By Charley Reese
December 16, 1985
Gun-control laws are an effort by elitists to control the people, whom they naturally fear.
This is borne out not only by the history of gun-control laws but by current practices. Efforts to ban the Saturday Night Specials are directed at poor people who cannot afford expensive guns. The claim that they are most often used in crime is a cover-up.
Under the Gun: Weapons, Crime and Violence in America, one of the most extensive federally funded studies of the subject in recent years, found no conclusive evidence at all that criminals are any more prone to use cheap guns than expensive guns.
Modern gun-control laws cropped up in the post-Civil War South where the sale of cheap guns was prohibited -- obviously to keep them out of the hands of poor blacks and whites.
Laws that require permits to carry or to own can be used for elitist purposes. A study in New York City found that most gun permits are issued to the rich elite, such as the publisher of The New York Times, whose paper crusades for even more gun-control laws, and the husband of pop psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, who ridicules gun owners as people with feelings of sexual inadequacy. Of course the common people who are the prey of criminals can't get them.
It was a great and significant thing when the framers of the Bill of Rights included the Second Amendment to guarantee that private American citizens could own and bear arms. Modern elitists who don't exactly have a great reputation for intellectual or moral honesty claim the founders only meant a National Guard. Of course, at the time there was no National Guard, only militias of which every able-bodied man was automatically a member.
Common sense tells you why a free people must remain armed to remain free. As Machiavelli, the Italian cynic, observed of the Swiss: They are the freest -- and most armed people in Europe. Indeed today the Swiss remain an armed and free people.
People in a nation in which only the government has the guns are obviously at the mercy of the government. They are absolutely dependent on the government for protection, being unable to protect themselves. If the government goes bad, they have no means with which to overthrow it. Nowhere on this Earth will you find a tyrannical government and an armed people. Strict gun-control laws are the tyrant's first priority.
England's restrictive gun laws were aimed not at criminals but at Irish rebels. The 1968 Gun Control Act followed, not as a result of assassinations but as a result of black riots that had swept the country. The Sullivan Law in New York came on the heels of waves of immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe, people the elitists at the time thought of as inferior and politically radical. The 1968 Gun Control Act only makes it difficult for poor people to get arms. It banned mail-order sales and the import of military surplus rifles -- something American gun manufacturers had been trying to accomplish for years. It does nothing that would prevent a would-be assassin from buying an expensive weapon.
Today's attitude about guns is reminiscent of the attitude of Marie Antoinette. Told that the people had no bread, she said: Let them eat cake. The rich and middle-class liberals so eager to keep guns out of private hands live in neighborhoods where their money can buy security devices and their political influence can ensure good police patrols.
In the meantime, the poor are forced to live unarmed in a slum jungle where armed thugs, absolutely scornful of the liberal-emasculated criminal justice system, terrorize and brutalize honest people with virtual impunity.
We have no rights that cannot be enforced. With one shot, the killer takes away your right to life; in one act, the burglar or robber takes away your right to property; and in one move, the rapist takes away the right to privacy in the most profound sense.
The Constitution intended that every American have rights and the arms to protect those rights Elitists apparently believe that the Constitution is a means-tested document intended only for the affluent.
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