Before the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre had been buried, news commentators and corrupt politicians were already exploiting the tragedy for political gain. The deaths of these children will now be used to illogically push for unconstitutional gun control. At a time when emotions are running high, it is important for Americans to step back and look at the situation objectively. The Second Amendment was not put in the Bill of Rights to guarantee Americans the right to hunt or target shoot, but rather to protect them against government tyranny.
I understand the populist argument for gun control. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could trust only the government with weapons and everyone would be safe? The problem is that this is the real world. The general population is full of stupid and crazy people, but are we really to believe that the average police officer, soldier, or government employees is any smarter or more trustworthy than the average citizen? If anything, they are probably worse because they are usually recruited from the bottom tier of society, while the best and the brightest enter the private sector. And government employees’ behavior certainly proves that they should not be trusted more than the average law-obiding citizen. For example, when Ohio national guardsmen were allowed on the Kent State campus in 1970, they massacred several unarmed students. No one called on the army to relinquish their assault rifles then though. Just look at all of the scandals, corruption, army massacres, and cases of police abuse. Imagine if these people had even more power. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. A maniac with an M16 can kill a few dozen, but a politician with a corrupt agenda and an army can murder millions. And they are doing just that today, but for some reason our focus is on the few dozen rather than the million killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The reality is that there are too many guns in America to legislate our way to safety. Lots of these guns have been sold outside of gun stores and are unregistered and untraceable. To think that a gun ban will eliminate all of the weapons is naive. And to compare America to other nations with strict gun control, as is happening today, is also foolish. CNN’s Piers Morgan touts England’s low gun-related murder rate as a reason for gun control, but he conveniently fails to mention that the homicide rate in England increased 52% after strict gun control was implemented in 1968, and another 15% since the 1997 handgun ban. He also fails to mention that an Englishman is now more likely to be a victim of a crime than an American. It’s not just England though, crime rates rose sharply after other nations started taking guns away as well. When American states started issuing concealed weapons permits, crime actually dropped about 10% in the subsequent year.
Many argue that guns actually save lives. According to the National Survey of Criminal Victimization, guns are used in self-defense 100,000 times per year. It makes sense when one considers where all of these mass shootings take place. Shooters go to schools, universities, and malls in which law-abiding citizens are prevented from carrying firearms. Politicians have essentially created free-kill zones where unarmed innocent victims are sitting helplessly. Think about it, would a criminal rather go and rob a gun shop or a convenience store? Would a criminal rather rob the home of a heavily armed military vet or an unarmed liberal? Do Americans really want to live in a country where guns are limited to police and criminals? Criminals far outnumber the police, and judging by the economy, that ratio will be getting far worse in the coming years.
America’s problem is its society, not its weapons. America is culturally more violent than other nations. As proof, look at Switzerland, a country that has maintained neutrality in wars over the last few centuries. Nearly 50% of Swiss adults own guns, yet Switzerland is one of the safest nations on the planet. And many of the guns the Swiss own are military-grade automatic machine guns, which are considered too dangerous for Americans to own.* Perhaps it is a cultural problem of excess bloodthirstiness and war-mongering (think Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now maybe Iran and Syria) rather than gun-ownership.
Think about it, the US is now the largest incarcerator on the planet. Is your child more likely to be negatively affected by tyranny, or by school shootings and terrorism in which they have infinitesimal chance of becoming victims? Let’s look at the numbers. The chance of your child dying in a school shooting is less than 1 in 1,000,000. The chance of your child dying in a terrorist attack is less than 1 in 40,000,000. To put this into perspective, the chance of your child drowning in the swimming pool is 1 in 245,614. The chance of your child winding up in prison in his/her lifetime is 1 in 20 (1 in 11 for boys).
*Americans need to get federal permits to own automatic machine guns.