I usually don’t write articles like this. But today I made an exception. Because I am tired of seeing the same shit in the news every single day. And I am sick of people trying to guilt me into submission by saying I’m “encouraging murder” by protecting the Second Amendment.
On Sunday night, a gunman opened fire on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, his hail of gunfire killing 58 and injuring over 500 of the people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival this weekend.
Within 24 hours of the tragedy, the Las Vegas Shooting is being hailed the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history. Fifty-eight people are dead. Five-hundred are injured. Thousands of lives have been irrevocably altered because of one sick, twisted man. The fact that we have allowed things to progress this far is absolutely inexcusable.
I don’t care what the shooter’s name was. I don’t care if he had alleged ties to ISIS. I don’t care if he was anti-Trump. I don’t give a damn about that son of a bitch. I don’t care about anything but this simple fact: people are dying because our government still hasn’t done anything to fix this problem.
Yet another shooting. In yet another gun free zone.
I would say I’m surprised. But I’m not.
Back in June, I wrote a piece about gun violence, and how the only logical solution to this problem America seems to have with trigger-happy criminals, is to allow American citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. To abolish gun-free zones and allow Americans to defend themselves.
My logic is the same now as it was then. The statistics speak for themselves.
Taken from a previous article I wrote, Reducing Gun Violence in America: The Free Exercise of Second Amendment Rights:
Data from a recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policyillustrates a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime. Basically, the more guns in the hands of citizens, the less crime that occurs. In general, the study finds, nations that employ stricter gun laws experience substantially higher murder rates than those who do not. Interestingly, the nine European nations with the lowest gun ownership rates have a combined murder rate that is three times that of the nine European countries with the highest gun ownership rates.
Further, an analysis of FBI crime statistics shows a marked reduction in murders (8.5%), rapes (5%), aggravated assaults (7%), and robberies (3%) in states that adopted concealed carry laws and allowed citizens to exercise their second amendment right to bear arms for self-defense. The city of Kennesaw, Georgia, currently has a violent crime rate that is 85% lower than that of Georgia on average, primarily because of a law passed in 1982 requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in the house. Several cities that tried the opposite of this, by imposing some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, experience some of the highest rates of gun violence in the country (e.g. Chicago).
The logic behind all of this is rather simple.
When stricter gun laws are put into place, law-abiding citizens will fulfill their most important civic duty and obey those regulations. They will keep their guns locked up, disassembled, stowed safely in a corner of their home, far out of reach should (God forbid) they require it to defend themselves while out and about. They won’t take a gun into a gun-free zone. They won’t even carry knives for self-defense (in Canada’s case). They will walk around completely defenseless, some under the impression that their following of the law will be enough to protect them.
So to those of you crying for gun control: kindly get your heads out of your asses and pay attention. Banning guns will never be the solution to gun violence. Ever.
As Thomas Paine would say, “This is all just common sense.”
We live in a world full of violence. That is an uncontestable, and truly depressing, fact. But banning the tools used to perpetrate these tragedies will not stop the violence. Those who seek to do evil will continue to do it. Those who seek to hurt others will continue to do it. Those who seek to break the law will continue to do it. Regardless of the legal measures we take to try to stop them.
Because they don’t give a damn about the law.
Murder is illegal. Yet this man – and countless others before him – have done it without blinking. So don’t tell me that something as asinine as banning guns will suddenly change their minds.
What will change their minds is the knowledge that other citizens are there to stop them. That other people in that crowd have guns of their own. That the people they are targeting are not defenseless sheep, but wolves in their own right.
Arm these wolves and allow them to carry concealed weapons, and watch as criminals suddenly become deterred, decide maybe it isn’t worth the risk of shooting up this bank or airport or festival if a fair number of citizens in the area might have a gun to stop them.
I said it before, oh wise politicians, and I’ll say it again. And again. Until you hear me. You, the government, exist to protect us. If you can’t do that, then step aside and let us do it ourselves.