Those of us on the “let ’em go down to K-Mart, buy a gun, buy some bullets and walk out” side of the Second Amendment debate tend to forget that the same old gun control arguments are out there, somewhere. Actually, they’re in Sharon Massachusetts, as espoused by high schooler Adomas Grigonis. Mr. Grigonis’ essay in the Talon is a masterpiece of concision, presenting all the anti-gun shibboleths which have “informed” the left’s perspective on the issue for decades. “The Second Amendment in the Constitution allows Americans to bear arms, but this was written in the 18th century when homeland security was dependent on local militias.” Yup. That one. The one that completely ignores the Supreme Court’s recent ruling affirming Americans’ constitutional right to armed self-defense. Wait! There’s less!
Today guns are more of a liability than a necessity. According to the Stop Handgun Violence organization 40% of American households with children have guns.
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in an unintentional shooting, than to be used to injure or kill in self-defense . . .
Most pro-firearms people argue that a person has to pull the trigger, but if the person had not been given a gun in the first place would there not be a trigger to pull?
I didn’t start this blog to cross swords with a high schooler who wants to save the world from gun violence. So I’m not going to rip his polemic to pieces. I merely want to point out that the TTAG is, by and large, an echo chamber.
If you want to defend the right to bear arms, you have to take the battle where it can do some good: in the places where anti-gun forces mass (so to speak). Tell the truth about guns to people who don’t want to hear it. Be calm and rational and persistent. But do it. Your rights are in their hands as much as your own.
Meanwhile, I blame Mr. Grigonis’ teachers for his lopsided views on gun control. Surely our schools should be teaching our children how to think, rather than how to parrot the PC politics of perceived wisdom. Or lack thereof.