Since the Parkland, Florida shooting on February 14, 2018, by a deranged lunatic, every news outlet, every pundit, every Facebook feed, has been filled with gun debate. “We have to have common sense discussion about what types of guns people are allowed to have, and when they’re allowed to have them,” they cry, “because if you don’t, you don’t care about children. You just want more people to die.” The left is demanding that we finally enact common sense gun control. However, the problem with this is that there isn’t a gun control debate to be had. There is no such thing as a gun control debate. It only exists because we insist on engaging in it.
Let me have Thomas Jefferson explain with this, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and property.”
Jefferson put it very clearly and very plainly. By the nature of a species, each of us are free. We are free beings. That’s the first principle of being man. Our natural state is to be self-aware with the capacity to make choices. And because our rights are natural to us as human beings, they cannot be changed by anyone. To remove our rights is to remove our humanity.
So, there is no such thing as a gun debate. We aren’t having a gun debate in this country. We are having a freedom debate. And it’s important that we treat it as such. Well, if you think this way, it must mean you’re against common sense gun control, right? No. I am for maximum freedom because it is our freedom to choose our own course. I am standing up for the rights we have been given.
The left is framing the scope of discussion and driving their desired agenda by limiting the language being used to “common sense gun control,” which means they’re already winning. But make no mistake; this is not a debate about your guns. This is a debate about your freedom. This is not about gun control. This is about YOU control. It is a debate about controlling people.
The amazing thing about the second amendment is that it is designed around an inherent self-fulfilling prophesy. It’s kind of like an auto-renewal that sets it apart from all of the other amendments set forth in the bill of rights. It is actually quite genius when you think about it. Our founders thought to enshrine our basic right to self-defense into the constitution for one very explicit reason. The exact intent of the second amendment was that every citizen should be armed with the same weapons that the soldiers have in the standing army. The goal of the amendment was to ensure that the standing army, which we never had until 1955, would never be able to take rights away from people. Therefore, we had to have armed citizens. This way, in case the government ever went crazy and said, “we’re taking away your rights,” people could defend themselves. If we all had bb guns and they all had rifles, we would lose. This is the reason why the first thing every dictator does is take away all of the guns. This is why there is no logic to the left’s debate right now. If you really listen to them, they’re saying that Trump is a dictator. They’re also saying we should surrender all of our guns. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. There’s no logic there. If you’re afraid he’s a dictator, the last thing you would do is give up your right to be able to overthrow a dictatorial government.
So, “weapons of war,” which is what the left calls AR-15s, are exactly what we’re supposed to have.
And therein lies the genius of the second amendment. You pass an amendment that ensures you have a well-armed populace, which can stand against any tyranny of any government who would use force to deprive citizens of their natural rights. Then, you pass an amendment that takes away that right; you’ve proven that the second amendment is needed. If they use force to disarm the populace, the need for the second amendment is openly proven.
So the left has a logic problem here. Whatever bills they pass, banning assault weapons or anything else, or if it comes down to taking all guns, given that tens of millions of Americans will not agree, and will refuse to comply, that will compel the government to use force… which makes the second amendment a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The second amendment wasn’t about hunting. And it really isn’t about fighting the government. It is about ensuring people’s freedom- the freedom to chart their own course. We were born free. And our rights and liberties are ours by nature.
We need to re-frame the discussion. This debate is about freedom, our natural, God-given freedom. How much of our humanity are we willing to surrender to satisfy an angry or terrified mob?
We need to be able to sit down and calmly and rationally discuss how we can protect our children. The best way to start is to protect our schools. Just as we fortify our “treasure” in Fort Knox, we should fortify our greatest treasure- our children in schools. So if you say we have to talk about guns, I’ll say to you that we first need to talk about security. Let’s secure our schools. And when you say that you still want to talk about guns, I will say that you want to talk about the basic human freedoms, and which one you believe you can infringe on and take away. It’s not debate about guns. It’s a debate about control.