40 Reasons for Gun Control

Re-posted from kc3.com in the hopes that someone will see and appreciate it.

1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, & Chicago cops need guns.

2. Washington DC’s low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis’ high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.

3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are “just statistics.”

4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991.

5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.

6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.

7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.

8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.

9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should “put up no defense — give them what they want, or run” (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields, Guns Don’t Die – People Do, 1981, p.125).

10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns & Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.

11. One should consult an automotive engineer for safer seatbelts, a civil engineer for a better bridge, a surgeon for internal medicine, a computer programmer for hard drive problems, and Sarah Brady for firearms expertise.

12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which was created 130 years later, in 1917.

13. The National Guard, federally funded, with bases on federal land, using federally-owned weapons, vehicles, buildings and uniforms, punishing trespassers under federal law, is a “state” militia.

14. These phrases: “right of the people peaceably to assemble,” “right of the people to be secure in their homes,” “enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people,” and “The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people” all refer to individuals, but “the right of the people to keep and bear arm” refers to the state.

15. “The Constitution is strong and will never change.” But we should ban and seize all guns thereby violating the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to that Constitution.

16. Rifles and handguns aren’t necessary to national defense! Of course, the army has hundreds of thousands of them.

17. Private citizens shouldn’t have handguns, because they aren’t “military weapons”, but private citizens shouldn’t have “assault rifles”, because they are military weapons.

18. In spite of waiting periods, background checks, finger printing, government forms, etc., guns today are too readily available, which is responsible for recent school shootings. In the 1940’s, 1950’s and1960’s, anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, Sears mail order, no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms and there were no school shootings.

19. The NRA’s attempt to run a “don’t touch” campaign about kids handling guns is propaganda, but the anti-gun lobby’s attempt to run a “don’t touch” campaign is responsible social activity.

20. Guns are so complex that special training is necessary to use them properly, and so simple to use that they make murder easy.

21. A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that only has 20.

22. Women are just as intelligent and capable as men but a woman with a gun is “an accident waiting to happen” and gun makers’ advertisements aimed at women are “preying on their fears.”

23. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed.

24. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows.

25. A majority of the population supports gun control, just like a majority of the population supported owning slaves.

26. Any self-loading small arm can legitimately be considered to be a “weapon of mass destruction” or an “assault weapon.”

27. Most people can’t be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which most people will abide by because they can be trusted.

28. The right of Internet pornographers to exist cannot be questioned because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights.

29. Free speech entitles one to own newspapers, transmitters, computers, and typewriters, but self-defense only justifies bare hands.

30. The ACLU is good because it uncompromisingly defends certain parts of the Constitution, and the NRA is bad, because it defends other parts of the Constitution.

31. Charlton Heston, a movie actor as president of the NRA is a cheap lunatic who should be ignored, but Michael Douglas, a movie actor as a representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is entitled to an audience at the UN arms control summit.

32. Police operate with backup within groups, which is why they need larger capacity pistol magazines than do “civilians” who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition.

33. We should ban “Saturday Night Specials” and other inexpensive guns because it’s not fair that poor people have access to guns too.

34. Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over hand guns that private citizens can never hope to obtain.

35. Private citizens don’t need a gun for self-protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for their protection.

36. Citizens don’t need to carry a gun for personal protection but police chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with cops, need a gun.

37. “Assault weapons” have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of people. The police need assault weapons. You do not.

38. When Microsoft pressures its distributors to give Microsoft preferential promotion, that’s bad; but when the Federal government pressures cities to buy guns only from Smith & Wesson, that’s good.

39. Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, which is why you see police officers with one on their duty weapon.

40. Handgun Control, Inc. says they want to “keep guns out of the wrong hands.” Guess what? You have the wrong hands.

4 thoughts on “40 Reasons for Gun Control

    1. I own several. Unfortunately, due to silly and restrictive gun laws where I live, it is not practical for me to hold and shoot them where I live.

  1. Actually, you are completely wrong on every one of your points I will address them one by one:

    – Violent crime in the United States has actually declined drastically since 1990. This includes homicides. Ditto for firearms homicides. Non-handgun firearms homicides have seen an even greater percentage drop. You may note a direct correlation between high gun crime rates and states / cities with tough acquisition and ownership laws.
    – Mexican violence is not due to American gun imports. It is the result of three factors: (a) Mexican inability to control narcotics flows and money laundering, (b) American drug policy, and (c) Mexican official corruption.
    – The United States assault weapons ban expired in 2004. You may note, regardless, the aforementioned drastic drop in non-handgun (including assault weapons) homicides.
    – “Assault weapons” (i.e. rifles that can switch between selective fire and automatic fire), like machine guns, are covered by the U.S. National Firearms Act. They require a permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), as well as registration with that organization. This article in the Los Angeles Times correctly attributes the source of most Mexican assault weapons (the Mexican military) — you may note a direct relationship between the increase in Mexican troops stationed in Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, and Coahuila, and corresponding rises in advanced weapons use by narcotics cartels. See aforementioned issue of corruption.
    “According to law enforcement officials” – this is a frequently cited quote made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It is incorrect. The proper figure for firearms found at Mexican crime scenes traced to the United States is ca. 35%. According to the BATF, the correct statistic is that “90% of traced firearms originate from the US”. Mexico submitted ca. 11,000 firearms to BATF for tracing in 2007-2008, according to Special Agent William Newell. Of the 6,000 successfully traced, ca. 5,000 were traced to the United States. However, during the same period, ca. 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes in Mexico. factcheck.org has one variant of these numbers. Yes, that’s too many. Now ask yourself where the rest of them come from, and whether removal of the United States as a source of handguns (remember, we showed above that we’re not talking about assault weapons here) would put a dent in that.
    – I’m sorry you view the 2nd Amendment as a “theology”. I would like to understand how you feel about the rest of the United States Constitution.
    – “massacres will occur every few years in the U.S. ” — I am interested in how you infer this.

    Lastly, this may not have occurred to you, but criminals and crazy people, almost by definition, do not obey laws. You may note Brazil and Colombia as two countries with comparatively very strict firearms laws, particularly with regards to carry permits. I’m curious about your opinions on how this impacts the firearms-related crime rates in those two countries.

  2. These guns need to be controlled. By controlling them, we will reduce violence not only in the United States, but across the border in Mexico as well. In May 2010, President Felipe Calderon spoke before a joint session of the U.S. Congress and called for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. According to law enforcement officials, 90 percent of the guns picked up in Mexico from criminal activity are purchased in the United States.

    Thanks to the ideology of the NRA and its 2nd Amendment theology, ready access to semiautomatic weapons and availability of extended-capacity magazines insure massacres will occur every few years in the U.S. and every few weeks in Mexico.

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