Many of you support increasing gun control, even outright bans on private ownership. Many of you will state your motivation is to save innocent lives. Your intent is both good and just. Innocent lives deserve protection. On this we agree.
Where we diverge is how we achieve that goal. I do not believe further restricting legal gun ownership will in anyway, ever, achieve that objective. History is certainly on my side. Worldwide, gun registration has lead to confiscation, which has led to mass slaughter of people groups, usually at the hand of the very government which disarmed them.
Even apart from government tyranny, evil people walk among us. They are every where; interspersed among the population. While true guns are often their weapon of choice, and while also true if the government had prevented them from obtaining guns, they would be rendered unable to carry out their evil deeds with a gun, it does not in any way follow that gun control would mitigate the threat they pose to innocent life. Vehicles, knives, explosives, toxic chemicals, bludgeoning implements, have and can all be utilized as weapons to inflict harm and loss on others. More people each year are bludgeoned to death than are killed by rifles. More people each year die in vehicle accidents than are killed with guns of any kind. Even absent firearms, evil people will kill. 9/11 is a stark example. Shall we ban box cutters and airplanes?
Firearm ownership is widespread in America, and guns are everywhere.
The American “gun nut”, the NRA, or other 2A supporters, is often excoriated for enabling mass slaughter. I’ve read one commentator who asked, “How many children must sacrifice their lives on the altar of gun rights for the NRA?”. Preposterous. To ask such a question is utterly irrational. Shame on you if that’s what you think. I love my family, I love my children, and I would surrender my life to save them. I highly value innocent life, and would always intervene to help someone in dire need. The vast majority of responsible gun owners feel the same.
America’s fascination with guns is not rooted in the gun. That is a common fallacious charge often stated by those against firearms. Rather, the belief in private gun ownership is founded upon ideals of individual liberty, self-reliance, and the value of human life. Just as guns are an easily obtained tool that can be acquired to kill, so to those same guns ought to be easily acquired and employed by those wishing to preserve life from those who would wrongly take life. Should evildoers attempt to inflict loss of innocent life, free individuals
The support our society provides for police and military forces is defacto
Yesterday’s murders in Aurora IL serve as a
I’ll never understand why anyone would desire being left defenseless.
If it’s your genuine desire to preserve and protect innocent life, I implore you, please consider my views. We share the same objective. Let’s get real about how to achieve it. Clearly, gun control is not working.9