I never thought I would, but I have actually found some arguments for gun control that I can’t really deny. The reasons below actually make sense.
Why we need gun control and why it does/will work:
First, a few stats:
- Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, and Chicago have such low crime rates and the cops there need guns.
- Washington DC’s murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to the strict gun control laws they have passed. Indianapolis’ murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control laws they have passed.
- The statistics that show high murder rates justify gun control, but statistics that show increasing murder rates after gun control are “just statistics.”
- The Brady Bill and The Assault Weapons Ban both went into effect in 1994. They are the reason for the decrease in violent crime rates that have been on the decline since 1991.
Concerning the Constitution and the Bill of Rights:
- The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1791, refers to the National Guard, which was created by an act of Congress in 1917.
- The National Guard is funded by the federal government, occupies property leased to the federal government, uses weapons owned by the federal government, punishes trespassers under federal law, and is a state militia.
- The phrases,”right of the people peaceably to assemble,” – “right of the people to be secure in their homes,” – “enumeration’s herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people,” and “The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people,” all refer to individuals. However, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” refers to the state.
- We don’t need guns against an oppressive government because the Constitution has internal safeguards. So we shouldn’t worry if the government bans and seizes all guns, thereby violating the 2nd, 4th, and 5th amendments to that Constitution and it’s safeguards.
- Rifles and handguns aren’t necessary to national defense, which is why the army has millions of them.
- The right of online pornographers to exist cannot be questioned because they are constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights.
- Free speech entitles one to own newspapers, transmitters, computers, and typewriters, but the only thing one is entitled to in order to protect oneself is bare hands.
- The ACLU is good because it uncompromisingly defends certain parts of the Constitution. The NRA is bad, because it defends other parts of the Constitution.
Guns are too complex and unsafe for the average Joe:
- Guns are so complex that special training is necessary to use them properly, and so simple to use that they make murder easy.
- A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that only has 20.
- Women are just as intelligent and capable as men but a woman with a gun is “an accident waiting to happen”. Gun makers’ advertisements aimed at women are “preying on their fears.”
- Private citizens shouldn’t have handguns, because they serve no military purpose. Private citizens shouldn’t have “assault rifles,” because they are military weapons.
Guns, though inanimate, have a lot of power:
- Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers and revert to normal when the weapon is removed.
- Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows.
- A self-loading small arm can legitimately be a “weapon of mass destruction” or an “assault weapon.”
- The readily availability of guns today, with waiting periods, background checks, fingerprinting, government forms, etcetera, is responsible for recent school shootings. Compared to the lack of school shootings in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, which resulted from the availability of guns at hardware stores, surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, mail order, etcetera.
Regarding city employees:
- Police operate within groups and have back up, which is why they need larger capacity pistol magazines than do “civilians” who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition.
- Police officers, who qualify with their duty weapons once or twice a year, have some special Jedi-like mastery over handguns that private citizens can never hope to obtain.
- We need to keep fire extinguishers in our homes in case of fire, but do not need to keep a gun in case of a home invasion.
- Private citizens don’t need a gun for self-protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for your protection.
- Citizens don’t need to carry a gun for personal protection, but police chiefs -who are desk-bound administrators working in a building filled with cops- need to carry a gun.
- “Assault weapons” have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of people. Which is why the police need them but “civilians” do not.
- Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes. Which is why you see police officers with one on their duty weapon.
Gun Control – Just. Makes. Sense.
- Most people can’t be trusted. We should have laws against guns – which most people will abide by because people can be trusted.
- We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time. Anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.
- We should ban “Saturday Night Specials” and other inexpensive guns because it’s not fair that poor people have access to guns too.
- The majority of Americans want more gun control, just like the majority of Americans wanted slavery.
Once gun laws are enacted, you don’t have to become a victim:
- The more helpless you are, the safer you are from criminals.
- In case of hom invasion, an intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray. But an intruder shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.
- Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields say that when you are confronted by violent criminals, you should “put up no defense and give them what they want, …or run.”
The experts confirm all of this:
- The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns and Ammo has some excellent articles on heart surgery.
- You should consult an automotive engineer for safer seat belts, a civil engineer for a better bridge, a surgeon for spinal paralysis and Diane Feinstein or Rosie O’Donnell for firearms expertise.
- Charlton Heston, when president of the NRA, was a shill who should be ignored. Michael Douglas as a representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is entitled to an audience at the UN arms control summit.
- The NRA’s attempt to run a “don’t touch” campaign about kids handling guns is propaganda, and the anti-gun lobby’s attempt to run a “don’t touch” campaign is responsible social activity.
When government officials and anti-gun groups say they want to “Keep guns out of the wrong hands” they don’t mean you.