What It Really Means to be “Anti-Gun”

By Kellene Bishop

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Photo c/o katrinabrownelondon.com

A few days ago I sent an e-mail to a list of my family and friends who subscribe to my emergency preparedness blog, Preparedness Pro.  The most recent blog posted was on the necessity of firearms and ammo (along with necessary skill and practice) for a properly prepared state.  Unfortunately, my message was not well received by one of my friends.  He sent me back a message that simply stated “I’m anti-gun.  Please take me off of your list.”  While I can perfectly understand why a person is not comfortable with the subject of firearms for self-defense, I was certain that my friend was not fully aware of the ramifications that invoking such a vow as being “anti-gun” truly entailed.  In my work I find that the majority of individuals who are “anti-gun” are women.  And thus I felt that addressing this topic was appropriate for our Women of Caliber audience today.

What does it really mean to be “Anti-Gun?” I’m convinced that a person who makes such claims does so based on the following misinformed or incomplete reasons.

1-     Fear of the power behind the tool.  Yes, a firearm is deadly.  Thank goodness.  Because I do not know of any other tool I can reasonably employ to defend myself against a alcohol and drug-crazed, 6’4”, 280 pound man who’s intent on harming me.  I can’t run fast enough.  The police can’t respond fast enough.  I can’t talk my way out of an encounter.  And I can’t rely on my physical strength and skill to properly combat them.   Self-defense is an equal opportunity freedom.  We all should be entitled to defending ourselves regardless of our medical history, weight, physical fitness, etc.  That’s why I often refer to my firearm as the ultimate equalizer.  What I do know is that I can have easy access to my firearm, pull, point, and shoot to effectively stop a would-be attacker. 

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Photo c/o bebo.com

There are plenty of other valuable tools in our world that are dangerous if used incorrectly.  Medicine, exercise, transportation, food and farming equipment to name a few.  All are very powerful for good.  Yet all of these can be misused to even cause death to ourselves and others.  Fortunately for us though, the media, Hollywood, and our government don’t typically have agendas to vilify these types of tools.  And yet there are many others who occasionally promote misinformation on these tools as well.  Nothing is without some controversy or a difference of opinion.  But differences of opinion never alter the truth.  Only statisticians do that.  

2-    Belief that only criminals (thugs, drug dealers, bad guys, etc.) have guns.  Just because criminals have guns does not mean that those who have guns are criminals, anymore than the fact that a plane has crashed means that all planes will crash, or that 500 high school students killed per year playing football means that football should be banned.  For every thug out there who carries a firearm, there are hundreds of thousands of guns owned by law-abiding citizens.  Out of over 4.7 million crimes committed in the U.S. in 2005, less than 10% of them involved the use of a firearm.  Even among homicides, where one would assume a firearm was always used, less than 67% of them involve the use of a gun.  (http://www.ojp.gov/bjs/guns.htm)  Consider the opposite side of things.  Over 2.5 million crimes per year are STOPPED by the use of a firearm in the hands of citizen.  (John Lott, More Guns, Less Crime)  You’ve got less than 6% of 4.7 million crimes involved a gun, and yet you have over 50% more of those same kinds of crimes being prevented BY a gun.  Sounds like there’s a skewed perception there, folks.  Don’t you think?

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3-    Fear of the safety for our children.  This is a very strategic propaganda put out by the anti-gun supporters, knowing full well that no parent in their right mind would put their children in danger.  And then of course, on those rare circumstances when a child is tragically killed by a gun, the media runs the story over and over again as if it was an announcement of Armageddon.  It’s a highly emotional, and unfortunately successful angle used by our national manipulators.  But the real facts don’t lie.  Children are less likely to be killed by one of over 300,000,000 million guns held by 94 million gun owners than they are to be killed by an automobile, drowned (in a bathtub or a pool), burned in a fire, or suffocate on plastic!  In fact they are at least 6 times more likely to die from any of these causes, and in some cases as much as 40 times more likely.  (Kids and Guns, 2000, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)  Now think about this.  Out of all of the crimes that were stopped as the result of a firearm, how many children’s lives were saved as a result, or better yet, allowed to remain normal with a loving parent still alive as the result of the use of a firearm.  If someone is “anti-gun” do they really realize that they may just as well be stating that they are against protecting their children, loved ones, friends or communities at all costs?  Do they realize that they might as well be saying that they are “Pro-Crime?”  While you may think this is an audacious leap of logic, the statistics are there to support such a claim.  Unfortunately, those who truly are “anti-gun and to heck with the consequences” really don’t care about the truth.

