Liberal and progressive gun controllers aren’t afraid of criminals with guns. They’re afraid of honest people with guns. They’re afraid of you. And your gun.
Just look at the laws Hillary, Bernie and Obama are pressing their minions to support—laws that would limit, restrict and disarm the public, the average gun-owning American. New taxes to make arms cost more, letting police have more and better ammo than you can have (to fight off the same bad guys), make non-criminals liable for criminals’ actions, arbitrary lists of people not charged with anything who can have their guns taken away. These aren’t anti-crime laws, they’re anti you laws.
That’s why liberals like so-called “gun-free” zones. It keeps you out. Discrimination is fine, if it stops your civil right to arms, because they fear your kind.
No one is stupid enough to think a gun-free-zone sticker keeps out bank robbers and muggers and jihadis. That makes no sense even to progressives.
It is you they want disarmed. It is you they fear. Despite the evidence, despite the fact that crime has dropped since licensees and armed citizens now number in the tens of millions. Despite the false cries of wolf as every single state in the Union got some form of Right to Carry restored. Facts matter little to the truly fearful.
The progressive and liberal anti-gun-rights advocates aren’t showing concern for stopping or deterring true threats to their safety, that’s the bizarre part. They literally provide opportunity for assault upon themselves—as long as they feel they have stopped their fellow man. This is what so many of us on the rational conservative bench have been missing.
This is why it seems like irrational behavior to us—the majority of Americans, the gun bearing public. It seems irrational—because it is irrational. Disarming your neighbors, at a restaurant for example, but doing nothing to disarm or even provide obstacles to your adversaries, is madness. And progressives don’t recognize the fact: “In this building we are protected by this sign.” That makes sense to them. God help us. They don’t believe in God.
This is why every new law the left proposes goes after the millions of Americans who legally own guns, instead of criminals who can’t have guns in the first place. When they meet massive resistance they’re flummoxed. We don’t see any enhanced criminal-disarming programs, true gangster-enforcement policies, real sentences, rehab that isn’t contagion, model laws to protect the innocent or advance civil rights, we get nothing for progress from the progressives.
Progressives R Regressive aim to disarm us, we the people. That’s because we scare them more than criminals scare them. To them, we are the threat. The very fact that we may be adults, capable and actually bearing arms, this is what they seek to stop, not crime. They understand implicitly that by using their great social powers they have gotten the dangerous criminals mostly contained, and at each others’ throats, in the bad parts of town. The ghettos, if they’d stop calling it the inner cities.
Enormous self-evident facts have been lost in the national debate about disarming or subarming the American public. We now have about 100 million people armed, in something like 60 million armed American homes. Raise or lower those figures by some percentage if you are pro this or anti that (the Ph.D.’s do not agree precisely), but that’s the ballpark. It’s a lot, by any standard. The Worldwide Gun Owner’s Guide places us in the Top Ten of nations with armed publics (which is virtually all nations to some degree).
Now, all those armed people, in all those armed homes—they have nothing to do with the astounding murder rate reported recently for, say, Chicago—or any of the other murder and crime zones the news media proliferates like eye-and-mind candy.
They never have been and they never will be. That’s due to one simple fact the media, and especially the anti-gun-rights people don’t want to face, which they prefer to distort and pretend doesn’t exist. To the greatest extent: People with guns don’t shoot each other. Criminals with guns shoot each other.
Decent people who buy guns by the millions every month go through the background checks, or avoid the FBI lists and background checks and buy used guns from friends and relatives. They have no intention of doing anyone any harm, and don’t. They live their entire lives, armed to the teeth, and die peacefully in their beds, leaving their caches to their families, in their wills. Or they sell them to other good people, when they get real old.
These bedrock facts are lost on the hoplophobes (people with morbid fear of guns). The talking-head “news” pundits and others who are terrified of guns and gun owners have no clue. Their understanding of the subject—standing way outside the real world—is distorted and affected by one of their two washing machines—not the one for their clothes, the one with the 55-inch flat screen for their brains.
Gunless people get zero accurate news about what real people with real guns do with those things, and it doesn’t include killing people. That’s what criminals with guns do.
In the real world, guns save lives. Guns stop crime. Guns protect you. Guns are for safety. Guns are fun. Guns are fun? How often does any of that make the “news”? Guns are why America is still free. And you thought the news was fair and balanced. People with guns don’t kill people. Criminals do. People are what you call, “good.” Like you, reading this, and your friends and relatives.
Real people with guns go through about ten billion rounds of ammunition annually. Did you know that? And no one dies. They use it at the range, and for plinking (informal target practice outdoors), and hunting, and for stockpiling in case it’s needed (like water, batteries, candles, canned goods and other reasonable measures against the perils of modern life). Virtually all of the guns made, sold and owned in this country have never been fired in a hostile situation. Kind of like fire extinguishers — only when desperately needed.
Look around the world at the strife, the massive migrations, and after you finish telling yourself it could never happen here, make sure you at least have candles. And water. Maybe precious metals too—lead and brass. And don’t be an idiot, practice, like the rest of us. You’ve got to at least be able to outshoot the criminals. Who shoot people. If they come out of the bad part of town.
Alan Korwin is the author of 14 books, 10 of them on gun law. His book After You Shoot examines ways to lower your risks after a self-defense shooting. He has been invited twice to observe oral argument in gun cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Reach him at GunLaws.com, where he is the publisher of Bloomfield Press.