With the recent shooting in Las Vegas, people everywhere are calling for stricter gun laws. In our modern day, we seem to have this subconscious fear of firearms, that they are the root of all evil and should be treated as such. What many do not seem to understand is just how useless and dangerous these gun bans can become. Oppressive governments and wicked people have taken the lives of many due to gun laws preventing the innocent from properly equipping themselves for defense. The only thing that gun laws serve to do is infringe upon the innocent.
Here is a scenario: “An eighty year-old woman lives in a small residential neighbor. She has just returned home from an errand run at 6:00 at night. Her car is about 20 feet away from her front door. As she is getting out of her car, she is approached by a well- built man wearing a black mask and carrying a knife.” In this scenario, the woman is an elderly woman, a woman who cannot properly fight back against someone significantly younger and stronger than her. Due to the man who approached her having a knife, the woman would then be at the man’s mercy. The woman would not be able to defend herself with her own hands, or even with a knife, due to her physique preventing her from putting up a fight. Now, lets say the old woman has a gun, she then has a way of defending herself. In this instance, the gun stands as an equalizer. It gives the woman an equal chance at standing her ground against the attacker. With a gun law in place, someone in this woman’s position could end up with their possessions, or worse, their lives taken from them solely because they lacked a proper means of defending themselves.
All over the world, we have malicious individuals who would attempt to infringe on the rights of their fellow man, but what happens when these individuals are put into a position of power? Well, lets look back to WWII and Nazi Germany. When Adolf Hitler took power, there was no way for the Jews to protect themselves from the tyrannical fist of the Nazi Regime. The Jews were condemned to a life within the concentration camps. They were forced from their homes, tortured, beaten, overworked, and murdered. They were the minority, and if they had the freedom to keep and bear arms, they could have fought against the oppressive majority.
Now lets look back to Soviet Russia. Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) from 1929 to 1953. During his reign, he was responsible for the deaths of roughly 20 million people. Many of which he had killed simply for the fact that he felt he could not trust them. He was free to end the lives of anyone he wanted due to the fact that he had complete control over every aspect of government within the USSR. Once again, the people were not equipped with a means to defend themselves against a corrupt and cruel government.
What this shows us is, when we compromise our right to bear arms, we compromise our ability to protect ourselves. History and common sense shows us that it is a necessity for we the people to have some means of defending ourselves. We can never tell when the day may come where our own rights, and freedoms will be put in jeopardy.