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‘Common Sense’ Gun Control

Every time the national news reports on a shooting, something predictable happens. A seemingly well organized and very well funded faux grassroots campaign springs up all over social media calling for “common sense gun control” to stop the senseless violence. Sometimes even our friends and family that usually have good common sense get caught up in the movement and reshare a very poorly researched article with cherry-picked statistics to make the point that guns are evil and should all be banned.

Every time gun bans are enacted murder rates go up. We have recently seen this in England, Ireland, Australia, Jamaica, Washington D.C. and Chicago, just to name a few. Firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self defense. It would not be possible to get all of the guns in America off of the streets without tearing up every house and yard in the country. Even then, it wouldn’t be possible with the Obama administration giving military weapons to Mexican drug cartels and then refusing to secure our borders, because the streets would be flooded with the weapon that we gave the cartels within weeks. When you look at the facts, it is clear that taking away guns is the opposite of the “common sense” approach.

I can cite facts and studies about how gun control always makes things worse until I am blue in the face, but we all know that facts can be cherry-picked to support almost any conclusion. Any of the Bloomberg-funded anti-gun groups are prime examples of this. So instead of wasting more of your time with facts I am going to do what anti-gun groups won’t do and appeal to your common sense.

Imagine a scenario where you are out at a local mall with your family when you hear gunshots near your location. In option A, neither you, nor anybody else around you has a gun because guns have been taken from the law abiding citizens. In this case your only option is to run, hide and hope that the people with guns (police) get to the mall and stop the bad guy before he finds you and your family. In this scenario the shooter has free reign for 10 minutes until the cops arrive. In option B, you and some people around you have your concealed carry weapons and you spring into action as soon as you hear the first gunshot. A few of you pin the shooter down with fire until another person can move into a better position to take the shooter down. The whole scenario last under a minute and the shooter is only able to get off 2 or 3 well placed shots before he is pinned down. Countless lives are saved by the law abiding gun owners.

Now imagine a second scenario in which your wife is home with your kids while you are at work when a large man, armed with a knife, breaks into the house with the intent to rape your wife and kill your family. Option A, you don’t have a gun in your house so your wife is overpowered by the large man. She is raped and your whole family is killed because she has no way to fight off the much larger man and can’t reach a phone to call the police. In option B, you have guns safely stored in your house and your wife can access them quickly and knows how to use them. When she hears the first sounds of someone trying to open the locks on the door she runs to the safe and gets the gun. She warns the intruder that she will shoot if he doesn’t stop. He doesn’t believe her and continues to break in and he is shot and killed.

Guns are the great equalizer. If a large man attacks a small woman, she has very little chance of defending herself even if she has dedicated her life to studying martial arts. If the woman has a gun and knows how to use it, the size and strength difference doesn’t matter. She has a very good chance of surviving the encounter if she can just get a shot off.

Next time someone you know talks about America needing “common sense” gun laws take the opportunity to share some real common sense with them because the proposals of anti-gun groups are anything but “common sense.”