Anti-gun rhetoric is reaching a fevered pitch in the media and in Washington, and that’s not an environment in which the best public policy decisions are made. Facts are disregarded, extenuating circumstances are overlooked or discarded and normally reasonable people become spiteful and vengeful. Screaming ad hominem attacks, making heartfelt pleas and casting outrageous hyperbolic accusations do not transform a thoughtless policy into an effective one, but such is the nature of politics in America these days.
Bitter hatred toward the NRA, the incessant use of deceitfully misnamed “assault weapons,” and attacks on law-abiding gun owners are reaching the boiling point, and many thoughtful and caring people may be convinced that a society without guns will be less violent and deadly, but it’s a fatally-flawed perspective.
Underlying the rationalizations of the gun-grabbing Left is a childish principle that kindergarten teachers and parents of small children may employ. It goes like this: Within a group of kids, one or two of them misbehave or break something valuable. When a teacher is unable or unwilling to determine who are the one or two culprits, she may say, “Because you can’t act responsibly, the entire class will have to stay after school.” In grade school, where the consequences are limited, it may be an effective way to restore order and encourage group involvement toward a desired end. But this approach is inherently unjust and unfair to everyone involved. The innocent children are punished unjustly and the guilty few are not held to account.
At the national level however, citizens did not elect anyone in Washington to be in such an authoritarian position and the citizens of the United States are not children, (even though many act as such). Real lives and real freedoms are at stake whenever lawmakers consider tinkering with constitutionally-guaranteed rights as with the Bill of Rights, gun bans or gun-control bills.
If there must be a national debate about gun rights in America, it cannot be lead by an anti-gun biased media that distorts every issue toward the Left. Such a national conversation must be a two-way debate, unlike those we have seen recently, where Washington lawmakers tell the people what they are planning to do and dare the people to stop them. Also, it must not be conducted in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack when the emotions of all of the participants are running at peak levels.
Many of us have become so accustomed to quick fixes that we have lost the ability to look past an urgent and serious problem for a sinister motive that may lie just behind the news headlines. Our government has been lying to our children in public schools about the origin of man and calling it, science. They are telling kids that the cars, trucks or SUVs that their mothers and fathers drive them to soccer or baseball practice in, are destroying the environment and killing all of the cuddly animals.
We are being told by the government how much of the money we earn and how much we can keep. We are being told what we can say and what we cannot. We are being told where we can pray and where we cannot and even in whose name we can pray. We are being told what we must accept and what we must tolerate. We are being told what we should think and that marriage means something new and creepy. There is only one right of freedom that will prevent complete and total submission to a tyrannical government, and that is the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
As Donald Rumsfeld said following the liberation of Iraq, “Democracy is sometimes untidy.” Freedom makes it possible for people to kill other people. But it’s important to remember that freedom neither causes, incites nor encourages evil intent. Other influences, usually outside of a person, create and foster evil intent, and that virulent motivation will be with us so long as sin affects mankind. Let us approach our public policy issues as thoughtful adults worthy of the freedom that has been entrusted to us. No action is often the best action.
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