Our national gun control debate shows no signs of ending anytime soon. The left simply can’t accept that human nature has a violent streak, or that the vast majority of gun crimes stem from their own beloved War on Poverty. They opt instead to blame all crime on the absence of policies that would remove property from responsible gun owners.
Here are some facts and insights you won’t want to leave out of your next gun-shaming experience.
1) Liberals are strict constructionists—but only on gun control.
Liberals love telling us that the Constitution only protects muskets for militias. Obviously, the word “musket” is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. This is a sly and disingenuous attempt to place responsible gun owners at odds with the original intent of the Founders.
If the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to modern firearms, how can we be sure that the First Amendment applies to the Internet? Where exactly does the Constitution endorse Obamacare’s individual mandate? How about amnesty for criminal illegal aliens? Trust me, this is an argument most lefties don’t want to have.
2) Guns empower women.
Men are 1.5 times stronger than women, on average. As a result, women don’t typically fare well when social constructs break down and people resort to violence.
Except when they have access to guns. I’ve already pointed out in 10 Winning Arguments Against Radical Feminism (#9 to be exact) that feminists have every reason to promote gun ownership for women. Firearms have saved countless female would-be victims from rape, assault, theft, and murder.
Guns are the perfect antidote to our alleged rape culture. If you’ve got boobs, pack heat!
3) Violent crime is higher in Europe than America.
You might have heard that it’s difficult to buy a gun in Europe. You might not have heard that the EU and Scandinavian countries experience more violent crime than we do.
Yes, we have more gun crimes here. But it’s not because of our proud middle Americans…
4) Liberal economic policies are to blame for gun deaths.
The War on Poverty spent $20 trillion on absolutely nothing. The people it was intended to help are just as poor as they were when it started, and inner cities are plagued by gang wars and insanely high murder rates.
Liberals can’t accept that fact that welfare programs cause only dependency and degeneration.
Every time a suburban area is shot up by a white male psychopath, we’re presented with gun crime statistics that have nothing to do with assault rifles in middle class communities and everything to do with the left’s oppression of inner cities.
Which brings us to the other crucial omission…
5) The vast majority of gun crimes are committed with illegal guns.
The media combines reports about gun crimes with elitist condemnation of our “gun-worshiping” culture. Yet as we’ve pointed out, the gun crimes in question occur mostly in our inner cities.
A 2013 report showed that there were about 300,000 crimes committed with firearms in the U.S., with only 5,000 of them committed by legal gun owners. That means that 1.7% of gun crimes were committed by people who had legally purchased the firearms involved.
Why does Obama vilify legal gun owners every time there’s a tragedy, instead of vowing to tackle the flow of illegal weapons?
6) Assault rifles are WAY more fun than dangerous.
Rifles – whether hunting rifles, bolt action rifles, or assault rifles – account for less than 2% of all gun crimes. Even the New York Times admits this.
In 2011, around 300 Americans were killed by rifles of any kind, while 3,000 were killed by fists, blunt objects and knives.
So, stop assault-rifle-shaming me when I go to the range.
7) Confiscating guns from their legal owners would cause a civil war.
One of the best reasons to own a gun is to enable yourself to resist unjust treatment and tyranny. Most gun owners would agree with this statement. And what would they describe a situation in which the government came to deprive them of the only property they have to resist tyranny? That’s right, tyranny.
You undoubtedly heard people complaining about the “militarized police” in Ferguson. Do they have any idea how militarized ALL police would have to become to confiscate 350 million guns?
We would have to become a police state overnight, all for the sake of removing our ability to resist a police state (and criminals).
8) There are psychos who won’t be deterred by anything except your gun.
Some liberals concede all of the above, and conclude that for those rare but sensationalized cases in which maladjusted white guys go on rampages with assault rifles, we ought to have government programs to preemptively detect their state of mind and rehabilitate them.
This is wishful thinking. There will always be people who won’t act irrationally until they snap, or who might spend years calmly plotting some kind of sinister revenge. Twisted people will always exist, and we can’t use them as an argument for banning all guns.
But we can use them as an argument for concealed carry by the rest of us.
9) Guns stop criminals.
If guns didn’t stop criminals, you wouldn’t see heavily armed police in the New York subway stations.
If gun-free zones prevented crime, you wouldn’t see mass shootings in gun-free zones. In fact, 92% of them from 2009 to 2014 occurred in gun-free zones.
Criminals respect only one thing: superior force. In the modern era, superior force can only be conferred by a gun. There are potentially millions of defensive gun uses each year that go unreported.
10) Guns stop dictators.
No, handguns won’t stop dictators. But enough people with assault rifles will cause overzealous leaders to think before they take away our liberty.
Lefties outline detailed arguments to “prove” that unorganized militias of citizens with rifles can’t prevent the government from oppressing them. Yet these are the same people who emphasize that our government hasn’t fared particularly well against Islamists wearing rags and carrying Soviet-era rifles!
I’m not arguing that we couldn’t defeat ISIS if we put boots on the ground and accepted mass casualties. But it stands to reason that people are more difficult to bend to your will when they’re all armed with assault rifles, and the Middle East proves it.
Need more evidence that oppressive governments fear rifles? Russia legalized handguns recently, as part of its effort to reduce crime. Yet Putin made sure to keep rifles banned, because he knows that rifles are used against the State rather than against individuals.
Handguns are a check on criminal mischief; rifles are a check on government power.
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