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Gun Control Socialists Hate Gun Owners

Real Reasons Liberals Hate Guns

Power of the People vs. Power of the Government
What occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on that fateful December 14th morning was and remains heartbreaking. The sorrow being experienced by the families of the twenty innocent children killed, along with the loved ones of the other individuals slain must remain overwhelming.

This tragedy, purpetrated by a crazed, lone 20-year old gunman, has vaulted the debate over gun control to perhaps an unprecedented level. There is, without a doubt, some type of federal gun legislation on the horizon in early 2013, perhaps as early as Wednesday, January 16th. Liberals are calling for the further disarmament of the American people, which should come as no surpise, as they are on the wrong side of this issue and if they get their way, it will make America a more dangerous place and further reduce the independence of the American people.

You see, we’ve seen how strict gun laws affect crime. Take Chicago, for example, which has some of the strictist gun laws in the nation, and is a part of Illinois, which remains, at least for now, the only state in the Union that does not have a conceal and carry law.

During the first half of 2012, there were about 250 murders in Chicago. That represents a 38% increase over the same period of time in 2011. To make matters worse, the nation overall was experiencing a decline in murders over the same period. Therefore, Chicago was bucking the trend of the nation. Simply put, more gun control in Chicago has produced more deaths resulting in Chicago becoming one of the most dangerous cities in America.

Stricter gun control leading to greater homicides, and specifically homicides by firearm, is not a phenonenon relegated to the U.S. In fact, a Harvard University study titled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence” found that the nine European nations with the lowest levels of gun ownership per capita had an aggregated murder rate three times that of the nine nations with the highest levels of gun ownership.

The plain truth is that gun control laws make those writing and passing the laws feel that they’ve done something meaningful, never mind the fact that they don’t deter crime by firearm. In fact, it’s likely that none of the proposals that President Obama will lay out on Wednesday would have stopped the horrific tragedy in Connecticut.

So, given that the numbers are against liberals regarding more gun control and less violence, why do liberals hate guns? Why are they so adament over the need to reduce the total number of guns owned by Americans if it doesn’t make the streets safer?

What you have to understand is that, for liberals, the gun control debate isn’t actually about guns. It’s about supressing power. To be more specific, it’s about whether power should lie with the people or with the government. Liberals, of course, side with government.

Gun ownership puts power into the hands of the people and therefore they are less dependent on the government. Owning a gun at the time of need gives the law-abiding gun owner the ability to make the decision as to whether the use of force is lawful, right, and justified. The American Left doesn’t believe ordinary citizens have the ability to make such decisions, hence their love affair with gun control.

Liberals prefer major life decisions to be made by the government. Consider issues such as government-run healthcare, the redistribution of wealth via the progressive tax system, and the lack of school choice as just a few examples that run parallel to their “government knows best” mentality present in those calling for more gun control and less overall guns. Again, it’s not about the guns, it’s about whether the people or the government should have the power.

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