Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Why Everyone is for Gun Control

'Gun control’ refers to gun control laws and their enforcement. It is obvious that everyone in his right mind wants enforceable and enforced gun laws. Thus nobody wants felons to have legal access to guns, to cite just one example. So why do so many liberals constantly portray us conservatives as opposed to gun control? The answer is that they are intellectually dishonest: they would rather dance with a straw man than slug it out with a serious opponent.

The issue is not whether there will be gun control, but what its nature and extent will be. Similarly, the issue is not whether we need government, but what its size and scope should be. Liberals who accuse conservatives of being against government, or against gun control, are either stupid or intellectually dishonest. Either way, it reflects poorly on them.