Common Sense Is Severely Lacking in the Anti-Gun Crowd

The letters section of the York Daily Record provides us today with a shining example of how the anti-gun crowd, as much as they would like to have the intellectual if not also the moral high ground, simply cannot come up with an actual legitimate argument to substantiate their position.  (I believe that this is predominantly because public education no longer focuses on inclusion of logic and rhetoric as core subjects as does classical education, but that’s a story for another time.) 

Common sense needed on guns

Reading the paper this morning, I see two new letters from the NRA minions. Any mention of common sense in regards to guns brings them out in droves.

If you’ve read one you’ve read them all: Their passionate praise of the NRA, their misreading of the Second amendment, their fears of rapists hiding under the bed, ISIS in the bushes, and their imaginary gun history, it’s all there.

Then I see on the news another 2-year-old shot in the face by an idiot cleaning a 45 on Christmas Day. If only this was an isolated incident.

While these fools are stockpiling guns in fear of our constitutional government coming to get them, 7,000 children a year will be shot by those guns and over 3,000 will die.

George Fleming

Jackson Twp.

Let’s take a look a Mr. Fleming’s argument in some bit size chunks.

Reading the paper this morning, I see two new letters from the NRA minions. Any mention of common sense in regards to guns brings them out in droves.

If you’ve read one you’ve read them all: Their passionate praise of the NRA, their misreading of the Second amendment, their fears of rapists hiding under the bed, ISIS in the bushes, and their imaginary gun history, it’s all there.

When you resort to hyperbole (referring to your fellow citizens with differing views as “NRA minions”), you only preach to those that have your viewpoint already.  It does nothing to establish your argument as sound.  And it only serves to isolate you and others like you from said minions.  You’ll not bring anyone with a differing view point over to your way of thinking unless you can establish a valid argument.

I would assume that Mr. Fleming means well.  And that he honestly believes that “common sense” legislation on guns would be the solution.  Unfortunately, he provides no actual point to substantiate his claim.  Instead he merely insults the opposing view point and then provides this tidbit as his supporting evidence:

Then I see on the news another 2-year-old shot in the face by an idiot cleaning a 45 on Christmas Day. If only this was an isolated incident.

Sad?  Yes. Incredibly so; and likely avoidable by some “common sense.”  But I have to leave it at that.  No amount of gun legislation, common sense or otherwise with the possible exception of an outright ban is going to prevent this kind of accident.

When the left and the anti-gun nuts try to say, “Hey, we’re not coming to take your guns away. We just want ‘common sense’ gun safety laws,” it falls on deaf ears.  Why?  Because logically, if your argument includes the situation outlined above, the only solution is a complete ban.  Background checks, closing the so-called gun show loophole, banning AR-15s and full capacity magazines will not prevent that kind of accident. So why use it to substantiate your point unless your ultimate goal is actually a complete and total ban on guns?

I assume this is the story that Mr. Fleming is referring to: 2-year-old girl accidentally shot in cheek as uncle cleans gun.

If you look through the comments of that particular post, you will see quite a number of people with similar lack of common sense as Mr. Fleming.  Somehow, background checks could have prevented this from happening, or the Uncle was incompetent, or otherwise negligent, et cetera, et cetera.

Unfortunately, we don’t know if that’s the case.  While it may be that this person was in fact negligent, there is not enough information in the story – we don’t know if the girl was originally in the room, or if this was in the house.  We don’t know anything other that the actual outcome.

But that doesn’t stop people from passing judgement in the court of public opinion, and it certainly doesn’t stop people from using it as a (poor) example of negligent gun owners.

This story has nothing to do with what actually might pass for “common sense” legislation.  It falls into the same bucket as other tragic accidents that don’t involve guns.  In fact, I can find a whole lot more tragic accidents around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2015 involving motor vehicles than I can gun related incidents.