I would like to start this commentary off a little differently. Let’s begin by playing a little game shall we? I’d ask you to close your eyes, but then you would not be able to read what I want you to do next, so just do your best to imagine what I’m about to say.
Okay, you are out shopping somewhere. It could be at the mall, at a WalMart, or even at a convenience store picking up a few items. You see a man drop his wallet. When he bends over to pick it up his shirt rides up his back and you see that he has a holstered pistol tucked into his pants. Is that image clear in your mind? Good.
Now I have a two part question for you. What do you do, and why do you do it?
Unless you read this in my presence I have no way of knowing how you answer those questions, but let me take a wild guess at how some of you respond. I would venture to guess that many people would freak out seeing an armed citizen in public and would either try to notify store security or find a safe place to dial 911 and tell the police that there is an armed man in a public place.
The question is…WHY? Why does the idea of an armed man frighten you so?
How many of you reading this have children? If you have raised children you probably know that about the only things that will scare an infant are loud noises and, possibly, strangers. As for everything else, well let me just say that there is a reason they say you need to child proof your home. Children are basically inquisitive from birth, it is how they learn things…that and what they learn from their parents.
Children are born pretty much fearless, especially in regards to inanimate objects. If a child can touch something, pick it up, put it in their mouths, they will. So if a person has a fear of guns it is something that they have learned, or been taught.
Over the course of my 57 years of life I have watched as this country went from one where guns were treated as simply a tool to serve a purpose to being demonized and feared by a great many people. I think this is by design, the intentional brainwashing of people to cause an unjustified fear of something that there is really no need to fear.
From as far back as I can remember I have been around guns. I played with cap guns as a very young boy. I remember getting a Christmas present one year of a plastic gun set that fired actual projectiles. The bullets had a spring in the casing and could fire the slug, (projectile), a good 25 feet with a decent degree of accuracy. I remember my father teaching me basic firearms safety with a Daisy bb rifle before I was ten years old. I remember learning how to shoot a .22 after I turned ten. I remember guns in my dads’ closet, on top of his dresser, and sitting on an end table next to where he sat on the couch.
I didn’t fear them because I was taught to treat them with respect and the proper safe practices. I didn’t play with them because if I had I’d have gotten a whupping to remember. Even years later when I was in high school, when my parents went through a rough patch in their marriage and they would argue with each other, both of them brandishing loaded pistols, I didn’t fear guns.
You see, since I was taught from an early age, I realized that a gun is just a tool to be used for a purpose. Now I may fear a careless person with a gun, or an irresponsible person with a gun, but I do not fear THE GUN itself. Like I said, guns are just tools. Do you fear screwdrivers? Why not? If you say it is because guns kill and screwdrivers don’t, stand there for a minute and let me stab you with a screwdriver and see if you change your mind.
Depending upon where you get your statistics there are more deaths caused by cars than there are by guns…yet people love their cars…they don’t FEAR them. Even if gun related deaths were higher than automobile related deaths, there is something you really need to realize. If you park your car in the driveway it is not going to kill anyone. If you leave a gun laying on the table it won’t kill anyone either. It is people who have to use an object to kill another person.
Sure, guns were designed with the sole purpose of making the ability to take a life much easier than say, bows and arrows. But still, a person has to pull the trigger for a life to be taken, and if people are properly taught safe handling procedures, and they are used properly a gun can be just as safe as anything else in the house.
I could kill you with just about anything; a kitchen fork, a hammer, a baseball bat, a chain saw, but you don’t see this rabid fear of those items do you? So again, why this fear of guns?
I’m not going to go into proper parenting as this is not the right place and time for it. Just let me say that as I was growing up it seemed every kid I knew grew up learning about guns primarily through their father. We all grew up learning to respect guns for the tools they are and because of that we didn’t have all these shootings we do today…even though when I went to high school you didn’t have enough fingers and toes to count all the guns you saw in the rear windows of pickup trucks parked in the school parking lot. If kids had disputes they settled it on the playground at lunch or after school with their fists. They didn’t run and grab a gun and just start shooting people.
That still doesn’t explain this rabid fear of guns that some people have. However, I think I have an answer for that as well. I blame the news media for it, and if you ask me I think it was intentional, this causing of fear and panic over anything resembling a gun.
Whenever there is a large scale shooting the story itself takes a life of its own. The news media covers it round the clock for days on end, picking the story apart, analyzing it, and often distorting the facts about what type weapon was used. Terms like assault rifle are tossed about in an attempt to make people believe that one category of firearm is different from another.
Listen, I won’t deny that firearms were invented to make the act of killing easier and more efficient. But for years of my life we didn’t have these large scale public shootings, yet guns themselves have always been around. Sure there have been improvements in them, and there weren’t the number of semi-automatic weapons that there are today. But I don’t think that would have made any difference. Like I said, we had guns ON CAMPUS when I was growing up and I can’t recall one single school shooting. Either they were never reported on like they are today, or it was because we settled our disputes with our fists. We didn’t get pissed off enough to take another person’s life. We may have beat the crap out of someone, but we didn’t KILL THEM!
Getting back to the news media, can you tell me when was the last time you heard about a large scale public shooting? Probably. Now, can you tell me when was the last time you heard a news story about when a gun was used to abort a crime…save a life? I’d be willing to bet you probably can’t recall ever hearing a story about that. Yet they happen all the time…almost daily in fact. Yet the news never reports on these stories. Why is that? I think it is because they don’t serve the purpose of causing people to FEAR guns. If more people were to learn that more lives are saved every day by people carrying guns than lives are taken by people using them irresponsibly then there wouldn’t be this rabid fear…and then they would not be able to go forward with their goal of passing stricter and more oppressive gun control legislation.
