If It Saves Just One Life… The Absurdity of the Gun Control Argument

September 23 2013
by GSL Staff
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If it saves just one life then we have to act.

That’s the mantra of anti-gun advocates as they push for more gun control laws, which, by all logic, tell us will do nothing to stop violent crime.

However, the pushback is always, well, if we can save just one life.

By that logic, the country we live in would be a very different place if we applied this gun control way of thinking to other aspects of our lives.

There is NO QUESTION if we did the following things, we would save some lives. More Americans would stay alive each year. These might be considered “infringements” on your basic rights, but they’re only “common sense” restrictions, right (yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds)?

  • Highly regulate access to alcohol and tobacco. Require a permit to purchase both. Permits are only given out after a citizen has taken proper training and demonstrated they understand the risks and safe use of those products. Make the training and permitting system costly and time consuming to discourage consumption. Surely limiting access to these substances would cut down on health related deaths and drunk driving deaths. If it saves just one life…
  • Require every business and home to be inspected two times per year for fire safety and building stability. Inspectors would have the legal authority to enter your property without your consent. If it saves just one life…
  • Implement strict nutritional requirements on all food sold. Place limits on the amount of fat and sugar foods can contain. If it saves just one life…
  • Require strict training and permitting for owners of swimming pools. Make the training and permits needed to own a pool time consuming and expensive to get. Drowning deaths are one of the leading causes of death for young children. Surely if we can reduce the number of privately owned pools we can reduce these deaths. If it saves just one life…
  • Require every American to get an extensive physical examination each year. Many illnesses can be prevented with regular preventative care. Don’t have the money for that? No problem, we’ll just garnish your paycheck or dock your bank account each month to pay for it. If it saves just one life…
  • Make drivers licenses exponentially harder to get. Raise the fees, increase the required training time from several weeks to several months. Require a near perfect score on the practical and written driving tests. After all, car accidents are one of the leading accidental killers in the country. Sure, most people will no longer be able to drive, but our streets will be so much safer… If it saves just one life…

So, if you’re against private gun ownership, or even just want to restrict it through time consuming permits, training and other restrictions, you’re certainly on board with the above ideas, right? After all, if it saves just one life…

However, there is a reason we don’t do these things. This is the United States of America and we err on the side of freedom, not caution. There would also be little to no public support for initiatives like those mentioned above (and there shouldn’t be public support for them!) because people would see them as infringements on their basic rights to make their own decisions.

The quicker the anti-gun crowd realizes that those of us who have made a decision to take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of our families (which means being able to choose what I think is the best tool for that job), and we consider that right to be just as, or more, important as choosing which foods we eat, then we can all truly be on the same page and maybe those people can understand why we are willing to defend that right so vehemently.

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