On Jan. 19, The Star published an Associated Press article on a rally at the Virginia Capitol that included both gun-control and gun-rights advocates. One of the speakers at the rally was GOP Del. John McGuire who said, “I keep hearing people say we need gun control, gun control. Well, criminals don’t care about the law.” While I agree with him, it in no way affects my belief in the need for more gun control. What Mr. McGuire doesn’t say is how much less dangerous criminals would be if they didn’t have semi-automatic weapons.

One common reason gun-rights advocates say they need guns on their person in public is to defend themselves against criminals. I wonder how many times a potential victim successfully defended him or herself with a semi-automatic from a criminal compared to the number of dead victims of criminals with a semi–automatic weapons. Gun-rights activists regularly refer to their Constitutional rights. The Second Amendment 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.” Clearly the right to arms was in reference to the security needs of the United States of America near the time of the Revolutionary War. We are now in no immediate danger of a foreign power overthrowing our government.

Equally clearly, the authors of the Constitution did not foresee the Jan. 6 treasonable attempt to take over our nation’s Capitol. What happened that day could have been much worse if things had gotten further out of control and if the on-site and off-site semi-automatic weapons were used by those with their right to “bear Arms.” It seems to me the danger of being able to carry semi-automatic weapons in public is far outweighed by the risks. In fact, I don’t think semi–automatic weapons should be sold to non–military citizens. The almost daily mass killings in our nation would be drastically reduced both in frequency and in severity. Gun owners would still have access to non–semi-automatic pistols and rifles to be used for sport at rifle ranges and in hunting.

I think gun-control advocates for semi–automatic weapons are selfish. They think civilians need semi–automatic weapons even though they know many people are killed by them. They say we should exclusively focus on the criminals, while we all know that a criminal without a semi–automatic weapon is a much less dangerous person.

Jesus said the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself and defined “neighbor” as everyone. It seems to me that those who advocate for semi-automatic weapons are much more concerned about their personal pleasure than the lives of their neighbors. 

Andrew White is a resident of Winchester. 

(30) comments

Old Western Man

[lol]"Selfish" are those that would sacrifice our civil rights for their peace of mind.

Thanks Andrew for such a petulant and vapid little diatribe. Imagine our 1st amendment "free speech" confined to parchment and quill.[rolleyes]

Of primary concern to the Founders/Framers was a tyrannical centralized government, beyond aggressive foreign powers. For the record, there exists greater historical reason to disband the US Military than disarm the American people.

Virginia Constitution June 12,1776

Among the reasons for seceding from the British monarchy

~ "Keeping among us, in times of peace, standing armies and ships of war."

~ "Effecting to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power."

A Declaration of Rights. Section 13.

"That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free State: that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power."

FYI "well-regulated" merely means trained to ams, not "regulated" under government agency as no such government regulatory agencies existed or were envisioned in the era.

As an added benefit to society, personally owned handguns alone defend hundreds of thousands (up to 2 million) lives every year, and until most recently the CDC provided the statistics to support. An inconvenient truth to the anti-Constitution and anti-civil rights faction however, so the CDC has recently been directed by the Biden regime to no longer provide such statistics. Curiously reminiscent of the actions one might expect from a tyrannical centralized government. Weird.

Spock Here

The word is that the Founding Fathers knew ahead of time about these weapons and had them in mind for the second amendment...they didn't want a militia at all. uhhhhh

Daniel

The meaning of the term "militia", as it was used in the 18th Century, has been pretty well documented by Constitutional scholars and the Supreme Court.

Doc Samson

" well documented by Constitutional scholars and the Supreme Court."

Yes, well, those luminaries pale beside the towering intellect our local Pr0gs put on display here, don'tchaknow? [lol][lol][lol]

Hermit

So Daniel, what did "well regulated" mean as it was used in the 18th Century? And who did the Founders think should be doing the regulating?

Chupacabra

Libbies don't like the Constitution. They like the government to protect them from themselves.

Daniel

For those unaware of the historical American reference to "militia" at the time the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written, here is a very rudimentary summary: https://constitutionus.com/constitution/what-does-militia-mean/

Daniel

Once again, on these pages, the author recycles tired-old memes oblivious to the reams of contrary evidence provided. Ah well…once more into the breach.

We have a crime problem, openly promoted by our Progressive Left, not a gun problem. Annual gun deaths have been increasing in recent years (they were about 45,000 in 2020). Annually, between 25-50% of those are suicides, about half of the remaining 20,000 are attributable to gang-on-gang (criminal-on-criminal violence), leaving about 5,000 – 10,000 per year attributable to other causes. That’s in a country of 330 million people. Now, criminals (obviously) don’t obey gun laws. Plus, when they are caught in the gang-rich, catch-and-release environments of blue cities run by Soros prosecutors, they are free to wage additional mayhem other victims and potential witnesses. It turns out that more-than half of America’s murders take place in 1% of America’s counties, suggesting that the other 99% of America’s counties are considerably safer and law abiding. So, more gun laws really would have no effect in preventing murders, especially when existing laws aren’t enforced. Academics John Lott and Gary Kleck did a phenomenal job doing forensic audits of crime data in counties across the U.S. and documented that guns are used defensively by citizens between 500,000 and 2-million times per year. Their conclusions were validated by no less-than our own government’s CDC, which tried but failed to suppress the results of their own study.

Finally, though, the irony of this author advocating for more crime and less self-defense for American citizens in the name of (somehow) saving lives, while openly advocating, in separate letters, for putting American men and women “boots-on-the-ground” in Ukraine to launch a full-scale war against the world’s largest nuclear power…is truly a marvel to behold. "Selfish", indeed!

