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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Battle Arms - Challenger - Closing Argument

I hate to point this out but Mr. Valloppillil is literally chasing his own tail. As he accurately points out, I am taking a straight line while he is taking a rather tortuous circuit around the issue at hand. I would have pointed this out to him sooner but I had too much fun watching him go around in circles.

In one breath, he wants us to believe that there aren’t enough guns in urban areas to properly protect citizens. In the next breath, he’s citing statistics that show that 30% of all blacks own guns. In one breath he’s claiming that high crime rates in the Washington DC are due to handguns not being available and in the next breath he’s telling us how they are easily obtained in the surrounding areas. In one breath he’s talking about how the CDC would agree that gun ownership does not correlate to high crime but when you follow the link, it says there is “insufficient evidence” to say one way or another. In the next breath, he ignores a study that shows that licensing and registration helps keep handguns out of criminals’ hands and does lower crime. I don’t know what to say about this tortured logic but I can’t jump through the hoops of contradiction that he does.

My opponent claims that other countries have high rates of gun ownership but he continually denies the reality of this document that shows these guns aren’t handguns but long guns. He would prefer we not make the distinction for obvious reasons. He’ll talk about how there aren’t any parts of the country that have a low number of guns and a low crime rate. What he fails to point out is that there are no parts of the country that aren’t flooded with guns. He might as well start looking for a Yeti or the Big Foot. He drills us down into large urban areas and by his own admission, they are areas that are surrounded by liberal gun laws that allow the importation of cheap handguns. I am supposed to believe that California has “MEDIUM” guns when I posted a source that showed that Californians purchased 169,469 handguns in 2002. If that is “MEDIUM”, I hate to see what his definition of “HIGH” is. Not to be deterred, he points out that tax rates may have risen in my chart about handgun proliferation when in fact the chart was based on tax revenues. It shows the wholesale value of handguns from 1955 to 1993 based on excise tax. We could probably find out how many cheap handguns are being dumped on America but the gun industry isn’t saying. I guess it is all that transparency they have in their industry. This is an industry that sold over a half of a billion dollars worth of handguns in 1993 at the wholesale level. The profits are massive.

He will talk about the culture of fear and violence in America and it might as well be written on a slab of stone and delivered by Moses for all he’s concerned. His take on the issue is that this is the culture and nothing can be done about it. I point out to him that there are laws and regulations that this society can implement which will combat this culture of fear and violence. My opponent rebuts with silence.

He talks about sovereignty and I point out to him that even owners of swimming pools have to abide by rules and regulations. You are past sovereignty when you place a swimming pool in a backyard with a neighborhood full of kids and you provide no barriers to prevent those children from wandering into your pool. In the same manner, 341,000 stolen guns each year represent a significant threat to law-abiding citizens throughout the country and transcends personal sovereignty. It is beyond obvious that these people aren’t protecting themselves, they are arming criminals. Until 1993, you probably had more government regulations regarding swimming pools than you did handguns. Yet today, the gun industry has opposed every effort to license, register and make handguns safer. My opponent rebuts with silence.

The CDC and any number of government agencies are mystified by the reduction of crime in the mid-1990’s. I point out that the "Brady Bill" was enacted during this time and the government finally got tough with gun registration and licensing. They are all amazed and I produced a study as to why we saw this reduction in crime. My opponent rebuts with silence.

That is enough of my opponent’s failed logic. In my opening statement I talked about the handgun culture that was created in the 1950’s and 1960’s. By romanticizing the handgun in movies, television, books and magazines, the American public was sold a bill of goods. We eagerly snapped up handguns and the love affair began. I then presented to you the results of this love affair. Rising crime rates coupled with death and murder on a massive scale. In my first rebuttal, I demonstrated that no matter how well intentioned the gun owner, guns were being stolen from their owners at an incredible rate. In my second rebuttal I demonstrated how the gun industry is big business and they have no intention of dealing with the safety issues regarding handguns.

The pro-gun lobby is well funded and clearly ruthless. There are huge profits at stake. At the same time, we cannot lose sight of what civil society is all about. We must stand up to the culture of fear and violence that so many mouthpieces in society are trying to shout from the rooftops. Proponents of this fear and violence, both witting and unwitting, are winning this discussion. We must, as a society take a sobering look at where we are heading. When the police must raid civilian gun stores to fight criminals, it is clear that we have crossed the line as a society.

There are better methods that we can cultivate as a society for self-defense and personal sovereignty. I beg all of you to think long and hard about what can be done to take handguns and assault weapons out of criminals’ hands and restore order to this society. We have bombarded you with statistics but you should not lose sight of the tens of thousands of people who die from handguns. They are real people and the blood that flows is red, just like yours and mine.

I would like to thank the Chairman for the opportunity to debate this issue. It has been a tremendously enjoyable experience for me. I would also like to thank all the great people who read this blog. You folks make it all worthwhile and I was energized by all your comments, both pro and con.

Thank you,
Ralph Stefan

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