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Let's Stop Attacking Guns and Start Trusting People.

by John McAlister
U.S. Senate Candidate

"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties:
1) Those who fear and distrust the people...
2) Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe . . . depository of the public interest."

-- Thomas Jefferson

I have to agree with David B. Kopel, formerly an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and now an attorney in Colorado, who said "the gun control debate poses the basic question: Who is more trustworthy, the government or the people?"

Kopel stated in a Policy Analysis Report for the CATO Institute that:

"Few public policy debates have been as dominated by emotion and misinform- ation as the one on gun control. Perhaps this debate is so highly charged because it involves such fundamental issues. The calls for more gun restrictions or for bans on some or all guns are calls for significant change in our social and constitutional systems.

"Gun control is based on the faulty notion that ordinary American citizens are too clumsy and ill-tempered to be trusted with weapons. Only through the blatant abrogation of explicit constitutional rights is gun control even possible. It must be enforced with such violations of individual rights as intrusive search and seizure. It most severely victimizes those who most need weapons for self-defense, such as blacks and women.

"The various gun control proposals on today's agenda -- including licensing, waiting periods, and bans on so-called Saturday night specials--are of little, if any, value as crime- fighting measures. Banning guns to reduce crime makes as much sense as banning alcohol to reduce drunk driving. Indeed, persuasive evidence shows that civilian gun ownership can be a powerful deterrent to crime."

It seems to me that we have become a culture of well-meaning but uninformed people. Certainly, with respect to the dramatic coverage of events in Colorado and publicized killings by other deranged people, we all want to see an end to such insanity. But isn't it just as insane to think that by making inanimate guns the focus of our frustration we are somehow going to relieve the pain and insanity? Shouldn't we be looking at the underlying values that people have which cause such derangement in the first place?

Instead, critics go after the gun. A gun is a perfectly legal device or tool. Of course -- like any other tool, be it a blow torch, chain saw, ax, knife, baseball bat, crow bar, staple gun, fastening gun, or dozens of other tools, including cars -- tools can be used to kill, maim and injure.

A gun, in and of itself, never commits a crime. Let's stop focusing on the tool used to commit a crime and start enforcing laws that have already been passed against people who have committed the crime using a gun.

In my life I have shot flame throwers, thrown hand grenades, fired M-60 machine guns, M-79 grenade launchers, M-1, M-14 and M-16 rifles, 45 caliber pistols, shotguns, 22 cal rifles, pistols, pellet and BB guns. I have never thought of killing somebody with one, unless it would have been during war or in self defense.

It incenses me to know that as a law-abiding citizen who has never committed a crime in my life, if I suddenly went out my front door with a gun under my coat -- I would now be a criminal and be subject to severe punishment. I have testified in front of the Ohio House Judiciary Committee advocating a citizen's right to conceal and carry a gun and to own a gun if he or she wants one.

Why? Because the founders of this country knew that -- if push comes to shove in the final defense of life, liberty or property -- each and every citizen of this country has the absolute right under the 2nd amendment to use a gun as protection against lethal force. That's why I belong to the NRA, the GOA and JPFO.

Way back in 1690 John Locke (in an essay on the end of civil government) said, "Whereas by supposing they have given up themselves to the absolute arbitrary power and will of a legislator, they have disarmed themselves, and armed him to make a prey of them when he pleases..."

It would seem that maybe Adolf Hitler might have read John Locke. Adolf Hitler said: "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to posses arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so."

The "let's attack guns" mindset of some of our citizens has created rogue agencies like the BATF and has resulted in atrocities such as those at Ruby Ridge and Waco. I would like to see the abolition of the BATF. As Senator, I would work towards freedom and maintaining our rights under the 2nd Amendment.

"The Constitution shall never be construed . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." -- Samuel Adams

McAlister for U.S. Senate
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Last updated: 12/24/99

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