Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gun Control

I feel the need to comment on this topic. Partly because guns are something I like talking about anyway and partly because this is a topic where so many fail to understand simple reason. Let's start with this article by Ron Paul.

Tragically, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the world was reminded how evil and cruel people can be. According to emerging accounts of the events in India, about a dozen well-armed and devastatingly well-trained terrorists laid siege on the city of Mumbai, killing almost two hundred people, and terrorizing thousands.

Right, now let's take a look at the key here. A dozen terrorists in a gun free zone. India is, after all, a gun free zone. Now, this is, in and of itself, India's choice as a nation. The Brits disarmed them to keep them from rising up and overthrowing British rule. They never changed the law after they became independent.

Gun control advocates tell us that removing guns from society makes us safer. If that were the case why do the worst shootings happen in gun free zones, like schools? And while accidents do happen, aggressive, terroristic shootings like this are unheard of at gun and knife shows, or military bases. It bears repeating that an armed society truly is a polite society.

That, right there, is exactly the little bit of common sense that the gun banners are missing. I don't know why either. It's so painfully obvious that it makes one want to cry. This is how obvious it is:

Everyone knows that schools and universities are gun free zones. It's illegal to have a gun there. Now, some idiot walks in with a gun and shoots a bunch of people. What is the first thing that happens? Some moron starts calling for new gun laws. There's already a law dumbass, this guy didn't care enough to follow it. What fuckin good are more laws going to do when the original one was ignored?

Now hold on a second there Mr or Ms. Bradyite. Don't let the vein in your forehead pop just yet.
Let's take a look at the history of things prohibited. Wanna start with the prohibition of the 1920's? I have a better idea...let's look at the prohibition or alcohol in the 20th century worldwide, I can do this thanks to Wikipedia.

The first half of the 20th century saw periods of prohibition of alcoholic beverages in several countries:

Gee, none of those countries still ban alcohol do they? I wonder why? Well, in the United States it was because prohibition created an enormous black market. What do you think would happen with guns? Same thing, the biggest difference is that now, a known criminal has to go through a bit of trouble to get a gun, with a huge black market, they'd actually be easier to get and no pesky ID checks.

Now take a look at Chicago. This is one of your "gun free utopias" More citizens killed by guns over the summer than troops killed in Iraq. Washington DC, murder capital of the world for cities of it's size. The similarities between the cities? Unarmed citizens...or should I say, subjects. You can't ban your way to safety. The criminals don't care about the law. The only people you hurt are unarmed, defenseless (thanks to you) citizens who do obey laws. You use emotion to hide the fact that you have no facts. You play on the fears of parents about the huge threat of gun violence and how guns could kill their kids when in reality, swimming pools and cars kill more kids each year than guns do. How about some common sense swimming pool control? How about a car free school zone? You want to sue a gun maker because someone uses that gun in a manner not intended by the maker, but I don't see you suing the car companies for every drunk driving death. The car company never intended to have their product used that way. What swimming pool company builds a pool to drown kids? None of course, but it happens with far more regularity than a child death caused by guns. You don't sue the swimming pool company.

The right to feel safe is not included in the constitution. You don't feel safe, you make yourself safe. You take precautions. You plan your route. You carry a gun for the same reason you carry insurance. God forbid you ever need it, but you'll be damn happy to have it if you ever do.

Stop trying to ban guns. No one is asking you to carry one, you can hide behind those who do. Stop pretending that the police are infallible. Do I have to remind you about the YouTube video of the DEA guy?

Or how about this fine lady officer?

Stop pretending that only the military and police should have guns. Most importantly, learn to read and read well. Read your history. If you took the time to do that, there would no longer be any question about the intent of the founding fathers. They documented their thoughts very, very well.

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