American Hunter - October 2019 - 19

By Jason Ouimet

Interim Executive
Director, NRA-ILA

Gun Control Is
Not The Answer

Getty Images photo by Nicholas Eveleigh

I

n the wake of this summer's terrible
crimes in Texas and Ohio-before
the facts were known-came the
familiar calls for gun control.
That's because cynical
politicians seek to exploit tragedy
to ram through ill-considered and
longstanding policy objectives while
emotions are high and reasoned
debate is all but impossible.
Never mind that these "solutions"
rarely have anything to do with
the actual facts of the incidents
themselves, much less would have
prevented those incidents had they
been in place beforehand.
And the idea we're only a few
"common-sense" gun laws away
from eliminating the problem of evil
in American society, or that it would
have been done already were it not
for the NRA or others standing up for
our founding principles, is a fable.
The solution to preventing acts
of terror and violence by bad or
deranged people is not to weaken
the ability of good and rational
people to defend themselves.
Simply put: gun control is not the
answer.
Some people don't want to hear
that. They would like to believe the
lies told by opportunistic politicians
and activists who pretend to have
easy answers.
Others gain a self-righteous sense

THE SOLUTION TO
PREVENTING ACTS OF
TERROR AND VIOLENCE
BY BAD OR DERANGED
PEOPLE IS NOT TO
WEAKEN THE ABILITY OF
GOOD AND RATIONAL
PEOPLE TO DEFEND
THEMSELVES.
of satisfaction by pointing the finger
at the NRA for supposedly ignoring
or even causing the problem.
But outrage is not an argument,
and facts are stubborn things.
Like all decent Americans, the
members of the NRA grieve for the
victims of violent crime and pray for
an end to it.
And we don't apologize for our
support of the Second Amendment.
It is, in fact, the very recognition
that violent crime can and does occur
that drives a majority of gun owners
to arm, equip and train themselves.
We want to protect our lives and
our families.
We want to be a force for good in
our communities.
Far from the paranoia or the
"hatred of the other" that the

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fake news media attribute to gun
owners, it's the love of our families
and neighbors, and the peaceful
enjoyment of law and order that
motivate us to be proactive about
safety and security.
These concepts are not difficult to
understand.
The urge for self-preservation and
self-protection is one of the most
fundamental attributes of all living
things.
Even the people most loudly calling
for gun control understand the need
for protection. They either have it-in
the case of politicians, celebrities
and media figures who live and work
guarded by armed security-or they
assume someone else (i.e., the police)
will provide it for them.
Yet, most people do not have
the benefit of armed guards. And,
as good as they are, police cannot
be everywhere at once or respond
quickly enough to prevent every
tragedy.
There is no way to document
every instance in which a gun is used
defensively nationwide-particularly
because it most often occurs without
a shot being fired, much less anyone
being injured or killed.
But even the most conservative
estimates acknowledge it happens
hundreds of thousands of times a
year. Some surveys, including one


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