November 28, 2020

Gen Z Conservative

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ronald reagan on gun control

Ronald Reagan on Gun Control

The Quote by Ronald Reagan on Gun Control:

“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time…It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know from personal experience.” -Ronald Reagan on Gun Control

My Take

Let me begin my analysis of this great quote by Ronald Reagan on gun control by saying that I know Reagan’s gun control record was far from perfect. As I wrote about in my original post about my thoughts on gun control, the reason you can’t own a modern machine gun is Reagan’s innocuously-titled “Firearm Owner’s Protection Act.” That horribly unconstitutional act effectively banned civilian ownership of modern machine guns, which is inexcusable and flies in the face of the 2nd Amendment.

But, in any case, this quote by Ronald Reagan on gun control is amazing. Even if his actions related to firearm laws weren’t perfect, this quote just about is. That’s because it just about perfectly sums up everything wrong with gun control.

First, it points out the true purpose of gun control, which is to disarm citizens. That’s what the left wants; they want to take your guns. In pointing that out, he echoed the thoughts of Thomas Jefferson on gun control; Jefferson also recognized that it would only punish those who care about the law and do nothing to slow down, much less stop, criminals.

Next, Reagan shows who we should be focusing on to stop firearm-related violence: criminals. Criminals break the law and don’t care a lick about gun control laws. They’re already going to use weapons for an illegal purpose and own them illegally, so why buy them legally? Thinking that they would do so is absurd.

So, logically, you have to control crime by controlling criminals. As Reagan says, lock them up and throw away the key. Or, preferably, follow Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper’s advice on curbing violent crime through self-defense and just shoot them. In my view, anyone who would commit a violent crime doesn’t deserve to be part of society. So, self-defense or extreme amounts of jail time is the only viable solution. Gun control certainly isn’t.

Finally, I love this quote by Ronald Reagan on gun control because, in the last sentence, he again points out why gun control never works; criminals don’t care about the law.

Conclusion

We need more politicians who understand why the 2nd Amendment is so important. The citizens of the US do; just look at the protests in Virginia and Virginia’s 2nd Amendment sanctuaries to see that. In fact, those sanctuaries and protests were the impetus for this post.

In the past, our political leaders understood the 2nd Amendment. George Washington understood why private firearm ownership is so important, as did Jefferson and Madison. So does Trump.

Unfortunately, it often seems as if few others do. They want their red-flag laws, inane weapon classifications, and bans on certain weapons. Those anti-American politicians either don’t understand the 2nd Amendment or aspire to be tyrants. My guess is that the latter option is most accurate.

In any case, please use this great quote by Ronald Reagan on gun control to show the gun control fanatics why it won’t work and what the real solution is!

By: Gen Z Conservative

 
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