I get it, I do. Gun control activists don't want to see people die from senseless gun violence, well neither do gun enthusiasts. Neither side wants to see some guy walk into a crowded movie theater or school and open fire on innocent civilians. We both see the problem, but we see two very different solutions. The pro-gun control crowd believes banning guns will solve the problem, the anti-gun control crowd knows this won't work.

For one the bad guys don't care about laws. This might surprise some, but some people just don't care if something is illegal or not. Laws have never prevented murders or robberies, if it did the prisons would be virtually empty. The truth is gun control has never worked. Strict gun control laws in Chicago, for instance, have never made it safer to walk down the street at night.

Second if a person want's to do harm they don't need a gun to do it. In March of 2014 eight terrorists wielding knives at a Chinese train station killed 29 civilians and wounded 140 others. China is no stranger to knife attacks where guns are illegal. There's also been a series of knife attacks on innocent Chinese school children. In Cologne Germany in 1964 Walter Seifert killed 10 and injured 22 others with a homemade flamethrower and a lance. In 1927 Andrew Philip Kehoe set off a bomb in a school that killed 43 people. In Bavaria, Germany in 2009 a man with Molotov cocktails and an axe injured 15 people at a school.  On 9/11 a couple of terrorists with box-cutters killed 3000 people at the World Trade Center. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with a fertilizer bomb.  The Boston bombers killed 3 and wounded dozens more with a pressure cooker. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. In many of these incidents a person with a concealed weapon could have ended the attacks before they began. Incidentally it was this same reason that dissuaded the Japanese from attacking the West Coast of the United States during World War 2. The Japanese military was afraid of an armed civilian force with a gun behind every blade of grass. 

Let's pose a hypothetical scenario. Let's pretend the Second Amendment is struck down and owning any kind of gun is illegal. This still would not prevent gun violence. Currently in the United States there are enough firearms for every man, woman, and child. These guns would remain in circulation for decades to come. The demand for guns would fuel a black market and some enterprising criminal would figure out a way to run guns into the U.S. Then there is the other side of the coin. Frankly I would be uncomfortable with a government that spies on it's own people and target's political dissidents to be the only ones with the guns. In fact this is one of the reasons for the Second Amendment, to ensure the government behaves themselves. The Founding Fathers knew power corrupts and the only way to ensure freedom is a government that fears the people.

Here in America guns have been a part of the culture since it's inception. The Second Amendment has given everyone the right to bear arms. It used to be buying a Thompson Sub-machine gun was as easy as ordering it through the mail. And some schools had shooting ranges and actually let their students bring their guns to school. Such a thing would be unfathomable today. Senseless mass killings were almost non existent a generation ago. Sure they happened but they were much more rare, not like today. What happened to society between then and now? What changed to the point that we now need metal detectors in schools now? Society has changed and not for the better. There are probably many factors, including a less virtuous society. But it's clear gun violence is merely a symptom, not the problem. The only thing gun control does it put a ban-aide on a gushing wound. Gun owners know in an ever increasing violent world the best protection is a firearm.

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Comment by D.A. on May 26, 2014 at 5:34pm

An excellent read Kevin.  Why is this so difficult understand? 

Comment by Jerseygal on May 26, 2014 at 5:51pm
Excellent, Watchman! Firearms in the hands of good honest patriots are what keeps the hard tyranny at bay. The left hopes to ban firearms via the 'soft tyranny' we see happening today.
Comment by Jim Miller on May 27, 2014 at 12:19am

I think nearly all of the politicians get it. Some want to save the second amendment. Others want a helpless population because, well, they're evil. Nearly half of the population are their useful idiots.

Comment by Dennis Bartlett on May 27, 2014 at 1:22am

When living in farm country in Iowa my first gun at age 8 , a .22 was used almost exclusively for food gathering , almost all pheasant but ducks and geese also . I could take 10 bullets and better come home with the bullets or game . 

Even when moving to the rural area of a city in N.Ca. it was taken for granted that I could go hunting when I had time . Never did anyone ever say anything and many would walk down the streets with their guns . Just the way it was .

Now in order to become a part of the NWO our guns have to be confiscated and the U.N. is full bore for that end .

Even now I've been buying guns and ammo . The culvert crossing my stream is really bad but buying guns instead jerry rigging the existing culvert and my old disk will just have to work another year , priorities ya know .

Comment by Jodi180 on May 27, 2014 at 8:26am

Good post, Watchman.

I get so frustrated with those who think the reason I want to be able to carry a gun is because I want to be able to shoot someone.  Quite the contrary.

Comment by Robin on May 27, 2014 at 8:37am

I wish I could carry a gun in NJ! Not allowed. NO CCW here folks! Home protection and clay shooting & hunting is all we can do. 

Comment by Jerseygal on May 27, 2014 at 3:45pm
Congrats, Watchman! Jodi included your post in her daily 'Tids!'
Comment by Dennis Bartlett on May 27, 2014 at 4:27pm

I carry open even though I have a CC . I carry it everywhere and it's a habit since we have a wolf problem and a serious cougar problem on my place . 

I carry to our County meetings and will carry at our next meeting that will have the Department of Ecology and our Commissioners will be there . 

My bank knows I carry and they are fine with it . If there is a sign stating no guns then I will comply . They however will lose my business . 

Used to be I shot for fun or meat . Now I have them for protection and occasionally for hunting . 

Comment by Jerseygal on May 27, 2014 at 5:13pm

I understand, Dennis.  My husband doesn't care much for game ~ the kids and I love it, however.  Hence, my guns are for personal protection, mainly.  Since this stupid state outlawed open carry, I conceal it.

I am in the far northern part of New York state (nearest big city is Ottawa).  Here, most oppose the gun control measures proposed and passed in Albany, but so far, it is only talk about a repeal of Cuomo's 'Safe Act.'

Comment by Dennis Bartlett on May 27, 2014 at 11:06pm

Went to the only place today that told me it was against store policy to carry . A bit strange beings that I bought a couple of guns there ! No sign in that store against it so I carried as usual and had the same guy kinda gave me a look of disdain . I just kept shopping . 

This store is also a hardware ,feed , and just about everything else store and I normally spend about 6 to 8 K a year there and pretty sure the Mgr. wouldn't want to lose my business . 

I do love wild game but mostly just go to ride and pack my horses , my excuse for having them . If something is stupid enough to walk out in front of me I can brag to my buddies that it was a thousand yd shot on the dead run , ha. I can go out in my backyard for game and always have deer all around me but I love the back country and my reason for going .

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