Too many gun discussions begin with an attempt to “reason” with the Left and discuss data with them. Our Constitution-waving friends in the Republican reservation, clutching ‘Ol Glory, seem to have gotten it in their heads that you can reason with a leftist. What’s worse, I’ve even seen smarter paleo-con types think they can haul out their dog-eared copy of More Guns Less Crime and summon John Lott’s astral presence to educate the leftist about statistics. There are even some brave souls who try to talk about demographics and point out that if we had no Africans or Hispanics in our midst, we’d have the same murder rate as Belgium, albeit some of these being a product of accessory-bedecked Armalite rifles that look like they belong in the latest Hollywood snorefest. How can such well-argued and statistically-correct points fall on deaf ears?
It’s an ideological issue. You’ll never intellectually convince an avowed pro-choicer of the fact he supports an act of most barbarous murder and that we need to criminalize and prosecute all actions which terminate a pregnancy. It’s no coincidence that abortion and gun rights have been the two biggest “single-issue” vote motivators in conservative circles for the past 20 years and why knee-jerk and hysterical reaction against this comes from the Left. The way you feel about guns and the unborn indicates a worldview, not a cold and dispassionate understanding of facts, no matter how well grounded your facts are.
And in some ways, the leftist move to ban guns has a point. If you’re on the far right, you agree that some things we consider harmful ought to be banned regardless of how much “innocent” collateral gets caught up in the affair. I’m sure plenty of nice Mexicans exist. I do not want them in my country. I don’t care how few of them drink 3 Coronas and end up double-parking their ’92 Ford Bronco on top of a girl scout troop. One is too many, and the Left feels the same way about gun massacres. For them, pointing to the black market and the impossibility of regulating weapons has the same effect as it would on us if they said the wall wouldn’t prevent people from “vacationing” in the US and overstaying their visas. We still want that wall.
Of course I’ll be keeping my rifles and handguns, and I see no legitimate reason why I shouldn’t be able to purchase a select-fire AR15 and a suppressor for it as easily as I do any other gun, and be able to keep it loaded in my trunk in case of emergencies. But I’m not a hypocrite. I have natural law behind me. and the entire tradition of Western common law on this continent and beyond justifying me in both my views on abortion, nation, and armament.
These are the actual rights this continent and Western Civilization was founded on. The right of the common free man to defend himself and arm himself as he can afford pre-existed the government of the United States (with reasonable restrictions for criminals, slaves, and hostile foreigners). You can find this common assumption in all the national documents from the Constitution to the private correspondence of the founders and speeches delivered. And if you read any of the quotes of Washington  and Jefferson  , you’d have to be deliberately dishonest if you think the consideration of armament in the US came from anything more or less from the English disdain for despotism. You’ll find plenty more quotes with the briefest of inquiries. The point I make, and every Constitution-waving imbecile ought to take note, is that nobody cares what the Constitution says, or what the framers originally meant (they were homophobic, transphobic, sexist white bigots and racists after all). You cannot make a rational appeal to it because the Left only values the Constitution when it has been reinterpreted to hinder or hamper us.
Did you see leftists talk about “re-examining” abortion after the leaked videos of abortionists discussing baby body part black markets with one ghoulish yenta laughing about paying for “her Lamborghini”  with the proceeds from selling gentile hearts? Did Planned Parenthood petition the FDA and DoJ to look into the “legality” of selling body parts of freshly murdered humans? Hell, no. They doubled down and refused to even discuss the notion, attacked anybody who had the nerve to suggest it, and embarked on a crusade to have every video documenting the event scrubbed and the people who took it punished by the court system.
Moreover, one of the reasons the Left has such a laser-focus on our weaponry is that it constitutes a vast reserve of political power on which we sit that could (at least in their imagination) be called on at any moment to once-and-for-all liquidate the venomous traitors of the nation. The regrettable thing that dominates “Threeper” constitutional libertarian circles is that they are so committed to sloganeering, pointless statistics-based outreach, and back-patting rather than doing something productive. Why won’t they remind leftists that there’s “teeth” behind “molon labe ?” And who, Mz. Leftist, do you think will be going door-to-door to collect our weapons? The fascist police? The right-wing “redneck” infantrymen of the Army and Marines? The Feds, who required a six figure operational budget and a year to confiscate guns from a single family  and whose morale would fracture under any resistance? Leftists can’t do anything about guns other than pray that the collective shaming and guilt will force all of us gun owners to hand ours in en masse, and we should remind them of this every chance we get.
The only correct way to answer the leftist demand that we disarm ourselves in the wake of these situations is to cross your arms, smile, and say, “We don’t care.”
 “That no man should scruple, or hesitate a moment, to use arms in defence of so valuable a blessing, on which all the good and evil of life depends, is clearly my opinion.”
-George Washington, letter to George Mason April 5th 1769
 “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
 “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776
 Greek for “come, take” colloquialized as “come and take them,” attributed to King Leonidas when the Persians demanded that the Greeks surrender their arms