Why do you own a gun? Why do I own a gun? Why does anyone own a gun?
We know the answers to those questions. But many critics of our community — politicians, academics, public health advocates, gun-control supporters, Hollywood elites — are genuinely perplexed about our reasons for exercising our right to keep and bear arms and they want to get inside our heads to see what makes us tick.
Because they believe if they know what motivates us they stand a better chance of duping us into backing laws that infringe on the 2A.
What does Sun Tzu say in The Art of War? “Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” That’s the goal, here. Victory, as in the end of the 2A as we know it today.
Case in point, a paper published this week by researchers at Boston University. The team examined “The 2019 National Lawful Use of Guns Survey,” which interviewed approximately 2,000 gun owners, asking respondents everything from their primary reason for owning a gun (e.g. “defense” or “recreation” or “rights/power” or “other”) to the types of guns they own (45% own both pistols and rifles) as well as questions on whether they belong to the NRA (only 12% answered “yes”) and if they “act like a typical gun owner” (8.3% said they do, whatever that means).
In terms of accuracy, much of the data seem to be on par with what one from the gun community might expect. Some bullet points:
- The majority of respondents (59.4%) own guns for defense, followed by recreation (26.8%).
- Only 26.6% said they carry concealed “sometimes or more,” while 73.4% answered, “rarely or never.”
- Roughly 70% of respondents said they didn’t support gun control because gun-control advocates know little about firearms and gun ownership and often scapegoat law-abiding gun owners for gun-related violence.
- Nearly 60% agreed that gun-control advocates want to take away all guns.
After crunching the numbers and reviewing the data, the B.U. researchers came to the following conclusions (emphasis added):
The major finding of this research is that the prevailing stereotypes about U.S. gun owners are largely inaccurate. A population-based examination of lawful gun ownership reveals that for the majority of gun owners, gun ownership is primarily a method of self-protection. However, this practical use of guns is often tied to a symbolic association with freedom and a perception that gun control advocates represent a threat to that freedom because they aim to take guns away. This research suggests that to succeed in engaging gun owners in gun violence prevention, public health advocates must effectively counter this perception.
Yikes! You see the conundrum there for pushers of 2A restrictions, right?
They have to convince gun owners that they’re not trying to take our guns when in fact they are trying to take our guns!
That’s a tall order.
And while the researchers blame the NRA for creating what they view as a fictitious narrative that those advocating “gun violence prevention” actually want to take our guns, they admit that at least two politicians have shot themselves in the foot (forgive the pun) on this front in recent memory by disclosing what the real end game is for the gun-control establishment.
Those two politicians are former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and Manhattan Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal.
“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” exclaimed the former Texas Congressman. Hard to parse that in any way but we’re coming for your guns!
Assemblywoman Rosenthal had an equally inane and offensive statement concerning sports shooting programs in schools.
“Schools should not be supporting the spread of gun culture in society,” Rosenthal said back in May of 2018.
So, what she’s saying is we don’t want to take your guns we just want to eradicate gun culture from all educational institutions. Never mind the fact that college scholarships are available for sports shooters and that trap and skeet are in the Olympics!
In response to these faux pax, the researchers said, “These statements may be interpreted as showing disrespect for gun owners and gun culture and may make it much more difficult for gun violence prevention advocates to convince gun owners that they are not coming for people’s guns”
Duh, ya think! And those examples are only the tip of the iceberg.
It’s worth mentioning that if someone like Beto is the exception and not the norm as is the implication, then why has Joe Biden vowed to make Beto his gun control czar if he is elected president in 2020?
The answer is because Beto is not an outlier! He represents the mainstream, Democratic view. For proof, all one needs to do is look at the Biden “Plan to End the Gun Violence Epidemic” at JoeBiden.com. Just a few of the
- Ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Federal law prevents hunters from hunting migratory game birds with more than three shells in their shotgun. That means our federal law does more to protect ducks than children. It’s wrong. Joe Biden will enact legislation to once again ban assault weapons. This time, the bans will be designed based on lessons learned from the 1994 bans. For example, the ban on assault weapons will be designed to prevent manufacturers from circumventing the law by making minor changes that don’t limit the weapon’s lethality. While working to pass this legislation, Biden will also use his executive authority to ban the importation of assault weapons.
- Regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act. Currently, the National Firearms Act requires individuals possessing machine-guns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles to undergo a background check and register those weapons with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Due to these requirements, such weapons are rarely used in crimes. As president, Biden will pursue legislation to regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act.
- Buy back the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines already in our communities. Biden will also institute a program to buy back weapons of war currently on our streets. This will give individuals who now possess assault weapons or high-capacity magazines two options: sell the weapons to the government, or register them under the National Firearms Act.
- Reduce stockpiling of weapons. In order to reduce the stockpiling of firearms, Biden supports legislation restricting the number of firearms an individual may purchase per month to one.
Point is, we know they’re coming for our guns and we know that “gun violence prevention” is just another name for incremental infringement. Any gun owner who doesn’t recognize this has his head up his behind.
So, to the researchers and public health professionals out there, please stop trying to convince us otherwise. Use your time, money, and resources on something that will actually benefit society. Because efforts to disarm law-abiding citizens do not make the true perpetrators of violence less violent.