Stupid stunts and hypocrisy are rampant among the gun-ban crowd, as that’s the only way they can play on your fears long enough to win passage of restrictions on the Second Amendment.

It’s hard going because of our country’s frontier history.

From the first setting of a European foot in the Americas, there have been natives who welcomed white settlers with open arms and those who violently opposed the arrival of the strangers. This was compounded by plenty of uppity Europeans who didn’t exactly exhibit good manners toward their new neighbors.

Add to that scenario all the non-human dangers and opportunities posed by an untamed wilderness and you’ve got yourself a recipe for trouble of the sort that only firearms can keep at bay.

Rightly or wrongly, firearms were key to the settling of the West, when families and individuals more often than not had to fend for themselves.

Our guns have also been a deterrent to foreign invasion, from the British to the Japanese.

So given that history, it’s understandable that the gun grabbers feel they have to trick you into accepting whatever ridiculous law they propose.

Case in point, Mark Kelly, gun control advocate and husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head.

Kelly was spotted recently purchasing an AR-15, the dreaded “assault rifle,” and a 1911 .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Kelly thought he was making a point, according to his Facebook page, about how easy it is in Colorado to buy guns. “Even to buy an assault weapon, the background check only takes a matter of minutes,” he noted.

Recall NBC host David Gregory’s stunt on television back in December when he brandished a 30-round magazine that was banned under D.C. law to demonstrate the evils of guns. That nearly got him arrested, but the prosecutor relented.

Then there was legislator Joe Morrissey, who brought an AK-47 into Virginia’s House of Delegates and waved it around while speaking about gun control. Morrissey promised the gun wasn’t loaded (famous last words), but his handling of the weapon was so out of safety bounds that Delegate Todd Gilbert had to motion from the floor that Morrissey should remove his thumb from the trigger.

And don’t forget the countless gun-control press conferences where legislators speak with tables full of guns in front of them just to show how bad the evil-gun problem has become.

Aren’t you scared? Aren’t you just going, “ooh, eek”?

I didn’t think so.

But that’s not going to stop the foes of liberty from trying.