After months of discussion and debate about gun control following the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., I have come to three conclusions.
First, I have concluded that big government politicians lack any sincerity on gun control. Why? Because they know the stats. They know the truth. They know that law abiding gun owners are the only ones punished by their restrictions and criminals who commit these crimes won't honor any new or old gun law.
Thus the title "criminal."
The vice president said that if we could save just one life with stricter laws, we should do it. State Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon, D-Los Angeles, said we need to pass laws that make sure Sandyhook never happens in California. Those are lovely platitudes, but both men know they are lying, because every gun law we've passed didn't end gun violence.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban in 1994 didn't stop the Columbine massacres. President Obama's calls for serious gun control measures fall on deaf ears for those of us who know that his administration ordered American gun stores to sell "assault weapons" to Mexican drug cartels in order to track their whereabouts, which led to hundreds of murders of innocent Mexican people. They know that If passing more and more laws made us safer, they should pass stricter driving laws to stop the 43,000 traffic deaths each year in America (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
So if politicians aren't sincere, why push for new laws on gun control? I believe it comes down to power and ego. Of course they get all puffed up with importance at the thought being the one who promises to end school shootings.
The second conclusion I came to this week is that I'm not going to convert one pro-gun control citizen to my view. No matter how many stories I show of armed citizens protecting their families from bad guys, no matter how many Elk Foundation or NRA dinners I take them to, no matter how many times I prove to them that criminals don't follow existing laws, they will tell me that we need more laws.
I can show them the recent report out of Sacramento saying there are nearly 20,000 Californians who are known to illegally possess nearly 40,000 firearms whom our policing agencies haven't even looked for. I can show my liberal friends all of this and they won't change their minds, either because they are afraid of what they don't understand, or because they believe what they are told by lawmakers and the media.
This brings me to my third conclusion: Gun advocates, you will not convert politicians who are driven by power and ego. And you won't convert those whose minds have been made up. So stop trying and realize you're just going to have to beat them. You're going to have to win this argument and you aren't going to do it by calling talk radio shows and preaching to the choir.
It's not going to happen because you tried reason and logic. You're going to win by taking a page from the big government/pro-nanny state playbook.
Win by being louder. By making more phone calls. Win by writing more letters and joining more pro-Second Amendment organizations who will lobby politicians on your behalf. It's time to come to terms with the fact that pro-gun control people think that you are the problem. You're a yokel. A stupid hick who doesn't know what's best for society.
And if you let them, they will infringe more and more on your rights at the same time they say, "I support the Second Amendment." And when you comply, and there's another school shooting (God forbid), or another tragic gun-related incident at the hand of someone who didn't comply with those laws, your big government friends will call for even stricter limits to your freedoms. And your politicians will gladly promise that their new stack of laws will put an end to gun violence once and for all.
-- Inga Barks, who hosts a talk show on KMJ AM 580, is one of three community columnists whose work appears here every Saturday. You can email her at email@example.com. These are Barks' opinions, not necessarily The Californian's. Next week: Ric Llewellyn.