In my previous post, I looked at the Liberal perspective on gun control. In this post, I will discuss the Conservative view point. Conservatives believe that more gun control laws should not be enacted. They claim enacting more gun control laws infringes upon our Constitutional rights, fail to prevent criminals from obtaining guns and committing crime, and give the government too much power.
The Second Amendment of the US Constitution 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.” Conservatives believe enacting more gun control laws violates this amendment and infringes upon our rights to bear arms. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, stated, “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
Conservatives also affirm that gun control laws prevent citizens from exercising their right to defend themselves. Although Liberals claim otherwise, the National Rifle Association (NRA) states that guns are used for self-defense 2.5 million times a year. Conservatives claim that Liberals fail to see that the right to bear arms is just as important as the other rights in the Constitution. Lawrence Hunter, Chairman of Revolution PAC, stated, “The Founders understood that the right to own and bear laws is as fundamental and as essential to maintaining liberty as are the rights of free speech, a free press, freedom of religion and the other protections against government encroachment on liberty delineated in the Bill of Rights.”
Conservatives also believe that in addition to taking away our rights, enacting more gun control laws would fail to deter crime. Liberals argue that more gun control regulations deter crime. However, Conservatives effectively argue against this point. John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, gun rights activists stated, “The problem with such gun control laws is that they take away guns from law-abiding citizens, while would-be criminals ignore them.” Conservatives claim that gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or committing crimes. Instead, they firmly believe that gun ownership deters crime.
John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, said, “States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes…When states passed these laws (concealed gun laws) the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent and injuries by 82 percent.” Journalist John Stossel explains, “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” In short, Conservatives claim that gun control laws do not deter crime; rather, gun ownership deters crime.
Finally, Conservatives fear that gun control laws give too much power to the government and may result in tyranny. The Founding Fathers lived under the tyranny of King George. To avoid living under such tyranny ever again, they created the Second Amendment. Radio host Alex Jones said in a January 7, 2013 interview with Piers Morgan, “The Second Amendment isn’t there for duck hunting, it’s there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs… 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms!”
Conservatives are also concerned that enacting new gun control laws will invade our privacy. Background checks and microstamping would involve government databases that keep personal information on gun owners such as their name, addresses, mental health history, criminal records and more. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is worried that we are going to see “searches of the databases and an expansion for purposes that were not intended when the information was collected.” Senators Rand Paul, Mike Less, and Ted Cruz wrote that they would oppose any legislation that infringes “on the American people’s constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance.” This is yet another reason Conservatives believe enacting additional gun rights would be a grave mistake.
In conclusion, Conservatives believe enacting additional gun control laws will take away our rights to bear arms, defend ourselves, and feel safe. More gun control laws will not deter crimes, and gives too much power to the government, which may result in tyranny and the revocation of even more of our rights.
Make sure to read my next post! I will be evaluating the Liberal and Conservative perspectives and coming to my own conclusions about enacting more gun control laws.