Who thinks firearms need to be regulated in order to prevent the wrong people from using them to murder innocents? Show of hands?
Well you’re wrong! Gun regulations do nothing to prevent the murder of innocents and do everything to consolidate power for a select few. They’re all about winning the arms race, about eliminating competition and securing a monopoly on the use of force. Here’s how:
Restricting guns does nothing to keep innocent people from being killed. Not to scare anyone, but it’s shockingly easy to find ways of killing people. Kitchen knives, heavy dictionaries, that bust of Martin van Buren that your mom keeps on the shelf, whatever’s on hand. Just use your creativity and you can find a cheap, easy, efficient solution for murder. More efficient than a firearm, in fact. If someone comes into a coffee shop with a .38 special revolver, they can take out at most five people before having to either reload or use it as a terribly-inefficient blunt weapon. A quick trip to the Home Depot, on the other hand, and they can weild a sledgehammer or a pair of machetes and make quick work of the whole establishment. A chemistry set and an imagination and it becomes even easier. Guns weren’t designed to mow down civillians. They were designed to win battles. There’s a crucial difference there.
Restricting guns makes it harder to fight those who have them. What gun control does do, however, is make it so much more difficult to defeat those who have them. Remember that bizarre, twisted coffee shop example I used earlier with the machetes? Now imagine one of the unsuspecting patrons is packing the previously-mentioned inefficient .38 special. Those five shots and a safe distance are all he needs to stop the machete maniac right in his tracks. Restricting guns makes it so that those who have them win, and those who don’t end up losing hard. Any firearms restrictions, therefore, don’t prevent murder, but rather tip the balance of power in a conflict towards the unrestricted group.
We’re not talking about restricting guns, just who gets them. When deliberating firearms restrictions, to whom are we bequeathing the important task of implementing these restrictions? Government. Who gets to decide exactly who can and can’t possess firearms? Government. Who always, always, gets to keep their guns? Government. Who already uses their guns, or the eventual implicit threat of their use, to carry out any and every activity? Government. Are we starting to see a pattern yet?
If we really cared about public safety we would want more guns in the hands of the people, not less. We would want as many citizens as possible to be armed and trained, so as to be able to instantly respond when a psycho jumps on his riding mower and heads for the nearest preschool. But it’s not about public safety. It’s about government job security. It’s about being able to poorly serve the people and yet still stay in power, through ingeniously maintaining that precious monopoly on the use of force.
So, you free, peaceful, independent people, to you I say this: keep your guns. Buy more. Resist all efforts to take them away from you. Why? Because you’re in a Mexican standoff with the government right now. All they’re waiting for is for you to give just enough ground for them to sieze the advantage. Then they will crush you without any hesitation.
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