Gun Control: What You Say About It

What you say to opponents of gun laws
By Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

Statement: We need military-style weapons to avoid tyranny.
What you say; The Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Canada, and Australia, to name just a few democracies, ban assault weapons, and they are not tyrannies.

Statement:  The Second Amendment guarantees that Americans can own any weapon they want.

What you say: All Americans?  What about the criminally insane?  What about convicted felons?  Juveniles?
Any weapon?  How about a rocket launcher?  A nuclear warhead ?

Statement:  The Second Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to own weapons and take them anywhere.
What you say:  That’s what slaveholders once said about slaves. The language of the Second is precise.  “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.”

Read it carefully. It’s a “well-regulated” militia.  In 2008 the US Supreme Court, in  a 5-4 decision, ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a firearm is unconnected to membership in a militia.  But if you actually read the text of the Amendment, it is clear that the right is for a well- regulated militia,  not people walking around willy- nilly with AK-47s.

Statement:  The NRA says violent video games are a big cause of gun violence.
What you say:  Japan has zillions of violent video games yet there is virtually no gun violence in Japan. Why?  Because guns are hard to get in Japan.

Statement: Obama’s proposals would not have prevented the tragedy of Sandy Hook.
What you say:  Nonsense. The perpertrator’s mother would not have been able to legally purchase the weapon or the ammunition clip if the new rules had been in effect.

Statement: Connecticut has strict gun laws, and that did not prevent the gun violence.
What you say;  Until gun laws are federalized, guns from states with weak laws will be imported into states with strict laws.

Statement:  The way to reduce gun violence is to make more guns available to good guys.
What you say:  The nations with the fewest guns have the least gun violence.  Period. If you want to reduce gun violence, make guns hard to get.

What you say:  There are already too many guns in the US for new laws to make a difference.
Power Phrase:  Sounds like what people said about slavery in  1860.  One in twelve Americans was a slave. Too entrenched to abolish.

Just because you can’t eliminate all gun violence doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to eliminate some gun violence.


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