The LTE writer thinks the 2A Sanctuary movement is the ‘politics of fear.’
Not really, we are concerned, maybe angry at having to fight the same irrational garbage every year, but if we were actually afraid, it would get real quiet. The politics of fear is totally on the gun control side. Consider,
All deaths by gun are about 12/100K, but 2/3rds of those are suicides.
Of homicides, 80% are gang shootings, so the rate of firearm homicides for non-gang members is just under 1/100K, comparable to Australia, less than most of Europe. So, for most of us, fear of being shot to death is simply irrational. But that isn’t all. One of the reasons being killed in the course of a robbery, rape, or home invasion(again excluding drug gang members,) is so unlikely is the deterrent effect of private firearms ownership. So, reducing firearms ownership by law abiding citizens will INCREASE the likelihood of being killed in a robbery or rape.
So, applying those real risk numbers to proposed legislation, with regards to suicide, consider that firearm type, or magazine size is irrelevant to suicide. 1 shot is sufficient.
Regarding homicide, in 2018, in VA, with 8.5 million people, rifles of all types were used in just 8 homicides. But homicides, as reported by the FBI and VDH, include murders, but also justifiable homicides such as self defense and police action, and hunting and other accidents, and again, 80% of homicides in general are gang related. So, your chance of being killed with a so-called assault rifle is substantially less than 1 in 1 million.
Studies by the Rand Corp showed that (with the possible exception of the Las Vegas shooting) magazine size played no part in the outcome of mass shootings.
Your chance, as a non gang member, of being murdered with an ‘assault’ firearm are less than the 20th Century worldwide risk of being murdered by your own legal government, a risk that is vanishingly small in the US BECAUSE we are armed.
So, where is the politics of fear?