Thanks to my benevolent Uncle Sam I had to call in sick to work today. I am not physically ill, but unfortunately due to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s crackdown on pain medication because of the so-called opioid crisis I have to physically visit my doctor every month to get my pain medication refilled. Seeing as how the company I work for does not work their schedule around doctor’s appointments I had a decision to make; go to work and suffer without it, or call in sick and go get it refilled. I chose Option B, hence the day off work.
But I’m not here to talk about pain meds or my company’s work scheduling policy; I’m here to talk once again about the subject that gets me angrier and angrier each time I see my government try to legislate upon – gun control.
On Saturday’s my wife and I do all our grocery shopping for the upcoming week, and as we were leaving WalMart there was a guy at a table collecting signatures for a petition to place a measure on the ballot that would make concealed carry reciprocal nationwide; meaning that if you had a Concealed Carry permit for your State it would be honored in each of the other 49 states without you having to submit an application for a permit in them. Seeing as how I love talking about guns and gun control, I couldn’t resist the urge to go stir up some shit.
I have to admit, the guy was sure doing well; as he had about 5 or 6 guys signing his petition, so I had a good audience when I walked over and began to speak. Now I can’t recall word for word what I said, so I’m going to have to paraphrase it somewhat, but basically my first statement went as follows, “Listen, I understand what you’re trying to do and fundamentally I agree with you. However, why should you need a ballot measure, or a law for that matter, to protect a right which is already supposedly protected by a constitutional amendment?”
The guy gathering signatures just looked at me funny as if he was trying to decide if I was trying to drum away business or if maybe I was just some wiseass stirring up trouble. However, one of the guys signing the petition said, and this is word for word what he said, “Baby steps brother, baby steps. That’s how we get the ball rolling.”
I couldn’t let that comment go unchallenged, so I said something like, “So what you’re saying is we have to ask permission from tyrants who have already violated our right to pass a law restoring part of that right which they’ve taken from us?” So to explain myself I added the following, “My right to keep and bear arms is not dependent upon whether or not I obtain a permit from government to do so. If I want to carry a gun on me for my own protection I’m gonna carry a gun; permit or not.” It was at this point that everyone there went silent and they all looked at me as if I was speaking to them in a foreign language; either that or that I’d completely lost my mind. At was at this point that I left them to ponder what I’d say; however I did buy a cool hat from the guy with the petitions before I left.
You see I don’t blame those people for their ignorance, it is more widespread than just a few well intentioned people signing a petition for something they truly believe in. All I was doing was hoping to get them to see that they don’t need permission from their government, in the form of a permit, to exercise what is an inherent and unalienable right. But I fear their indoctrination into asking permission to exercise a right is so ingrained that they were unable to understand what I was trying to say.
You see I don’t think people truly understand the meaning of the word infringed. Oh, they might tell you they do; but then they turn around and join organizations like the NRA to defend their right to keep and bear arms. If you need an organization to defend a right against violation by your government, then the solution is not to join an organization to better defend that right, it is to abolish the system of government that seeks to deprive you of the ability to exercise that right.
Infringe, as defined by the dictionary, means to act to limit or undermine (something); to actively encroach upon. If you own a piece of property and your neighbor puts his pinkie toe on your property, he has infringed upon it. The 2nd Amendment merely states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. (My emphasis)
The Bill of Rights amends the Constitution; which in turn established our system of government, while at the same time delegating to that government certain powers to exercise on our behalf. The Bill of Rights does not protect our rights, it tells the government that these rights exist and that they are NOT to do anything to restrict or limit them; it acts as a restriction upon the scope and reach of their power – nothing more, nothing less.
Let me ask you a simple question most of y’all should be able to answer: What comprises our government? Now most of you would probably answer with either the President, Congress, or both. But is not the Supreme Court part of the government as well? Therefore, when the 2nd Amendment says that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, it applies to any rulings those nine black robed clowns might hand down.
Yet in D.C. v Heller, although the SCOTUS held that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right not tied to membership in the militia, they added the caveat that it is and could be limited or restricted by State law.
Hmmm, is that so? Are you aware that Article 4, Section 2 of the Constitution states, “The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” While I do not like the use of the word privileges, what that means is that if someone in Texas can own a certain type firearm, then those living in other states, such as California, should also be allowed to own that same weapon. Yet I know for a fact that is not true; as I cannot by a Taurus Judge pistol in California because it is classified in the California Penal Code as a short-barreled shotgun because of its ability to fire a .410 shotgun shell.
Yet they are sold in other States; and if I’m not mistaken, that would mean that California legislators have infringed upon my right by not entitling me to the same privileges as those living in States where that gun is sold legally.
I hear people all the time say that they know why we have the 2nd Amendment; so that we can raise an armed populace that is capable of resisting tyranny. Yet tyranny is alive and well in America and I don’t see much resistance to it! All I see and hear are people saying, if they come for my guns I ain’t giving them up. But what about all the laws on the books saying what kind of gun you can own, how many rounds your magazine can carry, what modifications are legal and which aren’t? Aren’t those all small infringements upon your right to keep and bear whatever type arm you want? To paraphrase what the Joker asks the Crime Bosses in the Dark Knight, “What happened America? Did your balls drop off?”
