What Is It?

Gun control: What is its true purpose and who really benefits? Those are the questions that need to be asked by conservatives and answered honestly by leftists. Conservatives, however, are afraid to stand up to the left and to ask the questions that would reveal them for who they are. The left, on the other hand, is able to define the terms and tenor of discussion because they own the media and their side is more amenable to argument from a purely emotional standpoint. Sadly, emotion rules the actions of the majority of the electorate.

The fact is, as Stefan Molyneux says, there is no way to rid the world of guns because you need guns to take away guns. Understanding this, what the left really wants is to take away guns from the citizens in order to concentrate the power of the gun in the hands of the elites and big government. In other words, they want a large, centralized government and they want to centralize the ownership of guns in the government’s hands to facilitate their overarching power. 

Logic and rudimentary analysis of simple statistics will result in allowing private citizens to “keep and bear arms.” That includes arms of any type to equal the potential threat any person might ever face from anyone. We can show statistically that a person not involved in anything illegal has an incredibly small chance of being harmed in any way by anyone’s use of a gun. But as the purpose of gun-grabbers is to disarm the populace in order to increase the power of the government and the elites, that kind of reasoning means nothing. They will continue to appeal to the emotion of the average voter by saying, “If only one child is saved, it will be worth it.”

But they never say what “it” is. 

“It” is the ability of millions of people to defend themselves. “It” is the ability of the good guys to stand up to the bad guys and defeat them, something that happens literally hundreds of thousands of times each year, if not much more, in the United States. A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council (none of whom could be called politically conservative organizations) said,

Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence… Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million…in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008

Quoted by Mark W. Smith in his article at FEE.org

Self-defense requires that you have equal or superior tools at your disposal compared with your assailant. Yes, you can fend off an attacker without reliance on a firearm, but as Mark W. Smith at FEE.org says, “How many of us have training in hand-to-hand fighting, the physical strength, and the mental resilience to react in a fight-or-flight situation to repel an aggressive predator, especially someone who attacks us first and is armed with a deadly weapon?” I’d say the population that fits that description is incredibly small. 

But a gun is the “great equalizer.” An armed 90-pound woman, well-trained in self-defense with her weapon, is for all practical purposes equal in strength and capabilities to a 300-pound hulk of a man. But without a gun, she’s a victim of whatever he wants to do to her. Taking away the right of this woman to defend herself is what “it” is.

Those hundreds of thousands of people, or more, each year who defend themselves with a firearm also defend their families, including children. So if by taking away all guns from law-abiding citizens “saves just one child” from death due someone’s use of a gun, how many children will be left defenseless and sacrificed on the altar of emotionalism and political correctness when the law-abiding populace lose the right to defend themselves and their loved ones?

For the left, “it” is the main goal. “It” is leaving the citizens of this country defenseless in the hands of an over-reaching, all-powerful, centralized government and the elites who pull their strings. The left wants this even if “it” means leaving us defenseless against the random bad guys of the world who will become ever more powerful as we citizens lost the right to keep and bear arms.

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