Fig. 3: Assembling the firearm
Fig. 4: Radical Third World groups
IV. POLITICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL
All forms of gun control are subversive and un-American. Consider these questions and issues:
A. Where would the Hungarian patriots be today if they had not possessed handguns to combat Soviet tanks?
B. Gun control will not prevent outlaws from obtaining arms; arms will be available Ii organized crime and will also fall into 1i hands of radical Third World groups (see Fig. 4).
C. Without guns, how will we be able to tell men from women? (Fig. 5) People make fun of John Wayne, but Americans know in their hearts that women prefer the man who shoots his own squirrels.
D. In their powerful propaganda, the gun control lobby has painted the American gill lover as a fascist or a trigger-happy thug. This is another of their vicious half-truths. Most guns are used for target practice, field spoils and in conservation. Large herds of while tailed deer have been saved from starvation by rifle clubs.
E. The banning even of the "Saturday Nigh Special" has political implications. Should shooting be an elite activity, only for the rich man's pleasure, or open to all on a democratic basis? The Special is the cheapest, most easily obtainable firearm, available to rid man, poor man, beggar man, thief.
V. GUNS AND VIOLENCE
It cannot be emphasized too often that when used properly, guns do not promote, but reduce, violence. The following true cases have been reported:
A. In a suburb of Detroit, a rash of crimes was brought to a halt when, against the advice of the police commissioner, the local French Restaurant Association set up a handgun program and the headwaiters shot twelve prospective muggers (six fatally, and six on the critical list).
Before buying a "Saturday Night Special," Mrs. John Green, owner of a Dayton, Ohio, pony keg, was robbed five times. On the sixth attempt, she shot her would-be holdup man in the left leg. The following night, the same man (he was wearing a bandage on his left leg) returned for a seventh attempt, but Mrs. Green beat him to the draw and shot him in the other leg. He'll never walk again.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. of New York State had been regularly burglarized by a group of juvenile delinquents until. Mr. J. obtained a rifle with a telescopic lens and killed four teen-agers as they approached his property.
An eighty-year-old grandmother in Miami, Florida, rigged up a burglar alarm consisting of a wire connected to a handgun. When a burglar tripped the device, it blew his head off.
Many professional criminals have stated under oath that they fear not the police or the penitentiary, but an armed public.
IN CONCLUSION: Not only do we owe ourselves protection, but we must not let a few bleeding hearts destroy our basic rights and institutions. As Bill Cojones, manufacturer of the popular "Dallas Repeater," writes, gun control brings totalitarianism and regimentation. Licensing and registration would require the prospective purchaser of a firearm to fill out a lengthy application and undergo at least a five-day waiting period before acquiring the desired item. Isn't it bad enough that we already have to do this to get a library card?