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-murders-concentrated-in-handful-of-counties-urban-areas-report_4991958.html

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cdc-study-use-firearms-self-defense-important-crime-deterrent

https://thefederalist.com/2022/10/12/the-lefts-funny-new-lie-its-the-red-states-with-more-crime/

Hermit

Crime is "openly promoted" by our Progressive Left? What nonsense.

Wasn't it your hero Trump who "openly promoted" the crime of attacking the Capitol? He stood before the cameras on January 6 and told his mob of armed thugs--the mob he summoned--to march on the Capitol and "fight like heck." (He actually used a stronger word, as we all know.) He knew they were armed. Wanted to go with them, too, but chickened out and scurried back to his mansion in his limo and watched it on the tele. Watched them smash windows and doors and police officers' heads. Did NOTHING to stop it. Isn't that promoting crime? And Republicans protect him.

I don't need any Republican/Conservative preaching to me about morality or rule of law. They've irreparably lost any claim to any moral high ground. Republicans are the party of the likes of Trump and now George Santos. Swamp dwellers.

Daniel

Apparently some are completely unaware of how crime has been promoted in our blue states and cities, often by Soros-promoted prosecutors that guarantee that violent crime should serve not time. Trump never "openly promoted" violence against the Capitol (even the Jan6 monkey trial was unable to establish that, after two years of trying), nor were the January 6th protestors in the Capitol armed with firearms or any other weapons that would qualify the protest as an insurrection (unlike the June, 2020 attack against the White House). I know that some doofus wandering around the Capitol with blue paint on his face and a set of buffalo horns on his head struck terror in the hearts of many progressives, but such does not an insurrection make.

Spock Here

Let's simplify this. "It's the guns, regulate semiautomatic ones."

Old Western Man

[rolleyes]@Spock - umm, semi-automatic firearms are already heavily regulated. Please encumber yourself with some topical knowledge before spouting.

Old Western Man

[lol]"Selfish" are those that would sacrifice our civil rights for their peace of mind.

Thanks Andrew for such a petulant and vapid little diatribe. Imagine our 1st amendment "free speech" confined to parchment and quill.[rolleyes]

Of primary concern to the Founders/Framers was a tyrannical centralized government, beyond aggressive foreign powers. For the record, there exists greater historical reason to disband the US Military than disarm the American people.

Virginia Constitution June 12,1776

Among the reasons cited for seceding from the British monarchy

~ "Keeping among us, in times of peace, standing armies and ships of war."

~ "Effecting to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power."

A Declaration of Rights. Section 13.

"That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free State: that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power."

FYI "well-regulated" merely means trained to ams, not "regulated" under government agency as no such government regulatory agencies existed or were envisioned in the era.

As an added benefit to society, personally owned handguns alone defend hundreds of thousands (up to 2 million) lives every year, and until most recently the CDC provided the statistics to support. An inconvenient truth to the anti-Constitution and anti-civil rights faction however, so the CDC has recently been directed by the Biden regime to no longer provide such statistics. Curiously reminiscent of the actions one might expect from a tyrannical centralized government. Weird.

Chupacabra

No. You are confusing automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons. Criminals don't respect the law anyway, so the more that can be taken out by law abiding citizens who carry, the better. More dead criminals, less restrictions on law abiding citizens.

Doc Samson

"Clearly the right to arms was in reference to the security needs of the United States of America near the time of the Revolutionary War."

So clearly and epically wrong but, then, in an age when half the country truly, genuinely, and fervently believes that boys can be "girls" and girls can be "boys", it's no wonder even the clearest of words are turned into gibberish by ideological cultists. [rolleyes]

Daniel

Who knew that our Constitution was only to be put into effect until the end of the Revolutionary War!

lebkuchen

What militia do you belong to, Daniel?

Bose-Einstein

Wow, just to segue from a post about guns to sexual preference is.... just weird.

Spock Here

He's the type that thinks negative attention is better than none at all, so, desperation.

Chupacabra

And Spock is the type that defends big government, even though he says he doesn't. Proves it every day.[rolleyes]

libertyspirit

When you have taken all of the semi-automatic weapons away from all of the criminals, please let me know. Until then, I, and other law abiding citizens, would prefer to not be outgunned.

Doc Samson

@libertyspirit - I know, right? Ridiculous fantasy unless... ohhh, you'd have to implement some sort of AUTHORITARIANISM to get it done and guess which side loves them some of that? [rolleyes][lol]

lebkuchen

Yes, who would have thought we now have to pay close attention to those little criminal 6 year old rugrats who want to kill their teacher because they got their playground privileges taken from them. Anyone have a clue has to why VA has a lack of educators? Send in the Marines with their carbines. That'll fix the problem that is exclusive to the US and Somalia.

Chupacabra

That 6 year old had issues where he was supposed to have a certain type of supervision. That supervision was removed. Why? If you libbies would actually learn about the situation instead of being headline click-baited, you'd know that. But, an ignorant electorate is what you count on.

Mr Incredible

Your last paragraph is a laugher Doctor. Mr "Send arms and US troops to Ukraine"

Catherine Giovannoni

Well said, Mr. White.

Scott68

Andrew if everyone would simply follow the teachings of Jesus Christ we would not be having any issues with weapons and murder. But God's children have rejected his moral boundaries and are living for the here and now and not the eternity that is given to all that repent and turn from there evil and wicked ways.

Catherine Giovannoni

In Japan, a country of 127 million people, yearly gun deaths rarely total more than 10. Only about 1.5% of Japanese are Christian. But they do have strict gun safety laws.

Daniel

Because the Japanese people are very subservient and obedient. We're not.

Chupacabra

So, what gun safety laws do the Japanese have that we don't? You're always on here spouting leftist propaganda, do you even understand what you are pushing?

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