“This battle for ‘common-sense’ gun control laws pits emotion and passion against logic and reason. All too often in such a contest, logic loses.” – Larry Elder
Political philosophies are only as strong as the logic upon which they are built. That may seem obvious to anyone reading this, but all too often, the meat of a political ideology is set upon the bones of emotion, and passion, thus compromising its integrity. If logic and reason are the bones, empathy and human understanding are the muscles. They work in tandem, but only function properly if reason underlies emotion.
We don’t understand each other. Conservatives and liberals don’t see eye to eye because liberals operate under a false understanding of the way things work. This warped understanding of the world leads to a warped policy. For instance, gun control.
For a second time in a small span, there has been a shooting at Fort Hood. And just like the last one, the men and women on the base had no means by which to defend themselves when the shooter began his attack, because Fort Hood is a gun free zone. Yes, a military base is a gun free zone.
A gun free zone is exactly what it sounds like: an area in which firearms are not allowed. This is the way liberal logic works: if there are no guns, there will be no violence. Given that, if we create gun free zones, no one will ever get hurt.
The idea is naive and dangerous.
Let’s forget every other aspect of the gun control debate for now. Let’s forget about how Obama drapes himself in the children of Sandy Hook to stir up the emotions of the public. Let’s forget about the meaningless magazine limitations. Let’s forget about the fact that our second amendment gives us the right to bear arms. Let’s just look at this one, simple logical flaw. In understanding this flaw, one can retrace, and deconstruct all the rest.
The roots of the movement to proliferate guns are steeped in emotions. These ideas are fueled by boiling hot blood. It’s a simple and elegant idea: no guns means no gun violence. If we tighten restrictions on guns, and create gun free zones, there will be no guns to hurt us. The only problem with that idea is that it’s illogical.
The people who commit mass murder with guns aren’t the type of people who follow laws. Often these people are mentally unstable. Gun free zones only make mass murder easier. Law abiding, gun owning citizens will comply with the law, leaving their guns at home, or in their cars. With no law abiding gun owners packing heat, gun free zones are essentially open ranges for mass murderers. Laws only pertain to those who follow them, and mass murderers aren’t in that category.
This basic notion—that criminals, by definition, don’t follow laws—is the chink in the armor of liberal gun control logic. But it doesn’t matter. The emotions have been stirred, and the blood is already boiling. Passion blinds us, it supersedes logic. Unfortunately, this logical blindness has contributed to the deaths of dozens of people who were sitting ducks in gun free zones.