The Federalist asked me to write an article on some of the most common anti-gun arguments and how they fail. The result has been a little more popular than we expected.
10 Common Arguments For Gun Control, Debunked
School shootings have dominated the news cycle and the common theme anti-gunners express is how gun control can somehow solve the problem.
The most common gun-control arguments of today go something like this: “These shootings would stop if we banned AR-15s or other semi-auto rifles; raised the minimum age for firearm ownership; and/or created tougher gun laws.
These are emotion-based arguments and will do nothing to solve the problem. In fact, they can even make the problem worse while infringing on the liberties of Americans. Let’s explore, and debunk, 10 of the most common gun-control argument.
1. The Second Amendment Only Gives the Right to Own Guns for Use in a Militia
Our Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Our Constitution does not give us any rights. Rather, it affirms rights that we already have in order to safeguard them. Note that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” isn’t given by the language above. Instead, our right to keep and bear arms, which exists outside of the Constitution, is protected from infringement. . . [Continue Reading]