Pro-Choice on Gun Control
State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-37) has recently introduced concealed carry legislation (HB 225 -- April 24, 2001). His bill is also known as the Personal Protection Act. A competing bill, introduced by Rep. James Aslanides (HB 274), is a more restrictive alternative. Opponents fear that either bill would lead to “wild-west” style shootouts in traffic intersections. Supporters are looking forward to a reduction in crime and an elevation in personal safety and security.
The gun control debate is emotionally charged for many people. Other
people view gun ownership and the right-to-carry concealed weapons as a
Constitutional right and social responsibility. The latter also site FBI crime
statistics, other states experiences, studies, and simple logic to make their
Let’s look at the emotional side of the debate first. All of us have
seen the televised aftermath of high-profile mass murders. Understandably, these
tragedies have led some people to think that guns are bad or even tools of the
devil. They would like to see all guns just disappear along with the violence
associated with them.
Although I can empathize with their feelings, logic dictates that guns
will never go away. And even if they did, crime would soar. Now let’s look at
the reasons why:
Some 80 million Americans own 250
million guns. If guns were outlawed, a black market resembling the drug trade
would quickly develop. Demand always creates supply (price controls not
In the 44 states with
right-to-carry laws, murders fell 8.5%, rapes fell by 5.2%, aggravated assaults
fell by 7%, and robberies fell by 3% (Ohio is one of six states without any
Guns are used to protect life and
property over two million times per year. Would-be robbery and rape victims are
twice as likely to foil an attacker simply by being armed
What about those dire warnings about “wild-west” style shootouts in
traffic intersections issued by those who are against right-to-carry protection?
The answer is simple: It has never happened. There has never been a documented
case, where a citizen licensed to carry a concealed weapon, has used that weapon
My wife enjoys jogging during the early morning hours. She occasionally
comes home concerned about a strange man that she saw or something that occurred
out of the ordinary. Why is it that my wife is not allowed to have the choice to
carry a concealed weapon?
Perhaps we can be considered pro-choice on this issue. By modifying some
familiar rhetoric, the following arguments could be made: “After all, this is
a private issue between my family, my gunsmith and me.” Some may argue that,
“although I may not personally consider carrying a concealed weapon, who am I
to impose my morality on others?”
For those people who consider guns to be evil, what would Jesus think?
Perhaps we can all agree that the sword is the biblical equivalent to the gun.
“He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, also a bag; and if
you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one’” Luke 22:36 (NIV).
Why did Jesus tell his apostles to buy a sword if such deadly weapons were evil
or tools of the devil?
We can find plenty of Biblical documentation on both sides of this
debate. It seems to me that the weapon isn’t the issue, but rather the
intentions of its’ user. Will the sword (gun) be used for offensive purposes?
There is one final thought that I would like Governor Taft and the Ohio
Legislature to consider: Why can cities ban guns, in clear violation of the
Second Amendment; but can't ban newspapers due to the First Amendment? The
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: “A well regulated
militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the
people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” What part of “the
right of the people to keep and bear arms” or “shall not be infringed” is
so confusing to some people?
John E. Becker