I make it a point to try and understand why the rank and file gun control advocate supports gun control. For me, it’s important to understand where they’re coming from if I want to have a hope in hell of changing their minds. Even if you can’t change their thinking, it allows you to undermine their arguments. As bestselling author and confirmed gun nut Larry Correia often notes, arguing on the internet is a spectator sport. You’re not arguing for them, but for the people watching.
So, it’s important to at least understand where they at least say they’re coming from.
Unfortunately, the other side rarely returns the favor. Instead, they make up these wild fantasies about what we do and why we do it. Sometimes, the fantasies get downright ridiculous.
In an interview with Cheddar news earlier this month, David Chipman, a “senior policy advisor” for the anti-gun group Giffords, was asked about his “biggest concerns” regarding the “coronavirus gun sales spike.” (If the name rings a bell, Mr. Chipman, formerly a “senior advisor” with Bloomberg’s pre-Everytown group MAIG and an ex-ATF agent, has, among other things, advocated that AR-15 rifles should be regulated “just like” fully automatic machine guns.)
During the interview, he claimed that first-time gun owners may think “in their [own] mind they might be competent.” However, they were really “putting themselves and their families in danger” based on whether these guns were being “stored safely” and properly in the home. Sitting in what appeared to be his own kitchen, Chipman advised “those people who were first-time gun owners” to “secure that gun locked and unloaded and hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you’ve stored in a cabinet and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear, and I don’t think they are.”
Well…someone’s watched too much The Walking Dead.
I’d like to believe that Chipman is trying to use zombie as a metaphor here, perhaps to refer to the shambling hordes that many fear will raid the countryside looking for food during an economic collapse that may well be following on the heels of the pandemic. But, he doesn’t say so and for a guy who thinks AR-15s should be treated exactly like their full-auto cousins, I’m not really willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Even if he did mean it as a metaphor, though, he’s still an idiot.
Look, I’m on the record as saying I think there’s a strong possibility of precisely that sort of thing happening. I’m not the only one. However, I also think we’re far more likely to see an increase in crime as desperate people turn to violence and crime to feed their families. That is something we should all be concerned about, and for many that concern translates into a strong desire to purchase a firearm.
Of course, Chipman prefers guns to be stored in such a way that they’re pretty much useless for personal defense, so this isn’t surprising. Then again, if people did store them as he suggests, he’d then use the lack of their use–a lack solely because people couldn’t get to them when needed–proved they weren’t needed for self-defense.
Whether Chipman thinks we’re literally worried about zombies or not isn’t really relevant. What is, however, is that he and his crowd are once against dismissing the concerns of millions of Americans during a time that everyone has a damn right to be concerned. Yet if he and his ilk will dismiss your concerns now, what will they do when things get really bad?