Robb Allen at Sharp as a Marble posted something today that has much truth in it.
One is that there is a theme running through the dozens of comments I read (out of hundreds) and that is that people who support gun control do not trust anyone else. It’s a problem that spans left and right politically – people are not to be trusted to do the right thing and therefore the state must intervene so that people are put on the path to righteousness.
Why do you suppose that is? Why is it that I trust that my neighbor won’t wander over some night with five gallons of gasoline, a lighter, and a desire to see my house flambéed with me inside it? Why does he trust me not to heave a Molotov cocktail through his window some morning? Maybe because it’s hard to imagine someone else doing something you think is wrong. I assume that since I think something is wrong, just about every other decent human being will think it is wrong as well. And since whenever I look at my neighbors I see decent human beings, I don’t fear them. Maybe if you are fighting the urge to kill others, you naturally assume that others are fighting the urge to do you in.
Here’s another guy scared to death of his fellow man. Noting that several North Carolina politicians have decided to carry firearms for self defense, he’s written this
Sure, Shuler, Myrick, and U.S. Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr are all long-time gun advocates. I have little doubt that they are all experienced shooters and responsible gun-owners. Having a gun on their person, however, won’t offer them any better protection against a deranged person who steps out of a crowd and starts firing.
More importantly, when these lawmakers make reckless promises of carrying a gun more often, they are setting an example that it is OK for Americans to carry a gun to workplaces, shopping malls, ball parks and political rallies. And an increased presence of guns carried among our citizenry only increases the chances that accidental shootings will occur. In fact, just this week, two California high school students were injured when a gun inside a backpack accidentally discharged.
Because we all know that the actions of a teen with a gun at school are directly comparable to the actions of adults. Because a promise from a politician to carry a pistol for self defense is “reckless.” Because normal adults carrying guns at work, the mall, at the ball field, and at political gatherings is JUST SO WRONG! Remember this story each time you pick up your gun. These guys do not trust you. They want to turn you into wards of the state because you are too stupid or too hotheaded to be allowed dangerous things. They’d rather people like the Tucson murderer kill you than you have a gun in your holster. Remember what they think of you and vote accordingly. Because if we are too stupid to be allowed to protect ourselves, why should the sort of people we elect be allowed to rule over us. Because as Robb says