It’s About Control, Not Guns

American Thinker

Don’t  for one minute think that the Left’s core motive for demanding ever increasing  amounts of gun control is the reduction of crime rates in any meaningful  fashion. When the Left exploits  a tragedy such as the one in Aurora Colorado and then calls  for even stricter gun control, it has little to do with removing guns from criminals’ hands or saving lives, and  everything to do with the control of law abiding citizens.  The  Constitution, especially the Second Amendment, is nothing but an obstacle to the  Left’s desire for such control.  This is why you rarely hear about the  countless incidents in which guns are used to prevent  crimes or save lives.  It simply doesn’t further the Left’s agenda and is  therefore ignored.

There  is plenty of evidence showing that increased gun control does nothing to lower  crime rates.  John Lott’s book More  Guns Less Crime  is one of the best books out there on the subject and  provides solid statistics to back up what many consider to be nothing more than  common sense.  And that’s without even delving into our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  For more on that I recommend The  Second Amendment primer.

The  truth is that Gun control “works” to reduce crime just like Obama’s economic  policies have “worked” (and not in the  way Obama  claims) to fix the nation’s economy.   In the case of Aurora, law  abiding citizens appear to have followed the theater’s strict “gun-free” zone  rule but predictably, the criminal just  ignored the rule (as if those willing to commit mass-murder worry about  violating any gun laws).  So with the help of gun control, the  shooter was given a theater full of easy targets to pick-off at  will.

Imagine  what one citizen with a concealed carry permit could  have done to possibly save lives if allowed to carry a gun inside the  theater.  Those who blame guns over the individual never stop to think  about what a determined insane person  would be able to do to a large group of people with a car, can of gasoline or  any number of other readily available potentially destructive  items.  The fact is that crazy will always find a way, so it’s best to be  prepared.

So  why is the Left so determined to suppress constitutional freedoms that, as a  side benefit, actually lower crime rates?  Because those on the Left are  interested in control first and foremost, even if said control  results in more deaths or damage to property.  It seems the end always  justifies the means with the Left.

Similarly,  when President Obama said that he would raise taxes as a matter of “fairness,”    even if it resulted in less tax revenue, it showed that he had  far more interest in the control of people than in what one would think  would have been his goal — maximizing tax revenue.

In  truth, the push for gun control is really just about making life safe  for certain politicians so they can force their far-left agenda upon the  public.  And as we’ve been witness to as of late, that agenda goes well  beyond the control of merely guns.  When will Americans wake up and realize  that control is a far too common theme amongst the Left?    From the control of sodas, to cheeseburgers, to housing, to automobiles,  to healthcare, to light bulbs, to plastic bags, to energy; the Democrats think  that they, not the individual, are the ones that know best and should be  empowered to control every aspect of Americans’ lives.

Perhaps  President Obama should change his campaign slogan from “Forward” to “Control”  because that appears to be the one true goal of the President and those who  share his ideology.

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