Why trust the politicians who take your guns?
by Ernest Hancock in Liberty For All
I am often associated with the gun-rights issue but most in the media and public service know that my main interest is freedom.
Between my IRS tax-day protests, lawsuits, campaigns, freedom
initiatives, Diamondback rattlesnake barbecues and helping desperate
people deal with oppressive governments, there has always been attention
to gun rights.
Why is this issue such a touchstone for freedom lovers?
Even politicians who want to be known as “pro-gun” hate having to
discuss the issue with reporters or be too specific, even with
supporters. They hate it because it is an MRI into their character.
It is a Vulcan mind-meld, as my friend and gun-rights author L. Neil
Smith calls the gun issue. It is the ultimate test by which any
politician or political philosophy can be evaluated.
If a politician isn’t comfortable with any individual being able to
walk into a hardware store, pay cash for any firearm without producing
identification or signing a single scrap of paper (and that individual
being able to carry that protection concealed or open), then that
politician does not support freedom.
Gun-control laws only disarm potential
victims, thus creating a safe work environment for criminals - kind of
like an OSHA for felons. And criminals won’t be deterred from getting a
weapon because of a law. Criminals don’t follow laws. Any attempt to rid
the world of a tool that would give my 130-pound wife a fighting chance
against a 230-pound man would be immoral.
This test is very revealing about how someone seeking your vote
really feels about you. If he doesn’t want you to have the means to
defend your life, do you want him in a position to control it?
If a politician thinks that the highest law of the land, the Bill of
Rights, is nothing more than a guideline for government, do you want to
entrust him with anything?
Try it yourself: if a politician won’t trust you, why should you trust him?
If he’s a man, what does his lack of trust tell you about his real
attitude toward women? If “he” happens to be a woman, what makes her so
eager to render her fellow women helpless on the mean and seedy streets
her policies helped create?
Should you believe politicians who claim they stand for freedom, but
drag their feet and make excuses about repealing limits on your right to
own and carry weapons? What does this tell you about their real
motives, when they ignore voters and ram through legislation actively
opposed by a majority of their constituents?
Makes voting simpler, doesn’t it? You don’t have to study every
issue. Just use this X-ray machine, this Vulcan mind-meld, to find out
how politicians really feel. About you. That, of course, is why they
And that’s why I’m accused of being a single-issue activist, thinker and voter.
But it isn’t true, is it?