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By Doug Newman | Food For Thinkers | Jan. 13, 2011
This is a rehash of a piece I wrote in 2004 - www.thefot.us/disarm.html. I am reworking it because of the calls for additional gun control after the tragic shootings in Tucson on Saturday. I have heard a lot of people say something along these lines:
“I believe people should be allowed to own guns. But there HAS to be SOME control. I mean, there are so many crazy people out there. You can’t let just ANYONE have a gun.”
Herewith are four scenarios to illustrate how gun control does not stop crimes.
Each of the above stories involves crazy people and normal people. Each involves people who obeyed gun laws suffering at the hands of people who were undeterred by gun laws.
In only one of the above cases did the assailants use guns. In perpetrating their orgy or blood, Harris and Klebold broke something like 20 laws. If someone plots for over a year to undertake something as horrific as Columbine or 9/11, they
are by definition not deterred by your silly-posterior gun laws.
Gun laws do not deter crime. If you are determined enough, you will use a gun anyway (Harris and Klebold) or you will find a plan B such as a knife (whoever killed Ron and Nicole), fertilizer (Tim McVeigh), a bathtub (Andrea Yates) or box cutters (according to the official 9/11 story). The only people affected by gun laws are law abiders.
In the words of an old billboard, 10 out of 10 criminals prefer their victims disarmed. Disarming crazy people does not make them less crazy or less criminal. It just leaves law-abiding people defenseless. Evil abhors a vacuum. When you disarm innocent people bad things happen.
The Second Amendment to our Constitution states:
“A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
This Amendment does not “grant” any rights. It guarantees a “right of the people” that existed already – see Luke 22:36. It does not merely apply to defense against murderers, rapists and robbers, but to tyrants as well. The “well-regulated Militia” of which it speaks does not mean the federally armed and sponsored National Guard, but rather citizens skilled in both the use of firearms as well as teamwork in the field.
Such a militia was necessary not for the security of any old willy-nilly state, but of a “free state.” Militias played a vital part in securing this nation's independence. The Founders understood that an armed populace was an essential counterforce against tyranny.
The history of the last century bears witness to this. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership posts a wonderful illustration of the relationship between gun control and genocide. Various degrees of gun control – licensing, confiscation, bans on private ownership, bans on concealed carry, requiring demonstration of a “need” to own a firearm – led to genocide in Armenia, Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Red China, Guatemala, Uganda, Cambodia and Rwanda.
The world’s worst crazies can be found in government. The sicker they are, the more power they accumulate. Show me a tyrant – Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, Castro – who is not certifiably insane. The ultimate aim of gun control is to totally disarm the citizenry and leave them defenseless against psychopaths who pull the strings of power.
And if you believe “we should take away all the guns”, ask yourself what you mean by “we” as well as how such a “take away” shall be implemented.
If you believe “we should take away all the guns”, you had better think twice. And three or four or five times if necessary.
“But,” you ask, “what would you say if you or a loved one were a victim of gun violence?”
I don’t know what I would say. And it really irks me when people claim to speak for other people. Some victims of gun violence support more gun control and some don’t. Some black people blindly support Obama and some don’t. Some military veterans support all of America’s wars and some don’t. One’s demographic does not necessarily determine one’s political views.
I leave you with this interview with John Green, whose nine-year-old daughter was so tragically killed on Saturday morning. At the 1:40 mark, he states that “we don’t need any more restrictions on our society.”
Indeed we don’t. Let us not succumb to the emotions of the moment. Liberty is a lot easier to surrender than it is to get back.