There is a misperception amongst liberals that those of us who value Second Amendment protections don’t concede that there is a gun violence problem in America. We know there is a serious problem with too many people being killed with firearms. Where we disagree with the left, however, is in the solution to such violence.
We view gun violence largely as a grander societal issue that needs to be remedied. Society, in many ways, is sick. There are crazies and amoral monsters that lurk about; the world is scary. However, unlike the gun-grabbers, we don’t seek to disarm the masses. In fact, we tend to feel that it is immoral to leave those that obey the rules defenseless and as prey for those who care neither for law nor order.
Anti-gun-rights advocates think that restricting the legal acquisition and ownership of firearms will fix the problem. Not only do I contend that it won’t, I contend that it hasn’t.
Chicago is a prime example of the flawed logic surrounding gun control. For decades, Chicago has perpetrated nearly every unconstitutional measure to crack down on firearm ownership. And after decades of such restrictions, Chicago is still a crime-riddled wasteland of gun violence. Most disappointingly, as gun violence runs rampant as a result of their failed policies, city officials still bang their heads against the wall and speculate that more gun control must be the answer.
It’s not working.
In just this month, Chicago has seen 40 murders. 40! While the liberal media, celebrities and politicians tug at America’s heartstrings and accuse the NRA of fostering homicides, they neglect to mention the toll that gun control policies have on a community that rewards the lawbreakers with a defenseless population.
The month isn’t even over and we have already seen 40 deaths. Is this the kind of results we should be hoping for on a national level? Not only are these kinds of measures unconstitutional, it’s downright immoral.