As you can tell from reading this blog you’ll see I don’t have any respect to those who promote gun control. I believe it was Ronnie Barret of Barret firearms and the NRA Board of Directors who said anybody who supports gun control is either ignorant or sinister.
I know I’ve said it before but I’ll do a quick re-cap. I used to be anti gun. I grew up in a liberal suburb in a home where my folks still don’t much care about guns (we’re getting a bit better, but I doubt they’ll ever be crazy about guns, and I doubt either of them will ever come to the range with me). I was also a teenager during the golden-age of gun control. The 1990s. Between the ignorant anti-gun teachers, and the ignorant anti-gun news media, and the Brady Campaign (back when that meant something) were in full force.
The crux of the anti-gun arguments are rooted in things that SOUND like good ideas. Banning guns will lower “Gun Death”. “Assault Weapons” are more dangerous than “Hunting rifles”. People who carry guns are paranoid and dangerous. You are X times more likely to shoot a loved one than an attacker. Its too easy for the wrong people to buy guns.
Then a friend took me shooting. It wasn’t like I suddenly was pro gun because I had just spent an afternoon having fun shooting. I still thought they should be banned….but maybe I could get one…just for fun, you know!
I didn’t have the money…nor was I old enough (but I didn’t know that at the time), and given that it was now 1999 I had this thing called the INTERNET!
So from the comfort of my Dorm room, I read about guns. Given that the “Assault Weapons Ban” was in full effect, I ended up reading a lot about that.
bayonet lugs? I’m supposed to be afraid because the GUN has a KNIFE on it???
Flash hider? Seemed to make sense watching Rambo shoot a blank-adapted gun. With no bullet the powder quickly leaves the gun and most of it burns up in the air rather than in the barrel. My first day at the range I shot a .460 Weatherby magnum! This was an ELEPHANT gun and amazingly powerful, and it doesn’t make much of a flash at all. I remember seeing a souvenir video of my Buddy at basic training (we laughed our ass off at the Gas tent section!) but I still was surprised at the rifle range seeing my buddy shooting an M16 and there was NO flash.
And it seemed that they always claimed “Assault Weapons” were more powerful than hunting rifles. (The picture is a .223, a .243 Winchester, and a .308 Win) Note all are “hunting cartridges” but the smaller one is the common round fired from AR-15 “Assault Weapons”. I remember people saying you can’t hunt with an AR-15 because it would “Blow the deer apart!”. Now AR-15s are one of the most common hunting rifles…and most deer hunters get a 6.8 SPC or more powerful upper, as the .223 Rem is a bit underpowered, at least for the larger deer we have around here.
My point being that I found out the “Assault Weapons Ban” was a total lie (and that was before I first set foot in a gun shop and found that the walls were covered with ARs and AKs, and there were boxes upon boxes of surplus “pre-ban” magazines…so “ban” was just as spurious as “Assault Weapon”)
When I found one MASSIVE hole in the anti-gun argument, I obviously wondered how true anything else was. When I found more lies I started to think “Well they can’t ALL BE LIES, can they?”
Yes, Mr. Beard, they can be. They can be, and they are.
Anybody who supports gun control is either sinister or ignorant. Mr. Barret is as right in philosophy as he is in making kickass guns.
This brings me to present with an extended comment to Joe Huffman’s troll Ubu52.
Go read the comment thread for the full effect, but I closed with this set of questions:
BTW in case I didn’t tell you, as recently as 1999 I would have 100% agreed with your above statements (tho I’ll note that the whole punitive insurance scam is a more recent invention)
A few people raise some points I found VERY shocking, and unbelievable about guns and gun control, so I decided to research them, just to prove that person wrong in spades. Turns out I was wrong. Lead me to question everything I thought I knew about guns and gun control.
I had a choice, then, support laws I knew that punished and got good people killed while taking no effect on the criminal element that makes the headlines, or switch sides and start supporting gun rights.
Really this leaves me two questions for you, Ubu. #1. You’ve likely seen all I saw that convinced me gun control was completely spurious and dangerous, and have chosen to support it anyway, Why? OR #2. You have seen some data or some studies I haven’t in all my years of verifying that I made the right choice to both go against gun control, but to own and carry guns. Can I see that?
When I was a new gun rights supporter I was constantly looking for people wanting to debate. I had been wrong once before, I knew I could be wrong again. This goes double when you consider that now I OWN guns. If I’m putting myself or my family in undue danger, I’d want to know!
Nothing. Seems that lots of people ask a simple question that is the crux of the debate, like Joe’s “Just One Question”, never has an anti-rights supporter answered that question. PERIOD. FULL STOP. DO NOT PASS GO!
Think about that. They support restricting guns in the name of safety, guns have existed for nearly 1,000 years, and personal arms for all of recorded history, and restrictions on arms has existed for almost all of that time.
Yet nobody can answer: “Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons?”
Note the people being asked this aren’t housewives and laymen who might not know much about guns or history…but PAID LOBBYISTS, and Politicians who have made gun control a cornerstone of their careers.
Just look at these questions. They’re so simple, and if they can answer them THEY WIN!
You show me that I’m at greater danger owning a gun than being unarmed, and you might as well take my guns away. Also I’ll give them up willingly. I carry and own my guns for safety of myself, my family, and my friends, as well as for law-and-order in general.
Prove that wrong, and I don’t have a leg to stand on.
Of course if they answer the truth and never have people been safer when personal arms were banned, or that there isn’t any data or reputable reports that show guns to be dangerous in the hands of lawful citizens.
This is why they will NEVER debate an knowledgeable pro-freedom person, even people like bloggers who aren’t paid lobbyists, or full-time activists. We’re literally armatures and they are literally professionals, and they are TERRIFIED of us because we’re right, and they’re wrong.
They KNOW they aren’t making us safer. They know this and they advocate for bans and restrictions anyway. They are evil.
I have no respect for evil.