Truth behind gun debate

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People have committed evil acts since Cain killed Abel, yet we persist in the delusion that we can legislate evil into extinction. Good people will abide by the law. Criminals will always find their way around it, so before we accept any new firearms legislation, it would behoove us to review and examine the efficacy and consequences of such legislation and contemplate the ramifications.

The greatest human tragedies and the greatest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments and not to lone gunmen in malls, movie theatres and schools. Registration and confiscation of firearms preceded the extermination of millions of Armenians by the Turks and Jews by Nazi Germany, just to cite a few examples. History informs us that gun control is not about guns, it’s about control. Our founding fathers in their infinite wisdom put the Second Amendment in place in case politicians ignore the others; it’s definitely not about hunting.

Gun-banners don’t hate guns. They just don’t like the idea of average citizens having access to them. They don’t complain about military style uniforms and the heavy duty firearms granted to police and other government authorities. They consider themselves elites with privileges who depend on guns without which they could accomplish none of their goals and employ armed body guards for their protection. They are eager and willing to disarm the rest of us and designate where we live, work and play “gun-free” zones where insane killers can inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.

The current gun debate isn’t about whether guns are good or bad, but about which particular groups of people are entitled to own them. Opponents of public gun ownership don’t hate guns. They hate the public.

 

Ed Konecnik  

Flushing