Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 6 (6 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   29 comments
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

The Myth of the Reliable Law-Abiding Gun Owner

By       Message Gregory Paul     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Funny 4   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 3/3/13

The NRA and company are trying to sell America one particular line. One that violates human psychology like telepathy violates the laws of physics. It is a story so naïve that it is amazing so many swallow it.

 

The myth is as follows. Wayne LaPierre famously said that the only person who can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Of course that is a misdirection from the greater truth -- the best way to stop a bad guy from killing from the get go is to keep them from getting a force-multiplying gun in the first place -- but it also is based on a false understanding of how human beings work.

 

The firearms promoters are pushing the ideal of the law-abiding gun owner. These are those persons who own one or multiple firearms, and who are good, solid, decent citizens who can always be relied upon to do the right thing when it comes to using their guns. Including being willing and able to take out the dangerous evil-doer with a bullet if and when the need arises, before the ne'er-do-well can wreak more damage to his innocent victims, and without causing collateral damage with errant aim and ricochets. The very possession of guns makes such responsible Americans even more responsible in their actions, lest they cause harm with their lethal machine pistol or rifle -- almost all guns being semi-automatics these days.

 

In the context of this mythos, responsible gun owners are supposed to be above criticism for owning and publicly carrying guns. In right-wing world, all must presume that the law-abiding firearm aficionado must be accorded respect, and acknowledged as having good intentions regardless of their politics.

 

Of course this is nonsense. Everyone who possesses firearms is an inherent threat to themselves, their families, and the general community.

 

There is a core reason for this. This is because every single person who owns a modern repeating firearm suffers from a grave defect. One that makes them a potential time bomb capable of becoming a weapon of mass destruction.

 

The defect that afflicts every single gun owner is that -- they are human beings. That is a serious problem because every Homo sapiens is defective. None of us are reliable. Any one of us can lose it and go ballistic as it were.

 

Say you have two people who are identical in every way, except that one lacks access to firearms, while the other is skilled in their use and has guns in their possession. Assume they are both conscientious citizens who have always obeyed the law, and never caused harm to others.

 

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

- Advertisement -

Funny 4   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Gregory Paul is an independent researcher interested in informing the public about little known yet important aspects of the complex interactions between religion, secularism, culture, economics, politics and societal conditions. His scholarly work (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Can We Please Stop Pretending that Christianity is Anti-Socialism? Please? Pt 2

Libertarian America: What the Ayn-Rand-Paulian Wing of the Tea Party Really Wants the USA to Become

The Understold Story: The Vatican, the Mob, Super Ponzi Schemes and MORE

At Long Last the Catholic Church Must Be Destroyed

Can We Please Stop Pretending that Christianity is Anti-Socialism? Please? Pt 1

Why Clint's Speech Tells Us That the GOP Chastity/Anti-abortion Platform Is a Great Big Scam