I recently covered a Second Amendment rally while travelling in Philadelphia, during which I unexpectedly entered into debate with a die hard gun control advocate who was pushing to ban not only guns but knives, forks, hammers, nails, and just about anything that’s sharp.
While it may be shocking to you, the beliefs held by this man actually represent a portion of the population that truly believes we need to enact legislative bans on just about anything that could injure another human being. Many of these individuals actually believe that this is an effective solution to stopping violence. That is until you ask them some common sense questions that ultimately makes them realize that the ‘gun control debate’ is really fueled by mainstream media rhetoric.
In fact, only around 4% of the United States population even believes that we should place gun control as a major priority going forward. Surprised? In reality, all of the fuss over firearms can be traced back to mainstream media talking heads on MSNBC (the MS by the way stands for Microsoft) and other channels that cater to a small audience that has no sense of what’s going on.
In the world of so-called ‘leftist’ talking heads, they would have you believe that mass shootings are an epidemic that has led to the deaths of countless individuals. Of course we know that even the Department of Justice warned in a recent report that paranoia among the police force over mass shootings that cause about 35 deaths per year on average is leading to wasted resources that could be used to fight rape and homicide in high crime areas.
But this is the result of media hype.
It should also be mentioned that this is the same memo that admits an assault rifle ban will not stop crime (which should come as no real shock when considering that rifles only account for around 348 deaths according to official FBI data).
But the numbers behind, even examining the very mentality behind the ‘ban everything’ concept, it simply makes no sense. And as this man seems to come to terms with towards the end of the video after he realizes many of the valid questions I pose can’t exactly be answered using the ‘ban everything’ model, it surely is about society’s belief system and education on what’s right and wrong.
In the real world, enacting legislative bans on all sharp objects only fuels innovation of criminals to find other weapons that can be used on a highly disarmed public. Imagine not only living in a world where ‘all’ firearms (all legal firearms that can be traced through registration) are banned, but where all knives, forks, and even glass bottles are banned. What could you do against a criminal who is smart enough to go out and find his own weapon? In all of these circumstances, the law-abiding citizen loses.
One other question I pose to advocates of complete gun bans: Should we also disarm the police? How about the military? Should we simply decide that, as a nation, we are banning weapons to take a stand for peace?
Even Gandhi supported the use of firearms when it came down to protecting family and country. As a matter of fact, he labeled Britain’s gun ban the blackest of their tyrannical actions.