Taking the Second Amendment Seriously
by David Deming
by David Deming: Demise
of Peak Oil Theory
Amendment to the US Constitution reads "a well regulated militia,
being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the
people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
It's time to
take the Second Amendment seriously. You should not need government
permission to exercise a fundamental right. The prohibition on the
sale of new automatic weapons must be repealed. Import restrictions
on arms and ammunition should be lifted. The First Amendment prohibits
the licensing and regulation of publishers and booksellers. Why
should gun dealers need a license? If you don't need a background
check to read or write a book, why should you need one to purchase
a gun? How is it that the severe restrictions currently in place
do not constitute "infringements?"
be no more compromise or capitulation on this issue! History offers
no example of a people who obtained their rights by politely asking
for them. We need to stop playing defense and demand unequivocally
that our rights be respected and restored.
sense solution to gun violence is to have more guns in the hands
of responsible, law-abiding citizens and fewer in the hands of criminals.
People who misuse firearms should be prosecuted. There should be
no "gun free" zones. Experience has shown that keeping guns out
of schools only makes them stalking grounds for psychopaths.
We should not
be cowed into surrendering our rights on the basis of hysterical
emotionalism. Dianne Feinstein wants to ban semi-automatic rifles.
to the FBI, in 2011 rifles of all types were used in 323 homicides.
That same year, 1694 people were killed by knives and 726 by fists
and feet. The UK essentially outlawed all private gun possession
and it now has the highest
rate of violent crime in Europe – a rate five times higher than
the United States
publicized by the media remain rare. But defensive uses of firearms
are commonplace and usually go unreported. Florida State University
criminologist Gary Kleck has found that guns are used about 2.5
million times each year in the US to prevent crimes. More guns
in the hands of responsible people results in less crime, not more.
For the last twenty years, gun sales in the US have surged even
as the violent crime rate has fallen dramatically. According to
data from the ATF
between 1992 and 2010, the number of firearms manufactured in the
US increased by 31 percent while the violent crime rate fell by
In 1995, the
violent crime rate in my home state of Oklahoma was 664 per 100,000
people. The following year Oklahoma adopted a "shall issue" concealed-carry
law. By 2011, the violent crime rate in Oklahoma had fallen to 455.
People who keep guns in their homes even protect those who don't
own guns by reducing the likelihood of home invasion.
Make no mistake
about it. The people who hate guns will never quit until they confiscate
every last one. They banned automatic rifles in 1986 and now they're
back for the semi-automatic guns. A recent
Bill proposed in the State of Illinois would have outlawed all
modern firearms including pump-action shotguns. New York governor
Andrew Cuomo has openly
spoken of gun confiscation. President Obama has stated that
he wants a national
database of gun owners. What for, if not to go door-to-door
and pick them up? In an infamous 1995 interview,
Dianne Feinstein confessed "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the
Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every
one of them...I would have done it."
If you are
a responsible and law-abiding person who does not own a firearm,
you should buy one. No, buy ten. If you already own ten guns, buy
ten more. For each semi-automatic rifle you own, purchase at least
a dozen high-capacity magazines and a thousand rounds of ammunition.
If you want
to see what happens to people who are unarmed, review the video
of Reginald Denny being beaten during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Or read about the 1974 Hi
Fi murders in Ogden, Utah. Defenseless people were tied up and
tortured. A young woman was repeatedly raped. A man had a ballpoint
pen kicked into his ear. The sadistic killers forced their victims
to drink liquid drain cleaner. Criminals love it when people don't
have guns. So do tyrants.
Of course if
you don't mind being victimized by criminals, you don't need a gun.
And many people around the world live without guns. An armed citizenry
is only necessary in a "free State." People content to live in totalitarian
slave States don't need guns.
Deming [send him mail] is
professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma. His
& White: Politically Incorrect Essays on Politics, Culture,
Science, Religion, Energy and Environment, is available for
purchase on Amazon.com.
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