Martin, Zimmerman and Gun Control

The President isn’t done trying to get George Zimmerman locked up, and he certainly hasn’t stopped trying to use this tragic situation to make political hay.

The day after a jury of his peers found George Zimmerman “not guilty” on all counts, the President spoke to the nation. He gave a short monologue calling for peace, compassion and introspection… however, his call for introspection seemed much more akin to a farewell to arms than a reasoned call for an end to violence.

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.  I know this case has elicited strong passions.  And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.  But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.  I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.  And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.  We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.  We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.  As citizens, that’s a job for all of us.  That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”                     – President Obama

Through the smokescreen of citizenship and compassion comes the President’s true desire, to beat our guns into plowshares for the sake of peace. It is a beautiful thought, but all too naïve. We live in a world of imperfect people, and gun regulations do not take weapons out of the hands of criminals, but out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.

It was just three short months ago when President Obama called the failure of the Senate to pass stricter gun control legislation “a pretty shameful day for Washington.” No, Mr. President, there is no shame to be had here.

You see, our Founders understood the importance of a well armed citizenry and they made sure early on that our Constitution would protect our ability to own weapons for our protection, and if need be, our rebellion. See, our Founders lived through an armed insurrection against a tyrannical government. (Gary DeMar has a great article explaining the “timeliness” of the 2nd Amendment; you can read it here.)

Gun-Friends-300x231We now have weak-minded philosophers and academics who say, “That could never happen here.” Well, if it doesn’t happen here, it will be because of gun owners. Even today, if our government moved against gun owners, they’d find themselves barrel to barrel with over 100 million citizens. It doesn’t matter that they hold superior firepower; our government cannot oppress the mass of our citizenry against our will simply because so many of us do own firearms.

That doesn’t mean the government won’t try to oppress us, folks. Our complacency is our own worst enemy on this issue. The government is always about the business of seeking to oppress, because oppression means government power. Both parties are culpable, but the left is especially at risk of seizing tyrannical power. The reason is because the Left believes that government can be a force for good, while conservatives believe that whenever government is involved a “comedy of errors” is about to take place.

The 2nd Amendment is part of our foundation for liberty. If we have the right to bear arms, the government cannot forcibly oppress us. They can only rule tyrannically if we allow them to. Our Founders trusted us much more than they did the government they were building, so they enshrined the 2nd Amendment near the top of the bill of rights. This is not simply a “gun issue” — the right to bear arms is a FREEDOM issue.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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