What exactly is the Libertarian opinion on how to solve the "gun" problem in America?

America does not have a gun problem. Here are some statistics, which come straight from the FBI: 60% of all gun-related homicides are suicides. 4% are accidental and 3% are self-defense. Homicides, on the other hand, account for 33% of all gun-related deaths in this country, which brings us to a total of about 10,560 people killed every year by guns in a country made up of roughly 312,000,000 citizens. What does all of this this mean? It means, very simply, that your chances of being killed by criminal gunman amount to about 0.0001% in total.

Much has been made about recurrent mass shootings, which have been taking place in America over the past few years. Sandy Hook, Aurora, and most recently, Orlando FL. All of the aforementioned shooters were armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, and as such, the left have collectively vocalized banning this gun from legal civilian ownership. This continues a dangerous trend that we have seen from the left time and time again: If we ban something, then it will disappear.

Let me put this in perspective for you: There is roughly one gun for every person currently living in the United States of America. That means that upwards of 300,000,000 guns are currently here on US soil. Our President wants to ban AR-15 assault rifles? You should send him a congratulatory letter because he just created a huge black market for semi-automatic assault rifles! Eliminating the legal supply of these guns will completely eradicate any demand for them, right? Right?! Dead fucking wrong. Where there is a demand for something, there is somebody ready to step up and supply. Only this time, the clandestine folks in charge of selling these weapons will have no interest in conducting background checks, will not instill any sort of waiting period, and will have zero problem selling this dangerous weapon to minors. Alas, it appears that you have not made it harder for criminals to get their hands on assault weapons, you have made it easier.

But Alec, nobody needs to own an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle! The left loves to offer up this rosy little fallacy in favor of banning certain types of weapons, and yet it is completely, albeit unsurprisingly, totally off-the-mark per usual. Because somebody does not "need" to own something is not a valid reason to strip them of their freedom to do so. And frankly, even that is beside the point; this "argument" flies in the face of the entire purpose behind the Second Amendment: Empowering citizens to defend themselves against a tyrannical government. Wanna guess what our government has at their disposal? Automatic rifles, semi-automatic rifles, military vehicles, chemical weapons, drones, and the list goes on and on. By disallowing law-abiding US citizens the right to own a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, you further diminish their ability to defend themselves in the event that those dandy, ever-so trustworthy folks in the executive branch of our government one day decide to go usurpations. If you hold the belief that this is not a genuine threat and cannot possibly happen at some point in the future, then I suggest you pick up a history book. History that is forgotten is damned to repeat.

Would you like to know what all of these mass shootings have in common besides the fact they were perpetuated by an assailant wielding a semi-automatic assault rifle? All of them occurred in so-called "gun free zones," which, if you don't already know, is a failed liberal policy, which denotes that no guns are allowed to be on certain premises at any time. It's funny: If guns were banned from these places, then how on Earth could these atrocities have happened there?! It's actually quite simple, really: Slapping a sticker up on a window does nothing to stop mass shooters. A more appropriate sticker to display would be a row of ducks sitting together with their webbed palmate feet resting out in front of them, because that is exactly what you have created by legally disarming the law-abiding citizens who inhabit these spaces.

What point am I driving to with all of this? Basically, this is what it comes down to: There are wolves in this world, ladies and gentlemen. Dangerous individuals who wish to inflict harm upon you, your loved ones, and any and all innocent, unassuming people. Whether or not guns are legal, available, attainable, what have you; it doesn't make any fucking difference. 9/11 is the single deadliest terror attack in the history of the United States, and not a single gun was used to carry it out. Terrorists will always find a way to carry out their desired acts of evil, and this leftist notion that stricter gun control or outlawing assault rifles is somehow going to stop them is completely and utterly false. France, for example, has some of the strictest gun laws in all of Europe, and yet somehow, someway, the ISIS terrorists responsible for killing well over a hundred people only a few months ago still got their hands on assault rifles.

Make no mistake: The Second Amendment of our Constitution is sacred. It levels the playing field by granting citizens the right to defend themselves against any person or institution, including their own government, that wishes to infringe upon their safety, property, or liberty. Take responsibility for yourself and your own safety, and stop asking the government to do this for you because they will always fail. They will never succeed at disarming the bad guys; they will only succeed at disarming the good ones. Guns don't kill people, liberal policies do.

Don't you want to have a fighting chance?

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