A random thought occurred to me yesterday as I drove past Blacksburg, VA in the torrential downpour blanketing the East Coast…
The “gun control” / anti-rights movement is largely defined – and hamstrung – by their logical fallacies, but one they keep coming back to again and again like a dog returning to its own vomit is that of the appeal to popularity – anti-rights cultists consistently and repeatedly adopt the position that because “so many” people support “gun control” (though evidence of this popular support is almost never provided and always from suspected / astroturfed sources), then it is obviously the “right” course of action. Unfortunately for them, not only is this position intrinsically wrong, it also makes “gun control” supporters morally no better than slaveholders looking to keep their “property”.
However, for the sake of argument, let us accept their logical fallacy at face value, and return again to the topic of Blacksburg. How many people were wounded during the Virginia Tech shooting?
Getting to my hotel room, I was able to determine the answer: 26.
On the other hand, how many of those victims have aligned themselves, however quietly, vociferously, or in-between, with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Violence Ownership, the Violence Policy Center Continuators, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Ownership, or any of those other organizations or groups that support “gun control”?
The answer: 1.
If their message resonates so very poorly with the very people they seek to exploit – “gun violence” victims – how can “gun control” extremists ever hope to honestly claim “popular support”?
There I go again, mistakenly assuming that “gun control” has anything to do with honesty. Now, to be forthright myself, I shall not make assumptions about the motivations and desires of people I do not even know through the media or press releases, but the lack of actual “gun violence” victims flocking to the Brady Campaign to lend their public support and solidarity speaks volumes as to that organization’s failed cause. Millions upon millions of Americans have concluded that there are better things to spend their time on than pointlessly, capriciously, and arbitrarily infringing upon the natural, individual, and Constitutionally-protected rights of law-abiding American citizens; I dare say it is well past time for even the most radical anti-rights cultist to abandon his morally offensive quest and find something actually constructive to do with his time.
(… Again, not as though their claims of “popular support” matter, but we might as well play tenpins with their house of cards…)