It is no secret that gun reform and gun laws have been at the forefront of American politics, especially with the upcoming election and current debates taking over the media. The right and the left could not have more opposing views when it comes to gun control, and former Texas Congressman and Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke made that explicitly clear earlier this month with polarizing comments in the midst of a debate.
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, we’re not going to allow it to be used against fellow Americans anymore.” Now the question being posed by the right in response: where does it stop? O’Rourke vows to take away semi automatic rifles like an AR-15, but what about it snowballing from there? Law abiding citizens are growing concerned that their second amendment rights will be taken away due to the agenda of the left.
Ironically, O’Rourke’s comments had an adverse effect. AR-15 sales have actually spiked since his comments earlier this month and the NRA has named O’Rourke the “salesman of the year” for the AR-15. More importantly than that, the increase in sales posed as a statement to the left. American citizens intend to protect their second amendment rights and will not back down from these kinds of threats.
The argument and assumption that physically taking away guns will stop gun violence and mass shootings has no evidence to back it up. Furthermore, countries with the most strict gun laws like Canada and Sweden still see plenty of mass shootings every year. The problem is not the presence of guns for law abiding citizens, because crimes are not committed by law abiding citizens. Criminals do not obey laws, so why spend money, resources, and take away rights of tax paying, law abiding citizens?
So if criminals do not obey laws, yet they walk around our schools, our communities, our churches and universities, how do we protect ourselves? How doe we protect our loved ones and others from heinous acts of hatred? Don’t find yourself stuck in a situation with no means to protect yourself and your family. When we see these stories on the news of evil acts carried out by criminals, how different would they look if someone nearby was carrying a concealed weapon to step in and protect themselves and others?