Charleston Exposes ‘Individual Liberty’ Gun Ownership Lie

The murder of nine innocent people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina exposes the America-born con that gun ownership is the thing that protects individual liberty. If only you could ask one of the dead how free they now feel. And if only there were more bullets flying in that church, might we finally realize America has reached its finest form of freedom.

DC Vigil For Charleston Murders - photo by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

DC Vigil For Charleston Murders – photo by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr

Because if you believe a gun keeps you safe, and if you believe guns are what keep Americans free, it is a failure on your part to expand your horizon beyond that of your own life experiences. And it is a mass deficiency in consciousness raising that allows a phrase like “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun” to resonate with so many gun-owning Americans.

A miscarriage of cognitive reasoning might explain why so many advanced democracies around the world see little to no gun violence while maintaining strict gun laws, at the same time some Americans isolate themselves within their delusional lauded virtues of gun ownership.

It is in these advanced democracies where scarce to nonexistent gun ownership runs parallel with the same levels of freedom and liberty we enjoy here in the United States, and it serves as proof that the price we must pay to stay a free people need not be arbitrated between gun rights and gun control.

Because one side of this debate has hundreds of millions of non-gun-toting, liberty and freedom-loving people around the world as living proof guns are not required to keep a people free, and the other side of this debate has something they call freedom and they strap it to their waist, not as a means to remains free, but as appeasement to a primitive fear.

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