By Robert A. Margulies, MD
At a recent social event, my wife was engaged in a conversation with the wife of an associate. I half listened in until I realized that the conversation had turned to the topic of gun control.
It became more interesting when I learned that the other woman had been a United States Marine, and had been part of the security detail for one of our better known and highly esteemed presidents. She has a Washington State CPL and although we were in Oregon at the time, I didn’t question whether or not she had one from that state as well.
It was most interesting, given her background, that she was purse carrying, and that she walked away from her purse for an extended period of time. I noted the above as she expressed her position in favor of stricter gun laws. She believes that most people — herself excluded, of course — would not be competent or fit to carry a firearm.
At that point I inserted myself into the conversation. I took quiet, but definitive exception to her position and I asked her ‘the question’. That question, of course, is, “What law of any kind has prevented a crime? “
She was clearly taken aback and couldn’t answer the question, but proceeded to offer a flurry of comments in favor of red flag laws, which I deflected by repeating the question. She then drifted into the subject of law enforcement and the need for laws and enforcement. I took the opportunity to remind her that enforcement of the law is punishment, not prevention.
There is no prevention in apprehending and punishing a criminal. The crime has already been committed because the criminal doesn’t obey the law. She was flustered a bit and then chose to break off the conversation.
I’m personally quite satisfied with the outcome, but I’ve come to the conclusion that people with her mentality will not be changed by any pleasing argument. Or by partial acquiescence to any of their premises.
We honest citizens must come to the sure and certain understanding that there will be no satisfaction on the part of those who consider themselves “elite“ until they are the only ones in possession of the tools of armed self-defense. They have no concept of Constitutional existence. Their false pretensions of rationality are clearly negated by their lack of common sense and performance.
It is my considered opinion that they truly have no understanding of that which they are proposing. They believe that the police will do the dirty work for them and go house to house confiscating firearms.
Except where police are corrupt, that will not happen. Every police officer whom I know personally has firearms at home for themselves and family members. None of them are willing to have those firearms confiscated, leaving their families at the mercy of criminals who would not hesitate to do that which criminals do.
My comment at the end of our conversation was, “It will be interesting when those who don’t have guns assume that they will be able to take guns away from the people that have them.”
Robert A. Margulies, MD, MPH, FACEP, FACPM is an emergency medicine specialist, retired Navy Medical Corps captain, sworn peace officer, and firearm trainer with multiple certifications from the NRA and the Massad Ayoob Group.
This article originally appeared at drgo.us and is reprinted here with permission.