Speaking of manipulating the language, I feel free to substitute the term “civilian disarmament” for “gun control.” That’s because I never met a gun control advocate who didn’t want to disarm someone – by preventing firearms purchases, making it difficult (if not impossible) for citizens to carry a firearm and/or banning certain types of guns (and ammunition). Why? There are three main reasons . . .
1. They think you’re crazy
Despite any and all evidence to the contrary, despite the fact that gun ownership is a Constitutionally protected right, gun control advocates believe guns are FAR too dangerous to “allow” civilian ownership. In fact (or not), the antis think you have to be crazy to own a gun. Strike that. They believe you are crazy if you want or indeed own a gun. And if you are crazy, which you are for wanting to own or owning a gun, you shouldn’t have a gun. It’s only a matter of time before you flip out and kill someone.
It’s a classic Catch-22: “a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules.” But it’s no joke. The antis’ push for mental health disqualifications for gun ownership put them on the same path as the Russians and Nazis, who used “mental illness” as an excuse to segregate and/or murder their political opponents. A reported ten percent of Americans take anti-depressants. Would antis take away their guns? In a New York minute. And all the rest, too.
2. They think you’re a threat to government
The Second Amendment was written to protect citizens from government tyranny. While the antis argue that the 2A’s militia clause puts paid to that interpretation, it doesn’t and they know it. Antis are extremely uncomfortable with the idea that a gun-owning rabble could thwart the government’s efforts to provide a better life for all. Disarming potential insurrectionists members of society removes this serious and ongoing threat to “progress.”
Again, no joke. You may recall that President Obama felt obliged to chide Americans who see Big Government as an enemy of liberty. “We are the government” he asserted. This classic double-speak – we’re doing what you want us to do even though you don’t want us to do it – underpins gun control advocates’ abject inability to respect dissent. You can’t have a gun because you don’t know what’s good for you. Us. You stand in our way.
3. They hate you
There are lots of reasons – and I use that term loosely – why gun control advocates hate gun rights advocates. There are the [supposed] safety issues and insurrectionist worries mentioned above, the NRA’s effectiveness at blocking gun control legislation and more. But deep down they hate everything about you. Like racists who consider skin color a defining characteristic or abolitionists who view alcohol consumption as a sign of moral weakness or demonic possession, antis consider gun owners scum.
That’s why antis constantly portray gun owners as violent, unstable, uneducated, racist, inadequately endowed, homophobic morons. Without delving into psychological factors (e.g., psychological projection), it’s clear that the antis’ irrational campaign to disarm all Americans (save the police and other government agents) is not driven by love of life or liberty. It’s simple animus. You, the gun owner, are “the other.” Nothing you can say or do will convince them otherwise. They will not rest until you – and everyone like you – is disarmed. In short, you are their enemy. In this they are not wrong.