By Kevin Zent
This subject is near and dear to me and I’ll bet also to you. Gun control proponents are everywhere. A person does not have to look very hard to find anti-gun sentiment on the internet, on network television or cable news networks. The coverage is always very one sided. We can hardly blame those who are against the average citizen having a gun, no matter what the reason; heaven forbid you are a Christian too; Homeland Security calls you a “terrorist” if you meet those criteria.
In Chicago, those of us that own weapons, either for sport or self protection are much maligned by the media as crazy gun toting killers. Think about it, try and name a time you have seen anything pro gun on any news channel. Oh sure, there have been standard news reports about Supreme Court 2nd amendment rulings, but those are hardly pro gun, but instead used as material for the anti-gun crowd to tell us how much more unsafe we are because of those rulings.
Somewhere online recently the following was suggested. When someone asks if you are pro guns answer that you are “pro rights”. I myself am pro rights no matter what the right is. The next time you are having a conversation with someone who asks if you are pro-guns tell them you are not sure what they mean but you are pro rights. Being pro rights is normal. This will cause any anti gun lefty (anti-rights lefty) to stop and think a moment. The last thing any card carrying liberal/progressive wants to be seen as is anti rights.
Another suggestion is regarding “assault weapons”. Seriously, how many of you pro rights law abiding brethren reading this post purchased their M4 carbine, mini-14, etc. to assault anything or anyone. We purchase then to hunt and protect ourselves. The very purpose the 2nd amendment exists. Ask them what they mean by “assault weapon” and tell them you have weapons commonly found in an American home. They won’t have a definition of “assault weapon” because they never really thought about it; the person you are talking to assault weapon is just a talking point.
How about terms like “high capacity magazine”? Magazines are magazines. Some hold more cartridges and some hold less. Calling them high capacity plays into the anti-gun lobby’s hands. After all what is high capacity to me, might be very different from your definition. But, one cannot argue that larger capacity magazines allow us to better protect ourselves. More ammo=more protection. We have to stop writing laws to try to stop criminals and crazies; laws don’t deter them. The only thing gun laws stop is law abiding citizens from exercising their God given rights.
Some of you who are pro rights will argue some small gun control concession/ laws are ok, in the name of reason of course. But don’t make that mistake. The anti gun lobby is using your reason and has been chipping away a little bit at a time for most of the last century trying to take your 2nd amendment rights away. We must fight every attack on our rights from gun control to burning the flag. Yeah I said it; in this country we have the right of freedom of speech. As painful as burning our glorious flag is to me after 14 years of military service, it is a right. I fought for that one and all of our other rights. Don’t let them go easily with being reasonable as the cause. Let’s turn around these attacks on our rights. Pro-gun is meant to make us look like crazies. The left is masterful at using words to press their agenda. Let’s use that tactic on them; fight for all rights because they are precious and have been paid for over and over again with the blood of our military.