My Thoughts on the Aftermath of the Parkland Shooting

Once again we have experienced another tragic shooting in one of our schools; this time at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Almost immediately the cry went out for tougher gun laws; as if ONE MORE LAW would have prevented this shooting from happening.

I think that, for the majority of Americans, it is far easier to blame an inanimate object, such as a gun, for the crimes an individual commits with them than it is to take a good long look at the root causes of the crime itself.

Every time there is one of these mass shootings I hear so much regurgitated rhetoric and hyperbole, and people never want to discuss what caused this person to bring a firearm to a location and open fire upon innocent people. It’s always pass tougher gun control, make it harder for people to get guns, or ban this type gun; as if all the other gun laws in the past have had any effect on preventing these shootings from occurring at an ever increasing frequency.

If I didn’t know better, I’d be tempted to believe that these shootings are being orchestrated to push society to a tipping point where they call for the complete disarmament of the American people. (And that was sarcasm for those of you who didn’t notice)

It doesn’t help matters that the news media beats these stories like a dead horse, instilling the fear of guns every deeper into the American psyche. It almost seems that they are working in conjunction with those whose agenda is the total deprivation of our right to keep and bear arms. You never hear them report on stories where guns actually helped prevent crime; only the times when guns are used by people in mass shootings. Is it any wonder so many people fear anyone who owns more than one gun? From what they hear on the news they must think every gun owner in America is seconds away from losing it and going on a shooting rampage.

I have a few guns, not a whole lot, but a few. I know quite a few people who own far more than me. In fact I know a couple people who could outfit a small militia with the number of guns they own. But I’m not talking about them I’m talking about me and my guns. I think I need to return mine to the manufacturer; for they certainly must be defective. After all, not one of my guns has ever taken a human life; and if all guns are bad and kill people, then it follows that mine must be broken or defective.

If you own a gun, and it malfunctions, can you scold it, saying, “Bad gun, don’t do that again!” I suppose you could, but it wouldn’t do any good, because a gun can’t hear you; a gun has no mind of its own. It is the person holding it that has the mind, and THAT is where the problem lies; not in the gun, or the availability of guns. When I went to high school in the 70’s there were shotguns and hunting rifles in almost every pickup truck in the school parking lot. If guns kill, why weren’t there any mass shootings like the ones we are witnessing today?

I’m truly sorry to have to tell you this, but the problem isn’t that there are too many guns; the problem is that we are producing damaged children who think it is okay to USE A GUN to solve all their problems.

Going back to the 60’s there has almost been this commune type attitude towards raising children. While serving as First Lady, Hillary Clinton published her book It Takes a Village about the challenges and influences society has in raising children. People today seem to have forgotten that there are two sides to having rights; one side being the right itself, and the other side being the responsibility one must accept if they exercise that right. If my neighbor does something stupid, am I to blame simply because I live next door to him? No, he is. Society is NOT to blame, at least not directly, for the actions of children; parents are for not raising them with any sense of good and bad, of decency and morals.

When I was growing up, if a kid did something terribly wrong they were punished for it; typically by a good spanking. Nowadays that’s considered child abuse and a child can be taken from its parents if word gets out that the child is being spanked. How are children supposed to grow up knowing that there are consequences for bad choices if they aren’t disciplined from an early age?

Every time one of these shootings appear I see an internet graphic which shows a child asking God why He didn’t prevent the shooting at school, to which God answers, “I’m not allowed in school anymore.”

I can almost see your heads now, eyes rolling, saying, “But what about the separation of church and State?” Are you aware that the Supreme Court itself once, (a long time ago when they still had a certain sense of what justice meant) ruled, “Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a divine revelation in [schools] – its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained and its glorious principles morality inculcated? … Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?” (Source: Vidal v. Girard’s Educators, 1844) Oh, and there was no dissenting opinion in the Court’s ruling, it was a unanimous decision.

So, you take away a parents right to discipline their child, and you remove any teachings regarding morality or virtue, and you expect our children to grow into adults without some serious issues?

