All these years I’ve been so horribly wrong. I’ve been fighting against gun control when I should have been fighting for it. It’s time for me to correct my ways by stating the obvious.
I believe in gun control, even though it has never actually worked to prevent crime and violence, anywhere.
I believe Gun Free Zones repel shooters, even though 98% of all mass shootings in the United States since 1950 have occurred in Gun Free Zones.
I believe common sense gun laws save lives, even though the areas of the country with the strictest gun control laws have the highest crime, murder and “gun violence” rates.
I believe universal background checks will stop criminals from getting guns, even though most criminals steal their guns or get them through straw purchases (which include background checks) and the only purpose for universal background checks is to create a national gun registry.
I believe 10 round magazines are “standard capacity”, even though most firearms are designed for and intended to use magazines larger than that.
I believe in restricting concealed carry in “sensitive places”, even though this restriction only applies to law abiding citizens not criminals who don’t obey the law anyway and now have only unarmed people to victimize.
I believe the Second Amendment only applies to the state militia (the National Guard) even though the Bill of Rights clearly defines our rights in relation to the government and guarantees civil rights and liberties to the individual.
I believe there is no such thing as “a good guy with a gun”, even though civilian defensive use of firearms outnumbered felonious use by a rate of 3 to 1, to the tune of 2.5 to 3 million uses per year.
I believe red flag laws are fully constitutional, even though they deprive a person of a constitutional right without due process, through a secret civil hearing, at a lower legal standard than for an arrest, are not afforded legal counsel, and must prove their innocence vs. being proven guilty.
I believe red flag laws are effective, even though they are only used to strip firearms away from someone and do NOTHING to help someone in a mental health crisis or protect from the person who is supposedly dangerous.
I believe the previous assault weapon ban saved lives, even though the government’s own data says any impact was far too small to measure.
I believe Constitutional Carry is criminal carry, even though Constitutional Carry laws explicitly forbid those who are not allowed to legally possess or carry firearms.
I believe California, rated #1 for gun control, is a shining example of the success gun control can achieve, even though their cities and streets have become safe havens for crime and violence, including four mass shootings in one week.
I believe gun control areas only have more crime because of non-gun-controlled areas, even though the non-gun-controlled areas have less crime and violence.
On second thought, believing what I believe on April 1st might be a little bit foolish, even though you already know what I really believe.
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