Am I Safer Without Lawn Darts?

In the wake of the April 16th shootings at Virginia Tech, gun control advocates and critics all came out to present their political argument on why this tragedy is a perfect example of why their opinion is the right one. Well, you know what they say about opinions: they’re like assholes, everyone has one, and they all stink.
The day after the tragic murders, the New York Times made the statement: “What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.” Proponents of gun rights countered saying if the school had not been a “gun-free zone”, the killer may have been stopped sooner. The politicizing of this tragedy is nothing if not predictable. While it is not necessarily wrong to use tragedies to launch debate on important issues, the use of this particular incident is unseemly.
I suppose that statement is a caveat, in a way, because this asshole has been asked to present an opinion on the matter. I am a self-proclaimed progressive redneck. I sleep with a .45 under my bed and I feel safer because of it.
Second Amendment opponents have been encouraged by the outrage over this tragedy and have come forward to advocate severe gun control laws like those enacted in England and Australia, but the fact of the matter is that violent crime skyrocketed in both countries after the gun rights of citizens were taken away.
Gun control advocates want more “gun-free” zones or, as one author put it, “victim-rich environments”. There are many people out there who seem outraged by the idea that people can own and carry guns, as if we are all just potential murderers, hampered only by our lack of access to a convenient weapon.
There is no logic behind these arguments and the statistics are clear. Communities that uphold a responsible citizen’s right to bear arms have significantly lower rates of violent crime than those that do not, as if creating more “gun-free” zones would some how make us safer. The “gun-free” zone at Virginia Tech obviously did nothing to prevent the murder of 32 innocents.
The issue at hand is one of fear. Those that weren’t raised with an understanding of weapons and gun safety still fear guns. Just as confusing, there are those are still afraid of homosexuals. Granted, however, that you wouldn’t want either to accidentally go off in your hand. I promise you, get to know both and you will be more comfortable.



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