Gerald Ensley penned what is likely the most insane anti-gun rant ever written. In typical gun-hating fashion the article is ripe with misinterpretations of the Constitution, a lack of firearms knowledge, and a complete detachment from reality. What sets this one apart from the others is that the author, rather than calling for do-nothing “commonsense” gun control laws, wants to ban firearms completely. Every last one of them.
An article titled Stop the insanity: Ban guns gives a clue to the irrationality contained within. Ensley starts off listing some high-profile shootings like Sandy Hook and Gabby Giffords with this advice:
Take away guns and they don’t happen.
Just in case you are confused about what the author wants to happen, he lays it out in the simplest of terms:
I’m not talking about gun control. I’m not talking about waiting periods and background checks.
I’m talking about flat-out banning the possession of handguns and assault rifles by individual citizens. I’m talking about repealing or amending the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
And he so delusional that he thinks this is something easily achievable:
You can prevent humans from having easy access to tools they can use to harm other people.
He doesn’t say how this can happen, but he clearly doesn’t know that guns aren’t the only things that can kill. Thousands of people are murdered every year by blunt objects, edged weapons, and hands and feet.
Because if we ban guns, eventually the tide will turn. It might take 10 years or 20 years. Hell, it might take 50 years. But if we make it illegal to own a handgun, eventually there will be no handguns.
In the meantime, the criminals who won’t follow the law will rob, rape, and murder those law-abiding citizens stupid enough to turn in their guns. Oh, and somehow the author’s fantasy plan will be the first successful prohibition and there will be no black market for handguns like there is for illegal drugs and everything else the government tries to ban.
Ensley reassures that we should disarm because self-defense is not a concern:
…the average American has only a one in 250 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
If there’s a 1 in 250 chance that you’ll be assaulted or murdered, you’d be an idiot not to tool up. And again, if the good guys are all stripped of their firearms, the odds of being a victim go up exponentially.
The author initially called for a ban of all guns, but mid-stream changed his mind:
Let the hunters keep their rifles and shotguns; those weapons are ineffective tools in a mass shooting.
I guess he forgot that both the Aurora movie theater shooter and the Navy Yard shooter used shotguns to carry out most or all of their killing sprees. I’m sure the victim’s families would disagree that shotguns are “ineffective tools” for mass shootings.
Other than “speaking up” and “marching forward” Ensley never really explains how he plans to get all of these firearms banned or how he thinks the government can confiscate the hundreds of millions of guns in private hands.
As crazy as this anti-gun rant is, the author saved the best for last with this bold threat:
One of the frequent refrains of gun freaks about President Obama is “He’s coming for our guns.” Obama never said such a thing. But I will:
We’re coming for your guns. And someday, we’ll take them.