Piers Morgan can probably be excused for being anti-gun. After all, heís not American. Heís a British subject, which means he didnít grow up in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
However, what he canít be†excused for is continuing to interject himself into the gun debate despite all that. The latest example of his efforts is a simple tweet. Itís enough that I feel like I need to respond, not just for me but for all of us.
I know this is a crazy idea from an ignorant foreigner - but why don't you just TRY giving up some of your guns, to see what happens?
Start with the AR-15, which is now used in almost every mass shooting. Make it more difficult, not easier, for lunatics to murder.
To answer your question in the above tweet, about why we donít just TRY giving up some of our guns to see what happens, Iím afraid that my answer, as an American, is ďno.Ē
The reasons are many, but Iíll touch on a few of them.
For one thing, weíve tried it. The National Firearms Act of 1934 put heavy restrictions on a number of firearms, basically making it very difficult to obtain certain guns, including machine guns. Guess what happened? Not much of anything. Criminals continued to get the machine guns despite lawmakersí best efforts.
Then we had the Gun Control Act of 1964 which made it more difficult for people to get guns. It didnít stop the criminals, mind you, just the law-abiding citizens who jumped through the hoops.
Do you know what we found? We found that when we started to liberalize gun laws, crime actually went†down. Now, thatís a correlation and correlation doesnít equal causation, but if more guns led to more crime, the correlation would have gone the other way. It didnít. In fact, despite the current anti-gun hysteria, crime rates continue to trend downward.
That alone would have been enough grounds to disagree with you.
However, thereís yet another one, one that Iím sure that you wonít understand as a British subject. After all, many Americans donít get it either, and thatís how we donít give up rights because theyíre unpleasant or inconvenient. I know that the UK prosecuted a guy for†teaching a pug to make a Hitler salute. You guys arenít huge on rights over there, and a lot of Americans arenít either, Iím afraid.
But for a lot of us, we jealously guard our rights, especially the right to keep and bear arms. Many of us, myself included, wouldnít be remotely interested in giving up even some of our guns even if you could demonstrate hard proof that doing so would reduce all crime, not just mass shootings. Itís not because weíre immune to the sorrow people feel after such atrocities, but because we recognize that even if we banned AR-15s outright, there would still be mass shootings.†Santa Fe High School†should be ample proof of that.
So no, I donít think weíre going to give up some of our guns.
You have every right to disagree with that, but we donít care. Weíre not subjects, people who forfeit their rights at the whim of Parliment. Weíre Americans with rights enshrined and protected in the Constitution.
If you donít like it, thatís fine, but do consider just going the hell away. We fought an entire war to make it clear that England had no say in American politics, so we donít really care about your thoughts on the subject.
Donít go away mad, Piers. Just go away.
†Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger and lifetime shooter. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia.https://bearingarms.com/author/tomknighton/