No one is coming for your guns

But they are coming for your vaginas

ammoUnlike the right of women to make their own reproductive choices, the right to bear arms faces no serious challenge in the United States of America.

This is a comparison that unsettles me, of course. Anti-abortion rights folks grant personhood to any meeting of a sperm and the egg, but no one doubts that the lives threatened by guns actually began at birth. However, looking at how the left and the right approach what they perceive as encroachments on “freedom” is useful right now.

When gun owners see outrage at the random execution of 20 first and second grade students and immediately begin imagining jackbooted thugs coming for their guns, it betrays a kind of paranoia that makes the affection for firearms seem like a fetish or a compensation for other deficiencies. Freud would certainly have something to say about it.

Frankly, it’s scary and dangerous that some gun owners imagine their arsenal as their last defense against the government or some end times scenario. But that’s their right—and unless we amend the Constitution, it’s never going away.

Even if we banned all weapons, gun violence in this nation probably wouldn’t disappear. Britain and Australia both made huge changes in gun laws after school shootings that have prevented any more massacres on campuses. But they weren’t facing the NRA or starting from a sprawling gun culture that has as many weapons as people.

However, as President Obama said, “No single law or set of laws can eliminate evil from the world but that can’t be an excuse for inaction.”

The Brady Campaign—founded by former White House Press Secretary Jim Brady and his wife Sarah after Jim was shot and paralyzed during an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981—believes in separating gun owners from the source of most of the nation’s gun paranoia, the NRA.

The left often refers to the NRA with pejoratives that remind me of how the right describes organizations that enable choice like Planned Parenthood including “blood-soaked.” But the NRA’s agenda is so obvious. They seek to sell guns and they sell more guns by creating the perception guns will some day be taken away. That’s why, through organizations like ALEC, they seek increasingly crazy gun laws for the left to oppose.

The NRA has to invent opposition because they’ve won the debate.

The Republican Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he won’t even consider any new gun safety legislation. President Obama only expanded gun rights and the NRA waged all out war to defeat him, despite calling them their best salesman ever.

The NRA has made it so that even discussing this issue is challenged. Speak about guns and confuse an AF with an AK and you’re ridiculed and mocked. You have to have hollow-point bullets to hunt BY LAW in some states.

You need a Masters in firearms to discuss gun legislation. Yet anyone with a flag pin is an expert on a uterus.

If only guns were as well regulated in this country as vaginas are.

We’re constantly talking about the last abortion clinic closing in Mississippi. In every state that isn’t bright blue, legislation is being constantly proffered to make it harder and more onerous to make your own reproductive decisions.

For the right to firearms to ever to ever be seriously abridged, you’d need 2/3 of Congress and the states. However, we’re one vote on the Supreme Court from overturning Roe v. Wade. If that happened, within weeks, the right to end a first trimester pregnancy that was the result of incest or rape would be gone in at least a dozen states.

The right likes to point out that you have a better chance of being hit by lightning than dying in a mass shooting—an argument that meant nothing to them when used by the left to argue against ridiculous voter ID laws.

We do need to be honest and point out that gun violence on a whole is way too common—yet it is down from all time highs. As are school shootings.

That should gird us against a solution that’s worse than the problem. Except is that really possible when Republicans are simply pledging to do nothing?

In the massacres at Newtown, Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech, the killer all used the same gun, a gun that’s covered under the Assault Weapons Ban that President Reagan endorsed and Republicans let lapse.

THE SAME GUN. AND IT’S LEGAL.

(BTW: Under the proposed ban to be introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Safe Seat), existing guns would be grandfathered in because this is America. No one is ever coming for your guns.)

The burden is now on us pro-lifers from the left to act to make sure real steps are made to prevent massacres that offend the human spirit so heinously that doing nothing is an evil in itself.

But the burden is also now on gun owners.

Prove to us that owning this type of gun with this type of multi-multi-round clip—only designed to kill multiple humans—is necessary when there is even a chance that it can be used to execute 20 children in minutes.

Is that a right even worth having?

