Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gun Control Logic

This is NOT original with me - but it was too good not to pass on:

"We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid."

"Most people can't be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which most people will abide by because they can be trusted."

"An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you."

"Private citizens don't need a gun for self- protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for their protection."

"Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over handguns that private citizens can never hope to obtain."

"Police operate with backup within groups, which is why they need larger capacity pistol magazines than do "civilians" who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition.

"Citizens don't need to carry a gun for personal protection but police chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with cops, need a gun.

"Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows."

"Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed."

"A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that only has 20."

"These phrases: "right of the people peaceably to assemble," "right of the people to be secure in their homes," "enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people," and "The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people" all refer to individuals, but "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" refers to the state."

My comments:
The logic above is the reason why 50 years after the national gun control movement got started, support for a ban on handguns has been cut in half* , states with "shall issue"** concealed carry permits have gone from zero to forty, and when the Brady Group recently held a news conference only two reporters and one camera bothered to show up. One reporter and the camera were from the NRA.

*Only one in four now support banning handguns, in 1959 52% did.

**"Shall issue" means if meet all the criteria (pass background check, pass the class, qualify on the range, etc.) they have to give you a permit - you cannot be denied because they think you "don't really need one".

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