But when a shooting occurs, the media, politicians, and uninformed, gullible people who know nothing about firearms in the first place go after the NRA, NRA members, firearms manufacturers, and the guns themselves.
OK – so to be fair, then:
“We need to ban cars! Cars are driven by drunk drivers and are used to kill people way too many times.”
“We need to ban knives, forks, and spoons! Obesity is killing too many people, and these tools are allowing too many people to eat too much, get fat, contract diabetes, and die.”
“Too many kids are getting into accidents and killing people texting while driving, therefore, we need to ban all cell phones and sue Apple.”
“Medical malpractice and botched surgeries are taking way too many lives. All doctors and nurses should be sent to prison.”
“Those big, black, Dodge Challengers and Chevy Corvettes are way too fast and scary looking. No one needs a 500 horse-power car or a car with racing stripes. We need to ban them! Death to Dodge and Chevrolet workers, now!”
All of those statements above sound pretty silly, don’t they? Those statements make exaggerated and generalized accusations and call for completely irrational actions against an entire industry or group of people, the vast majority of whom don’t even commit these horrible actions. So why is it, then, that people accept it as normal to cry and advocate to ban a certain type of rifle because of the way it looks or how it is misused? Why do we allow law-suits against firearms manufacturers to go forward? Why is it acceptable to go after the NRA for crimes that none of their members committed?
More ridiculous statements (myths) and my answers:
STATEMENT: “No one needs these weapons of war!”
ANSWER: First of all, the Second Amendment is not part of the Bill of Needs, it is part of the Bill of RIGHTS. And furthermore, individual ownership of the same weapons possessed by a tyrannical government or police entity is EXACTLY why the Second Amendment was written.
STATEMENT: “No one needs 30 bullets to go hunting.”
ANSWER: True. Any hunter worth his/her weight only needs one per animal. But the Second Amendment wasn’t written to protect us in case the deer decide to attack us.
STATEMENT: “The Second Amendment only applies to muskets.”
ANSWER: OK, then. The First Amendment only applies to the writing instruments available at the time it was written. Write me a letter stating your opinion about the Second Amendment on parchment using a quill pen, and have it delivered to my house via pony express. I will then be glad to debate you and tell you why you are wrong.
STATEMENT: “The NRA is responsible for this! The NRA has blood on its hands. The NRA is a powerful gun lobby that buys off politicians. And NRA members are the advocates of these horrible deeds simply by owning these weapons.”
ANSWER: The NRA is the largest advocate of gun safety on the planet. The NRA has spent huge amounts of money and staff hours developing gun safety and education programs. The NRA has spent far less money in a 20 year period supporting political campaigns than union organizations such as SEIU have spent on (mainly Democrat) campaigns in a single year. And finally, the NRA is made up of over 5 million regular CITIZENS who simply want their Second Amendment and self-defense RIGHTS protected.
At the end of the day, this isn’t merely a matter of frightened people who are scared by these “weapons of war” or being attacked in their schools crying out for help and honest action. It’s a political agenda, plain and simple. One that is being advanced on the backs and blood of the victims of these horrible incidents. I would even go so far as to say that all of the hyperbole and feigned outrage about guns is done by the very people who detest personal property ownership and individual liberty. Banning guns is even a tenet right out of Saul Alynski’s “Rules For Radicals” and the communist group ANTIFA’s instruction manual.
It’s hard to fight a radical agenda that is being forced on you when you’ve been disarmed. Gun ownership of ANY types of guns does not align with the desired goals of these people. But they start small. Banning firearms accessories, then banning certain types of guns, then banning more types of guns, then banning ALL guns. Attacking groups, attacking people who don’t think as they do, and then committing violence against the people who won’t comply with their agenda are all part and parcel of the program. That’s how it’s done.