How would you react if you read the following headlines in your local newspaper: Today a local militia group gathered outside the outskirts of a large American city and engaged local law enforcement in a gunfight when they attempted to implement recently passed gun control legislation? I’m guessing that most people would be shocked, with many saying that this is the reason we NEED more gun control laws on the books; to prevent things like this from happening. Well it did happen, and the date was April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord; and it was the opening shots of the American Revolution.
Prior to Jefferson being asked to write a Declaration of Independence John Adams penned his Thoughts on Government in response to a request from the North Carolina Provincial Congress. In it Adams wrote, “Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.”
Boy was Adams wrong; the people of this country live in an almost perpetual state of fear. Most Americans go into an almost apoplectic and irrational state of fear if there is a government shutdown. Most people have been conditioned by round the clock reporting on every instance a gun is used to commit a mass shooting; even though there is a very real possibility that these shootings are all staged events to keep that fear alive. Boy let me tell you, it’s working like a charm; for I hear more and more otherwise intelligent people calling for stricter gun control measures.
It doesn’t matter how big a boulder is, if you keep chipping away at it a bit at a time eventually there will be no boulder left. The same goes for your right to keep and bear arms; if you keep letting government whittle away at it, one day you will wake up and not be allowed to own guns – which is exactly what they want – and they have said so.
Dating back almost 45 years ago, in an interview in the New Yorker, Chairman of Handgun Control Inc. stated, “We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. Of course, it’s true that politicians will then go home and say, “This is a great law. The problem is solved.” And it’s also true that such statements will tend to defuse the gun-control issue for a time. So then we’ll have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with a half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to ten years. The first problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get them all registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of *all* handguns and *all* handgun ammunition — except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors — totally illegal.”
In 1991, Barbara Foss, mayor of Stockton, CA, said, “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” 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.”
In 1995 the Wicked Witch of the West, Dianne Feinstein said the following on a segment of 60 Minutes, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them … “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in,” I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.”
I could go on and on with quotes from lawmakers and journalists who have said their ultimate goal is the complete and total disarmament of the American people. Yet we sit back and let them pass law after law that whittles away at that right; hoping that by electing someone like Donald Trump, he will put the brakes on any further infringements upon our rights. Well wasn’t it Trump who said the following about these so-called Red Flag Laws, “Take the guns first, then give them due process later?” I don’t know about you, but that sure inspires mounds of confidence that he understands and is willing to fight for my right to keep and bear arms. (And that was sarcasm if you didn’t catch it)
Listen, I’m just as concerned about becoming a victim of crime as the rest of you; I just differ in the solution. I don’t believe that you can make people safe by depriving them of the means of defending themselves. All you accomplish by doing that is increasing the size of the potential victim pool.
Have you not once stopped to ask why there are so many shootings today compared to 50 yrs ago? You used to be able to order a rifle through the Sears & Roebuck catalog; no background check, no I.D.; just send your money to them and they would send a rifle to your door. When I went to high school almost every pickup truck in the parking lot had a rifle or shotgun hanging by a rack in the rear window; but we had no school shootings. I grew up in a home where there were guns, fully loaded and easily accessible, and I never thought of touching them without my father’s permission; let alone taking one to school to use to put an end to the bullying I underwent.
Excuse the language, but what the fuck has changed? Could it be that we don’t teach our kids to respect the lives and property of others? Could it be that we teach our kids that there is no punishment for doing wrong? Could it be that violence permeates our society; it is in the music they listen to, the shows and movies they watch, in the video games they play, yet they are not taught proper firearms safety from an early age, that they are taught that firearms are a tool and not a toy? Could it possibly be that we are pumping our kids full of mind altering chemicals so that they become docile and compliant; drugs which have proven to be cause violent and suicidal tendencies? Or could it be a toxic combination of all of the above?
And the answer to all this is to take away the guns – absolutely brilliant!
You know I think some people would rather have a cactus shoved up there ass than they would examine the facts; seek out the truth. The truth is that we do not have the right to keep and bear arms so that we can hunt deer or protect our homes and family; we have it so that the people will always constitute a larger and more well armed force than any arm their government might raise up to oppress them. Can you honestly say that is the case today with our militarized law enforcement and all the alphabet soup agencies who enforce our governments edicts upon us peasants?
In his Summary View of the Rights of British America, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”
If you can’t see that it does not matter which party controls your government, that government continues to enact laws which restrict the liberty it was supposed to be established to protect and defend. Well let me tell you something, the only thing that defends liberty is those who know what liberty is, and take measures to ensure that no one violates or restricts it. Government does not defend your liberty; it destroys it. Cops don’t protect your liberty; they enforce the laws your government passes. The only thing that defend your liberty is you; and most people are simply too ignorant and apathetic to see that liberty has all but died in this country.
I’m just wondering, let’s say they are successful, they take all the guns away; from both the criminals and the law abiding citizens. If that happens do you think the government and the police will give up theirs too? If not, then that alone gives you all the answer you need as to why you should fight with every ounce of your being to protect and defend your individual right to keep and bear arms…unless you prefer the shackles of bondage that is.