Nate Madden writes at Conservative Review:
Thank goodness we have the Second Amendment. . . . I'm especially grateful after seeing the latest news out of New Zealand.
Less than a week after the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand has moved to ban and confiscate semi-automatic long guns.
The bill bans so-called "military style semi-automatic firearms," which according to the bill are any rifle or shotgun that accepts a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds.
But .22 and smaller-caliber arms are exempt, so everybody's varmint guns are safe.
And, according to reports, the legal owners of now-illegal hardware will be entitled to "fair and reasonable" compensation through a buyback program that's expected to cost a couple hundred million dollars.
"Gun bans like this frequently follow on the heels of a heinous violent crime, when people are thinking least clearly about the issue," Madden explains. "We don't think clearly when we're dealing with grief and trauma. That's just a fact."
In addition, Madden writes, "Just as it's common for individuals to make sweeping, ill-advised life changes in the wake of personal tragedies, it's possible for large groups of people to do ill-advised things in the wake of public tragedies, like give up their ability to defend themselves."
That, Madden asserts, is "what happened with Britain's big gun ban in the 1990s, the same with Australia, and the same now with New Zealand. And it's the exact tactic the anti-gunners in this country employ when they immediately try to use human suffering to push for more gun control. It took New Zealand less than a week to enact this gun-grab."
Madden concludes: "For the record, once again: Gun bans only affect the law-abiding; the best defense against a bad guy with a gun is the ability to fire back; and the warm and fuzzy feeling people might get from passing new gun control laws won't stop a bullet when a wicked person breaks them."
Read the entire column here.