I've remarked on this before, but it is worth repeating: the single biggest factor in my conversion from a lukewarm "common sense" gun control supporter to doctrinaire gun rights zealot was the sheer volume of lies the gun controllers use to support their policies.
As someone who values truth above all things, I could not associate myself with people who constantly fabricate data to buttress their arguments.
My own reasoning for supporting private gun ownership has changed over the years as my understanding of the world, human nature and the historical context of the Second Amendment has grown.
At this point, the whole question of trying to prohibit private ownership of guns seems moot since experience has taught us that banning something people want never makes it go away - it simply drives it underground and increases its value.
My new favorite example of this is the case of methamphetamine. People figured out how to make this from sudafed - which is a very useful decongestant.
So the drug warriors put restrictions on it, inconveniencing everyone who has a cold or allergies.
And the drug users? They just learned to make it own their own and developed new supply sources.
Net result: Same drug use, more inconvenience for everyone else.
So it will go with guns.
Yet the gun controllers persist in their quest to convince people by lying about the problem so that they can gain their favored solution.
The latest example is the "74 school shootings" - which actually didn't happen. This is an old trick from the gun controllers - make up facts or redefine things to get your way.
People may recall during the 1990s the big slogan was "not another child" as they thundered against how many children were killed with guns. It was all about safety, you see.
Except that children very rarely are killed by guns. In order to get the numbers up, they included "children" who were of voting age or older. At the time I was surprised by this stat and when I looked it up, I found more children were drowned in buckets than killed by gunfire.
But it made a cool radio commercial for Janet Reno.
The fundamental problem here isn't a fear of guns, but the leftist concept of the ends justifying the means. If one's motives are pure, all sins can be forgiven. This is why climate activists can generate an entire's ciy's worth of carbon pollution jetting from conference to conference.
I suppose it is for this reason that the Catholic Church teaches that intentions do not matter.
Sin does not stop being evil simply because one intended to do good.
Gun control does not work and will never work, and the fact that people supporting have to lie in order to make the most basic arguments in favor of it shows just how weak their position is - and how immoral the supporters are.