Scott Erickson

The Second Amendment frequently comes under great scrutiny in the wake of tragic events like the recent shooting at the Fort Hood military post in Killeen, Texas. This past week was no exception as Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, allegedly being treated for PTSD and depression, killed four people, including himself, in the second shooting incident involving military personnel at Fort Hood in the past five years.

Although the tragedy should inspire greater dialogue on the topics of identifying and treating mental illness and addressing the unique needs of American troops, the event instead drew out the usual cacophony of anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment rhetoric that so often accompanies such an incident.

Rather than focus attention on the perpetrator of the crime, or the underlying factors that contributed to his actions, the Left instead used the event to again attack the constitutional foundations safeguarding gun ownership in the United States.

Gun control zealot Piers Morgan almost immediately took to his Twitter account to scold Americans for their unwillingness to heed his oft-repeated demands that they abandon their constitutional rights for the chimera of a gun-free, violence-free society.

"'Why does this keep happening in our country?' - what many Americans ask about mass shootings. Well, because you do nothing about it," lectured Morgan.

Senate Democrats also used the tragedy to attempt to reignite the gun control debate in congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stated, "As I was told today, this young man bought his gun a day or two before he killed these people. Couldn't we at least have background checks so that people who are ill mentally, or who are felons, shouldn't be able to buy guns?"

While questions remain as to when and where Spc. Lopez actually purchased his weapon --law enforcement sources suggest the weapon was lawfully purchased last month-- Reid didn't allow that lack of clarity to dissuade him from attempting to jumpstart the gun control debate.

Scott Erickson

Scott G. Erickson is a veteran law enforcement officer and the Executive Director of Americans in Support of Law Enforcement, @supportingcops