“The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will loose.” – James Earl Jones
Liberals hate guns. It’s that simple. They hate the fact that because of the Second Amendment, no government–federal or state–can simply decide to confiscate our guns. It’s as if they truly believe that if guns were eliminated, humanity would suddenly live in peaceful cohabitation. But the genie is out of the bottle. Once firearms were invented, it was always going to be the case that criminals would have access to them. In order to protect ourselves from criminals with guns–including potentially tyrannical government powers–we have the Second Amendment. With tremendous foresight, the Founders secured in ink our right to self-defense so that it would never be taken away from us.
Liberals despise the Second Amendment. In the latest salvo against gun rights, Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring ended concealed carry reciprocity with 25 states.
According to The Washington Post:
“Herring announced Tuesday that the commonwealth will no longer recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits, part of a national push to circumvent legislatures opposed to tightening gun laws…more than 6.3 million people who could legally carry concealed handguns into Virginia today will lose the privilege when the change takes effect next year.”
In October, the state’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, signed an executive order banning guns in state buildings.
The state’s legislature is not going to take this lying down, however. Republican State Senator Bill Carrico is introducing an amendment that would defund Governor McAuliffe’s armed security detail.
“I have a budget amendment that I’m looking at to take away his executive protection unit. If he’s so afraid of guns, then I’m not going to surround him with armed state policemen.”
McAuliffe’s actions and obvious antipathy toward guns and law-abiding gun owners is nothing unusual. The left monolithically pushes for tighter and tighter gun restrictions on law-abiding gun owners after every shooting that doesn’t involve a Muslim.
Aside from the fact that, as a rule, those intent on killing don’t tend to obey the law, the constant bleating about gun control comes across as highly hypocritical, considering those most aggressively espousing gun control are usually those who are most heavily guarded by armed details.
As President Obama, Governor McAuliffe, numerous celebrities, and other liberal elites stand in their protective bubbles, they lecture we the people about gun control. Well, we the people don’t have armed guards, but we do have the right to arm ourselves.
When this particular hypocrisy is pointed out, the reaction from the left is similar to the scene at the end of the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” when Donald Sutherland points at Veronica Cartwright, and emits a bone-chilling scream. For reference, here it is:
After the screeching ends, the typical leftist will condescendingly say: “Body guards are trained. Random citizens with guns aren’t.” This reveals just what disdain the elites have for the masses. The elites are allowed to have body guards, but average Americans must go undefended because we small, stupid people simply cannot handle firearms. They then point to mass-shootings and the like, completely ignoring data that run contrary to their agenda.
What the data actually show is that concealed carry holders are extremely responsible. For example, according to a study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRS):
“From October 1, 1987 to May 31, 2014, Florida has issued permits to more than 2.64 million people, with the average person holding a permit for more than a decade. Few — 168 (about 0.006%) — have had their permits revoked for any type of firearms-related violation, the most common being accidentally carrying a concealed handgun into a gun free zone such as a school or an airport, not threats or acts of violence.”
Over the course of approximately 27 years, out of 2.64 million concealed carry holders, only 168 had their licenses revoked. That’s an annual rate of 0.0002%. It’s not law-abiding gun owners that are the problem, it’s criminal’s intent on killing or maiming others.
The left can go on and on about gun control, but until they get rid of their armed body guards, they will never escape the rancid smell of hypocrisy.