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Would any dataset make me prefer gun control?

There is a war going on in this country. Well, maybe not a war, but at least a duel. The duel is about gun control, with our side and theirs fighting back and forth using data as our weapons. They came up with a study that claims gun control works or is popular and we set out to debunk that data.

They do the same when we come up with data that says otherwise.

However, this morning someone asked me a question that I wanted to address a little more broadly. “Tom, what kind of data would prompt you to change your views on gun control?”

Now this is an interesting question. I’ve often asked people if there could be data that would change their opinion on a topic, so it’s only fair that someone asked me the same question.

So let’s imagine a world where there was really no information to suggest gun control wasn’t working. Let’s say anti-gun Mecca were considerably safer than pro-gun states and cities in a way that is obvious to everyone. How would this affect my thoughts on gun control?

Well, it wouldn’t be.

You see, when I ask people what data would make them rethink their position, it’s because their position is fundamentally framed as data-driven. Therefore, data completely contrary to what they think should also play a role in their decision making. When it doesn’t, it’s fair to ask why and what data set wanted make the difference.

My support for gun rights is not based on data.

Sure, I use the data regularly to support gun rights and to oppose gun control, but that’s not why I oppose these kinds of laws. As such, the data won’t really affect me one way or the other.

Instead, my support for gun rights stems from my belief that our rights are sacred, something that shouldn’t be touched, whatever is happening in the world.

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Yes, I believe it equally for all my rights.

You see, I’m pretty absolutist when it comes to our rights. I will not tolerate restrictions on my right to free speech or my right to worship as I choose so no, I will not just renew my Second Amendment rights, rights that preceded the amendment, just to be clear, simply because I am free it can be messy.

The problem too many people have is that they believe the world should be clean, sterile, and that we should all live in perfect safety and stability. They want to limit to some extent what we can say on social media or in the real world. They want to limit what can be said or done in church, particularly if it spills into politics in some way. And yes, they want to limit our gun rights.

But the problem is that even if it works, it continues to violate our basic freedoms as human beings.

Any government with sufficient authority to ensure perfect security is one that can apply the same authority to anyone it finds inconvenient. You will find that the security you wanted was really just a showcase. What you get was totalitarianism with some fancy decorations to hide what it really was.

Freedom is messy. It is chaotic. It’s so chaotic that I don’t want to live in a country without it whatever government to speak of, but the boundaries of that government must be clear and those established lines protected. Our founding fathers viewed government as a kind of necessary evil, and I share this view.

However, embracing gun control means trusting the government far more than it should be. Remember, this is the same government that conducted the Tuskeegee syphilis study. This is the same government that engaged in the MK-Ultra experiments.

So no, no amount of data could change my mind about gun control because my views on it have emerged regardless of any data that proves it doesn’t work. For me it is a moral position. It is the proverbial hill on which I am willing to die.

And, considering the alternatives, it’s also the literal hill I’m willing to die on.

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