Our gun rights are as fundamental to Americans as our right to free speech, our right to due process, and our right to practice our religion.

Over the weekend, a crazed Muslim who also may have been a deeply repressed gay man unleashed his anger by killing 49 innocent people in a gay nightclub in Florida. He was an American citizen, although he reportedly told hostages he was doing it because he wanted America to “stop bombing his country” which certainly sounds like he felt that he was really not an American at heart. All of that is beside the point. He walked in and shot people who had done nothing to him.

I cringed for two reasons. First, it’s a national tragedy. I am a Christian and very staunchly pro life. Over the years I’ve even changed my position and now oppose the death penalty. I think all Americans should have the same rights and privileges, regardless their color, what they believe or who they love. The fact this appears to be both a homegrown terrorist attack AND a hate crime is particularly disturbing. Secondly, though, I cringed because I knew what was coming – the gun control hand wringing and politicizing.

Of course, it took two seconds for everyone on the left to say “see, guns are bad” and everyone on the right to say “hey, get your hands off our guns you commies.”

In order to understand America’s obsession with guns, you have to go all the way back to the beginning. You can’t understand the 2nd amendment without understanding that America’s roots were revolutionary. America was founded to escape government tyranny and set up a system where that could never happen. If you look at the founder’s own writings, it’s incredibly apparent they wanted an armed populace for this very reason.

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians.” – George Mason, co-author of the 2nd Amendment.

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” – George Washington

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – James Madison.

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt, Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

I end with that last quote for a reason. Necessity. That’s what we are hearing now. We MUST act on gun control because bad, crazy people keep doing bad crazy stuff with them. No discussion at all about the uncomfortable fact that nearly all of the mass shootings of the past 20 years have happened in “gun free” zones where good people aren’t allowed to carry.

I’m going to say this as clearly as I can: To disarm the American people is to fundamentally destroy the roots of our founding. It is not just an insult to the 100,000,000 responsible gun owners in America, it is an insult to our own heritage as a country.

The left will say the right to bear arms was only for the “militia” referenced in the 2nd Amendment. In order to believe this, you have to completely ignore everything that the writers of the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment actually said about it. And this has been upheld time after time by the Supreme Court. Hillary has said that the Supreme Court is wrong on this Audio. But they weren’t, and she is.

The slippery slope effect is strong with us, too. We need to ban “assault rifles.” Politicians who say this are only demonstrating they don’t know the first thing about guns. I will go on the record here. I have multiple AR-15s. I have a dozen handguns. If the government suddenly decided that I have to turn in my AR-15s, I could still very easily kill 50 people in a nightclub.

An AR-15 holds between 10 and 30 rounds. My 1911 handguns hold 10 rounds, and my Glocks hold 19 rounds. But, 45 magazines are much smaller and easy to carry than AR Magpul magazines. And guess what. A .45 round is GIANT compared with an AR .223 round (I circled the actual bullet, which is the part that shoots out of the gun). See the picture:


If I loaded up a dozen magazines for my Glock with hollow points, I could inflict just as much damage as this guy did with his “assault rifle” and it would be much lighter for me to carry, and much easier to hide on my person. It takes less than 2 seconds to change magazines in any gun, “assault” or not. Even revolvers can be reloaded with a speedloader. Watch this if you don’t believe me, watch the first 10 seconds of this video: Speed Loader.

NO ONE has “automatic weapons.” They’ve been illegal since the 1980s. Every AR-15 and every handgun works by pulling the trigger once for each shot. You can’t just go in and hold down the AR-15 trigger and go nuts like a war movie. The term “semi-automatic” means that when you fire a shot, the next round gets loaded into the chamber. Guess what, folks. That’s no different than a revolver, which has been around since 1835.

All this argument trying to differentiate guns based on how scary they look is moronic. In this picture, we have two rifles:

Assault Rifles

They are EXACTLY the same except one is black and has a collapsible stock, and the other is wood and doesn’t have a collapsible stock. The black one would be considered an assault rifle (and was banned under the 94 ban), because, well, it looks scary.

The left talks about common sense, but what they seem to fail to recognize is that unless every single type of gun is outlawed, mass shootings will still happen, because some people are fricking crazy. People killed 3,000 people with airplanes and box cutters on 9/11. The Boston bombers used COOKWARE. Timothy McVeigh used fertilizer to kill 186 people. Bad people will always find a way to do bad things, and even if guns ceased to exist, it would still be incredibly easy for a crazy person to kill a bunch of people. Guys who lose it and shoot their wife and kids will just grab a knife and do the same thing – except it will be a much slower, much more agonizing death.

