Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here. So, this post will likely be extremely controversial, so if it ends up getting taken down for any reason, let the record show that it was WordPress that took it down, not me or Jonah. Like I said in an earlier post, a gentleman stands up for what he believes in, and even if I get torn apart or even expelled from my university for what I say in this post, it’s staying up. Also, I’ve learned from my mistakes in past posts, and from now on, if I include any information that is not my own, I will put my resources, as subjective or objective as they may be, at the bottom of each post. In any case, I’m sure most of you who are reading this have at least about the shooting and mass murder in Parkland, Florida last week, and to those who were affected in any way by this, whether you were injured or lost a family member to the assailant, I offer my sincerest condolences. This was a tragedy that should never have happened, and my heart goes out to all who were affected by this. With this in mind, unlike what a majority of the mass media has been doing as of late, I won’t be fighting for stricter or more abundant gun control laws. As a matter of fact, I’ll actively fighting against them. Why? Because slightly looser gun control laws than those we have now could have prevented this as well almost all school shootings that have happened in recent years. And in this post, I’m going to give you four (4) facts about gun ownership, the 2nd Amendment and why such things are incredibly important, especially in the United States today.
1. The right to self-defense
The 2nd Amendment reads as follows:
“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.”
Now what exactly does that mean? Many people view it as gun rights should only be to members of a state militia. And since the US doesn’t use such a state militia anymore, many people are viewing the 2nd Amendment as even more outdated than they think it is. However, the wording of the amendment in and of itself completely disassembles this argument. People seem to overlook five very important words that are included in the amendment: “The right of the people.” This shows that the Founding Fathers had the interests of the people in mind when drafting this, not the military. They realized that humans have the right to self-preservation and self-defense. They also realized that the most effective way to provide self-defense was through use of a firearm. And just think about it; if an assailant is breaking into your home, they’d be more likely to flee if you even brandished a firearm. A lot of times, you wouldn’t even have to fire a bullet. A burglar would be intimidated even by the sight of a firearm because it’s possible that they might get shot. There’s an extension to this self-defense idea that is also just as important.
2. Enhanced security
There is staggering evidence that shows that around 92% of mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones”, where even concealed-carry permits are nullified. And there’s a simple reason for this: gun-free zones are simply the easiest targets. So the simplest answer is to simply get rid of gun-free zones in order to bump up armed security. If campus security, campus police, and even certain staff members were allowed to have firearm training and concealed-carry permits, the amount of school shootings would plummet practically overnight. As counterintuitive as it sounds, the removal of gun-free zones, easy targets for mass shooters, will actually make the US a much safer place.
3. A firearm is a firearm
Many opponents of the 2nd Amendment try to argue that the only thing the Founding Fathers had in mind about firearms were muskets. Well first things first, that argument is just completely wrong. There were other rifles and even handguns invented around the time of the Revolutionary War or even hundreds of years beforehand, that could fire upwards of twenty (20) rounds in five (5) seconds. But all of these details aside, the most important thing to know is that the entire purpose and function of firearms has not changed since they were invented. Regardless of era, regardless of design, a gun is designed to expel either a pellet or wad of lead (unless you use a BB gun or airsoft gun) out of a long metal tube for the purpose of hitting something, killing it if it’s a living thing, human, animal, or otherwise. As such, all firearms need to be treated with the same amount of care and caution, whether it’s a musket, an AR-15, a 20-gauge shotgun, or a Glock 19. Probably the most important things to know when handling ANY firearm are the three (3) most important universal rules of gun use, the first rules I heard when I first learned to shoot a gun when I was eleven (11) years old.
1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. ALWAYS keep you finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
4. Women benefit from gun ownership as well
I was watching another video from Prager University, called Gun Rights are Women’s Rights. In it, journalist and author Katie Pavlich talks about how because women on average have less muscle mess and physical strength than men (not to shame or judge women, it’s just biology), the best way for them to “even the odds”, as Pavlich puts it, is for more women to own guns, especially in the US. Like I said earlier in this post, even just brandishing a firearm or showing that you have one on hand will deter most criminals from doing anything to you, your family, or your property. Right-leaning blogger and social media personality Lexie Bess goes even further into this in a video series on her Facebook page, the pilot of which you can check out right here. So for any of you young ladies reading, this may be worth checking out.
So that’s it for the list. Again, to any of those who were affected in Parkland last week, I offer my condolences, and I am fighting to help you. It’s just that seeing how so many people react to something like this and try to push for things that have never worked and never will work just gets my blood boiling. This is just my take on it and why I feel that so many things that the left is pushing for are complete nonsense. In any case thank you for reading. I would truly appreciate it if you shared this post, and go the word out. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. This is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time.
Louder with Crowder: https://youtu.be/CquUBWHU2_s (yes, I get Steven Crowder is more of a comedian if anything, but I trust him more than most mainstream media sources)
Prager University: https://youtu.be/2iKBEJp92CA