Top 5 Anti-Gun Arguments Shot Down
April 1, 2017 by Lynn Jolly
Gun control fanatics like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg use a variety of arguments to try to persuade the American people to give up their Second Amendment rights.
One of their most successful arguments to date is that there is NO logical reason why any law abiding American should own an assault or assault-style weapon. They claim there is no use for them in our homes. Consequently, they’ve been able to ban assault and assault-style weapons in some cities and states.
However, don’t use that argument on one family living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. While the 19-year-old son of the homeowner was at home, 3 burglars illegally entered the house. The son confronted them holding an AR-15 and ordered them to leave. When they didn’t, the son defended himself and his home. Police found two of the burglars dead on the kitchen floor and the other was dead in the driveway. Confronted by multiple criminals, an assault weapon such as an AR-15 is the best defense anyone could have. Argument one is quickly dispatched.
Another argument used by anti-Second Amendment fanatics is that passing of more gun control and banning more guns will reduce crime, especially gun violence. However, that has proven to be just the opposite in locations like Australia, Chicago, Baltimore and other places that have enacted strict gun control laws and firearm bans. Therefore, argument number 2 is shot down, literally.
A third argument used is that the more gun free zones there are, the safer people will be. Just tell that to the people in the gun free zones like the Pulse and Cameo nightclubs, Aroura theater, many public schools, etc. Gun free zones only make targets for crazy wackos who want their names recorded in history for the wrong reasons. Thus argument 4 is free to fall away.
A fourth argument used by haters of America is that guns are the weapon of choice of terrorists and one of the ways to fight terrorism is to ban guns. One report last year stated that the number of gun deaths in the US by terrorists was negligible. While a few years ago, that argument may have held some statistical water, it seems more recent reports state that vehicles, with or without bombs, have now become the terrorist weapons of choice, not guns. Kind of runs over argument four, doesn’t it?
A fifth argument being used to push gun control is the number of accidental deaths caused by guns. Their argument is basically that the more guns there are in the hands of the American people means more accidental deaths by guns, therefore, there shouldn’t be any guns. Which we all know means that only criminals would have guns because they don’t get them legally anyway.
Every year that Barack Obama occupied the White House, gun sales, tracked by background checks, set new record highs. The more Obama and his anti-American disciples pushed to ban and restrict guns, the more guns the American people bought. In fact, his anti-gun campaign was a huge boon for the firearm industry.
Gun sales in 2014 and 2015 were among those record high gun sales years. In California, a state known for its anti-American liberal government, 2014 and 2015 proved to be record years for gun sales. In the first 11 months of 2015, there were 1.51 million background check requests in California, which surpassed the total number for all of 2014. Even more impressive was the Black Friday figures for Georgia in 2015, where that one state saw over 19 million background check requests.
If argument #5 about the number of accidental gun deaths being directly related to the number of guns in the hands of the people is valid, then in 2014 and 2015 there should have been record high numbers of accidental gun deaths. BOOM! Not so according to a Fox News report:
“Gun sales are up, and accidental gun injuries are down, according to a report released this month by the National Safety Council.”
“The NSC’s ‘Injury Facts -2017 Edition’ shows a 17 percent decrease in accidents involving firearms from 2014 to 2015, a period when gun sales soared.”
“There were 489 unintentional firearms-related fatalities during that time period, the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1903, accounting for less than 1 percent of accident deaths. This decrease, which was the largest percentage decline of any category cited in the NSC’s report, came in a year that saw record-high firearm sales.”
Thus, argument 5 is added to the open grave of the other bogus anti-gun arguments. The top 5 arguments frequently used by anti-Second Amendment, anti-American, gun-hating liberals are all proven to be bogus. If anything, their arguments only help prove the need for less gun control and more guns in the hands of the American people.
