MythBusters Case #16: Register Communists, Not Firearms

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Weeks after the fact, the Sandy Hook tragedy is still fresh on the mind because twenty of those murdered were children of such a tender age.  Families have been devastated for life.

Tearful and determined people demonstrated in Washington D.C. with signs reading, “Never forget Sandy Hook.”  And who can forget a tragedy of such magnitude.  People are demanding, and rightly so, that something be done about these massive school shootings.  An article in February 3 issue of Freedom Outpost http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/02/sandy-hook-students-father-youll-have-to-take-my-gun-from-my-cold-dead-hands/ stated the following:

A father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School student testified on January 28, 2013 in a Working Group Public Hearing at the Connecticut State Capitol on gun violence prevention. While Bill Stevens’ fifth grade daughter was not harmed in the incident, she was a part of the children that were in “lock down” during the shooting and following it. However, Mr. Stevens said that his daughter’s friend’s little sister was one of the children that was murdered…

All of which serves to reinforce the Myth: We need more gun control laws to put an end to these mass gun killings.

The myth is so superficial that MythBusters can’t help but suspect the motives of its perpetrators.  You don’t have to look very far into history, recent social experimentation, and the Bible to conclude that the gun control argument is a fraud.  We found the evidence to be ovewhelming.

Let’s think it through.  The Freedom Outpost continues with this concerned father’s remarks:

However, Mr. Stevens said that his daughter’s friend’s little sister was one of the children that was murdered, “when 911 and ‘lock down’ were not enough to protect her from an evil person, not protect her from an ‘assault rifle’ or some type of an inanimate object, but from an evil person…”

He also pointed out that gun ownership is a right and should not make gun owners suspect simply because of the numbers or kinds of guns they own or even how much ammunition they have…

“But criminals and tyrants,” he continued, “tyrants especially, beware, ‘lock down’ is not an option at the Stevens’ residence and 911 will be dialed after the security of my home has been established!”

Stevens asked, “Why is that same security that my daughter enjoys at home with her dad not available at school in Newtown? That is what you should be considering, not making her dad a criminal.”

“Charleton Heston made the phrase, ‘From my cold dead hands’ famous,” Stevens thundered. “And I will tell you here today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold dead hands!”

Stevens slammed his fist on the desk and walked out to applause from the citizens listening.

Friends, this is what it’s going to take, men who will stand up to the bureaucrats and politicians who are eager to trade our liberty for a bit of security and leave us as victims. Major kudos to Mr. Stevens! God bless you Sir!

A more recent school shooting took place in Atlanta.  It was scarcely reported, and when it was, the details were left out.  The shooter was halted in his tracks by a man with a gun.  A 14 year old boy was shot in the neck, but survived.  Nobody knows how many lives this armed citizen might have saved.  Which is faster, response to a 911 call or a bullet out of the barrel of a 357 magnum?

The week prior to Sandy Hook a gunman opened fire in the Clackamas Town Center near Portland, Oregon.  Two people died before a man with a pistol drew a bead on the killer and locked eyes with him.  He didn’t fire because of people in the background, but the killer fled and shot himself.

This part of the story was omitted in news reports.  A local columnist for the Portland Oregonian used the occasion for a rant against the AR-15, never mentioning the local hero who broke up the rampage with his pistol.

In a subsequent column the same reporter expressed extreme naivete about the motives of gun-grabbing politicians, quoting a local sheriff who didn’t think Barack Obama intended to confiscate anybody’s guns.  Lenin had a term for this kind of journalist:  “useful idiot.”

Barack Obama’s affinity to Communist tactician Sol Alinsky, is well documented (The Manchurian President, Chap. 4, WND Books).  Anyone in doubt about the benign motives of Barack Obama would do well to consider the tragic story of the scores of genocides that were perpetrated during the 20th Century on unarmed people.  The first step in the process is always gun registration, then gun confiscation, then deportation to forced labor and extermination camps.  But of course, it could never happen here.

To buy into the gun control argument you have to turn a blind eye to the obvious.  Recent mass murders are invariably committed in so-called gun-free zones like theaters and schools.  Cities with the toughest gun control laws – like Chicago, Washington DC, and New York – have the highest murder rates.  By contrast, in 1982 when gun ownership was made mandatory in Kennesaw, Georgia, crimes against persons plummeted by over 74 percent and are now almost non-existent.

Case Closed:  In conclusion, MythBusters turned to the ultimate authority on violent crime.  What does the Prince of Peace have to say on the subject of gun control.   Nothing direct, but when it came to the issue of sword-control in first century Judea He told His disciples “let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one…And they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”  And He said to them, ‘It is enough.’”

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Comments
  1. Praise God for men like Bill Stevens who whether they know it or not are responding from Yahweh’s law and word written on their hearts, such as:

    “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword [or today’s equivalent] in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people.” (Psalm 149:6-7)

    “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

    For more regarding what our Biblical response should be, see “Newtown’s Massacre, Today’s Cultural Abyss, and Gun-Free Zones” at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/newtowns-massacre-todays-cultural-abyss-and-gun-free-zones/. Also, “You Can’t Win Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight” on same blog.

  2. Ted, you’ve got two separate arguments here–gun control and Communism. I understand that Communists want to outlaw and confiscate guns, but so do Nazis and other socialist dictators who see private ownership as a threat.

    The title exhorts us to “Register Communists…, but then gives no reason at all why we should. Why should we? Because of the gun issue? Because we’re not Communists? Because they’re demonic? Because Obama is or has been affiliated with a known Communist? Didn’t we go through the Red Scare once before with Joe McCarthy?

    If we start registering people (not guns) because they are Communist, then what is to prevent us from registering people because they are Nazis? Or Greens? Or Libertarians, Rastafarians, Muslims, or Christians? Each of these labels encompasses a belief system which is repugnant to someone. Each one has enemies who would like to see its adherants removed from society. Where do we draw the line? And who decides where the line is to be drawn?

    In a society which adhered to biblical law and principle would NOT be threatened by any single individual who called himself a communist. In fact, the Communist Party gained virtually no traction in this country despite the fact that Gus Hall ran repeatedly for president on that ticket. In a truly free society, Communism would be laughed off the stage. We have creeping socialism here which we should be afraid of, but full-blown communism may never arrive. If it does, it will be too late to register its disciples. They will be the ones doing the registering.

    Your argument is not with Communists, per se, but rather with anyone who would seek to use political power to take away our freedom and responsibility to use personal weapons to defend ourselves. Stay focused, my friend. Leave the politics out of it.

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