Some public policy issues may be pretty close calls, like sending arms to Egypt. Good conservatives have made equally compelling arguments both for and against. Some say don’t give high-tech weapons to people who hate us. Others say it’s the best antidote to the poison of the Muslim Brotherhood. Reasonable people clearly can and do differ in such areas of gray.
Gun control is not one of those issues. When it comes to the right to bear arms, common sense and centuries of human experience lead inexorably to one black-and-white conclusion: The Founders got it dead right when they drafted the 2nd Amendment, guaranteeing the rights of an armed citizenry.
Have you ever traveled to a Third World country and observed the garden varieties of home protection? High walls. Locked gates. Razor wire. Broken glass. Stay there long enough and when you return to the United States, picture windows begin to strike you as incredibly vulnerable and unprotected. Except for one thing: Guns. It’s a documented fact that burglaries and home invasions are much lower in the United States because perpetrators can’t know which houses on the block might bring them face to face with a Mossberg 930 SPX Tactical Shotgun. Not something thieves have to worry about in Guatemala and other places with a disarmed citizenry.
On the other hand, there’s Jeanne Assam. She’s the volunteer security guard who singlehandedly averted mass slaughter six years ago at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado by taking out a heavily armed killer. This disturbed individual shot and killed four people inside the church and wounded five more before Assam brought him down with multiple shots. Considering the ammo he was packing, it could have been worse—unspeakably worse.
What if there had been a Jeanne Assam at Sandy Hook Elementary School? At the Aurora, Colorado movie theater where so many innocents were gunned down? Or at Fort Hood? What lunacy has made our soldiers on base and our TSA agents at airports defenseless sitting ducks to perpetrators who sneer at gun controls? Answer: Political correctness and perhaps something more sinister—a desire on the part of the ruling class to establish unquestioned control over the governed.
That’s actually the primary reason the Founders penned the 2nd Amendment. They may not have envisioned a Fort Hood or a Sandy Hook situation. But what they did foresee was the possibility of a government that might forget its proper place and begin subjugating its citizens all over again, ramming draconic demands down their throats, punishing them with confiscatory taxation and disarming them so as to prevent armed insurrection.
Are you “bitter”? Do you cling to your Bible and your guns? If so, you may be deemed an enemy of the people. But ironically, the truth is quite the opposite: Such a government is the enemy of the people.
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