Imagine if you will, though, the government figures out how to do a real, nationwide gun ban/buyback like they did in Australia. There are about 350 million guns currently in circulation. Because it has always been a constitutional right, very few of those are actually registered and documented anywhere, unless you happen to live in a fascist state like Illinois, California, New York, or Massachusetts. That means the government to really effectively find most of the guns, they’d have to search house to house and seize privately owned property that Americans paid for with their hard-earned money.

Let’s assume, however, that the government comes up with the 250 BILLION dollars it would roughly cost to do a buyback at cost. (Pete’s very rough estimate.) At least 20% of the population would hide their guns. That would leave about 70 MILLION guns still out there, and the only thing that would increase would be black market gun sales and black market violence. Instead of just drugs getting smuggled in from Mexico, it would be guns. The genie is already out of the bottle, and it can’t be put back.

It worked in Australia because Australia wasn’t founded by revolutionaries. Our gun rights are as fundamental to Americans as our right to free speech, our right to due process, and our right to practice our religion.

Can both sides of the aisle agree that people on the no-fly list shouldn’t be able to buy guns? Of course, we should be able to agree. Felons already can’t buy guns. People who have been adjudicated cuckoo also already can’t buy guns. Selling guns to suspected terrorists seems like a really bad idea. Of course, these people should have the right to a process of getting taken off of the no-fly list, because this isn’t communist China.

I will always choose a little bit of risk to keep my freedom, and you should too, proud American. So go buy a gun. Not because you need one today, but because it’s your right, and someday, if things keep progressing the way they are, you may just need it.

  11 comments for “Revolutionaries

  1. James
    June 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Great, thoughtful, insightful, spot-on essay. I really liked the historical and practical perspectives.

  2. June 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Why do you own guns, hypocrite? I thought you were a Christian? If you really believed in God and Heaven, you’d have no fear of death.
    Matthew 10:28: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” You think your Christian God approves of you arming yourself with “multiple AR-15s and a dozen handguns”?
    Luke 22: “Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. ‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who live by the sword will die by the sword.’ Enough of this, stop it!”
    Maybe you’ll claim owning enough firepower to storm bin Laden’s compound is so you can bravely protect your family from bad guys:
    1Th5:15: “See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone”

    Which is it, Compassionate Conservative? Are you a gun toting ‘Merican following the principles of the Founding Fathers, who were largely atheists or agnostics raised in an age of monarchical tyranny, obsessed with paranoia that the Government Black Army Helicopters could at any minute land on your front lawn…or are you a Christian who follows the teachings of Jesus:
    Luke 9:54: When his disciples saw this, they said, Lord, would you that we bid fire to come down from heaven, and consume them? But he turned and rebuked them. ”
    Matthew 5:39 “Resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smites you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

    • Pete
      June 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Here’s the thing, “An Actual Christian” (which by the way I don’t believe since you’re all preachy but you put in your website as, and I quote “”).

      I don’t even remotely understand your point. Are you saying that owning a gun makes me a murderous fearful nutbag? If someone is trying to harm my family, you can bet that I will defend them to the death – and yes, that IS a Christian way to act. Other than that, you know what I do with my guns? I shoot at pieces of paper on a range.

      So again, “An Actual Christian” who is actually not an actual Christian (based on what you wrote that you knew would be hidden), who is the hypocrite?

  3. Jason
    June 16, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    You didn’t mention that on average only about 3% of murders in the US are done with any kind of rifle, let alone an assault rifle.

    • Pete
      June 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Very true. And don’t forget that on top of that, the vast majority of gun-related homicides are gang related.

  4. Brian
    June 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I am a gay man living in the US, and before last weekend I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to carry a gun. Now I can’t imagine going out without knowing I could defend myself. What a fantastic time to be alive. I’m buying a gun this weekend. Suggestions?

    • Pete
      June 16, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      If you plan to carry a gun, you need to try several guns and see what is comfortable and what you can shoot the best. Most ranges have rental guns and will be happy to help you pick the right gun for daily carry. I personally carry a compact 1911 gun made by Wilson Combat (it’s an Ultralight Carry Sentinel). But every person’s hand fits a gun differently. A lot of people swear by Glock. There’s no one right answer. You should go see what you like. My other advice is, don’t just buy it and carry it. Shoot at the range. A lot. Get proficient with it. What the world doesn’t need is another person with a gun that isn’t a good shot. 😐

  5. Erin
    June 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Haven’t almost all of the mass shootings happened in gun free zones? I get why they don’t want people carrying guns in courtrooms, but there are guards there. What about in schools and clubs?

  6. Scott
    June 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    What you’re saying dosn’t make sense. If we stop selling guns legally it will make it harder for bad guys to buy guns. Do you know how to buy a gun on the black market? Me neither.

    • Pete
      June 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      I bet I could figure it out in a hurry if I wanted to.

      • ThatGUY
        June 17, 2016 at 9:11 pm

        I know a guy….

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