It’s apparently a week for college professors to wade in to the gun debate up to their neck. Peter Dreier, a Professor of Politics with Occidental University has published an op-ed on the Huffington Post essentially blaming the NRA for the deaths of the two NYPD police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, the week before Christmas.
Dreier blames not the fanatical media coverage of the situation in Ferguson, not New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s apparent lack of support for his city’s law enforcement personnel, not even the probable mental illness that the shooter suffered from – no, he blames the NRA.
Despite the fact that crimes committed with firearms and deaths related to firearms are down over the last 20 years (during the same time period in which private gun ownership has soared), Dreier apparently wants to create an issue where there isn’t one. Here’s part of his diatribe:
If Lynch wants to point the finger of blame for his colleagues’ deaths, he should focus on the NRA, not de Blasio. For decades, the NRA has fought every effort to get Congress and states to adopt reasonable laws that would make it much less likely that people like Brinsley would be able to obtain a gun. The NRA even defends the right of Americans to carry concealed weapons in bars, churches, schools, universities, and elsewhere. This poses a huge threat to police and civilians alike.