Tim Phillips of Global Post just posted an article advocating a solution to the gun control debate that has been going on for over a year now. In reality this debate has been going on for the last 45+ years, since 1968 and some would argue back as far as 1934. While I give him credit for his approach I believe he is missing the point on the issue.
The issue has never been about guns as much as it is about politics and control. Take the proposed law from last spring to extend background checks to all private sales at gun shows that failed to pass. As has been pointed out before this bill if it had been in effect for the past 10 years would have done NOTHING to stop almost all the mass shootings and certainly all the most recent ones going back 3-4 years. Why? Because in everyone one of those situations the shooters either passed the background checks or stole the guns. In either cases the law would have done nothing to prevent them. Yet, they pushed it just the same. Why… because of politics and control.
Now, take the proposal by the NRA of adding people into schools who are armed and can provide a response to a mass shooter. This could come in the form of an armed resource officer or an armed citizen who volunteers. When the NRA suggested this they were ridiculed and dismissed immediately out of hand by every gun grabbing politician and “main stream” news organization. Yet, this isn’t just some off the wall suggestion, this actual policy has been in place in Israel since 1976 and they haven’t had a SINGLE school shooting since then!
Why was the NRA policy so quickly dismissed? Because the politicians and gun grabbers are more interested in politics and control than actually solving the problem. The vast majority of the politicians that advocate for these bans have no interest in solving the actual issue. They don’t even write or read the bill, rather they let some anti-gun lobbyist write the bill and then go push it like a good little dog. They don’t understand what they are evening proposing. This has been proven over and over again, most recently with the Colorado legislator that didn’t understand the difference between a clip and a magazine, but was willing to offer a law to ban them. Again, why was she doing this? Politics and Control.
Mr. Phillips discussed “negotiation” and understanding each other’s core values as a way of resolving this. That is completely naive to say the least. The gun grabbing politicians are NOT interested in understanding our culture and never have been. They are not interested in actual solutions that will work, just ramming yet, another law down our throats that will do nothing, but will move us closer to their true goal of total citizen disarmament. To deny this as their true goal is either duplicitous or naive, take your pick.
What about the negotiation part, well the gun grabbers aren’t interested in that either. In a true negotiation neither side gets what they really want, but both get something and while it may not be exactly what they were hoping for it will work. The politicians who propose gun grabs are interested in only a one way street. We give, they take, nothing more. The negotiation becomes a “how much can we get away with this time with this law”. If this was not true then how come the “negotiation” is never about us getting BACK some of our rights that have been taken away in previous laws that were proven to not work and now just hurt law abiding gun owners? No, it is always how much more can we take this time. It is never a true negotiation of give and take. Why? Again, politics and control.
Speaking as a gun owner I will say I don’t trust any politician who wants to just “discuss” how we can prevent tragedies in the future because for them that isn’t the true goal and we saw that first hand after Newtown, CT. Many of them were so sure this was their big moment that they fully revealed their true colors. Confiscation was used for the first time and many admitted it. They shed their cloaks of “we believe in the 2nd Amendment” they always hide behind and let their true colors show. Total ban on all civilian owned firearms and confiscation for those that have them now.
The problem gun owners have is we have been burned every time we “negotiate” with these people because they are interested in only one thing…disarmament. We are always told if we just agree to this one “common sense” bill they will not be back, but that is a lie, they always come back. There simply is no trust left and never will be. While I don’t think Mr. Phillips is a bad guy, yet, he is naive and his article show it.
The most horrible atrocities in the 20th and eventually the 21st Century were caused by unchecked dictators who started their reign of terror with gun control first. Disarm their victims and then murder them because they certainly can’t fight back now. No thanks, Mr. Phillips. I am not going in the box car willingly. As gun owners we are not giving one more inch!