The blog Little Green Footballs, which is on my daily perusal list, points us to a couple of opposing views on gun control.
First up is Tom Plate, former editor of the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times, who thinks that more guns means more murderers, and fewer guns mean fewer murders.
Plate’s column starts out as many liberal diatribes do, by expressing his love for America:
Most days, it is not at all hard to feel proud to be an American.
…and then goes on to say how the Constitution should be torn to shreds:
The use of guns is often the American technique of choice for all kinds of conflict resolution. Our famous Constitution, about which many of us are generally so proud, enshrines — along with the right to freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly — the right to own guns. That’s an apples and oranges list if there ever was one.
Not all of us are so proud and triumphant about the gun-guarantee clause. The right to free speech, press, religion and assembly and so on seem to be working well, but the gun part, not so much.
The Founders, of course, knew that the freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly wouldn’t be possible for any extended period of time without the “guns” part, but to a liberal, this is “apples and oranges.” The whole notion is fruit salad.
Plate concludes with “we need to get rid of our guns,” but not before describing how he was robbed last week at gunpoint and surrendered his belongings quickly. He wonders why his life was spared. Probably because criminals love easy, repeatable targets.
Ted Nugent takes a different approach, of course, in “Gun free zones are a recipe for disaster” The column concludes:
Who doesn’t get this? Who has the audacity to demand unarmed helplessness? Who likes dead good guys?
I’ll tell you who. People who tramp on the Second Amendment, that’s who. People who refuse to accept the self-evident truth that free people have the God-given right to keep and bear arms, to defend themselves and their loved ones. People who are so desperate in their drive to control others, so mindless in their denial that they pretend access to gas causes arson, Ryder trucks and fertilizer cause terrorism, water causes drowning, forks and spoons cause obesity, dialing 911 will somehow save your life, and that their greedy clamoring to “feel good” is more important than admitting that armed citizens are much better equipped to stop evil than unarmed, helpless ones.
Pray for the families of victims everywhere, America. Study the methodology of evil. It has a profile, a system, a preferred environment where victims cannot fight back. Embrace the facts, demand upgrade and be certain that your children’s school has a better plan than Virginia Tech or Columbine. Eliminate the insanity of gun-free zones, which will never, ever be gun-free zones. They will only be good guy gun-free zones, and that is a recipe for disaster written in blood on the altar of denial. I, for one, refuse to genuflect there.
In the meantime, here’s a sign that Tom Plate can hang in his window to announce how he’s proposing to save the country: