is a old fool and how he gets these people to drink the cool aid is beyond me.

  14. US Supreme Court, 1 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20543
    You cannot call or email — you must write a letter!!!
    Write to them tell the cowards we want them to look in to the voter fraud.
    The KKK was started and ran by the Democrats as a way to control the people, isn’t this cancel culture the same thing. BLM, antifa, dummy crates. Read your history.
    If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we will be led like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington

  15. The honest gun owners should be punished for the nuts out their, to stop crimes the mentally I’ll should be checked into making sure they can’t get their hands on a firearm, our countries vfc enemies care about how many firearms we have,why you

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