Due to the recent tragic and saddening events in Aurora, CO this last week, I started hearing once again the liberal braying for gun control. To any contemporary liberal, you need to understand that laws or restrictions that violate or counter substantiated facts, as well as a nations mores, will never stand the test of time.
Mores – “Folkways of central importance accepted without question and embodying the fundamental moral views of a group.”
Since 1990, Gallup has been asking Americans whether they think gun control laws should be stricter. The answer, increasingly, is that they don’t. “The percentage in favor of making the laws governing the sale of firearms ‘more strict’ fell from 78% in 1990 to 62% in 1995, and 51% in 2007,” reports Gallup. “In the most recent reading, Gallup in 2010 found 44% in favor of stricter laws. In fact, in 2009 and again last year, the slight majority said gun laws should either remain the same or be made less strict.”
For any gun control law to be enforced it could only be accomplished by the very instrument they seek to ban. Gun ownership is accepted without question by 65 million legal gun owners in the United States. It is a fundamental belief that these people posses the human right to self-preservation and the right to hunt for sport or to feed themselves.
The liberal’s utopian dream of gun control will never come to pass as self-protection is a human right, not to mention a right assured to us in the US Constitution. Multiple quotes from the very Forefathers that drafted the US Constitution substantiate and clarify what was meant by a militia. Taken in the context of that time period, in the mid and late 1700’s, every free man who was willing and able to fight back was considered a part of the militia. It is vital that one clarifies the word Militia with the definition and concepts within the time frame that they were used in their laws and correspondence.
A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.” – Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on “militia” in the 2nd Amendment
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government” – Thomas Jefferson
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good” – George Washington
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” – Alexander Hamilton
“Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest.” – A selection from the Declaration of the Continental Congress, July 1775.
Thomas Jefferson once quoted Cesare Beccaria, an Italian philosopher and politician best known for his treatise On Crimes and Punishments: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
According to Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, co-authors of “Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun,” law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times per day. In other words, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker. If those facts are not enough to make the case for the Second Amendment, consider that as many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.
Another factoid lost in the mainstream news is that legally armed citizens kill more criminals than do the police. Armed citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606). And readers of Newsweek learned that “only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The ‘error rate’ for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high.” As a matter of fact, nationwide every year, as many as one-half million citizens defend themselves with a firearm away from home.
Those who buy into every intended misconception shoveled by the mainstream media regarding guns and crime should consider an experiment that took place in 1982 in Kennesaw, Georgia. This suburb of Atlanta passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in their home. The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to the modest drop of 10.4% in Georgia as a whole. Ten years later (1991), the residential burglary rate in Kennesaw was still 72% lower than it had been in 1981, before the law was passed.
This effort in Kennesaw clearly supports the fact that 3/5 of felons polled agreed that “a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun. “As a matter of fact, according to U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice’s report entitled “The Armed Criminal in America, A Survey of Incarcerated Felons,” 74% of felons polled agreed that “one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime.” And if that wasn’t compelling enough, 57% of felons polled agreed that, “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.”
The facts and statistics are clear. The polls show that American support gun ownership based on logic, historical precedence and that overall it embraces the mores that they hold dear to sustain their freedom.