When it comes to gun control laws, or any other law for that matter, it’s not the law that changes things, it’s the enforcement of those laws. Which means, laws are more intended for law-abiding citizens than criminals.
So what will more “gun control laws” actually do? Nothing, of course, except infringe even further on the rights of law-abiding Americans. Lawbreakers will pay no more attention to more new laws than they have the past decades of gun control laws
But that’s what all the screaming liberals are after now — more gun laws. So what are some of our arguments against more “gun control” measures? Here’s a few:
1) Appeal to their own self interest — remind them you’re not just a law-abiding gun owner, you’re one of their constituents and you will not forget how they vote on this issue.
2) Remind them that the modern sporting rifle is this generation’s equivalent of the lever-action repeating rifle of the 1800s or the bolt action Mausers and Springfields of World War I and II. It is the rifle today’s returning soldiers use for recreational purposes because it’s the rifle they know inside and out.
3) Offer this fact: The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act of 1994 (the “assault weapon ban”) did absolutely nothing to reduce crime. When it expired in 2004, crime didn’t spike. The National Academy of Sciences studied U.S. gun laws and reported it could find no links on restrictions of gun ownership and lowered crime rates, firearms violence or even accidents with guns.
4) Gun ownership has increased steadily for most of the past 20 years — and violent crime and murder has dropped, almost by half.
5) The change that has worked repeatedly is the removal of prohibitions against individuals carrying guns for personal protection. Criminals and crazies prefer gun-free zones, not places where individuals aren’t easy pickings.
And don’t forget that the proof is in the pudding: Chicago and Washington, D.C. are the poster cities for anti-gun legislation. Compare their crime rates with your town. Encourage your officials not to be swayed by emotional rhetoric when the facts don’t support anti-gun arguments.
Bill Karr is editor of Western Outdoor News.