I Would Like to Address Gun Fanatics & Their Ridiculous Pro-Gun Propaganda

I’ve reached my limit when it comes to people who can’t even attempt to be the slightest bit rational or reasonable about sensible gun regulations.

When I say “sensible,” that does not mean I support gun confiscations. It’s absolutely ridiculous how any time we try to have an adult conversation about guns in this country, gun fanatics go off on unhinged tangents about “getting rid of the Second Amendment” and “confiscating all of our guns,” usually followed by several references to Nazi Germany.

Here’s the truth: We’re interpreting a Second Amendment that was written over 200 years ago, during a different time in our society when guns were much different and a “well regulated militia” was a vital part of keeping this nation secure.

Times have changed. 

Now, does that mean I oppose our Second Amendment? No, absolutely not. I am 100 percent in favor of every single law-abiding American having the right to bear arms.

That being said, people do not need military-style assault rifles for self-protection or to “defend themselves and their family.” Just because an AK-47 or AR-15 is modified to be less powerful and lethal specifically to sell to ordinary citizens does not change the reality that these guns were designed and engineered for war.

Besides, if what you really care about is self-defense and protecting your family, you’re going to be reaching for some sort of handgun or shotgun. If you need an AR-15 loaded with a 30-round magazine to defend your family, you’re either too lousy of a shot to be handling weapons in the first place — or you’re living in Fallujah.

Then there’s this nonsense about “guns have nothing to do with gun violence.” Look, yes, if these folks want to be technical about this then they’re right. A gun, by itself, cannot randomly kill anyone. However, you could say the same thing about grenades, RPGs or nuclear weapons. Without a human using any one of those weapons they’re essentially harmless.

So, what’s the real issue? It’s guns mixed with the ridiculously easy access to these weapons we have in this country. Think about this for a moment: a person can walk into Walmart and buy a gun — freaking Walmart. 

Buying a gun in this country shouldn’t be impossible, but it also shouldn’t be nearly as easy as buying a loaf of bread or a damn car battery, either. The reality is, because of our nation’s incredibly lax gun laws, we’ve allowed well over 300 million guns to flood our society, many of which have easily found their way into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

Oh, and can these people stop it with this idiocy about “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” Whether these people will admit it or not, the Orlando shooter (since he bought his weapons legally) was a “good guy with a gun” — up until he murdered 49 people. In fact, I’ve yet to have any gun fanatic explain to me how I can tell the difference between a “good guy” and a “bad guy” until the “bad guy” starts shooting people.

Like this guy in Colorado Springs who killed three people on Halloween. He was just a “good guy with a gun” who police couldn’t do anything about because open carry laws stated he was within his legal rights to stalk his three victims before killing them.

By the way, if you want to line up the “Second Amendment-hating liberals who want to infringe upon your rights,” you’re going to have to put Ronald Reagan among us. See, that’s a fact you won’t see mentioned by the conservative media: Reagan supported the 1994 ban on assault weapons.

Another little “fun fact” to present to these particular individuals: We already know that gun regulations do work in this country.

How, you ask? Well, it’s simple.

We highly regulate fully-automatic weapons in this country, making them extremely difficult to obtain. That’s probably why we don’t hear about too many horrific mass murders being carried out by fully-automatic weapons — because regulations prevented the “bad guy” from getting them.

Or are there people in this country who honestly believe that the regulation on these fully-automatic weapons has nothing to do with that? Do they think it’s all just “by chance”?

The reality is that guns aren’t toys and they’re not meant for hobbies. They’re weapons designed to kill and it’s about damn time we start treating them as such. What the vast majority of Democrats want are the following:

  • Universal background checks on all gun purchases.
  • To reinstitute the assault weapons ban.
  • Restrictions on magazine size.
  • To include screenings for mental health.
  • Suspected terrorists should not be allowed to buy guns.

That’s about it.

Most of us don’t want to take over 90 percent of the available guns in this country and make them illegal to own. We also don’t want to punish “law-abiding citizens” from having the ability to defend themselves and their families. All we want to do is enact common sense reforms to make sure that certain military-style weapons aren’t sold to civilians; that we’re making it incredibly difficult for those who shouldn’t have guns to get these weapons; that every gun purchase requires a background check; and we limit the magazine size of some weapons to prevent someone from being able to discharge 30-40 rounds in less than a minute.

And if we did all of that, every single “law-abiding citizen” would still be able to own over 95 percent of the guns we sell in this country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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