Gun Control Advocates Are Their Own Worst Enemies…And Therefore Ours.
I’m so sick and tired of the bullshit politicians put out about firearms I could scream…actually, I do scream…at the television. Like when VP Joe Biden gives his sage advice on using a shotgun to defend your home…both of his suggestions being illegal in most states and violate basic firearm safety rules. http://bit.ly/1295b27 Way to go Joe. He and Dick Cheney ought to go hunting together. Then there’s Colorado democratic Rep. Diana De Gette and NY Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, main proponents of gun control, who are ignorant of how guns work and don’t understand the language in their own bill. http://bit.ly/15bmuCF. Or President Obama, who doesn’t know the difference between a semi-automatic rifle and a fully-automatic rifle. http://bit.ly/15bnbvK
These idiotic statements not only point out the lack of knowledge most politicians have about guns, but their lack of knowledge on the entire issue of violence. Let’s start off by putting things in perspective. Despite horrendous incidents of mass murder, the violent crime rate in the US has dropped by 50% since 1992. http://bit.ly/134ePBL This is despite the fact there are more guns owned by citizens. http://bit.ly/ZWG6Cg
In 2011, an estimated 14,612 persons were murdered in the United States. This was a 0.7 percent decrease from the 2010 estimate, a 14.7 percent decline from the 2007 figure, and a 10.0 percent decrease from the 2002 estimate.
There were 4.7 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, a 1.5 percent decrease from the 2010 rate. Compared with the 2007 rate, the murder rate declined 17.4 percent, and compared with the 2002 rate, the murder rate decreased 16.8 percent.
Nearly 44 percent (43.6) of murders were reported in the South, the most populous region, 21.0 percent were reported in the West, 20.6 percent were reported in the Midwest, and 14.8 percent were reported in the Northeast. Source: FBI 2011 Uniform Crime Report
All of this decrease in violent crime has taken place with guns still prevalent in American society. So, apparently, guns are not the major cause of violent crime. Introducing gun control will not have an effect on violent crime, as the proponents of gun control have already admitted. See my blog We Know Control Won’t Work.
So why do they want gun control? Well, they don’t actually. Gun Control is a political euphemism for complete gun confiscation with gun control being the first step. Here’s the proof.
Senator Diane Feinstein said, “If I could have banned them all – ‘Mr. and Mrs. America turn in your guns’ – I would have!” http://bit.ly/10REg87 Missouri democrats introduced a bill calling for the confiscation of all semi-automatic guns. Missouri citizens would have 90 days to leave the state, render the guns inoperable or turn them into law enforcement. http://bit.ly/10RtRcu Minnesota democrats introduced the same bill. http://bit.ly/10RFuA5 Washington State democrats introduced a bill that gave county sheriffs the authority to enter homes without a warrant and search for guns to see if they complied with a regulatory scheme. When it was pointed out that provision was blatantly unconstitutional, they said they didn’t know the provision was in the bill…the bill they introduced…riiight. http://bit.ly/10REZpE Connecticut democrat Rosa DeLauro introduced a bill to give people a tax credit in exchange for turning in their guns. http://1.usa.gov/10RtzCk In the wake of Katrina, New Orleans police illegally confiscated firearms from all citizens at the order of the mayor and police chief. http://bit.ly/10RNe5k The city is now paying damages for violating the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. For even more confiscation statements see http://bit.ly/10T1ef3 The democrats want to confiscate all the guns in the country. When they say they don’t, they’re lying. They don’t give a damn about the United States Constitution and they’re becoming more obvious about it.
This whole gun control thing is not really about the guns. It’s about my constitutional rights. Either the constitution means something or it doesn’t. I know gun control isn’t about protecting our children. If it were, we would have armed guards in all of our schools, like we do in all government buildings, protecting our politicians, banks, corporations, celebrities, etc, etc, etc. And please explain to me how you can be upset at the murder of 20 children by gun and not the murder of 1.2 million children by legal abortion in this country every year. http://bit.ly/122oqcT
I’m well aware of the difference of opinion on the interpretation of the Second Amendment. Some say it’s only referring to the militia. Some say it’s to allow the citizens to control the government. Pick your poison, I really don’t care because it is clear to me that the right to bear arms is as much a personal constitutional right as the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments.
The Second Amendment says:
“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.”
Notice that language that says “the right of the people?” That same language is in the First and Fourth Amendments. There is no question those rights give power to the people and are a limitation on government. The other amendments I referenced talk about persons or the accused entitled to protection from the government, So, how does that interpretation not apply to the Second Amendment? Now, I don’t like either political party, but why is it mostly the democrats that want to control the way Americans live? When they are in power, they spew out legislation and regulations like there is no tomorrow and each one of those laws and regulations diminishes our freedom.
If it’s okay to infringe on this constitutional right, what other rights can these people decide don’t matter anymore. Our freedom is being attacked every day. When I turned 65 I was told to fill out a Medicare information form. I told them I didn’t want to go on Medicare, even though it would reduce my premiums by $500. I had good insurance and I saw how more and more providers were turning away Medicare patients. I was informed I had to go on Medicare, I didn’t have a choice.
I’d been concerned about where our country was headed , but his really hit home. My freedom of choice was taken away from me. Think about this folks. If you don’t insist the constitution be followed by the government and have the means to back it up, we are going to lose a lot more than our right to bear arms. Think I’m overreacting? Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer said, “Those of us who are pro-gun control have to admit that there is a Second Amendment right to bear arms… once we establish there is a constitutional right to bear arms, we should have the right admit, and maybe they’ll be more willing to admit, that no amendment is absolute after all.” http://bit.ly/15bfwO7 Screw you, Schumer. All of my rights are absolute.
Having said all of the above, I’d actually be in favor of expanded background checks…if I could trust the government not to develop a database to use for future gun confiscation. As you can see by the quotes I’ve provided, I can’t. That’s why gun control advocates are their own worst enemy…and therefore ours.
Next: My concluding thoughts on gun control and the cause of violent crime.