Why Joe Biden is Wrong on Gun Control

Vice President used this wrong thinking yesterday to justify why new gun control action should be taken by the federal government:

“If our actions result in saving only one life, they’re worth taking,” Biden said at a meeting of victims and gun control proponents at the White House. “But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”

With all due respect, Mr. Vice President, (and I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel to find some here) that’s just silly-talk. Think about it. Saving one life? Is that the standard for deciding whether or not action is worthwhile? If that’s the case, I can think of a number of other things we should consider regulating more heavily that claim at least one life every year and far more than lunatics with guns do:

  • Car control.
  • Hammer control.
  • Bicycle-riding control.
  • Mountain climbing control.
  • Peanut control.
  • Bee sting control.
  • Laughing while eating.
  • Spreading the common cold/flu.
  • Playground equipment.
  • Football.

Pick any activity that results in one life being lost. People die every year from engaging in all kinds of activities. If only one life is saved by our banning or restricting them, then those are actions worth taking? Really?

What if you’re a child who’s not yet breathing air.

And what about our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Weren’t they saving at least one life when you and the President pushed hard to get them pulled out?

Come to think of it, Biden’s about the only guy who could pull this nonsense off with a straight face.

There may be good arguments for what the Biden and the White House are trying to do on gun control and the Second Amendment, but this isn’t one of them.

About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers (Faithwalkers.com) where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on faith and cultural issues at Patheos and TheResurgent.com. He is the author of several books including A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life, What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative books including his latest with co-author Erick Erickson — You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe (Regnery, February 22, 2016).
In addition to his own writing and speaking, Bill helps other people and organizations tell their own story in effective ways. He comes alongside authors as a collaborative writer, handcrafts engaging materials as a content creator, and creates an effective brand strategy as a platform developer with his team of creatives and digital technicians. (BillintheBlank.com)