The Futility of Gun Control


Copyright 2012 Susan Stamper Brown

 “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.” – The Second Amendment

Whether it is college campuses, Amish communities, or other gun-free zones, bloodthirsty maniacal men will find a way to quench their cravings. Therefore, gun control laws do not work — because they are based on the erroneous assumption that criminals will obey the law. They don’t and won’t; hence leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless in the face of danger, as so happened that tragic July evening at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater where guns were not permitted, and a man who called himself   “The Joker” went on a shooting rampage.

In addition to the need for self-defense, our Founders understood the bearing of arms was essential to protecting this country from tyrannical governments. Fresh on their minds was the revolutionary clash between the tax-happy British government and a population of armed and ragtag citizens with the dream of freedom burning in their souls.

Much to the dismay of gun law activists who claim the Second Amendment pertains solely to “militia” (military) service, and who predictably crawl out from underneath their rocks after every mass shooting,  the 2008 Supreme Court Case, District of Columbia v. Heller, ruled the Second Amendment indeed secures an individual’s right to possess firearms, regardless of military service. Nonetheless, these activists continue their march ever forward, in an endeavor to infringe upon that which “shall not be infringed.”

It is really about perspective. Every life is precious. Each of the 12 lives snuffed out in that Colorado movie theatre is 12 lives too many representing untold numbers of family members whose lives are forever changed. No amount of gun control will bring them back nor will it stop the next psychopath from taking his rage out on society. Zip. Zero. Zilch. If every last gun was shipped across our borders fast and furiously, murderers would still find a way to kill.

This conversation is not about gun control; it’s about people control. Gotham City, er, Chicago, has one of the strictest gun laws in the country–so severe, the laws were deemed as unconstitutional awhile back. But that didn’t stop former Mayor Richard Daley and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel from attempting everything in their power to maneuver through the gray areas and around the red tape, God bless them. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, over Memorial Day weekend 12 people were killed by gunfire and 45 were shot and wounded. In the time it takes to play a major league soccer match (90 minutes), 13 people were shot. By mid-June, murder was up 35 percent from last year with 228 people killed. Statistically speaking, our troops are safer in Kabul, Afghanistan than in Chicago. Where was that story in the national news?

Less might be more when it comes to gun regulation. According to the Washington Times, violent crime peaked 25 years ago when just “a handful of states” had conceal-carry laws. To no coincidence, gun sales have increased over the past four years, and currently 41 states have differing versions of gun-carrying laws, yet violent crime has decreased according to the FBI in June.  According to Pajamas Media, “States with the highest gun ownership have the lowest firearms homicide rates” and “States with the lowest firearms ownership average the highest firearm and non-firearm homicide rates.”

Gun control activists have it all wrong because they make incredibly naïve assumptions about human nature. Given the chance others were packing heat in theater number 9 at the Century 16 in Aurora, Colorado; the story may have ended much differently for the cold-blooded killer.

8 Responses to The Futility of Gun Control

  • Just read your colum in my local newspaper. I want to day you did a great job of bringing out the facts. I just wish more folks would see this, they still think gun control is the answer. Like puting a “No Guns Alowed” sign They think this will stop a bad guy from coming in. Heck it just engourage him all the more as his chances are beter at geting away. Thanks & keep up the good work. J.K.N.

    • You are right, John. Facts alone should be enough for those seeking truth regarding him control.

      Thanks for taking time to comment!


  • Great article, it is wonderful to see some common sense still out there. I found this on Cagle’s site for political cartoons. A very liberal rich environment. They will never admit that violence like this is a fluke, an anomaly, where there is no profit for the ordinary criminal to benefit from. Incidents like the internet cafe defense is more the normal for violent crime against the innocent. Thanks for the good read.

  • What a horrible idea, the second amendment is so dated its ridiculous. Americans don’t really need guns unless its for hunting, gun control should be about not being able to stock pile ammo and buy assault rifles. Why does someone need an AK47 or M16 to go hunting? Its absurd that as one of the leading nations of the world we have the most gun violence.

    • Nah. What’s outdated is your argument.

    • Defense is a natural right. Guns are the most efficient means of defense. I am a 6’4(193cm) man. There are not many women that could stop me if I wanted to hurt them physically. On the same vein, if I were to lose a limb, I’d be hard pressed to defend myself either. Most hunting arms are all directly decended from military arms. The modern bolt actions were borne of the assault weapons of 100 years ago. Already, AR-15s and AK-47 can be seen in new hunting arms of today. Your so called gun violence is largely due to the war on drugs. Most gun related murders are done by criminals that are either part of the drug trade, trying to fuel their habits or are under the influence. Even if every single gun in the world went poof tomorrow. Those criminals would be quickly finding the means to continue their violence. The war against guns is a war against common citizens.