Groundhog Day

It’s always the same, over and over again. And it never ends.

The arguments against gun freedom keep popping up out of the same hole, saying the same things, relentlessly, no matter what the facts show. Kinda makes me feel like Carl Spackler from Caddyshack, out there continually trying to smack that gopher down…

 

“May I make a point about commonsense gun safety?”

 

Groundhog: “The 2nd Amendment only protects the collective right to form a militia, like the National Guard!”

Carl Spackler: “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia,” the United States Supreme Court, DC vs. Heller, 2008.

Groundhog: “Well, the 2nd Amendment only refers to single shot muskets!”

Carl Spackler: That would be an assumption, as it is not stated implicitly anywhere in the text of the amendment. In fact, it only says “arms,” obviously a much more expansive category than single shot muskets.

Groundhog: “But there are too many people being killed accidentally with guns!”

Carl Spackler: Accidental firearms deaths are at the lowest level ever, even as firearms ownership has skyrocketed.

Groundhog: “Easy access to guns is to blame for violent crime.”

Carl Spackler: Criminals don’t typically get guns from legal sources…they are criminals, after all. So restrictions on legal access to guns don’t affect criminals nearly as much as it affects law abiding citizens.

Groundhog: “If we could at least get rid of assault weapons and high capacity magazines, we could make the country safer.”

Carl Spackler: Despite the horrendous nature of mass murders committed with these items, they are statistically rare when compared to the number of them already in circulation. Additionally, semiautomatic rifles and so-called high capacity magazines are so prolific that they are likely also protected under the “common use” clause in the DC vs. Heller ruling from the Supreme Court.

Anyway, you get the point. It’s always Groundhog Day in the mind of gun controllers…so it’s up to us to be Carl Spackler.

 

“Freeze, gopher!”

 

Happy Groundhog Day!

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David Cole

I’ve walked my winding path in the shoes of: ski lift operator, forest fire fighter, radio announcer, US Army officer, police officer, and SWAT team member. These days, I work full time as a corporate security professional at a major financial services firm, while providing firearms and personal safety training part time as Aegis Solutions LLC.

I am an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association, and a certified NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, and Range Safety Officer. I compete regularly at my local club in steel plate pistol matches, and am a “C” Class competitor in the Single Stack division of United States Practical Shooting Association. I have been a student of the martial art of aikido for 16 years, and hold the rank of nidan (2nd degree black belt).

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