The forever memory of the Internet has exposed some of the largest pro-rights gun organizations as part of many efforts to negotiate your rights away in favor of political maneuvering for party labeled candidates and other special interests. But improved communication between individuals has helped to clear the mind fog surrounding the issue to make clear which candidates and issues deserve support and who/what needs to be exposed.
Supporters of freedom are often associated with the gun-rights issue. IRS tax-day protesters, plaintiffs in freedom expanding lawsuits, principled candidates, freedom initiatives, activists helping others deal with oppressive government all have a single issue in common. They share the opinion that you have a right to defend your life with the most up-to-date modern firearm of the day.
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.
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a Vulcan mind-meld, as my friend and gun-rights author L. Neil Smith calls the gun issue. Mr. Smith has done an excellent job framing the gun rights debate in such a way that it is easier for the new voter to understand its importance in elections. And I’ll share with you what I learned from him over a decade ago.
The gun-rights debate 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 restrict access to 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 hate it.
And that’s why I’m accused of being a single-issue activist, thinker, and voter.
But it isn’t true, is it?