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Gun rights debate not even about guns, it is about rights

The people's right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed
The people's right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed
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Although it has gone on for many decades now, the debate between gun rights and gun control advocates has certainly heated up over the past couple of years. There are those, particularly on the left, who seek to control guns in this country by limiting and infringing upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. On the reverse side are advocates for those same law-abiding gun owners, who are constantly trying to stop and roll back the myriad laws and regulations that are already infringing upon the rights of said law-abiding gun owners. But all too often, the focus of this debate becomes the gun, when in reality it boils down to an unalienable right. That right, which predates the 2nd Amendment, the Constitution and our government, is the natural, or God given right to keep and bear arms for the defense of ourselves, our loved ones and our property.

Gun control advocates are often labeled as being anti-gun, but this isn’t really the case. While they themselves may be scared of guns, very few of them actually wish for all guns to be gone forever. They have no problem with guns in the hands of police and the government, with which to enforce their laws. They just want guns removed from society, and the people that make up our society. In truth, gun control is less about guns, and more about control. An unarmed populace is much easier to control by those that are in power (government) and those that enforce such power (police).

On the other hand, gun rights advocates are often labeled as pro-gun. There is no denying that this is usually the case, however there are some people that personally don’t own or even like guns, but still support the individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Despite what some may say, gun rights advocates do not wish for everyone in society to be armed, far from it. What they do wish for is that everybody would just recognize the indisputable fact that being armed is our individual right, and each individual should be allowed to choose for themselves if, and in what manner, they will arm themselves.

At this time it is hard to see how this debate will advance or see any sort of resolution. Both sides are dug in deep, and while those that support the rights of gun owners are many in number, those that want to control and infringe on gun owners rights are loud and have the support of the media and many in government. What it comes down to now is that we must re-frame the debate, making the focus less about the actual or specific guns (like the evil, black and scary “assault rifles”), and more about the individuals right to choose whether or not to defend themselves, and how they wish to do so. The liberal left likes to make a big deal about the individual's right of choice on many different issues, so framing the debate in this way and putting it in their own terms should show their own hypocrisy. Once we can move the debate past the glorification or demonization of a simple tool, gun rights advocates can win this argument.

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