Even as U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled his gun control plans today – utilizing more than 20 counts of executive privledge in doing do – Americans divided themselves into two sides in order to debate the harshest limitations on the ownership of firearms in the United States in decades.
Calling themselves “left” and “right,” and “liberal” and “conservative,” each side offers great arguments for their positions, proving clearly that the question of gun control in that country is both a contentious and complex issue.
But not that complex.
Listen up, my gun-loving American friends: you need stricter gun control measures, and there are two very good reasons why you should chill out about it all.
1. No One is Attacking You
Besides the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has never been an act of war commited on continental American soil by a non-citizen. You are not at imminent risk of invasion. Enemies are not at the gates (assuming you don’t think of Mexican border jumpers and Canadian shoppers as enemies).
Now, I can practically hear you all yelling at your screens about criminals being the only ones with assault rifles, and a ban on that type of weapon leaving your families prone to the whims of drug addicts and thieves. Let’s be serious, though: won’t a single shot (or two) from a more reasonable firearm kill a would-be thief or murderer just as well as a smattering of shots from an AR-15?
Yes. It will.
Unless you imminently expect to have your house showered in a hail of bullets from random bad guys, your hand guns are more than enough power to keep said bad guys at bay.
2. The Government Would Kick Your Ass Anyway
One argument that I often hear is that citizens should not have access to less firepower than the government, a notion highlighted in the Second Amendment’s own admonishment that a “well regulated militia” be maintained. This argument takes into account the fact that an American citizen may need to defend himself from enemies both outside and in, and gives him the ability to protect his family and property from any force. I agree in principal; the government is the last body one should put their faith in, and I feel more threatened by the enemies within than without on any given day.
On the other hand, though, how many fighter jets do you own? Nuclear weapons? Tanks?
That’s the thing; even while citizens may fight to retain their right to own high-powered assault weapons, none of them, forming a “well regulated militia” or not, has the ability to withstand the kind of force the government has at its disposal. You can have an AK-47 in each hand as the heavy artillery lands upon you, but it won’t do you one bit of good, and you’ll be no better protected than if you owned only hand guns.
Less Guns, Less Death – Period
These two simple facts should help you to get over your fear of being left defenseless, while also offering the added reassurance that random mental cases don’t have easy access to weapons of mass murder. Adam Lanza didn’t have mob connections, he had a gun-loving mother who kept assault rifles in her home. Remove those assault rifles, and Lanza kills one or two children before a teacher manages to take him down, instead of the 20 he managed to snuff out, along with six adults.
Or maybe the balls it takes for a young man to storm an elementary school and kill nearly 30 people are lost altogether without the security that a high-powered weapon offers.
No matter which way you look at it, it’s good riddance to bad rubbish.