Can a Gun Owner Support Gun Control?

I am a gun owner.
I believe in gun control.

For whatever reason, there is a segment of the population that believes these two facts conflict and that gun owners who believe in gun control are hypocrites. This faulty reasoning often originates from a misguided belief that “abolition” and “control” are the same thing.

They are not.

Some argue we already have effective gun control measures in place in the form of the meager background checks that are conducted on those purchasing a weapon.

We do not.

Others argue gun control cannot be totally effective because criminals often do not purchase weapons through legal means. The argument that criminals will not follow the laws, therefore stricter laws should not exist is, on its face, ludicrous.

If we were to follow that thread of logic, then we should eliminate speed limits because a significant number of drivers exceed the posted limit. Even with speed limits in place, we test new drivers, mandate drivers wear seatbelts, enforce a myriad of traffic laws, and then we STILL have guardrails along the sides of highways because we expect there to be those who will stray off the designated path either by choice or accident.

Our cars are filled with airbags and new safety mechanisms seem to pop up with every new model. We nod with approval as car manufacturers brag about exceeding government safety standards, yet yawn when gun companies advertise extended magazines that will hold more ammunition and silencers that can be purchased online. We accept – and even expect – regulation in nearly every aspect of our lives. It is part of the social contract we have with our government. We surrender some rights in order to live in a society of rules that will protect us, our children, our future.

Limits are good things. I own guns, but I do not need guns that are capable of carrying buckets of ammunition that can be fired at a furious rate. Many argue they need such things for home defense. Let me be clear about something. If you cannot stop a threat with a handgun or two, each capable of holding 10 or 12 rounds, you don’t need more guns. You need more practice.

I am a gun owner.
I believe in gun control.

It’s funny. After you drive down the interstate for a while, we barely notice the guardrails that may keep us from driving off a cliff.

J.J. Hensley is the author of RESOLVE, which is set against the backdrop of the Pittsburgh Marathon, Measure Twice, and other works. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.
Twitter @JJHensleyauthor


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