Gun Control Advocates Lack Honesty and Transparency

By now, we all know the details of last week’s horrific school shooting in Oregon in which the shooter (who will not be named or pictured) hunted down and killed Christians.

And by now, we have all heard gun control advocates like President Obama and Hillary Clinton call for action to be taken.

In his statement the night of the shooting, President Obama said:

We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths.  So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence.

We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.  Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours.  So we know there are ways to prevent it.

Clinton also unveiled her own gun control plan, even saying she would use executive actions if needed.

While both President Obama’s statement and Hillary Clinton’s plan lack an understanding of the problem, they also lack honesty and transparency about their real ambitions.

Every time there is a mass shooting, the same things happen: the left as a whole calls for tighter restrictions on gun ownership. Liberal politicians demand “common sense gun legislation.” And the families of the victims plead for a change in our gun culture.

What you never hear from any of these groups, unfortunately, is honesty.

Gun control advocates have a simple long term mission that they rarely talk about. They want to see the complete removal of Second Amendment rights in the United States. They claim to be advocates of regulation, but in actuality, they are in favor of widespread ban on guns, just like what has been done by many other nations. But, again, you will rarely hear them say that.

The reason they will never admit this publicly is because they know Americans agree with the Second Amendment. For example, Gallup found that 73% of Americans did not believe that a law banning the possession of handguns, except for the police, should be passed.

This presents a tricky situation for gun control advocates. The nation is against them and their ultimate goal, so they know they have to wean people off of their “obsession” for gun rights. And to do that, they take baby steps, starting with seemingly simple measures like universal background checks and registries.

Much like the politics of any other issue, the politics of gun control is one big game built on lies and deceit. And while conservatives try and present why gun control goes against conventional wisdom, as Charles Cooke does so wonderfully in National Review, the left uses emotion and wishful thinking to rally support behind their unconstitutional and dangerous message.

“The politics of gun control is one big game built on lies and deceit.”

If you don’t believe that individuals should have the right to own weapons for personal protection, that’s fine. But be more honest about that. And if you believe the Second Amendment is a trash amendment that should be thrown out like Hillary’s old pantsuits, be forthcoming about that too.

The United States is a place where honest and intelligent debate should flourish. However, when it comes to issues like guns, the left doesn’t want to play by the rules.

If I had access to a magic genie, I would use only one of the three wishes that are generally granted. And my one wish would be that gun control advocates like President Obama and Hillary Clinton finally come out and admit that they want the repeal or revision of the Second Amendment.

If you say you respect the Second Amendment, and in the same breathe advocate for restrictions on gun ownership, you’re being dishonest. If you want tighter restrictions on guns, a constitutional amendment that would either repeal or rewrite the Second Amendment should be your first proposed step.

Contrary to popular belief, we can have a decent debate about the merits of gun ownership and gun control. But in order for such a debate to take place, the other side must commit themselves to honesty and transparency.

About Stephen N. Perkins

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Stephen N. Perkins envisions a world where individuals are empowered to fulfill their God-given potential, collaborate with others, and take ownership in the well-being and success of their communities. He helps emerging leaders inspire others and influence change. Stephen founded OUTSET in 2014 and currently serves as the network's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily writes about civic and political engagement, education, media, and culture. He also hosts a self-titled podcast on which he speaks to young conservative leaders in activism, business, and media. In addition to OUTSET, Stephen is a communications specialist and leadership coach. Originally from Houston, Stephen now lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.