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So let me start by telling you I know my way around a gun.
I fired everything from handguns to 60 caliber machine guns, most of that while I was in the Army.
Now I believe that we can end mass shootings in the United States and allow responsible gun owners to own guns.
And I think we already know how to do it.
We just have to apply.
Make America great again, see whenever there's a mass shooting we love to compare the U.
S.
To other countries.
There was a study by criminology expert Dr Adam Langford and he found that 31% of mass shootings happen here in the United States.
That's more than any other country.
And every time one happens almost on cue, we start fighting about video games and the number of guns.
And meanwhile, the mass shootings continue.
What we forget is that we didn't have regular mass shootings here in the United States 40 years ago.
So if we want to make here safe, we don't need to compare ourselves to other countries.
What we need to do is we need to compare us, tow us What is different about us from 40 years ago.
You know what's different?
Our relationship to guns and our relationship to fear.
See, for the 1st 200 years of this country, mass shootings weren't the norm.
Also, for the 1st 200 years of this country, the primary reason people own guns was for hunting and sport guns actually brought people together to enjoy the outdoors.
Guns, equal fun and gun ownership equal responsibility.
As a matter of fact, there was an organization that used to promote the sport of shooting and work with the federal government to make sure the guns were safe and regulated.
That organization was the National Rifle Association.
Most people don't know where they've forgotten that The n r.
A.
Used to drive most of the gun legislation in this country.
So we used all for the most part, agree on guns, and we didn't hear about a mass shooting every other week.
But then something changed in the seventies.
There was a crime spike in this country, and the media went nuts.
TV, newspapers, magazines all started running these stories constantly about crime.
And so we became afraid.
Also in the seventies, that debate about gun rights started to gain national attention.
In 1977 the gun rights activists took over the Honore from the sportsman, and they shifted their mission from sports shooting to gun rights.
First it was the rights of hunters, but then it became just gun owners.
Then, in the early eighties, there was a slump and handgun sales and the N.
R A started marketing self defense primarily to women.
Then, in the mid eighties, they started running ads in newspapers promoting concealed carry weapons, and the themes that they used were the threat of being beaten, of being robbed and of being raped.
So if you're afraid, if you want to defend yourself, you better get a gun.
And it's also about this time that we started seeing a rise in mass shootings.
So how does a fearful citizen buying a gun lead to mass shootings?
Well, today, the number one reason for gun ownership is self defense, and what that means is that we've unconsciously started buying guns to kill people.
Let's talk about that.
If I go into a store and I buy a gun for self defense, I've crossed to very specific lines.
The first line is I've already decided that I'm willing to take a human life, and the second line is I'm willing to use a gun to do it.
And crossing those lines collectively represent a significant shift for America's psyche.
See, as human beings, it isn't a big leap to go from fear to anger.
The big leap is.
Will I take a human life and will I use a gun?
And what we've done over the last 40 years is we've made fear the starting point, and we've eliminated those other two barriers.
But don't just take my word for it.
Listen to Dick Heller himself.
Dick Heller was the plaintiff in the 2008 Supreme Court case, where the Supreme Court said that individuals have a right to keep and bear arms for self defense.
In an interview after the decision, Heller said, It was a great day for freedom in America.
Ah, great day for the Constitution.
Ah, great day for citizens.
It was a great day for gun owners.
It was a great day for fear, full people.
So let's recap.
In the eighties we had fear and we're told to get a gun for that fear in 2008 the Supreme Court said, We have a right to our fear.
Also, about that time we started writing laws that made fear a reasonable excuse to shoot somebody.
Take Florida, Stand your ground law.
An adult with a gun.
George Zimmerman followed and shot an unarmed child tray von Marten, and then shot the kid during a confrontation.
Now, 40 years ago, if you followed somebody with a gun and then shot them in a confrontation that you started, you're probably gonna be charged with murder and some states, maybe even premeditated murder, because you brought a gun to a fight.
But Zimmerman didn't break the law.
The law was written in a way that he was allowed to shoot an unarmed person because he felt afraid.
So somebody can shoot somebody because they feel afraid.
So what we've done is we've created this culture that says, If I have a problem, here's the tools to solve it, and in the culture that allows us to use a gun to address our own fears.
It's not hard to believe that somebody who's troubled or angry or disenfranchise would then use a gun to solve their problems.
And if you're mentally disturbed.
We've now made guns a rational decision.
So let's face it, mass shootings aren't the giant leap they used to be.
Oh, and it gets worse, because now it's not just fear of crime.
It's fear of losing our freedom after mass shootings, gun sales go up, and it's not because we're afraid of the next mass shooter.
It's because we're afraid of losing our freedom.
In President Obama's two terms in office gun sales went up 100 and 58% because we were constantly told he was coming for our guns, You may recall, about a year after the Columbine shooting, Charlton Heston gave a speech to the N.
R.
A national convention.
In the speech, he was encouraging members to vote pro gun in the coming election.
But listen to the words that he chose as we set out this season to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away.
I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to heed and to hear from my cold, dead hands.
So is it any wonder we can agree when one side says gun control, the other hears you want to take my freedom away, but it didn't use to be that way.
We used to agree.
So how do we turn back the clock?
How do we get back to being the America before all of this?
Well, I'm not going to tell you to get rid of your guns, and I'm not going to tell you to stop fighting for gun legislation.
What I am going to tell you is if we want to make here safe again, we have to suck out this poison that has infected us for the last 40 years.
Fear FDR warned us.
He said.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
That's not because there isn't anything that can harm us.
That's because there's nothing more destructive then what we do to ourselves when we act out of fear.
So before you re post that sensational news story, or you re tweet that angry tweet, just ask yourself, Am I being a part of the solution, or am I being a part of the problem?
And most importantly, we need to end fearful gun ownership.
If you own a gun out of fear or worry, know what you're being sold and it's not in your best interest.
I know you thought you were buying peace of mind, but what you're really being sold was something that has failed this country for the last 40 years.
And if you're in an honorary member, convince your leadership to go back to its roots, go back to promoting safe gun ownership instead of this fear of not having a gun.
And lastly, if you're a responsible gun owner, America needs you to go back 40 years and lead the way again on responsible gun legislation.
Because the only way we lose the right to bear arms is if we keep fighting for irresponsible gun ownership, because a fearful gun owner and a safe society do not mix.
But if we stop buying into the fear and we go back to safe, responsible fun gun ownership, we can make America safe again.
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