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Donít Argue About Gun Control; Advocate Gun Responsibility

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Donít Argue About Gun Control; Advocate Gun Responsibility

07.02.13 09:01 PM

The Administration of Barack Obama remains hell-bent in its efforts to disarm American citizens, and the Administrationís gun-control efforts have benefited from a series of high-profile mass shootings carried out by deranged madmen. Still, the 2nd Amendment remains popular with a large contingent of the Nationís population, which has helped thwart more than one legislative push for gun control.

The reason gun-control advocates have such a tough time lobbying for tougher gun laws is that they must base each of their arguments on flawed premises.

Guns can kill people; therefore, guns are bad.

More firepower translates to more potential for fatal outcomes in gun crimes; therefore, firepower must be restricted.

Guns are dangerous to our Nationís children, so we must ban guns to protect children.

The reasons for advocating stricter gun laws are, in fact, so misguided that making a counterargument seems almost absurd.

And, make no mistake: Those advocating for stricter gun laws know that they are misguided in their efforts. Thatís why, during a tour to push more gun laws, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appeared at a gun range in Las Vegas and fired a weapon for the first time since she was shot in the head more than two years ago. It was a bid to prove that she doesnít hate guns.

Via New York Magazine:
The image is poignant, and even slightly unsettling, but serves a larger purpose: Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, firearm owners before and after she became a victim of gun violence herself, are out to prove that common-sense gun control and the Second Amendment can co-exist. As a spokeswoman for this concept, Giffords should be all but unassailable.

“Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting. But I’m a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage,” she writes in a USA Today op-ed explaining the tour and encouraging the expansion of background checks. “But when children are gunned down in their classrooms, when families are slaughtered at a movie theater, when a little girl dreaming of running for office is shot dead standing next to me in a grocery store parking lot, we have to admit what we’re doing is not enough. We’ve all got to do more to reduce gun violence.”

Second Amendment supporters should take note.

No matter how idiotic gun rights supporters believe the arguments for more gun control are, there is no hope in making gun haters realize their folly through rhetoric alone. So the next time you find yourself in an argument with people who feel guns should be restricted as much as possible, donít try to convince them that they are wrong.

Instead, make some new friends and invite them to the range. Show them what safe, responsible gun ownership is. Show them how much fun an afternoon of target practice can be. More likely than not, a person who views firearms as scary, destructive devices has never been around them in the company of a responsible gun owner.

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