I’m putting together a list of all the dumb arguments gun-grabbers make in an attempt to deny us our Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. It’s going to be a work-in-progress as just when you think you’ve heard them all, they dream up a new reason to tell us why the Second Amendment needs to be restricted.
I think I’m off to a pretty good start, but with your help I think we’ll be able to compile a comprehensive list that will hopefully serve as a reference for anyone who finds themselves locking horns with an anti-gunner.
As far as the format, my goal is to state the gun-grabber argument followed by a pithy rebuttal that is like a fall-away buzzer beater. Meaning, after one fires it off, it’s game over. Checkmate. The anti-gunner will have no come back, the argument will be over.
Of course, it’s hard to do in a few words or sentences, but I think it’s possible. I think that’s where I need the most help, in coming up with that zinger that closes out the argument. So jump in with your suggestions and I’ll continue to update and refine the article accordingly.
“You don’t need a ____.”
Rebuttal: It’s the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Needs.
“If it saves just one life.”
Rebuttal: Banning all hammers might save a life, should we do that too?
“Polls show that a majority of Americans favor…”
Rebuttal: Rights aren’t subject to public opinion.
“Gun control works in Europe.”
Rebuttal: Check the crime stats. Violent crime in the U.K. is not much lower than violent crime in the U.S.
“We need to get weapons of war (assault weapons, high capacity magazines) off the street.”
Rebuttal: Actual weapons of war are heavily regulated by the NFA.
“Gun control is common sense.”
Rebuttal: Infringing on one’s right to self-defense is anything but common sense.
“Women are five times more likely to be killed by an intimate partner when a firearm is present.”
Rebuttal: How can that be when the exact number of defensive gun uses involving women is not recorded? Plus, how many of those victims were shot by prohibited persons (felons, domestic abusers, minors, and others who are not allowed to own firearms in the first place).
“Every day, 88 Americans are killed by gun violence.”
Rebuttal: True. Two thirds of them take their own life, sadly. And, tragically, the rest are mostly victims of drug and/or gang related violence. Where is the outcry for suicide control, gang control and drug control?
“The Second Amendment isn’t an individual right, it’s reserved for militia service.”
Rebuttal: Read Heller (2008).
“More guns equals more crime.”
Rebuttal: All 50 states have legalized concealed carry over the past decade or so, and the gun-related homicide rate, violent crime and property crime have all uniformly decreased. Explain that correlation?
We can’t change the past, but we can demand a safer tomorrow.
Rebuttal: You’re right, we can demand a safer tomorrow: End gun-free zones.
Mass shootings are on the rise.
Rebuttal: Wrong! Research says otherwise.
What else am I missing? Also, do you have any witty rebuttals that I should consider adding? Some of the ones I have seem a bit too long.