The Gun Control Lies

Start disarming the citizenry even the least bit and you have let the camel get his nose under the tent. Soon you will have a tent full of camels. Adolf Hitler loved gun control. He couldn’t have done what he did had he not first disarmed the German people.

Mahatma Ghandi was no fan of gun control. "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving the whole nation of arms the blackest."

History has proven that every nation that has disarmed its citizenry has ended up with a dictator and a police state with countless and horrible atrocities. It is true then, that we either learn from history or history will repeat itself.

What good does making laws banning guns do to prevent criminals anyway? Criminals don’t obey laws. Only law-abiding citizens do. All you end up doing is disarming people who wouldn’t use guns to commit crimes anyway. The bad guys already have tons of weapons, and aren’t going to hand them in, no matter what the laws say.

Bad guys don’t give a rat's ass about gun control laws for themselves. Actually, they're just hoping they will pass so they don’t have to worry about being shot while they ply their criminal trade.

Guns in the hands of criminals facilitate crime, but in the hands of innocent victims, prevent it. A couple of cases in point are used by Stephen Chapman in a column in the January 26, 1995 Chicago Tribune entitled "Make My Day." Chapman says "Whoever killed Nicole Brown Simpson didn’t need a gun; he was (or they were) strong enough to dispatch two healthy adults with only one knife. But if she had been carrying one, she might be alive today. Killeen, Texas has an example that is less hypothetical- a woman who left her pistol in the car when she went into Luby's Cafeteria and then had to watch as an armed man killed 22 patrons, including her parents."

If just one person standing around waiting for the Long Island Commuter Train that December day when Colin Ferguson had shot all those people would have had a concealed weapon, Ferguson might only have shot two or three. He wouldn’t have been able to unload a full clip into people, reload and do it all again while the unarmed New Yorkers just cowered and hoped he'd run out of bullets.

Thomas Jefferson had strong feelings on the subject, saying "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

"Since Florida has enacted their concealed carry law, the Florida murder rate has dropped by 29%, Nationwide, the rate rose 11%, over the same period…" --1994 FBI crime data from ABC news3/12/95

"Justice Department studies show that armed citizens are much less likely to suffer losses or personal injury from thieves-"Washington Post--1/7/92

Guns in the hands of citizens clearly prevent crimes.

In Florida, where they have the most lenient conceal-and-carry laws, native criminals don’t very often pick on motorist with Florida license plates. They know that cars with Florida plates might be driven by a fellow Floridian with a legally concealed weapon.

Instead, criminals in Florida choose to pick on motorists driving rental cars away from airports. The reason: criminals know that driver isn't carrying a concealed weapon. Guns can't be carried on airplanes and so out-of-towners leaving airports in rental cars are easy targets.

Bill Brewster, D-Oklahoma, quoted in the January 31, 1995 "USA Today" article, points out that, "More than 2 million time a year, citizens use lawfully owned firearms, including semiautomatic firearms to defend themselves and their families from criminal attack, according to Florida State criminologist Gary Kleck."

George Washington certainly felt that guns prevented crime in his day. "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains interference--they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."

Thomas Jefferson explained that the greatest need for an armed citizenry was to ensure freedom. "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in the government."

Jefferson was actually quite prolific when it came to his feeling that common citizens needed to be armed. "When the government fears the people, that is Liberty. When the people fear their government, that is Tyranny…the beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." And, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance…no free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."

Jefferson certainly wasn't alone in believing such. Here's none other than George Washington again-" Firearms are only second to the constitution in importance; they are the people's liberty teeth." John Adams also said-"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion, in private self-defense." To argue for gun control is to argue with out founding fathers on the issue.

Steve Chapman in the aforementioned Chicago Tribune article addresses some's fears-" That America will come to resemble the Wild West. The Independence Institute says we should be so lucky! Homicide was almost unknown in Dodge City and other gun-heavy places."

Another reason that guns are necessary different to crime is that help from calling 911 when facing criminal attack doesn’t arrive fast enough to prevent many thefts, rapes, and murders. Countless times the police are not able to get to you quickly enough to protect you. I have seen a welcome mat picturing a gun and the phrase-" Criminals Beware- I don’t call 911." I like that. (And if anyone knows where I can buy one, let me know.)

As I see it, "We have four boxes used to guarantee our liberty: the soapbox, the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box." The cartridge box is absolutely no less important than the other three.

Perhaps a couple of quotes from the bible would be in order here. "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace." (Luke 11:21) "No man can enter a strong man's house and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man, and then he will spoil his house." (Mark 3:27)

"Then he said unto them, But now, he hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." (Luke 22:36)