[Photo by Anne Savage]
  • http://www.facebook.com/sonya.heaney.1 Sonya Heaney

    Just one point: here in Australia, our mass shooting wasn’t at a school; it was at a popular tourist destination in Tasmania.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sonya.heaney.1 Sonya Heaney

    But otherwise, this is an excellent piece!

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.beauchemin.1 Derek Beauchemin

    The Minnesota Personality Profile Inventory (MPPI) has been around for decades and has been found to be most accurate in determining potentially anti-social behavior and violent tendencies. This test, as well as written and practical safety tests and background checks should be mandatory in all states. Too much attention is given to the firearms and not the user. License the gun owner and hold them responsible should an unreported stolen gun be used in a crime. Make licenses renewable and the private sales of firearms subject to the same laws as commercial dealers thereby giving each gun or rifle a clear paper trail. If one breaks a law regarding safety of their firearm, their ability to own a firearm should be either suspended or revoked dependent on the severity of the infraction.

    It was in 1968, that President Lyndon Johnson called for national registration and licensing. 45 years is long enough to wait for sensible laws that address gun violence.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zelsdorf-Ragshaft-III/100000173426945 Zelsdorf Ragshaft III

    You get license gun users when they license speech. What part of the constitution does the left not understand? If freedom costs to much for you, move to Norway. They never have children killed by madmen there.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Was this written in English? I see familiar words but they don’t seem to be put together in coherent, grammatically correct sentences.

      • Rick C

        When you talk about licensing gun owners, are you envisioning something like a driver’s license, where you pass a test and then you can carry a gun in all 50 states? Because lots of us might be OK with that.

        Also, you’re a liar when you say nobody wants to take guns.
        http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/336373/cuomo-confiscation-could-be-option-eliana-johnson
        “Cuomo continued, “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.””

        We all know you want to take them and that most of you just won’t admit it.

      • http://twitter.com/Torpid_Pangolin Torpid Pangolin

        I’m not terribly surprised to find out that you aren’t a competent reader.

      • sebagp

        Instead of responding to the substantive point about Norway, you snark about a missing word and the fact that “too” is mispelled.
        And you think you’re demonstrating your intellectual superiority.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Sendler/100000341604089 Robert Sendler

    Never let a crisis go to waste…now who said that?

    In a radio interview on Thursday with Albany’s WGDJ-AM,
    New York governor Andrew Cuomo said that he plans to work with state
    legislators next month to submit a proposal for new gun-control laws; in
    particular, Cuomo said, “our focus is assault weapons,” because current
    state laws regulating the weapons “have more holes that Swiss cheese.”

    “I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting,’” he said.

    Cuomo continued, “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to
    the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your
    gun but permit it.”

    You’re either stupid or dishonest…

    • sebagp

      He’s both.

    • SDN

      Those are not mutually exclusive.

  • quraina

    “If only guns were as well regulated in this country as vaginas are.” A silly sentence that undermines faith in the seriousness of the whole post. A horrible atrocity is committed, and the progressives use it to indulge their obsessive vagina-speak.

    • SDN

      quraina, the moron who wrote that has obviously never looked up the number of gun laws already on the books.

  • RantMan

    By the way, you’re being accused of sneering:

    http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=46160

    For the record, that asshole wrote the book on it. He’s one of the politically privileged ethnic types.

    Just dial Diamond D-I-A-M-O-N-D.

    Heh…

    • http://proteinwisdom.com darleenclick

      I believe “sneering” was actually mild. The deep down stupid of LOL’s rant is breathtaking. As if vagina’s are regulated …snort … let’s have one year of females go through the same paperwork/background checks that gun purchasers do before they are allowed to use their vaginas then we can compare, eh? And that’s even before noting that abortion has not a thing to do with a vagina.

      “politically privileged ethnic types” … someone woke up on the wrong side of his jackboots.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Well, to give them credit, we are sneering. I am at least.

  • http://twitter.com/Torpid_Pangolin Torpid Pangolin

    This is by far the dumbest most bizarre article I have ever read. It’s a bit dumb even to be a facebook post.

