A Distinction Without a Difference
The April 2023 edition of NRA’s “America’s 1st Freedom” magazine has a great article entitled “10 Things the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Concealed Carry“. It’s well worth reading and I encourage you to do so. The second of the ten points discussed in the article is the transition in the language used by the media and politicians over the past ten or so years. For example, there has been a not-so-subtle shift in wording—now referring mostly to “gun-safety measures”, as opposed to “gun-control laws”. This turn of phrase is not accidental and it has a significant impact when gun owners are trying to have a rational discussion with those who would like to see all guns banned. It’s the same tactic used when they refer to “gun violence” instead of “violent crime”. It takes the focus off the criminals and puts it on the guns. Guns are therefore evil and since people don’t want evil amongst us, it stands to reason that we just need to get rid of guns. Right? NO. Words, as someone reminded me recently, are important. And the use of these words is a distinction WITHOUT a difference.
The words “gun-control” are threatening, but those who want a gun-free United States have gotten smarter. They speak of “gun-safety”, which sounds like a good societal goal. We all want to feel safe. “Gun-safety” sounds like a good thing. But it is the same draconian Beto O’Rourke beating on the drum, “Hell yes, we’re going to come for your AR-15s!” that has been going on for years. It just sounds better. It sounds more reasonable
A Deliberate Political Pivot
And therein lies the problem. It is not just semantics. It is a deliberate political pivot. An industry-wide effort to make us seem as though we would prefer an unsafe world. You must be an anarchist to not want “gun-safety”!
Make no mistake. It is “gun-control” (aka “people-control”) plain and simple and that, in this country, is unconstitutional. This has been borne out in several important court cases over the past fifteen years (Heller, McDonald, Bruen). We have an unalienable, God-given right to keep and bear arms, for our own protection and the protection of others. We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those words matter.