Aside from the fact that their goal is to tear apart the United States Constitution and create a massive authoritarian state, what makes the progressive left particularly dangerous is the fact that they don’t even understand the things that they speak out for or against. Take the issue of guns, for example. The liberals constantly assert that there is a connection between the peoples’ ability to freely purchase firearms and mass shootings that occur in this country, and as such, argue that the government needs to step in an institute more regulations and restrictions on the Second Amendment. Time and time again, however, they prove that their knowledge of firearms is next to nothing.
Such was the argument made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson during a recent debate with New York City Council member Jumaane Williams over a new gun control proposal to ban muzzleloaders.
“So how many crimes do you think in the last, I don’t know, 100 years have been committed with muzzle loaders?” Tucker asked. Predictably, Williams didn’t have an answer. “Well, once this new muzzle is created, we just don’t know,” he said, referring to the development of a new muzzle that can shoot .50 caliber bullets with a silencer attached to it.
Tucker later explained that a ban on muzzleloaders will do nothing to prevent mass shootings, since it’s highly unlikely that any mass shooter would choose a weapon that takes a minute to load to carry out an attack. “A muzzle loader is loaded from the muzzle, from the end of the barrel, from the hole where the bullet comes out, and you put it in the powder, and then the wadding, and then the round and the whole thing takes like a minute,” Tucker said. “So it’s not probably going to be responsible for a lot of mass shootings.”
“I’m trying to save lives,” Williams eventually said, just as most other leftists do when discussing the issue of gun control. Tucker responded by asking, “How many lives have been taken by muzzle loaders,” to which, of course, Williams had no coherent response.
This pattern of proposing “fixes” that have nothing to do with gun violence has actually become quite common among the left, and it’s obvious that they are more into knee-jerk reactions than they are in sitting down and coming up with real, rational solutions. Another example is when they constantly make calls for closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” even though the amount of mass shootings that are carried out by people who obtained their weapon from a gun show is statistically insignificant. (Related: leftists are lying about gun control by failing to mention that the vast majority of gun deaths in America are suicides.)
While our country should definitely continue to focus on mental health to determine what psychological steps can be taken to decrease that chances that mass shootings will occur in the future, the most effective way to prevent massive amounts of people from dying at the hands of a deranged shooter is still to allow the people to arm themselves. After all, the best defense against a lunatic with a gun is a good guy with a gun. (Related: Gun control is incredibly popular among people who live under tyranny and oppression… don’t they get it?)
Earlier this year, Breitbart News reported on data from the Crime Prevention Research Center, which indicated that concealed carry permits rose by 215 percent between 2007 and 2015, while the murder rate simultaneously dropped by 14 percent during that same time period. If the Democrats were serious about “saving lives,” as Jumaane Williams argued during his debate with Tucker Carlson, then they wouldn’t be trying to ban muzzleloaders or semi-automatic rifles; rather, they would be taking steps to ensure that all Americans had the ability to properly defend themselves should it become necessary.