One of the biggest cons perpetuated on the American people is the paranoid fear-mongering that often accompanies the “gun debate” and the Second Amendment. Here we have an amendment that literally starts out with the words, “A well regulated militia..,” yet gun fanatics almost always ignore that part. Instead, they typically only mention the “shall not be infringed” part at the end. As if you can credibly discuss a full sentence by leaving out half of it.
My favorite is when they try to twist around the meaning of “well regulated,” often claiming that the phrase actually means “anyone who can shoot a gun.” Of course, this belief makes absolutely no sense considering they could have easily just written, “The right for an American to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” But they didn’t. They specifically put that the right to bear arms was meant for the purpose of a well regulated militia.
Then again, these are many of the same people who insist that the Confederacy wasn’t about slavery.
But the truth is, these gun fanatics – most of whom are found within the Republican party – have fallen for one of the biggest cons in American history.
Take for instance the NRA. As most know, the NRA is a rabid pro-gun organization that opposes almost any and all attempts to regulate guns in any way. If someone obsesses about guns, chances are they’re big fans of the NRA.
Well, that wasn’t always the case. In 1938, NRA President Karl T. Fredrick said:
“I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”
Could you imagine an NRA president saying something like that today? President Obama expands background checks and, to listen to today’s NRA, you would have thought he just ordered all semi-automatic weapons confiscated. It’s ridiculous.
We can’t even begin to have a common sense discussion on guns in this country because millions of Americans have bought into this con that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” It’s literally predicated on the fact that someone has to be shot at, shot, or killed before a “good guy” can identify the “bad guy.” Meanwhile, in the gun utopia where everyone is openly carrying weapons, “good guys” and “bad guys” would look exactly the same. A mass murderer could be stalking around their future victims just prior to brutally slaughtering innocent people – and there’s nothing anyone could have done about it. Why? Because until they opened fire, they were just another “good guy with a gun.”
Not only that, but studies show that most “bad guys with guns” were disarmed by “good guys” – who didn’t have guns. In fact, according to FBI statistics from 2000-2013, only three percent of active shooters were stopped by people who were armed. Whereas twenty percent were stopped by people who didn’t have guns.
The gun lobby has a great con going on right now and millions of gun nuts and self-identified Republicans are foolish enough to fall for it. No matter how many people die by guns, their answer will always be “more guns.” Not only that, but anytime there’s even the slightest mention of gun control, they instantly go into propaganda/fear-mongering mode because they know doing so will trigger a huge spike in gun and ammo sales based on nothing more than ridiculous and irrational fears.
Heck, just look at the Jade Helm idiocy from last year when people were literally burying their guns out of fear that a military exercise was a ploy by the Obama administration to confiscate guns. Naturally, this conspiracy led to a spike in gun sales.
Then there’s the myth that if we regulate guns, then only the bad guys will have them. Yeah, that’s rational. That’s why gun violence in countries like Japan, France, Germany and the UK is so high, right? Unchallenged criminals running wild, gunning down innocent civilians daily.
Wait, no – that’s not right. Those countries actually have almost no gun violence… yet highly regulate guns. If tight gun regulations means that only criminals will have guns, then why isn’t gun violence rampant in these industrialized countries with strict laws on guns?
Wait, there I go using common sense, facts and logic when I should really be implying that guns are no more dangerous than spoons – like many gun fanatics do. Because that makes perfect sound and rational sense.
What’s even more ironic is that we’ve already proven gun regulations in this country work. We have strict regulations on fully automatic weapons and almost none of our gun violence is committed by fully automatic weapons – because they’re incredibly difficult to get. And for those who want to cite Chicago as a reason why “gun regulations don’t work,” here’s a great rundown on what you should know about that poor argument.
But the bottom line is, the NRA is supported by the big gun lobby – two groups that basically own the Republican party – and they thrive on fear, paranoia and ignorance. They really don’t want to see a massive reduction in gun violence because that would be bad for business. They’re making hundreds of millions of dollars in gun sales every time they push their over-the-top gun propaganda. Why in the world would they ever want to see gun violence all but eliminated? There is a lot of money to be made by using fear to sell guns. These are folks who I fully believe smile and celebrate every time there’s news of a new mass shooting. Because they damn well know their profits are about to soar.
And the sad part is, as transparent as these people are, tens of millions of Americans are too damn blind to see what a con all of this is. In my opinion, you have to be willfully ignorant to not see that an organization that makes hundreds of millions of dollars, backed by a gun lobby that makes billions, has a whole lot of money to lose by supporting common sense gun reform – and a whole lot of money to make by pushing irrational fear-mongering gun propaganda.