If you are an avid shooter, you may already know much of what is about to be shared with you. However, even if you are a trained marksman, some hint of sanity might be gleaned from outing the biggest secret the Gun Control Lobby has kept hidden from ordinary people for decades.
The history of gun control in the United States is similar to much of our legislation. It is built on false assumptions about causal relationships to violence. The first gun control laws in the United States were based on the premise that organized crime was a result of easy access to military firearms. The premise of the National Firearms Act in 1934 was a direct knee jerk reaction to the St Valentines Day Massacre five years earlier.
Then Attorney General Homer Cummings who served under FDR. In reality Cummings was one of the men instrumental in getting congress to support FDR for presidency in the Chicago convention. As with many terrible laws from the FDR years, most of our nations gun control was born in the mind of men like Cummings.
Like many of the central planing focused policies of the FDR years, Cummings believed in using government power to protect the people by manipulating them. He believed the way to curb gun violence was by simply getting rid of them. He realized he could not ban them outright because of the second amendment, so he came up with the brilliant idea of simply regulating them very heavily. In fact the first firearms act had originally intended to regulate pistols and rifles. It was only successful in regulating short barreled shotguns and machine guns. It was a nasty trick on gun owners, as they became illegal unless you possessed a special tax stamp. Of course the government was not intending to issue any tax stamps, and was going to enforce a defacto ban on them outright by not doing so.
This is the real intent of all gun control legislation. Soon after the National Firearms Act was put into law it was challenged and defeated in the Supreme Court for being unconstitutional. The court found it to be illegal to require a stamp that no one could obtain. This however did not curtail those trying to eliminate gun ownership from trying every ploy available to regulate them out of existence.
Gun Control as an idea is a progressive concept. It was born in the minds of the same policy makers who regulated food off peoples tables during the depression by destroying farms, and telling farmers they could not grow crops without permission. This same group took a similar approach to Japanese Americans during the second world war. Even though no evidence exists to support the concept that Japanese Americans were ever involved in any kind of sabotage, they were stripped of their human dignity and all of their rights and placed into camps. Some might say “that could never happen here”, when in reality the strong arm of government has already done that here, it is a part of progressive history.
Every single other law bent at curbing gun ownership has been sold to the public as “common sense” gun laws. The pitch is often something along the lines of “if we are going to have guns, we at least need common sense gun regulations”, or “we already have some common sense gun laws, like the law against machine guns”.
Let the reader remember that the original intent, according to the creator of the National Firearms Act which was the first original machine gun ban, was to ban guns altogether.
One might be able to see why machine guns could scare people. They sound terrible, and in movies they are nearly invincible weapons of utter destruction. Persons more well informed might argue that perfectly legal bolt action hunting rifles are far more accurate, and far more deadly at range. In fact the $350 hunting special from Walmart could kill far more people, and with greater ease, and less chance of being caught if used by a clock tower shooter, or a hidden sniper with good training.
At the end of the day guns are just tools. The best tools, with the highest price tag and the most extensive features will never be very useful to someone who doesn’t have skill in their application. The force behind any shooting is not a gun, but instead a person. A human being is far more scary than any tool that is commonly available. Behind every gun crime is a human criminal.
This logic proves out even during the gangster years of prohibition. The blowback of prohibition was a sharp increase in violent crime. Easy money motivated criminals who were willing to sell in a black market. This has always been the case in human history. Prohibition was so far reaching that it drove the general public to ignore it and lend a blind eye to the criminal element in society. In essence the very same unreasonable tyrannical government policies that plagued our nation at the time had played a very big role in creating the violent crime the gun laws aimed to stop.
The real goal of the anti-gun lobby is not to take away everyone’s guns so much as it is to take individual liberty from a population central planners are afraid of. The lobby plays on the tears of grieving family members affected by gun violence to enforce new restrictions and regulations which never have a firm base in logical thought.
One of the greatest examples of undue restriction in recent years is the assault weapons ban. It is easy to make the public scared of “black rifles” that are “tacticool”. In fact the lobby uses the militaristic style of many weapons to try and ban every kind of rifle imaginable. The gun lobby imagines a day where the only rifle a citizen can own is a single shot break action. They use false logic to attack military style weapons.
The demonic mistress of the 5th hell known to her friends only as “legion” but to the public as Dianne Feinstein, has said that the “assault weapons” were designed specifically to kill people, and have no value for hunting or other valid reasons to own a gun. The gun lobby has been able to promote this concept in recent decades trying to get people to ask “why should anyone be allowed to own that”.
Of course this is logically flawed considering the fact that the two most important aspects of a rifles lethality is shot placement, and wound damage. Indeed the most deadly weapons cause the most wound damage, and that is obtained by weapons that fire the fastest rounds with the largest calibers. Indeed hunting rifles designed for taking down big game far larger than people are much better killing instruments if examined on the merits of weapon lethality.
The next issue the ban attacked was that military style weapons are made to fire at increased rates, which is clearly not for hunting. So the ban included a restriction on magazines to ten rounds. The logic on this ban is also foolish considering that magazines can be easily swapped out. If one were to carry twelve ten round magazines he would have 120 rounds of ammunition. Once again, hunting rifles that will get excellent penetration and better range can penetrate body armor, car doors, cinder blocks, and the walls of buildings. Certainly a foolish criminal could indeed attack the public or police with a weapon that has a high cycle rate, but could be just as effective if not more so from a tall building so far away he was nearly impossible to spot.
The reality is that it does not matter how lethal the firearm is, the human being is the responsible part. A society which values personal responsibility would hold the individual accountable to his actions. A society which assumes the inept stupidity of the public will try to control the behavior of the flock using regulation and disincentive.
Don’t let the anti-gun lobby fool you. Their intent has never been to create common sense solutions, it has always been to disarm the public. The next logical conclusion is to ban bic lighters because their users might light fires all over town. We might consider banning kitchen forks, as they are great eye plucking devices that psychotic individuals could use to make us all blind.
The worst part of the anti-gun cabal are the victims of crimes. These people are helping the anti-gun lobby disarm the population using irrational fear, pity, and grief. Indeed it is easy to come to the conclusion that these individuals are simply unintelligent. It is easy to wonder, as no gun law passed in the last centry has been “common sense” or even logical in nature.
Perhapse if society stopped listening to these victims, and tolerating their foolishness fewer of them would sprout up. We can all feel bad for their ordeal, but none of us should give away our rights to people who have taken no self responsibility in their own tragedy. After all, outlawing guns would never make criminals obey an additional law, but many victims would not have become victims if they had taken their own defense into consideration and been armed on their own.
Banning guns could not have prevented Virginia Tech, but a single concealed carry college student sure could have. Why then do we give a pass in the public forum to the fools who were victims in this instance? Perhapse we need to reach a place as a society where we tolerate the victims of violence, when they stop trying to take our rights away. Until then, we should all be asking them. Why did you not defend yourself? Why did you expect someone else would do that for you? Why are you trying to make the rest of us into victims? Don’t you already carry enough guilt about your own helplessness?
Harsh words? Perhapse, but the truth none the less.
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