In a way it is funny, but then again it is also kind of sad, but since I began writing 15 some odd years ago I find myself right back where it all started for me, discussing the issue of gun control. I have to tell you, I am getting awfully damned fed up with people and their almost manic phobia regarding guns. Let me explain why I call it a manic phobia.
This morning before I headed off to work I read an article on an ABC website about how to ask other parents if they keep guns in their homes. It seems some parents are so afraid that their little child is going to go to a friend’s house and find a gun and accidentally shoot someone, or themselves.
There is so much wrong with this that I hardly know where to begin. First of all, if you are that afraid of guns, you are most likely passing that fear on to your child. If that is the case, I don’t want your pansy assed kid anywhere near mine. Secondly, kids are naturally curious about things. If they see a gun and have never been shown one, or taught how to respect them for what they are, of course if they see one they may pick it up and ‘play’ with it.
But let me tell you something, I grew up with guns all over our house. My dad kept loaded revolvers on the end tables in the living room, loaded guns in his dresser in the master bedroom, and loaded rifles in the closet. The difference was that I was taught from an early age what guns were and that they were not toys to be played with.
But when we have a society that doesn’t teach our children about the safe handling of firearms, but have TV shows, movies, and video games that all contain people using guns, then what do you expect the kids to do when they come across a real gun? I blame the parents of these kids, not the owners of the guns.
Then when I was at work today I was telling someone about this very story and the person I was talking to told me about how his sister had recently flown out to California from somewhere back east. He told me that as she was going through security one of the agents noticed a metallic firearm emblem on her purse. He told her she would have to remove it from her purse, or leave the purse behind, if she wished to board the plane. WHAT THE HELL? It’s an emblem for crying out loud! It was only two to three inches long, it was not a real firearm, but the told her she couldn’t take a purse with an emblem of a gun onto a plane?
Although that upset me tremendously, it did not surprise me. After all we have all read the news stories about kids being suspended from school due to this so-called zero tolerance for anything resembling a firearm.
First there was 7 year old Josh Welch who was suspended for chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a pistol. Then there was the 6 yr old Silver Spring boy who was suspended for pointing his finger like a gun and saying “pow.” And then there was 7 yr old Christopher Marshall, a Virginia boy, who was suspended for pretending a pencil was a gun at school. God forbid these kids had made a rubber band gun and shot at each other like we used to do in school.
By our schools doing this to kids what message are we teaching them? Honestly, if any kid today was to do half the stuff I did as a kid it wouldn’t surprise me to see Homeland Security called in and the child detained as a terrorist. It’s absolutely ridiculous!
I can recall walking through the parking lot of my high school and seeing pickup truck after pickup truck with shotguns and hunting rifles in the rear windows. Can you imagine the panic were that to happen today? To paraphrase a quote from the Joker in The Dark Knight, “I mean, what happened America? Did your balls drop off?” Why this manic fear of guns?
Let me tell you something, a gun is only as dangerous as the person who is handling it. You put a gun on a table and leave it there and no one, and I mean NO ONE is going to get hurt by it. But let one idiot, or one person who has never been properly trained on how to handle firearms pick it up and then you are asking for trouble.
Let me tell you something else. According to statistics there are many other things that cause far more deaths in this country than firearms. From the National Vital Statistics Report in the year 2013 tobacco caused 577,512 deaths, medical errors caused 212,882 deaths, alcohol abuse caused 117,249 deaths, vehicle accidents caused 45,852, drug abuse 27,838, and then firearm homicide was at 11,821.
Now don’t get me wrong, eleven thousand deaths is nothing to be proud of, but consider that for every one person killed by a firearm, four where killed in vehicle accidents, ten from alcohol abuse, 21 by doctors making mistakes in their treatment, and 57 from tobacco products. Yet there is no outcry from stricter laws regarding the ownership of cars, for the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, and certainly nothing regarding restricting visits to your doctor. So again, why this fear of guns?
Yet we have people like Bob Costas, who acts as announcer during NFL football games, calling for stricter gun laws, yet football games are notorious for alcohol consumption, and alcohol kills far more people in this country than do firearms. But you don’t hear Bob Costas calling for a ban on Budweiser…do you?
You might not like guns. You might not like that I, and millions of other Americans have guns, but you know what? Tough shit! We have this little thing called the Second Amendment which protects our right to own them. Knowing that there are that many guns out there in the hands of millions of people might scare you. You might be scared shitless that your neighbor may have an arsenal in his home. But if you don’t have guns and someone breaks into your home, what do you do? You call the cops, people who have guns, to come protect you. How pathetically hypocritical is that? You dislike guns but the moment you feel threatened you call people with guns to come protect your sorry ass. Honestly if it were up to me, if you refused to purchase a firearm, and learn how to use it, then when you dial 911 I’d say that if you didn’t care enough to make an effort to protect yourself you don’t deserve to have someone else come and do it for you. That’s what I’d say.
But getting back to the Second Amendment, our Founders put it there for a reason. It wasn’t so that we could go hunt deer as you frequently hear the anti gun lobby proclaim. It wasn’t so that we could go to the range and shoot at paper targets or empty beer cans. It wasn’t even so that we could protect ourselves from burglars, rapists, and other criminals. It was so that we could protect ourselves from a government that might one day grow too big for its britches and try to take our other rights away. In that manner the Second Amendment is a doomsday clause should all other methods of redress fail.
And like it or not the Courts have upheld that our rights cannot be infringed, or taken away for those of you who are deficient in your vocabularies.
In the landmark case of Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court ruled, “Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” And again for those of you who are English deficient, abrogate means to do away with.
Then going back to 1943 and the case of West Virginia Board of Education vs. Barnette, the court ruled, “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”
It does not matter what our lawmakers today say, or even what the Supreme Court says today about our right to keep and bear firearms. In the case of State v. Sutton it was ruled, “When any court violates the clean and unambiguous language of the Constitution, a fraud is perpetrated and no one is bound to obey it.”
So even if the almighty Supreme Court upholds a law banning our right to keep and bear arms, it is a natural right, it is an inherent right, [part of the very nature of something, and therefore permanently characteristic of it or necessarily involved in it], and it is an unalienable right, [incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred. Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523].
As former Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black once said, “It is my belief that there are ‘absolutes’ in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what the words meant and meant their prohibitions to be ‘absolutes.'”
So, when the Second Amendment says that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, it means just that, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. It doesn’t matter if guns give you the heeby jeebies, get over it. Because the truth of the matter is that those of us who understand what the Founders meant, and intended, when they put the Second Amendment into the Bill of Rights, have no intention of ever letting a bunch of pussies take our guns away from us because they are scared of them.
So, grow a set of balls and get used to the fact that we are gonna keep our guns. Honestly, there may come a time when you are thankful that we have them.