A great man once wrote “Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised …to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia…”- George Mason. So does America want to be enslaved? According to George Mason the best way for the country to control its inhabitants and force them to obey their laws is to unarm them. I know personally I have no desire to become enslaved to a government that is not capable of efficiently running itself. Citizens should have the right to protect their freedoms and defend themselves when necessary.
It seems that every time you see the news today there’s a story blaming the gun for some mindless crime and not the person committing it. This brings to mind a quote I once saw that said “If guns kill people then spoons made Rosie O’Donnell fat”. I believe this quote perfectly explains that it’s not the guns that kill people, it’s the person. These incorrect beliefs are then translated into legislation with the goal of banning all firearms for public use. One example of this is the D.C. gun ban which attempted to ban the sale of handguns in the District of Columbia. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court decided that the gun ban violated the 2nd amendment and was thus unconstitutional.
Many gun owners may ask “why does this pertain to me, I don’t live in the District of Columbia” but had this gun ban been passed this would have set a precedent for all other areas in the country to ban the sale of handguns and because the Supreme Court would have deemed it constitutional for D.C., they would have had to allow it everywhere else in the country. This one ban may have proven to be the biggest blow to firearm advocates to date and would have set us one step closer to losing the limited freedoms we have today.