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4-    The absence of a passion and understanding of freedom.  During the monumental Revolutionary War, there were plenty of individuals who took up arms who were unskilled and uncomfortable in their use.  After the war, they recovered thousands of rifles in which multiple wads were found stuffed down the barrel, but never fired.  Why?  Because although these men believed in fighting for their freedom, they found it very difficult to actually aim and fire upon another human being.  They would go through the motions of loading the firearm, lifting it to point, but never pull the trigger. And then in their confused and panicked state they would go through the motions again and again until their lack of firing caused their death.  Harming another human being purposefully goes against our peaceful grain, of course.  And I thank God for that “sensitivity chip.”  It’s a mental fight that has been prevalent through the ages.  But going through the motions is also what gets people killed and no longer able to live their fulfilling life and provide for their family.  Even police officers struggle with firing on a human being.  They practice with silhouettes, not live targets, of course.  So the mental preparation to completely defend themselves is oft times missing.  (As a result, many police departments have begun using more realistic looking targets in order to help law enforcement with this vital mental preparation.) 

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Photo c/o conservapedia.com

What does this have to do with freedom?  When I hear someone is “anti-gun” I cringe to think that they are the very persons who would have permitted the British, the Romans, the Japanese, the Germans, and any other enemy Freedom has experienced through the ages, to take everything—and I do mean everything—that they hold dear.  It nearly brings me to tears to hear that “anti-gunners” would hold the defenders of our freedom in the same light as criminals in our day.  Freedom is not fought just on a battle field.  It is fought every single day, even in the sanctity of our homes, restaurants, our parks, our streets.  The only reason why our Freedom has not been utterly destroyed is thanks to the 94 million gun owners who are still willing to lay claim to its merits.  Somehow it just doesn’t seem fair that those same 94 million gun owners are the very reason why anti-gunners have the freedom to attempt to lay neutral on this issue and still have some semblance of safety.  To put it plainly, “anti-gun” is clearly a member of the “anti-freedom” camp.  

5-    Naïveté.  I agree that life would be a whole lot better if I didn’t even have to consider the horrific “what-if’s” that exist out there.  I would much rather live in a community where I could leave my door unlocked, trust that my children and family members would never be violently harmed, and that the world was one solely of peace and happiness.  Unfortunately, the stark reality of the presence of sheer evil interrupts that fantasy.  It’s also naïve of me to believe that my husband will always be there to protect me.  Or that simply by owning a firearm, I will instinctively know what to do with it under threat of violence or death without any concerted practice.  It’s naïve of me to believe that in an earthquake all of the criminals will stay securely in their jail cells, or that the most well organized and violent gang in the U.S., MS-13, will never invade my peaceful neighborhood.  It’s naïve of me to believe that a 9-1-1 call will result in my immediate safety.  I could go on and on with the naïve thoughts I have entertained in my younger years.  Instead I choose to face reality.  And the reality isn’t so much the horrors that are out there as it is that I’m STRONG, CAPABLE, AND COMPETENT.  As such I can ensure my own safety and the safety of those who are important to me.  I need not be fearful.  I need not be paranoid.  I simply need to be armed with the proper tools and skills necessary.  I don’t walk around with a gun because I’m paranoid.  I walk around accompanied by real peace and practical awareness because I carry a firearm.  I’m friendly to those around me because I do not fear their violence.  I’m happy because I do not fear becoming a victim with no justice to balance.  I’m more confident because I know I am an active and beneficial participant in the safety of my community.   

To all you self-proclaimed anti-gunners, I implore you to forsake your fear, rekindle your patriotism, get knowledgeable in the facts, and eliminate naïveté from your life.  There are countless benefits in doing so that will last a lifetime.  In the meantime, you only make yourself more vulnerable to the harmful realities that inevitably await you as you leisurely bask in your ignorance.

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.

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21 Responses

  1. Nice job!!
    When will the moronic anti gun libtards understand what the real problem is?

    • I think the only option is for “forced education”…you know, like they require in schools about sex and gay marriage OR a labotomy. 🙂

  2. Kellene !

    Great article ! You hit the nail on the head, so to speak. The sole intention of anti – gun groups or gun control groups is CONTROL of the individual, and not the control of criminals or crime.

    Most of the liberals are also not interested in increasing personal freedom, that so many people have struggled and died for.

    Our founding fathers knew why they kept guns : to defend themselves from wild animals, criminals and if necessary, the government or some foreign king.

    Keep up the good work !

