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Gun control is right there at the very top of the Worst Liberal Ideas Ever! You see, the Left refuses, it seems, to ever learn from their mistakes. They embrace ideas like gun control (what they actually seek is to disarm the people, but they call it gun control because they cannot be honest about their totalitarian designs) despite the fact that the evidence does not support their claim that outlawing guns will somehow decrease gun violence. So, the Left twist the stats, and if that fails, they lie through their teeth about gun violence.
In fact, take the term “gun violence” or the term “firearm deaths”. The Left throws those around a whole bunch. What they do not tell you is that they lump EVERY death, or violent incident involving a gun together. So, if a policeman shoots a gang member, or if a homeowner shoots an intruder, the Left lumps that in the “gun violence” or “firearm death” category. It inflates the number of what I call bad uses of guns (that is guns used by BAD people for BAD purposes) and also diminishes the actual number of times guns are used for good. A good use being a law-abiding citizen using a gun to defend themselves, loved ones, their property, etc.
The Left also lies in that they often only talk of incidents where a gun is actually used to shoot someone. The fact is this, well over 90% of defensive gun uses, do not involve an actual shooting. So, back in October of 1998, when some punk tried to rob me in an alley behind the restaurant I ran, my defensive use of my Colt .45 does not count in Leftist logic. See I did not shoot the bad guy, he turned and ran when I pulled my gun. As in MOST cases of defensive gun uses, I only brandished my weapon, so the Left wishes not to talk about such cases. If the Left were to be honest, and include ALL the times a law-abiding person used their gun to thwart a crime, including the times the gun is never fired, they would be forced to admit that their vision of gun control would drastically INCREASE violent crimes in America. So, instead of pursuing an honest approach, the Left lies. After all, Leftism, like all the Bastard ideological children of Marxism justifies ANY means as long as the desired end is reached. The desired end, of course, being greater degree of State control over the individual.
The Left, not satisfied with simply lying to achieve their Statist Utopian Ideal, also loves to use raw emotionalism to make people scared of guns, and to look at those who legally own guns as twisted, or dangerous. Take the oft-used Leftist line that allowing States to have concealed carry licenses, or open carry permits, will lead to “Wild West shootouts” or “Blood in the streets”. These are intended to stir panic and dread into people. The Left loves to use such tactics to shut off your thinking and emotionalize you to the point that you will beg your legislature to do something to save you.
The Left wants you an emotional wreck because it will prevent you from thinking and reading the facts. And the facts are this almost every state in this nation has concealed, or open carry permits, and in every one of those states, violent crime has gone DOWN, not up! Yes, despite the claims of the Neo-Marxist Gun Grabbers, the presence of more law-abiding citizens with guns does not increase crime. It tends to do the exact opposite.
So, why does the Left loathe guns, and your right to own, and defend yourself with them so much? I mean isn’t it the Left which always shouts “power to the people”? The answer is simple. The Left are Statists, Collectivists. To them, ALL liberties come from government, and naturally, if government can grant rights then it can rescind those same rights, you know, for the “common good”. As Dennis Prager has said, the larger the State, the smaller the individual. Therefore any right that defends the individual over the “greater good” must be crushed if the Left is ever to achieve their dream of creating a Marxist State.
No right more strongly supports the individual over the State or the Collective, than the right to own a firearm. Thus the Left detests that right most of all.
The ultimate folly of the gun grabbing Left is this. They refuse, to their very core, to admit that rights do not come from government. Our Founders were wise, They realized that man’s right are natural rights, we are BORN with them. They come as a birthright. The only correct thing any government can ever do is to recognize those rights, and to defend them bitterly. That is that IS the type of government our Founders gave us. And the left has been waging a war against that principle for decades upon decades now.
The Left will, of course, lose this war, because they are not fighting against the individual, or the Constitution as much as they are fighting against the One that gave us those natural rights, and our Creator unlike the Neo-Marxist fools, does not make follies.