There’s a subtle move being made by the left that is pulling many on the right to consider gun control options. The use of the phrase “common sense gun control” has been making its way through mainstream media for a while, but lately we’ve been seeing more conservatives discussing it. This was punctuated at the first Presidential debate when Donald Trump agreed with Hillary Clinton on the concept of “no fly, no buy” as a way to keep weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
It makes sense, right? If they can just make the no-fly lists more accurate and prevent law-abiding patriotic Americans from finding their name on it, then what’s the harm in using them to prevent firearms from being purchased by the wrong people? That’s a good form of common sense gun control, right?
No. The basic concept of due process is shattered once any American is able to have their rights revoked without a declaration from court following a proper presentation of evidence and the righteous exposure of one’s accusers to the accused. Does this mean that the no-fly lists are bad in concept? Once again, the answer is no. It is foolish to completely hamper law enforcement. There’s a fine line between preserving individual freedoms and maintaining a proper level of security. We’re not going to tackle that issue right now. What we will tackle is the difference between a no-fly list and a no-buy list. Travel in general and flight in particular are privileges. Gun ownership is a right. Revoking privileges for the sake of prudence is defensible when the system is designed to support it. Revoking rights for the sake of prudence is untenable. Our rights may not be revoked without due process, period.
What form of gun control should we be willing to accept? None. It doesn’t matter if you agree with it. I know that sounds contrary to the American way, but we must be diligent in our opposition of gun control in any form. For example, I would prefer if those with mental illness were not allowed to own a firearm, but that doesn’t mean we should have mandatory psychological evaluations prior to purchase. I would prefer if only those with proper training were allowed to carry a weapon, but I would never advocate for mandatory firearms training as a prerequisite to owning one. There are likely “common sense gun measures” that you would agree to in some form or fashion, but we must fight them out of principle even if we believe in them personally.
The reason is the cracking open of doors. When someone is at the door and you believe they mean to do you harm, you don’t crack the door open for them. It becomes easier for them to push it all the way open. Every form of gun control, even common sense measures, will crack the door open for the left. They intend to do us harm in the form of full-blown gun control. We must keep the door firmly closed.
The old adage says, “if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.” That’s exactly what the left wants to do. They are currently conditioning Americans, even conservatives, into believing that common sense gun measures are the way to go to keep us safe. What they won’t tell you is that the long-term plan (though it really won’t take that long if we crack the door open for them) is to dismantle our gun rights piece by piece. All it will take is a liberal President and a liberal Congress to start pushing their boundaries. They will take them further and further until they get their wish.
Some believe they are trying to take away the 2nd Amendment. That’s ludicrous. They wouldn’t dare try to take it away. In fact, they will embrace it. However, embracing it will be done in a way that’s intended to redefine it. We’re already seeing articles coming out every day talking about militia and muskets. The left truly believes their sensibilities are higher than those of the founding fathers, so they’re going to use the hallowed words of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights against us.
The real solution is Constitutional carry, but that is as unrealistic today on a federal level as taking down the 2nd Amendment. Until the day comes when we can protect ourselves and demonstrate how Chicago is a broken model, we must not give an inch. We must not crack the door open at all. We must oppose federal gun restrictions, even if they make common sense.