Skip to comments.An opinion on gun control - Part 1
Posted on 12/24/2012 6:34:49 PM PST by marktwain
I didn't want to post about this, because frankly, it is exhausting. I've been having this exact same argument for my entire adult life. It is not an exaggeration when I say that I know pretty much exactly every single thing an anti-gun person can say. I've heard it over and over, the same old tired stuff, trotted out every single time there is a tragedy on the news that can be milked. Yet, I got sucked in, and I've spent the last few days arguing with people who either mean well but are uninformed about gun laws and how guns actually work (who I don't mind at all), or the willfully ignorant (who I do mind), or the obnoxiously stupid who are completely incapable of any critical thinking deeper than a Facebook meme (them, I can't stand).
Today's blog post is going to be aimed at the first group. I am going to try to go through everything I've heard over the last few days, and try to break it down from my perspective. My goal tonight is to write something that my regular readers will be able to share with their friends who may not be as familiar with how mass shootings or gun control laws work.
A little background for those of you who don't know me, and this is going to be extensive so feel free to skip the next few paragraphs, but I need to establish the fact that I know what I am talking with, because I am sick and tired of my opinion having the same weight as a person who learned everything they know about guns and violence from watching TV.
(Excerpt) Read more at jpfo.org ...
Great piece, thanks for posting it.
Thanks for posting, very good read.
Well worth the read. Not just a bunch of statistics, etc., just good ol’ common sense. There’s enough ammo in there to shoot down just about any gun control arguement, with the 2nd amendment as your trump card.
Excellant article, I have JPFO in my favorites, but I haven’t visited them for a while. I read the 5 parts and it is right on and it is common sense. I took the liberty to copy and paste each of the 5 parts. I am assuming that this would be with yours and JPFO’s blessing I intendto send the info on the JPFO site and this article to a small un-affilated Tea Party group I belong to and to my stste legislator, state senator, and congressman.
Thanks for the ping Frog. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I’ll be reading this tonight.
Thank you for posting this. I am playing catch up on educating myself on 2A issues, and active practice of it. This is one of the most informative articles I have read.
I am going to quit trying to “educate” my friends by talking...I will print this out and now just hand it to people and say “If you really care about violence and victims, read this and then call me and we’ll talk. If its too much trouble to read this, then I have nothing further to say except”You’re wrong about gun control and what’s worse, you really don’t care.”.
To all: Don’t fail to read all 5 sections and bookmark for your FaceBook interactions with the anti-gunners in your life. The author’s experience stands him in good stead to address the nonsensical proposals that are regularly floated with every tragedy.
Ask them how they feel about Drugs control - the Zambie drugs - and hand them a slip of paper with a coupld web links -then walk away with no discussion
The entire article can be found here.
All the best to you and yours too, Dave.
Bookmark to save. Very informative, especially for those who don’t understand guns.
Dang good piece! More than worth the read!!
We are harvesting the violence we have planted
By: Bill Schmidtgall, Morton, IL.
Its the heart, not the tool.
Yes the murders in Connecticut were tragic for those shot and the misguided shooter.
The solution is not more gun control. That isnt even the issue. The issue is how to change hearts. It was the person and our derailed culture who committed this tragedy with a tool.
1. How many would be alive today if the young man had been treated for his behavioral problems? We know how to do that, but the pressure to mainstream places a high-risk on reporting same, especially for school officials.
2. How many would be alive today if those brave souls who ran to the chaos were armed and trained?
3. Under free speech, we allow financial reward videos, songs, movies that present murder, chaos, hate as normal, no consequences, and lots of fun, which desensitizes kids and creates copycats.
4. So what is the big deal about killing when adults murder babies and call it pro choice? How many abortions were committed on the same day? I do not condone what he did, but how was it different?
5. What is needed is God-changed hearts, not more man made laws. Without changed hearts, those who intend harm, who wish to make a statement, will find the means. How did prohibition work? Not so well.
6. Hearts will only change when we acknowledge God, as our forefathers did when they wrote the constitution. We tell kids there are no absolutes, no moral code, what is right for you is right for you. We defile marriage, downplay responsibility, and develop entitlement programs that perpetuate single-parent families so kids lack role models.
And we wonder why this is happening?
We are harvesting what we have been planting for decades.
I happen to find this article in the Peoria Journal Star, December 24 issue under letters to the editor. It is always refreshing to find that there are still some clear thinking, common sense individuals left. The problem is that they are becoming outnumbered and a dying breed.
Once again this is my take Saintgermaine
I think the classic is: “Why would anyone need an assault weapon?” The explanation is beyond most peoples ability to understand due to lack of education.
That makes you, me, and the letter writer the sane ones, IMO - based on evidence on FR, there seem to be more of us, enough to make some political noise but we seem to be unheard. While we like to throw it back in their faces, the libs have something right about there being opportunity within crisis. It exists equally for all parts of the political spectrum.
No, it does not. The party that controls the most media has an enourmous advantage.
Thanks for the ping, and a Very Merry Christmas to You!
Indeed. That is where I read it. Also as a result, I bought Kindle copies of all his books. Judging by the first few chapters of the first one, reading them is going to be a LOT of fun.
Agreed about media control as a factor for being able to exploit an advantage but I don’t see how that eliminates the universal existence of opportunity within a crisis or danger. I know that sounds like just semantics but I really intend no disrespect for your point of view as I quite often agree with your posted articles and forum posts. Innovation will be required for success. Exhibit A for how NOT to do it was the NRA last Friday and the Meet the Press follow-up on Sunday.
I should have been more clear. In a generic sense, you are correct. I was trying to say that the ability to use a crisis to enact political legislation that could not otherwise be passed, depends in large part on the ability to control the narrative in the media, and that the ability to do so has been quite one sided for several decades.
Now we’re on the same basic page. I’m assuming you’ve left unsaid your agreement with my point about the need for innovation to address that mismatch of access as well as using the NRA as the innovation laboratory to improve on the pathetic performances I noted.
The NRA is (surprisingly) moving in the right direction, if a bit slugishly. They are part of the solution, but they are being upstaged by the more innovative and smaller organizaitons.
I hope that they will monitor those activities, note successes and failures, and act appropriately.