If it’s guns that kill people and not people that kill people,
then why haven’t my guns killed any people?” Anonymous
Tragic events in Las Vegas have reheated the ever simmering issue of gun control in America. Once again we are hearing a chorus of voices claiming the moral and intellectual high ground rests with the views of the left. As Republicans, the BCGOP begs to differ. Our thinking is seasoned with reason – not emotion.
A good starting place for the Republican position can be found in Article III – Paragraph 5 of the North Carolina GOP Platform-
“The Second Amendment guarantees the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. We support the constitutional ownership, sale, purchase and carry of firearms by law-abiding citizens. Further, we support reducing the number of “gun-free zones”. Gun owners have a right to confidentiality. Personal information acquired by government agencies for gun purchases and permitting should be available to law enforcement for investigative purposes only and not for public record.”
That’s our position and most of our elected Republican officials have a great track record of sticking to it. If you are a gun owner, you might want to remember that as you register your preferred party affiliation.
The reasoning behind this platform position, like all other Republican platform positions, is grounded not in what’s familiar so much as what works. Gun control doesn’t work. Here’s our quick take on why-
- Guns are used far more often to prevent or stop violence than to cause it.
- Gun control impairs law abiding citizens – it does nothing to control criminals.
- The Founding Fathers wanted us to be able to defend ourselves – the technology for defense is ever changing.
- Events in Paris, Germany and elsewhere reveal that bad guys can get guns or find other means for mass harm.
- Persistently, it is a good guy with a gun who stops bad guys with guns – nobody else.
- In American cities with draconian gun control they invariably have draconian crime/violence/murder rates.
- In America we retain a healthy skepticism for government – an armed citizenry is a respected citizenry.
- Gun control penalizes the most vulnerable among us – women, older Americans and the poor.
- 83% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime (assault, robbery, rape) in the course of their lives. Criminals persistently identify a fear of guns as their major impediment when considering criminal violence.
- Most of the people pushing gun control live and work n safe, protected environments guarded by people with guns.
Republicans and our representatives believe in the natural and Constitutional right of self defense. The left have and are continuing to do everything they can to remove our right to do so effectively. Every place in the world that has begun a small version of gun control has inevitably graduated to more and more gun control until there are no guns.
There’s an easy way to demonstrate the ultimate irrationality of gun control. Consider opiates. Though massively regulated and bureaucratically controlled, these death drugs are readily available to anyone willing to ignore the law. Criminals love gun control for the same reason.
Our Founding Fathers graced American citizens with the unique power to uphold the natural right to self-protection. That makes us different than any country in the world. As that world grows increasingly dangerous, is now the time to surrender that empowering right to gun control fanatics – most of whom live a protected life? Only if you believe that people who fly around in private planes, drive large black SUV’s and live in mansions with heated pools can offer credible testimony on man-made climate change.
If you think not, then please give consideration to becoming a stronger player in the Republican movement. We need you.
Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save