I have heard many arguments on why AR-15s or the like should not be banned, but I am not convinced that these arguments hold water. I am willing to be convinced that they do, but for now I’m not seeing it.
- Only the law-abiding citizens will obey the law. The criminals will not. That’s true. That’s what makes them criminals. They commit crimes. They break laws. We could say that about any law. We ought not outlaw theft because only the law-abiding citizens would not steal. We ought not outlaw murder because only the law-abiding citizens would obey. We shouldn’t have speed limits because only law-abiding citizens would go the 55 mph required. I’m not sure if law-making should be based on who will and who will not obey the law.
- We have the right to defend ourselves. Yes. You and I absolutely have that right. Again, I normally have a 9mm that I legally conceal carry on me. I do not go around with an AR-15 however. I’ve never met anyone who does. They are a bit difficult to conceal. However, people may have them in their homes. Again, it is their right. However (and this may just be me), if someone breaks into my home, I would not be reaching for my AR-15, as it is not the easiest to grab, aim, and shoot. There are too many of my family members around. I would go for my 9mm. I’m not sure how many times I would need an AR-15 for self-defense. I know. I know. But that one time I do need it, I will wish I had it.
- We are allowed to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government. I admit, that was the original intent when the amendment was written. That was written, however, before the tank, submarine, aerial warfare, drones, ballistic missiles, nuclear weapons, and such weapons as these, which none of us can own (except non-lethal drones), and which none of us would really be able to defend against in the first place.
- People who want to kill will find a way to do it. I’ve seen these memes out there with a lighter saying, “Ban semi-automatic matches.” Or there’s the argument that we would need to ban trucks since they are used to run into crowds. Like the first argument, we cannot make laws based on people’s abilities to skirt around those laws. Otherwise, we will have no laws. To make light of the predicament that we are in, doesn’t help matters; it only muddies the water. We cannot stop all crimes (or all murders) from happening; that is true. We can however seek to curb the number of these in logical ways.
- This isn’t a gun matter; it’s a heart matter. That is true, but that’s true about everything. It isn’t a prostitution matter; it’s a heart matter. It isn’t a heroine matter; it’s a heart matter. It isn’t a stealing matter; it’s a heart matter. Those are all true to a degree. However, most people are not against the laws against any of those issues. The Ten Commandments were based on curbing the heart-issues becoming hand-issues. They were made to keep what was in the heart away from being acted upon. That’s how all laws work. Just because it is a heart matter does not mean that it is not a gun matter. It’s both. We cannot cure the heart (only Jesus Christ can do that), but we can curb the act.