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A different gun control approach

The right to own guns in the United States is a constitutional freedom that the Senate Democrats and some Senate Republicans are perfectly happy to deny to some Americans without a due process hearing. The Second Amendment is explicitly in the Constitution while the right to an abortion is not. But try to deny a woman an abortion for being on a list and see what Democrats do.

If the Senate is serious about saving Americans, they should really first defund Planned Parenthood, which chops up thousands of Americans a year and sells their body parts. Then, the Senate should pass national concealed carry reciprocity legislation and make it way the heck easier to buy guns.

Whether people like it or not, the genie is out of the bottle in the United States. The left cites Australia, which rounded up all their guns, but Australia does not have a constitutional right to own guns. In fact, all the cases the left cites involve countries where there is no constitutional right to own guns, and in the United States there is one.

I do not like that the Supreme Court has determined abortion is a constitutional right in the first trimester, but the court has. The left, however, willfully ignores that the Second Amendment, which is actually in the Constitution, unlike abortion, is also a constitutional right according to the United States Supreme Court.

As a result, there is roughly one gun for every American in the country. Not all Americans own guns, but many Americans own many guns. The left keeps losing on the gun issue because the reality is most Americans actually support gun rights. It is time to acknowledge that given our constitutional framework and constitutional rights, Americans need to go in the opposite direction from Europe and Australia. We need more, not less, guns.

The government is not going to save us from terrorists. The government cannot even save us from a robber at our home. A 911 call will dispatch police who may arrive in a timely manner (heavy emphasis on may). But the police will not arrive on time for a terrorist or nut job intent on inflicting mass casualties.

The gun control argument is premised on the lie that the government can and will protect us. The government did not protect the children in Connecticut or the men in women in Orlando or the soldiers in Chattanooga who were required to be unarmed or the people in the theater in Colorado. And the government cannot offer that protection. A government that is big enough to be anywhere and everywhere at all times is a police state.

Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms and we should all stockpile guns and ammo. Disarming the population is not a solution in a country with a constitutional right to gun ownership. But deterrence can work wonders.

Despite the histrionics of the House Democrats, even the ACLU is opposed to the Democrats’ plan for restrictions based on secret lists. As a good example of why, consider Rahinah Ibrahim whose name was on the no fly list. It took her eight years and a federal court order to have her name removed. Then she and her lawyer discovered her name had been added to the list through a clerical error.

Lastly, and as an aside, someone noted the other day and I agree that it is deeply ironic, liberals believe Trump is the second coming of Hitler and are concurrently actively trying to take away Americans’ gun rights. We need more guns, not less.

Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.

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