(Editor’s note: This article was a submission from freelance writer S. Farver)
For all their talk of “common sense gun control,” the anti-gun community has had a mighty hard time with common sense.
Common sense, for example, might suggest that individuals are responsible for the crimes they commit with guns—not the gun manufacturer. We don’t hold Ford responsible for drunk driving deaths. It wouldn’t be fair or reasonable to hold gun manufacturers to a higher standard.
Common sense? Yes. Does the anti-2nd Amendment crowd get it? No.
Remington, they say, should be held responsible for the Newtown shooting.
Here’s another one: “Guns don’t commit crimes. People do.”
It’s hard to imagine anything more commonsensical. Since the inception of small arms some 400-plus years ago, no one has ever witnessed a gun walk out of its safe and commit a crime.
And yet, no matter how many times we try to explain this simple truth, whenever anti-gunners talk about reducing crime, they talk about restricting constitutional rights.
But here’s the thing about common sense—it has a way of proving itself to be true.
In the last several months, the NYPD has managed to confiscate an “unprecedented” number of illegal guns. According to anti-gunner common sense (fewer guns=less crime), crime should be at an all-time low… right?
According to Fox 5 New York, the city was averaging over 10 stabbings a day in the first six weeks of the year. New Yorkers have been on edge, and the police have had trouble controlling the rash of stabbings and slashing.
In a valiant effort to put a positive spin on things, New York mayor Bill de Blasio tried to deflect attention away from the random subway stabbings.
“I’m not a criminologist,” de Blasio said, “but I can safely say that guns are being taken off the street in an unprecedented way. Some people, unfortunately, are turning to a different weapon.”
The mayor’s surprise that people are “turning to a different weapon” is sadly predictable. When politicians and pundits want to blame the tool rather than the criminal, not even the most obvious truths make a dent.
Common sense says that if someone wants to commit a crime, they’ll commit that crime whether or not they have a gun. The FBI says that more guns actually equal less crime, not more. Now, the stabbings in New York—that bastion of “common sense gun control”—prove what real common sense has been telling us all along.
It’s time for the anti-gun community to wake up and face the facts. Gun control legislation won’t reduce crime, but it will disarm responsible American citizens. No matter how much “common sense” our politicians legislate, criminals will get guns—or knives. The question is, will average Americans have the ability to defend themselves? This hasn’t been the case in New York City, and if we’re not vigilant, the entire country could follow their lead.