The Fantasy World of Gun Fetishists
Few issues in our society lend it self to propaganda, lies, misinformation, and paranoia like gun safety and regulation. Here are some of the favorite statements by gun advocates (as opposed to safety advocates).
1. “They want to take away our guns.” Here’s a challenge for people that believe this: Find me one bill from Congress, ever, that was a ban on all guns and all ammunition. And please, do not present the standard slippery slope arguments. Once you find that bill banning guns, we can have a discussion. Otherwise, talk amongst your delusional selves.
2. “Gun registration will lead to a national gun registry.” Gun registration allows gun dealers to quickly search to see if someone has a criminal record or other status that would prohibit a person from a gun purchase. That’s on the public record. Registering a gun is not an issue unless you commit a crime with one. It’s a way to track criminal activity like car registration is.
3. “If they ban assault weapons, next they will ban all guns.” In 1994, Congress passed an assault weapons ban and did not then go after handguns, rifles or other guns. Again, this is the standard slippery slope argument that lacks evidence.
4. “We can’t defend ourselves with 10 round magazines.” Certainly, if you have mobsters coming after you, ten rounds just won’t do. And if you are a gun slinging superhero like The Punisher, you need as much ammo as possible. However, mortal humans that want more than 10 round magazines are those preparing for shooting spree or have just lost touch with reality.
5. “More guns means more safety.” They had armed guards at Columbine and Virginia Tech and armed citizens at the Tucson shooting. However, it was only when these shooters ran out of ammo were they stopped. If more guns mean more safety, why does the U.S. and Mexico have more guns and thus more violent gun deaths than other nations in the world?
6. “The Second Amendment is immutable.” All Amendments are open to interpretation as is the 2nd Amendment. Currently, we can’t own all types of guns and all states have some gun regulation. Certainly, the right to have gun is defended in the Constitution, but the type of weapons and ammunition is not defined in the Constitution and is still open to interpretation in the courts.
7. “You’re either all out for guns or your anti-gun.” So, if you’re against spouse abusers having guns you’re against all guns? And I guess if you are against rape and incest you’re against all sex.
8. “Knives kill, but you don’t see people banning them.” Yes, all those drive by knifings in the 90s would have been prevented by banning knives. Knives have uses other than killing. What about guns? Guns are made to kill, whether killing animals for food or sport or killing people for protection or sport.
9. “Cars kill more people, why not ban them?” Cars have other uses and can be used to used save lives by transporting injured people to the hospital or first responders to disasters. Besides, cars much more heavily regulated than guns.
10. “Criminals will ignore these laws, so why bother?” Well, Thomas Edison tried hundreds of materials for the filament of his light bulb before succeeding. Jonas Salk spent years developing a polio vaccine (after dozens of failed attempts) that has saved millions of lives. Nelson Mandela work for decades for a South Africa free of Apartheid. After 27 years in prison, he became South Africa’s first black president. Unionists like Eugene Debs, Mother Jones, Joe Hill and others work for decades for the minimum wage and eight hour day. Those were finally passed in the 30s. The woman’s suffrage movement worked for over seventy years to get the women’s vote. It was finally passed in 1920. Seat belts have saved over 250,000 lives since the year 1970, lives that would not have been saved had automobile manufacturers had their way and stopped their installation. Good thing Ralph Nader and consumer protection groups didn’t give up. Good thing none of these people gave up.
There are over 30,000 gun deaths in the U.S. every year from gun use. Those that put guns before lives will tell you there is no way that gun safety regulations will work. They want you to just give up. Nothing will change by giving up.