Then to make matters worse the media is flooded with violence; it’s in the song lyrics they listen to, it’s in the movies they watch, and it’s in the video games they play. So not only do our kids grow up not knowing right and wrong, they are being bombarded with images of violence on a daily basis.

When I was growing up I watched movies in which cops shot it out with the bad guys, and cowboys and indians shot at each other; I even watched the 3 Stooges beat the crap out each other. But I never copied them. Could that possibly be because I was taught to distinguish between fiction and reality, that I was taught the difference between good and evil? Sure, I did some stupid things growing up, but I grew up in a house where there were guns all over the place and I NEVER considered taking one to school to solve my problems. I took the bullying and occasional ass kicking I got like a man and went on with my life.

And finally there is the fact that the American Psychiatric Society has come up with all these mental illnesses our children supposedly suffer from. And if you ask me it is only so that they have a market for all the drugs that their buddies over in the pharmaceutical industry can be sold to. (And we cry about the war on drugs when psychiatrists are the worst when it comes to pushing drugs on our kids)

Have you ever listened to the ads on TV, or read any of the possible side effects for these drugs that treat things like ADD or ADHD? Suicidal and violent outbursts are common amongst those taking these drugs to make our children more docile so that they can be handled by parents and teachers.

What we’re doing is creating ticking time bombs that, from time to time, go off; leaving us with places like Parkland, Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech, just to name a few. And it’s going to keep happening until we stop blaming the guns and start looking at the reasons why these shootings keep happening.

Why is it that whenever a drunk driver plows into someone and kills them we don’t hear cries for the banning of whatever type vehicle they were driving, or for a ban on whatever they were drinking prior to the accident; yet whenever there is a shooting the cry immediately goes out for tougher gun laws? If guns are to blame for shootings, then cars are to blame for drunk drivers.

I’ve been hearing news stories about high school students going to our nation’s capital to protest in favor of tougher gun laws. While I could see one high school organizing such an event so soon after a tragedy like Parkland, I cannot see a nationwide event like this being organized on such short notice. Someone is behind it; someone is putting this together to focus media attention on our youth crying for tougher gun laws. And I’d be willing to bet that whoever is has an agenda of the total disarmament of the American public.

You see, there’s one other thing our children ARE NOT being taught. They are not being taught about the nature of our rights, and our 2nd Amendment right in particular. They think that just because society demands it, the people must give up a right. Well, if you have bad breath can I demand that YOU stop breathing?

Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson once said this regarding rights, and the Bill of Rights in particular, “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.”

I’m sorry, but my rights are mind, they do not depend upon whether you like me exercising them or not, and they certainly do not need permission from my government for me to exercise; END OF STORY!!!

But the important thing about the 2nd Amendment is why it was included in the Bill of Rights. It was not so we could hunt deer. It was not so that we could go skeet or target shooting. It was not so that we could defend our homes from those who would attempt to take our belongings. All those are secondary and inconsequential side effects of the right to keep and bear arms.

No, the 2nd Amendment exists so that we might have the means of defending ourselves, and our other rights, from our government should it ever become tyrannical and oppressive. And I hate to tell you this, it is well past that point right now. But what are the people doing; they are calling for government to pass another law which further restricts the rights of good, honest, law abiding gun owners across the land.

I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I’m sick and tired of people saying that I must surrender my rights because someone doesn’t like me having guns; or speaking what is on my mind for that matter. My rights don’t require that you like them for me to be able to exercise them; and if you can’t handle that then maybe you need to grow a pair of balls.

Those of you who are calling for tougher gun laws need to take a lesson from history. There was a time when the people of America saw their government come after their guns. They were faced with allowing their government to confiscate them, or standing their ground and fighting those who would deprive them of one of their most sacred of rights. They chose to fight, and the date was April 19, 1775, and the place was Lexington and Concord.

So if you really want my guns, how about coming to my house yourself and try to take them from me; I’ll be here waiting for you..

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One Response to My Thoughts on the Aftermath of the Parkland Shooting

  1. Roman says:

    Another article I agree with 100%.

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