    • Pete, Glad you liked the article. I tried to keep retract the fangs a little bit so that it might educate those who were open as well. *heavy sigh* I’m not sure that’s entirely posslbe though sometimes. Just so you know, I know plenty of conservatives that aren’t comfortable with firearms either. They are “anti” so to speak, but they aren’t comfortable either. They are content to condemn themselves to be a “gun free zone.”

  3. Outstanding.

  4. Kellene !

    A so-called ” forced education ” is not an option, for it would violate constitutional rights.

    The anti-gun folks only will get the picture if the sh*t happens right at their doorstep, though being subjected to criminal threats is something that I won’t like to see happening to anyone.

    Most of those folks with those sheepish ideas will balk, cower and cry if bad things happen, and still continue to spout off their cr*p about gun control anyways, but instead of staying out of the picture they tend to make lives miserable for those that want to and can fight back.

    The sheep think that if anyone and everyone is disarmed people just got to play nice and we will all get along with each other. Unfortunately reality dictates otherwise.


    • Pete, I hope you know that I was being sarcastic in my comment about forced education and a labotomy. Kind of like my “letter to the President” blog. That one really reinforces the point of how absolutely absurd it is for the anti-gunners to believe that disarming anyone for safety is a “good plan.”
      As always, thanks for your comments!

  5. Well written with statistics to support reality over emotion.

    When I trained to receive my gun-carry permit, the instructor asked, “why do you want to shoot someone?” I answered that I don’t WANT to shoot anyone, but the man who one night jumped in my car, threatened me and told me to start driving didn’t want conversation, either. Protecting myself and my children is my right and something I intend to do as best I can, even if owning a gun is one day outlawed.

  6. You guys should check out ‘criminals for gun control’ on youtube. It shows a home invader and carjacker talking about how armed citizens create an unsafe, stressfull workplace for them.
    carjacker: ‘Sure, a fear of guns is a good thing- for eveyone else.’
    Home invader: ‘Sure I support laws banning all guns! Everyone should obey them too. But Im a criminal, a professional at breaking the law. Leave the guns to us pro’s.

  7. Your article was well-put. I’m going to hang it up in my store to help give me the right words when the uninformed, anti-gun nuts cross my path.

    I’m an FFL holder and I recently opened a small gun shop in a little Eastern Oregon town. My husband had arranged for us to have a dealership with US Cellular so we could also do cell phones and make a little extra money. However, when the female rep from US Cellular came to make an on-site visit and discovered that I was going to be selling firearms, she demanded that I get rid of the guns or she would not put her precious cell phones in my store. Needless to say, I still sell guns. I’m pretty sure that what she did was illegal restriction of trade – but she made me so angry that I decided that I didn’t want to deal with the company if they were dumb enough to put someone like her into a post of responsibility. It only goes to show that the anti-gun people are always out there trying to manipulate public opinion to try and remove our second amendment right.

    Great job – I’m going to be following your blog!

    • Deborah, I admit that I’m a bit “ornery” at times, so take this two cents for what it’s worth. But in my opinion, I would post your US Cellular story, or perhaps a shortened version of it in your store. I think your customers should all be aware that U.S. Cellular is anti-gun and I also think that you should write a letter to US Cellular informing them that you are doing so and that they have an inappropriate employee who does not support the U.S. Constitution–kind of ironic since their name is “US” cellular, don’t you think? I think you doing nothing just fuels the fire. You don’t have to be mean to get a valid, legal point across. Forget the trade laws. Just expose them for being anti-guns. Us pro-gunners pay attention to that kind of stuff–which is why I don’t do business with McDonalds and Blockbuster. They are both VERY anti-gun.

  8. Interesting Read! Very detailed blog.
    Thanks for sharing

  9. Just wanted to let you know. My wife was not anti however the idea of guns on my person or in the house frightened her. I sent her this article and less than a half am hour later iget the response. Okay I’m a believer. Thanks so much.

  10. Liberals are preposing a exchage your gun for realy dumb things like exchage your gun for a rose,exchage your gun for a gift card or exchage your gun for dumb musical interments and it dont ever put a end to crime its just another stupid ideas from rediculous liberals who want to feel all wrm and fuzzy inside while their heads are completely empty

  11. Wow nicely done! I was looking for info on how to convey my thoughts on the ant-gun crap out there. This is a nice article!

  12. I follow you regularly, Kellene, and I thank the gods that you continue to educate, and appeal to the sheeple still out there that are attached to the media nipple. Hopefully they will wake up, and stand with us. Until then, I will practice, prepare, and protect. Thanks again.

  13. Silly women, guns are for Mommies!

  14. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:
    Too good not to reblog. Well worth the time to read.

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