Sunday, March 24, 2013

What works

In the news today is a piece that shouldn't shock me, but still does.  Jim Carrey to release song for "heartless motherf***ers unwilling to bend for safety of our kids."

I posted previously my real fear:  If we implement gun control policies which we already know don't work and gain therefrom a false sense of security, [Sandy Hook] will happen again.

If strict gun control would protect our children, I might give it real consideration, despite my firm stance that freedom comes with risk.  The problem is that strict gun control doesn't work.  Chicago proves it.  DC proves it.  Finland proves it.  Germany proves it.   

So what do we do?  We should do what works to protect the people we want to protect.  What I propose is indicated by a quotation I've come to love because it addresses so much of the gun debate clearly and concisely.  "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles." -Jeff Cooper, "The Art of the Rifle"

How do we protect the president?  With lots of defensive measures that ultimately he can't always rely on, so his last line of defense is a lot of good guys with guns.  How do we protect the president's children (and every other child at their school)?  We protect them with lots of good guys with guns.   How do we protect our nation from other nations that would take our freedoms?  With lots of good guys with guns.  How do we protect society from nasty bad criminals?  With laws and punishments enforced against criminals who don't care by lots of good guys with guns.  How do we protect our society from tyrannical government?  According to the 2nd Amendment, with lots of good guys with guns.

You may have noticed a trend.  Everything worth defending we ultimately defend with lots of good guys with guns, from our leaders to our freedom to our property.  Why would it be any different with our children?  You can't stop criminals with laws.  You can't stop mass murderers with gun free zones (which actually make their disgusting, insane acts easier).  You can stop them with lots of good guys with guns.

Guns aren't evil.  Lawful gun owners aren't evil or heartless.  We recognize what works, and we're willing to defend it all with our lives and lots of guns.

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