Forum Right, 4/24/12

More Infantilization of America

By Mark Luedtke

The arguments for allowing people to carry concealed firearms are well understood. First, there’s the moral argument. Every individual has a natural right to defend himself to the best of his ability. Firearms are the best tools for self-defense. Banning the concealed carry of firearms makes people easy prey for larger or better-armed predators. Further, bans are threats of violence backed by violence, so banning concealed carry is immoral on several levels.

Second, there’s the legal argument. The second amendment explicitly protects this natural right by stating “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It does not go on to say “unless legislators feel like it” or “unless firearms scare some people.” All gun control laws violate the natural right to keep and bear arms and the second amendment.

Third, there’s the practical argument. Everywhere firearms laws are liberalized, crime rates fall. Everywhere gun control advances, crime rates increase. There are no exceptions. According to the Lott-Mustard report, “Our most conservative estimates show that by adopting shall-issue laws, states reduced murders by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%. If those states that did not permit concealed handguns in 1992 had permitted them back then, citizens might have been spared approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and 12,000 robberies. To put it even more simply, criminals, we found, respond rationally to deterrence threats … While support for strict gun-control laws usually has been strongest in large cities, where crime rates are highest, that’s precisely where right-to-carry laws have produced the largest drops in violent crimes.” This is just human nature and was accurately predicted by concealed carry supporters. People tend to want to live, even criminals, so they are less likely to prey on somebody who might be armed.

Yet the political resistance to carry concealed firearms continues. I think there are two reasons for this.

Throughout all of human history, rulers, because they amass wealth by looting the people, naturally fear the people might one day violently resist. In modern times, gun bans almost always target the poor and minorities since they are the most likely to resist. Politicians promote bans on Saturday night specials and cheap, so-called assault weapons like the AK-47 because those weapons are inexpensive, allowing poor people to mount an effective defense against systematic aggression and oppression by government agents. Carrying a concealed weapon also empowers the carrier to resist government agents. Rulers want the people to fear them, not vice-versa. The anti-federalists passed the second amendment specifically to prevent that from happening.

I have a theory about people who are scared of guns. I long thought that homophobes tended to have repressed homosexual desires. A recently released study proved that. In a similar fashion, I think people who fear firearms have trouble controlling themselves at times, and they irrationally project their weakness on everybody else. Since they don’t trust themselves to own a firearm, fearing they might misuse it in moment of passion, they don’t trust others either. If anybody studies this, they’ll find it to be true too. Gun control propaganda plays into this fear.

But gun control advocates have been rapidly losing the battle against concealed carry since Florida passed its concealed carry law in 1987. Now they’re falling back on the last refuge of the scoundrel, blocking concealed carry on college campuses “to protect the children” as if college students are children. I wonder how much evil has been done in the name of protecting the children.

But all the same arguments for concealed carry in general apply to concealed carry on college campuses. We all know about the massacres carried out against disarmed students on college campuses. We also know about the massacres that were stopped by private citizens using their own weapons. Yet gun control advocates continue to endanger college students by keeping them disarmed while pretending they are protecting them.

Let’s end the immoral, unconstitutional, deadly ban on concealed carry of firearms on college campuses. Do it for the children.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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