Reducing Gun Rights Infringements – Time to Stop the Madness

By Timothy Wheeler, MD

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- The growth in both types and numbers of gun owners, and the coincident drop in violent crime have not induced gun prohibitionists to reconsider their position.

A rational person might look on these big-picture truths as evidence that her thinking could be wrong.  But if gun prohibitionists were rational people, civil rights activists wouldn’t be working day in and day out to defend that precious right secured by the Second Amendment.

On the contrary, as more women, African-Americans, and others become proud gun owners, gun-hating activists have become more strident, even abusive, in their campaign against gun owners.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton even sees enough political traction among that crowd to go on national television and call the NRA (and presumably the tens of millions of Americans who support the NRA’s politics) an “enemy”.

Gun control groups have long followed a strategy of endlessly repeating their talking points, which are instantly and eagerly echoed by traditionally gun control-friendly major media outlets.  Just this year they dusted off a couple of old gun control schemes dating back as far as the 1970s (regulating guns as consumer products through a federal agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission) and hawking “gun violence” as a public health problem. They present these nostrums as new ideas, counting on a gullible public to buy these discredited ruses.

One such proposal came just this month from Ceasefire Oregon, a state gun prohibition group. The author thanks Portland congressman Earl Blumenauer and long-time Johns Hopkins anti-gun advocacy researcher Daniel Webster for their work, from which the Ceasefire Oregon plan draws. Blumenauer’s report Enough is Enough was already a stale recitation of a gun grabber’s wish list when he promoted it nearly a year ago.

Gun rights defenders have mostly been on the defensive in this flurry of repetitive propaganda. Yes, we have won most battles, especially on the national front. And the science constantly reinforces our contention that gun ownership provides an overall societal benefit.  But still, we could advance our cause more effectively in the political arena.

And therefore, I propose we go on the offensive with our own agenda. Call it Reducing Gun Rights Infringements—Time to Stop the Madness.

Here are the main points, but consider this just a first step:

  • Mandate a national ban on the child’s fantasy known as “gun-free zones”. Any rational adult can comprehend the reality that the great majority of mass shootings have occurred in these legally-established safe hunting grounds for homicidal maniacs. And any rational adult can logically conclude that only good people who follow rules will actually refrain from bringing guns into a “gun-free zone”. Let’s stop the insanity and start doing what is logical. Let’s start saving lives.
  • Make nationwide constitutional carry of self-defense firearms the law of the land. Let no one be harassed, persecuted, or jailed for daring to take the natural right of self-defense seriously.
  • Defund the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) and abolish it. This scandal-ridden agency now serves only to persecute good gun owners and gun dealers.
  • Repeal the NFA restrictions on firearm suppressors and all state laws banning them. Public health demands their use in shooting applications such as hunting and target shooting, where they can prevent the disability of irreversible hearing loss in millions of Americans.  Anyone who cares about public health must support the legalization of suppressors.
  • Repeal any and all import restrictions designed to prevent new overseas firearm technology and products from reaching American shores.

These measures would restore some sanity to our firearm policy and remove some of the traps for good American gun owners deliberately built into our laws by gun rights-hating politicians.  They would restore some of our freedoms at a time when politicians seem to compete for how many of our freedoms they can take from us. And, to use a favorite tag line of the gun grabbers, if it saves one life, it’s worth it.

 

—Timothy Wheeler, MD is director of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Second Amendment Foundation.

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Second Amendment Foundation. www.drgo.us

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Docshotgun

Clark Kent: Does a car dealer have to provide medical advice and treatment? Does a lawyer have to provide a seven course meal? Only a liberal gun-grabber would try to twist Oldshooters (and Dr. Wheeler’s) words into something not even relevant to the conversation.

Robert

Fine article Dr. Wheeler. It’s about control and guns are in their way. Politicians must double down to disarm the the last group of people able to stop Washington. Let us face the facts that America and Americans have nothing in common with the U.S. Government in DC or most states political groups. Understand voting is only an advance sale of other peoples property and freedom. Stop encouraging the Bastards by voting and asking politicians for help. Live your life without their arrogant permissions. Ronald Reagan said-“Government is not the solution to the problem,rather it is the problem”. Take that… Read more »

Clark Kent

Oldshooter: So a Kosher Jewish deli has to sell me a ham sandwich if I demand same? Does a Muslim bookstore need to sell me a Bible? ‘No shoes, no shirt, no service’ – how does that work in your world?

oldshooter

I think there are two things that merit mention here: 1) The idea of the right to ban guns on your own private property has a good deal to recommend it, so long as you are not using your private property to offer services or products to the public (ie, your home or ranch – fine; your restaurant – NOT fine). If you offer services to the public, you must not discriminate among members of the public, ANY members of the public. If you do business with the public, then it is no more right to ban carrying guns on… Read more »

George

These are good starting points for the formulation of a national political agenda. But ALL citizen-action-based pushes for national political change begin with local actions and agendas. That’s where the power bases are built that are essential to sustaining a national campaign. And local actions are not limited to bills, testimony and lawsuits. In those arenas the control of the agenda resides in someone else’s hands. I belong to several pro 2A organizations in Maryland; they remain trapped in another fantasy which is that testifying in Annapolis is the path to prevailing. Maryland’s restrictive laws and “may issue” policy on… Read more »

TEX

For the last several years law-abiding firearms owners have remained silent and let the socialists run rough shod over us ! That silence has been deafening ! NO MORE !

ssgmarkcr

Dr. Wheeler, thank you for contributing this article. It brings up some wonderful concepts. I do have to disagree with you in the area of the first item in the list you shared, “Mandate a national ban on the child’s fantasy known as “gun-free zones”. Any rational adult can comprehend the reality that the great majority of mass shootings have occurred in these legally-established safe hunting grounds for homicidal maniacs. And any rational adult can logically conclude that only good people who follow rules will actually refrain from bringing guns into a “gun-free zone”. Let’s stop the insanity and start… Read more »