“Killed with a gun.” What would it mean if someone read a list of all the people who died in automobile accidents, following each name with “killed in a car.” That cars are dangerous? Certainly. But would the litany of the dead (not to mention the tens of thousands seriously injured and maimed) stop Americans driving cars? No it wouldn’t. Driving a car a risk – benefit trade-off that most of us make every day of our lives, so that we can live our lives to the full. Of course it’s not the same. Automobiles serve a useful purpose. Guns don’t. Unless . . .
you count all the times an American used a gun to protect life. Or the number of people who live in peace and freedom because an armed populace prevents the rise of a tyrannical government. That’s an analysis that the civilian disarmament movement does not do. They will not admit the many benefits of gun ownership. Can not. Instead, they wave the bloody shirt with sanctimonious serenity. Slow dancing in the blood of victims gunned down in a “gun-free zone.” Innocents who might have been saved by the proverbial “good guy with a gun.”
“No one’s trying to take away your guns,” the sister of a teacher murdered by Adam Lanza insists. But no matter how earnestly she says it, the statement is, in fact, a lie. MAIG and their followers want to take away Americans’ guns. They want to ban “assault weapons.” They want to prevent ordinary Americans from carrying handguns for self-defense. They want to stop those who do from carrying “too many” bullets—until they can be prevented from carrying any.
Strangely, Miss Soto glimpses the fact that her logic is flawed, admitting that “universal background checks” may not have saved her sister. “It’s a bigger picture than that,” she prevaricates. And that is the truth—as The People of the Gun would tell her if she’d let them. The truth is that the liberties we enjoy come at a cost. The life we cherish must sometimes be actively, violently protected to survive; by those who find themselves directly in the line of fire. The best way to do that? With a gun.