Sunday, February 3, 2013

Discussing 'Gun Control' with people of good intent.....

In discussing the issue of 'Gun Control' with people bent on disarming the citizenry, no matter the consequences.... there is nothing to talk about.

On the other hand, when speaking to people of good intent, but perhaps poorly informed or having been led down an illogical path.... there is a line of questioning that's proven immensely valuable.  It sidesteps all other points, leaves the Constitutional angle out completely, and calls into question every single gun control law already existing.

It's such an easy and honest argument to make, such a salient point to make, that those who devoutly argue in favor of disarming citizens invariably refuse to even acknowledge the  question.  It's such an obviously unattainable point to a mind already closed to thought, that person utterly ignores the question, refusing to even admit it was spoken.

It's so simple, really.  It's just these two little sentences.... which drive straight to the heart of the debate, re-framing it completely in the terms of Human Rights.

Do human beings have the right to defend themselves?

If so.... do human beings have the right to own the means of defending themselves?

Try it out on yourself.  Roll those words through your mouth and give voice to them.  Can you imagine an argument against the basic right of human beings to defend themselves against violence?    Now, carried one logical step farther.... who can argue that people have the obvious right to do something, but no right to the means of doing it?

It would be akin to claiming people have a right to breath, but no right to lift their head above the water.

The next time you find yourself debating 'gun control' of any kind, take the discussion t o these points.... and go no farther til you have an answer.  It's a matter of Human Rights.  It's a matter of right and wrong.  

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