    “You need a Masters in firearms to discuss gun legislation. Yet anyone with a flag pin is an expert on a uterus. ”

    1. If you don’t know anything about guns your opinions an guns are useless made up nonsense. This stuff is not hard to learn. You can pick most of it up on wikipedia. Not picking it up marks you are a lazy scold having an emotional reaction to rumors and legends with equal intensity as your would to news.

    2. The second line is both untrue and so untrue as to cross the border into hilariously stupid, Are you confused as to which party is in power right now? Is not wanting to help pay for the birth control of a 30 year old woman going to an expensive catholic law school ( a sign of privilege) when birth control can be had at $9 a month at Walmart? And this is a war on women? Meanwhile governor Cuomo of New York is mumbling about confiscating guns right now.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/elron.aven Elron Aven

    “Is that a right even worth having?”

    RODNEY. KING. RIOTS.

    If you think that kinda thing can’t happen again, you’re naive.

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    “We also need to update the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Amendments to prevent future shootings. No? Why do you hate kids?” https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/282865673695277056

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  • http://www.facebook.com/isaac.chatfield.7 Isaac Chatfield

    This isnt really about guns… This is about the responsibility of people with guns. There is no reason to take away guns. I think that we need to have our mental institutions reopened to help prevent people who our physiologically ill, like the man in the Connecticut shooting. By banning guns we will cause more crime and smuggling. Last I heard herion, meth and cocain was illegal but yet it is still distributed throughout our country. So our government cannot keep the guns away from us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Tyme/100003197138331 Justin Tyme

    Yes,

    Yes it is a right worth saving.

    The number of incidents that actually involve “high round” magazines are small, though violent.

    The number of magazines involved, as a percentage of the whole is negligible.

    The number of “bad” gun owners as a percentage of all gun owners…again negligible.

    Where these events occur prompts a better question…how can we secure those places effectively?

    “Gun Free Zones” as they are currently implemented are a farce. A “feels good; accomplishes nothing” kind of thing. Signs and laws don’t deter crazy or evil people. It just marks out a safe zone for them. And that’s why a massacre wasn’t stopped by an armed citizen…good citizens follow the law.

    BUT we know of a cases where it appears that an armed citizen kept an event from getting worse. Clackamas mall is one of the most recent examples. (See http://www.kgw.com/news/Clackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html)

    Repeatedly, we see that Gun Free Zones fail. Because they insufficiently secure.

    First step is to either secure these “gun free zones” properly or to remove them as “gun free zones.”

    Let’s first get into an honest discussion about the REAL problems of violence and mental health. Gun control is just a distractor.


    Having a firearm doesn’t guarantee you will prevail. It does, however, guarantee you have a chance.

  • Eduardo Blanco

    I’m kind of tired of the whole “no one is after your guns” mantra i keep hearing repeated over and over as if people are trying to convince you. They are, it’s just that they know they can’t do it all at once. They are chipping away at gun rights bit by bit. They have prohibited quite a bit here in NYS. Hundreds of guns that were legal just 10 months ago are now banned along with numerous “scary” features (pistol grips, muzzle breaks, etc.). Each new law they create is another nail in the 2nd Amendment coffin. Saturday night specials, assault rifle, high capacity magazines, microstamping, smart gun technology, gun show loophole, sniper rifles, military grade weapons, and the list goes on and on. There is no shortage of evil sounding phrases used to tarnish the right to keep and bear arms. The gun ban nuts always have a new “common sense” law that will save us from the guns on the street, it’s been going on for decades. Truth is, the gun ban nuts want to ban all guns period. These laws are all just incremental steps in that direction. This is why the 2nd amendment supporters fight tooth and nail against what appear to be minor gun control laws to the uninformed. In CA, they are trying to ban any and all magazine fed arms which basically leaves bolt action hunting rifles. Fienstein has called for confiscation on more than one occasion as did Cuomo. Eric Holder is quoted as saying “we need to brainwash out youths”.
    What more proof do you need that they are after guns?
    But instead of seeing the truth, your quite literally playing right into their hands and doing exactly what they’ve programmed you to do. You are perpetuating the lie, don’t be part of their lie.

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