It wasn’t the most eloquent speech ever delivered on the topic of gun control. The statistics used in it were selected based upon the goal of supporting the case, a common practice by both sides of any heated debate but one that doesn’t lend itself to civil discourse. It wasn’t even very inspiring of an argument – “guns gave me opportunities” isn’t something that most kids today can or would want to say. Still, it was a powerful overall message opposing gun control particularly because it was spoken by a 15-year-old.
It didn’t help, at least not in Maryland, as the state that already had pretty tough gun laws took it up a notch or two.
Despite the failure in her own state, the words of this unidentified 15-year-old girl ring true for many who are fighting to keep our 2nd Amendment rights intact. She points to Chicago, a city overrun with crime despite having downright harsh gun control laws. She points to the cost of ownership rising as a result of such laws and the fact that much of the gun violence happens in low-income areas where law-abiding citizens have a harder time buying a keeping guns for protection.
As we’ve said many times, the 2nd Amendment is not about hunting. It’s not about sports. The 2nd Amendment is designed to allow the citizens of the United States to protect themselves in ways that people in other countries cannot. It’s designed to guard against the potential for a tyrannical government, something that can only truly be safeguarded by a population that is empowered to do so. The move to promote gun control is not just about Sandy Hook. That was a tragic catalyst, but the desire to disarm Americans has been a desire by both the US and world governments for a long time. Now’s not the time to get into a long editorial about the reasoning behind gun control. For now, let’s hear the words of this young patriot: