Gun Control is Dangerous
Cesare Beccaria, an italian thinker, once wrote: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... only disarm those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they are serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." Thomas Jefferson said: "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms".

Big government feels uneasy when citizens are armed. It looks to unarm its citizens first before implementing horrible policies. Self-defense is illegal because it means a person is not dependent enough on government, threatening the control of government. Citizens are expected to wait for police to come in case of imminent danger but often it is too late. Even there may be no dispatch at all because police to population ratio is small so not all cases can be covered. When government starts to have the power to ban possession of a gun, then any item can be banned, with or without justification. To ban an item, huge execution cost follows. Hypocritical politicians tearfully preach against guns while being protected by armed bodyguards. They do not practice what they preach. Unfortunately many citizens are brainwashed to give up gun right and stand with them in demonising firearms.

It is absurd to punish all other good citizens just because some bad citizens use guns. Gun control is intended for a small percentage citizens who are bad, but at the end it only disarms good citizens while the bad still have guns. Outlaws are favoured by gun control because they do not have to be afraid that their potential victims have guns. When guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns. Even bad cops can use their guns to threaten unarmed civilians. To maximise damage in a massacre, before staging a mass shooting carnage, gunmen choose a gun-free zone where there is no concealed carrier. So for gun prohibitionists to stay safer is to avoid going to a gun-free zone. Ironically crime rate increases with more gun control. Gun right deter crimes better than severe law because outlaws know that the law will have effect on them only if they are caught and then successfully prosecuted. Even the victim calls the police, outlaws know that police will need time to reach the crime scene so they have time to do whatever they want on the victims.

Civilian gun ownership prevented Japanese invasion on US mainland and German invasion on Switzerland in World War II. Concealed carriers often end shootings in public, although they cannot be expected to do so all the time because even policemen cannot be expected the same. If not allowed to carry a handgun in public, citizens should be allowed to at least use handguns and rifles on private property. There have been instances that old folk have been able to defend themselves at home with guns.

Humans are vulnerable and many things can be used to take human life, such as a tall building, a car, a hammer, a butane gas canister, a screwdriver, a brick, a plastic bag, a rope etc. Does it mean that many things have to be banned?

Posted: 2016-12-09; updated: 2017-01-02 by Ong Seng Aun.
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