Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Jayson Veley
It’s no secret that every single time a mass shooting occurs in the United States, liberals and gun control advocates dust off the same old argument that they’ve always used: That there is somehow a connection between gun violence and the Second Amendment, and in order to minimize gun-related crime in this country, those constitutional liberties have to be done away with. Interestingly, Waking Times recently pointed out that that a book written twenty-seven years ago, in 1991, accurately predicted the connection between mass shootings and increased public demand for restrictions on firearms.
Specifically, a short passage of chapter 12 in the book Behold a Pale Horse by Bill Cooper reads: “The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of military firearms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms.” Cooper goes on to explain how mass shootings that occur in public places like schoolyards inflame the anti-gun lobby, which in turn causes the middle class to ultimately beg for the government to “do away with the 2nd Amendment.”
Of course, this is exactly how things always seem to be turning out today, in 2018 America. Just moments after a mass shooting occurs, the liberals in the mainstream media and Washington D.C. begin talking about the need for more gun control laws, implying, falsely, that gun-related crime would drop if government action was taken (banning the AR-15, magazine size limits, closing the so-called gun show loophole, etc.). The question, though, is whether or not there really is a positive relationship between more gun control and lower gun-related crime rates. Is there any truth to this argument that the liberals use over and over again? As it turns out, the answer is no.
Back in February, CBS Minnesota reported that “the state set a new record for firearms background checks” in 2017, which follows another record set in 2016 for the largest number of concealed carry permits ever issued in the state of Minnesota at 71,156. In the meantime, while more and more residents of Minnesota are busy getting their concealed carry permits and purchasing firearms, the state’s crime rate is falling. In fact, according to CBS Minnesota, the state’s “violent crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2016.” This means that, contrary to what the liberals are constantly telling us, as the number of people with firearms go up, the number of people committing gun-related crimes goes down. (Related: 98% of mass shootings occur in gun free zones.)
This relationship between more guns and less crime holds true in reverse as well – that is, when there are fewer guns available as a result of liberal policies and anti-second amendment legislation, gun-related crime rates tend to go up. For proof, all one has to do is look at Chicago, a city that has been run by radical leftists for decades and is home to some of the strictest gun laws in the entire country. In Chicago, even though gun control is a legislative tradition that dates back generations, the city is replete with violent crime. If the liberal narrative were true – that fewer guns means less crime – then Chicago would be one of the most peaceful places in the United States.
It’s time for leftists to come to terms with the fact that firearms aren’t just killing machines designed to mow down dozens of innocent people at a time. Rather, to millions of Americans, they are effective tools for defending themselves, their homes and their families, an equalizer. The only thing that gun control laws accomplish is rendering law-abiding citizens defenseless in the face of evil.
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