An article at CounterPunch titled “Eliminate the Second Amendment and Keep Your Guns” by Tom H. Hastings offers more of the same flawed gun-control arguments we’ve come to expect from the opposition. Here, we’ll refute them, point by point.
There are many angles to the debate over whether people have the right to keep and bear arms. Gun control advocates like to bicker and haggle over the meaning of the Second Amendment even when our rights exist outside of paper documents. When that doesn’t work they resort to social utility arguments about what’s best for the “good of society.” Or they create propaganda painting gun owners as dangerous anti-social psychopaths.
But all of this is irrelevant and ignores the fundamental question. Continue reading The Right to Own a Gun Is the Right to Own Yourself
In a recent video, the Tenth Amendment Center revealed that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Glendale Police Department in Arizona made an agreement to help enforce unconstitutional federal gun control laws. In response, many shocked viewers wanted to learn who was responsible for this arrangement.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 15, 2016) – In a victory for the right to keep and bear arms, a resolution introduced in the Illinois House calling for a mangled interpretation of the Second Amendment has been “tabled,” meaning it’s likely dead for the year.
Continue reading Illinois Resolution Promoting “Militia-Only” Theory of Second Amendment Dies
OLYMPIA, Wash. (April 13, 2016) – Washington state recently took a small step making it easier for citizens to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. The next step is to eliminate the restrictions altogether.
Continue reading New Washington Law Eases Short Barrel Rifle Restriction; Next Step is to Eliminate It
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 20, 2016) – A Rhode Island House committee has a Tuesday hearing scheduled for a bill prohibiting the use of state resources to enforce new federal gun control laws.
Just when you think gun control advocates couldn’t get it more wrong, they always surprise you.
According to Daily Caller, Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has put out a video trying to shame men for owning firearms while encouraging women to join the gun grabber club.
Dubbed “Singled Out,” the campaign website curiously seeks to drive young women to the gun control cause by way of disparaging men who own firearms. To Everytown, gun-owning men are predominantly “gunsplainers,” a derivation of the term mansplainer, which is a man who attempts to explain something to a woman in a patronizing way. Therefore, a “gunsplainer” is “a man who repeatedly and condescendingly explains to a woman why she’d be safer with a gun.”
Among the ridiculous things said in the video is the following:
“Why bother strengthening our gun laws, criminals will find ways to get guns anyway!”
“That’s like saying why outlaw bank robbery? Bank robbers are always going to steal.”
This is what we call reframing. Notice they don’t deny the fact that criminals don’t obey laws. I know that may sound obvious to you but to Bloomberg’s people, a firm grasp of the obvious is needed.
Bank robbery is a victim-based crime. It’s not prohibited due to its perceived social utility, i.e. making society better. It’s because it’s stealing. It’s not there to prevent bank robberies, per se, but to acknowledge the property rights of the bank owners and the depositors.
In comparison, owning certain types of firearms or ammunition is not a crime unless the government makes it one by outlawing them. But then who is the victim if they break only that specific law?
The second claim is also wrong; bank robbers are always going to try to steal. What deters or stops them are either good security measures or, wait for it, armed guards.
What this statement is really saying is that we should pass gun laws not because they’re effective, which they’re not, but on principle.
Americans tried following that logic during the 1920s. Criminals don’t obey liquor laws, but hey, it’s the thought that counts, right? Nevermind the bootlegging and the mobs and huge crime wave that followed.
It’s disturbing that they would try to shame men for encouraging women to protect themselves from bodily harm by owning a firearm.
And shaming men for owning firearms? Good luck with that.
Besides, women don’t need to be patronized like little children to buy firearms. They already figured it out for themselves, which is why the number of female applicants for concealed licenses have risen dramatically across the country.
It doesn’t much “gunsplaining” to see the benefits of packing heat. A study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that between 2007-2011 there was a 146 percent increase in the number of Americans who now have permits to carry concealed weapons, while at the as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.
If anyone needs some “gunsplaining” to do, it’s the people who think that there is something wrong with a person wanting to be able to protect themselves and who encouragse those they care about to do so as well. Meanwhile, Bloomberg can finally “gunsplain” why he thinks he needs armed security guards if he believes ordinary citizens shouldn’t have them.
To quote Bloomberg himself, “Uh, we’ll get right back to you” when he does, if ever.
Legislation introduced in Tennessee would take a first step towards withdrawing state resources and personnel from enforcing gun control based on international law or treaties, blocking them in effect.
New documents show that Virginia police are not only admitting to regularly helping the feds enforce federal gun control measures, they’re also worried about losing the funding that comes with it. Continue reading Virginia State Police Admits to Enforcing Federal Gun Control, Worries About Losing Funding for Helping Feds
A new assault weapons ban has been introduced in Congress, representing yet another federal attempt to restrict our right to keep and bear arms. States can, and should, block such proposals before they ever get off the ground. Continue reading New “Assault Weapon” Ban Introduced in Congress, States Should Act to Block it in Advance