Final advice? Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson who wrote in the draft of the Virginia Constitution in 1776:
“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms (within his own lands or tenements).” [Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution (with his note added), 1776. Papers 1:353]
Second Amendment Victories Continue to Pile Up
April 3, 2017 by Bob Adelmann
The restoration of Second Amendment-protected rights in the states is happening so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. On Friday, the Georgia legislature sent a bill to Governor Nathan Deal that would allow concealed handguns on public college campuses, with some exceptions built in to appease Deal, who vetoed a similar but stronger measure last year. Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.org, a pro-gun rights group, was realistic: “It’s not the bill that we wanted but it’s the bill we got. It gives [us] a foot in the door.” If Deal signs the bill, Georgia would become the 11th state with this kind of campus-carry law.
Georgia legislators also sent to Deal’s desk a bill that improved a number of the state’s existing gun laws, including giving individuals moving to the state from “reciprocal” carry agreement states a 90-day “grace” period to obtain a Georgia Weapons License (GWL) while continuing to carry legally using their previous state’s license. That bill also explicitly prohibits any probate judge from “suspending, extending, delaying, or avoiding” the process of approving a GWL application made by a citizen of the state.
In addition, it would protect firearms instructors from civil liability for any injuries caused by the failure of one of their students to use a firearm safely.
A third bill sent to Georgia Governor Beal would allow Virginia concealed handgun permit holders to enjoy “permit reciprocity” with Georgia.
The next day, multiple pro-gun and pro-hunting bills moved ahead in Virginia, including a measure that would allow any law-abiding person to carry a firearm in any state, county, or municipal park or other recreation area. Another bill would allow law-abiding Virginians to carry a firearm onto school property while dropping off or picking up students. Still another would protect shooting ranges from frivolous lawsuits and noise complaints as long as they are operating lawfully. This bill is a direct pushback against anti-gun groups that have filed such lawsuits and complaints in attempts to shut those ranges down.
Last week, North Dakota became the 14th state to allow constitutional carry, just weeks after New Hampshire passed similar legislation. Other constitutional-carry bills are pending in Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
A Michael Bloomberg-funded move in New Mexico to set up a gun registration system was rejected last week, following voter rejection of such a proposal in Maine last November.
On the national level, gun owners are celebrating House Speaker Paul Ryan’s withdrawal of his anti-gun “ObamaCare Lite” bill because of its hidden potential to invade Second Amendment-protected rights. Gun Owners of America (GOA) refused to back the bill unless it contained language that prohibited insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners, doctors from entering patients’ gun ownership information in any federal database, and federal agencies from “trolling” Medicaid and other federal health databases in order to add names to the NICS background-check database. GOA’s demands were ignored, and so the group rallied its members against the passage of Ryan’s bill.
Also on the national level, Second Amendment supporters are still celebrating the move by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on his first day in office, which revoked a last-second move by former President Obama to phase out the use of lead ammunition for bird hunting on federal land. Under normal circumstances, such a directive wouldn’t have rated a footnote, but in the present environment it showed that President Trump was not only determined to respect the Second Amendment but to put people in place in his cabinet with a similar determination.
And, just days later, President Trump himself repealed the so-called Social Security gun ban, under which certain Social Security beneficiaries would have had their Second Amendment-protected rights arbitrarily revoked without due process.
Another hopeful sign at the federal level is Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. After reviewing the available background of Gorsuch, 30-year defense attorney Andrew Branca, writing in National Review, stated:
As a strong Second Amendment advocate and someone who has concealed-carried a firearm for pretty much every day of my adult life … I, for one, welcome Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, with great optimism for the Court’s future Second Amendment jurisprudence.
Restoring Second Amendment-protected rights after decades of efforts to abrogate them is an “inch-by-inch” process, and that process is being helped along greatly by a president who is determined to keep his promises in this area. On the importance of the Second Amendment, Trump wrote:
The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. The Constitution doesn’t create that right — it ensures that the government can’t take it away. Our Founding Fathers knew, and our Supreme Court has upheld, that the Second Amendment’s purpose is to guarantee our right to defend ourselves and our families…. Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own.
These victories, taken one at a time, don’t appear to amount to much. Taken together, however, they indicate not only the momentum shift in favor of the Second Amendment, but a better understanding of it. The language does confuse some: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The following statement concerning the importance of books in a well-educated culture, offered by Stephen Halbrook, a senior fellow at The Independent Institute, is instructive in clarifying the Founders’ meaning: “A well-educated citizenry, being necessary to the culture of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed.”