Just to give you a small taste of what I’m talking about, let me tell you of just a FEW examples of how someone owning a gun has prevented a crime, and quite possibly saved a life.
In Oakland, CA, an 84 year old grandmother was awakened by a noise. She noticed a hall light was on that shouldn’t have been. She grabbed her gun that was in a nightstand and as soon as she did an intruder appeared in her bedroom door. She fired one shot and the intruder fled. In Columbus Ohio, a widow used a gun to shoot a would be robber who broke into her home through a window. In Albuquerque New Mexico a man woke up one morning to a strange noise. He grabbed his gun and went to investigate. He found a man in his kitchen with a knife who threatened to kill him. The homeowner shot the 28 yr old suspect, saving his own life in the process.
These are just a few examples of how an armed citizen prevented a crime, and possibly saved their life in the process. I could write a book listing example after example of stories similar to these. So why doesn’t the media report on them? Like I said, they don’t serve their agenda of instilling an unjustified fear of guns into the public. They want you to fear guns, it is the only way the politicians can then pass laws making it harder for you to get one.
Listen, the Second Amendment clearly states that the people have a right to keep and bear arms. It does not say what kind, or that they need a permit to do so. It simply says that it is our right. The Supreme Court has upheld that it is an individual right as an American, not to be associated with service in a militia as many claim.
Our Founders created the government. The first three words of the Constitution state that it was WE THE PEOPLE who ordain and established the Constitution. Therefore the government it created is a subject of the people, not their master. The entire reason the Second Amendment was put into the Bill of Rights was not so that people could hunt, target shoot, or prevent crimes, although these are all also side benefits of owning guns. No, the Second Amendment was put into the Bill of Rights so that at some future date, should our government grow tyrannical and oppressive, the people would retain the ability to resist and fight back.
Now, with that purpose in mind, do you HONESTLY expect me to believe that our Founders would have wanted our government to be in possession of all kinds of military hardware, including fully automatic weapons, while the people were limited to single shot revolvers and rifles? No, I would be willing to stake my life on the belief that they would have wanted us to be on equal footing with any army the government could raise to oppress the people. Sure, during the American Revolution the colonists only had single shot muskets and rifles, but that was all the Redcoats had as well. They were as well armed as those they fought against.
Just as in 1776, there is once again a war going on in this country, although it has not come to taking up arms. The American Revolution was more than just the fighting that occurred after the Redcoats tried to disarm the colonists at Lexington and Concord. As John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson, “As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected … before a drop of blood was shed.”
There is a concerted movement to disarm the American people so that we are no longer capable of standing up against those that would see ALL OUR RIGHTS taken from us. The Second Amendment is ALL that stands between their being able to fulfill their goal and us stopping them.
You may not see it that way, you may only see the goal of making America a safer place for you and your children. They realize that and are playing to your emotions to achieve their goal of total disarmament of the American people. They have said as much themselves, but you have not been paying attention.
On an ABC News Special with Peter Jennings, Barbara Fass explicitly stated, “I think you have to do it a step at a time and I think that is what the NRA is most concerned about, is that it will happen one very small step at a time, so that by the time people have “woken up” — quote — to what’s happened, it’s gone farther than what they feel the consensus of American citizens would be. But it does have to go one step at a time and the beginning of the banning of semi-assault military weapons, that are military weapons, not “household” weapons, is the first step.”
Well, we the gunowners of America are tired of backing up, taking small steps backwards, compromising a little bit more of our rights with each successive new law. If you compare a right to a piece of wood, each law passed which violates it is like a person with a pocketknife whittling away at the piece of wood. Eventually your right will lay in slivers at your feet if you keep sacrificing ground.
Well we will sacrifice no more, our line in the sand has been drawn. You fear guns because you don’t understand them. You fear guns because the media has manipulated you into thinking every gun owner is a crazed killer. You are all fools. It is unknown how many total guns are in circulation in the United States, but the number is in the millions. If we were all crazed killers there wouldn’t be a person left alive as we’d have all slaughtered each other.
People complain about being stereotyped. Obama tells us we must not judge Muslims by the actions of a few. Blacks say the police should stop profiling them based on their skin color. Mexicans do not like it that people think that ever one of them is an illegal alien. Asians do not like it that everyone thinks that they are all karate or kung fu masters like Bruce Lee. Why can you not show the same consideration to those of us who own guns? We are not all nut jobs like the news makes us out to be.
History does repeat itself. There is nothing you or I can do to stop that. So just as occurred at Lexington and Concord, there will come a time when those who want to take our guns have gone too far, and we will be forced to stake a stand to defend our right. I hope it doesn’t happen in my lifetime, but do not mistake my sentiments for thinking that I won’t fight to defend my right. I will.
You could help postpone that day by stop fearing guns so much and stop calling for new gun laws every time there is a shooting. Instead of trying to ban guns you might try to ask yourself WHY that person did what they did. Was it poor parenting? Violence in TV and films? Side effects of medication they take? Or a combination of all of the above. But banning guns will not stop people from killing each other, that has been happening since the time of Adam and Eve.
So, in closing, I’d like to answer the question I posed at the very beginning of this: What would you do if you saw someone with a concealed weapon in public. Me, I’d introduce myself and then ask, “What is your preferred weapon for concealed carry?”
That’s it. That’s all I’d do. You see, unlike you, I don’t fear guns.