This past weekend I had an encounter at my local mall with a particularly naïve young salesgirl over my decision to buy my wife a firearm for Christmas. I won’t go into detail the conversation that took place, but if you want to read it you can do so at: http://www.federalobserver.com/2011/12/11/a-christmas-shopping-tale/#comments
Just today at work I had another conversation, again with a woman, who found it disturbing that I purchased a rifle yesterday. In fact, this person said that she would NEVER let her husband buy a gun…of any kind.
My wife knows how I feel about guns and if she ever told me that I could not buy a gun she had better never ever step foot into J.C. Penney, Kohls, or even think about watching QVC again! It is a paradox that I do, but I don’t understand why people, especially many females, have this almost paralyzing fear of guns.
Women expect their husbands to provide for, and protect them, but then some of them deny their husband the ability to do so by saying they won’t allow them to buy a gun to defend them, or their home, from intruders. Yet at the same time they are perfectly willing to spend all kinds of money on fancy clothes and jewelry so they can LOOK nice. I find no logic at all in that.
This is not the first time I have had this kind of discussion either. Every time I mention I want to buy another gun I hear someone say, “Why do you need ANOTHER gun, are going to start a war or something?” It is this FEAR of guns that I would like to take a few minutes to discuss.
When I was growing up the kids in my neighborhood all played with cap guns, plastic guns that shot suction cup bullets, and many of us even shot bb rifles in our front yards at targets or those little toy soldiers that come in bags of 100 or so. Nobody thought anything of it; guns were not feared as they are today…so what has changed?
What has happened is that people watch the news and every time there is a story about guns it is about them being used in the commission of a crime. Instead of being considered as a means of self-defense, people now associate guns with crime. The media is to blame for this as they NEVER report on the times that guns have been used to defend people’s property or lives.
Not to say that guns aren’t used to kill people, but you never hear about the instances where they are used by law abiding citizens to PREVENT crime. On a nationwide basis, more people die in automobile related deaths than do in firearm related deaths. Yet the fear of driving down the road recklessly causes much less fear than does the simple fact that I might have a dozen or so guns in my house.
If you honestly think that ALL guns do is kill people, you really ought to take a look at some stories that prove otherwise. The NRA’s monthly publication the American Rifleman routinely posts stories about average citizens who have used firearms to prevent crime AND save lives. Yet the media absolutely refuses to cover them. See for yourself on the NRA’s Armed Citizen webpage: http://www.americanrifleman.org/BlogList.aspx?cid=25&id=21
To drive a car you have to study a handbook covering the rules of the road, you have to learn how to actually drive the car. Yet there are only three basic rules you need to know when it comes to proper firearms safety: 1) always treat a gun as if it were loaded, 2) always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and 3) never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire it. If people would respect what guns are capable of doing, and follow those three simple rules, then guns are just as safe as any power tool in your garage.
Unfortunately it has become politically incorrect to teach our kids about safe gun practices. Parents would scream bloody murder if firearms safety classes were taught in schools. Yet when I was in high school the NRA sponsored firearms safety classes every summer where certified instructors taught those simple rules, and how to properly aim, fire and clean weapons. I took that class every summer for the entire 4 years I was in high school and I cannot recall a single incident where students were hurt, or acted irresponsibly.
The simple truth is that guns DO NOT kill people; people kill people and have been doing so long before firearms were invented. I defy anyone to place a loaded weapon on a table and command it to shoot someone, it won’t happen! It is only when a person picks up that gun and uses it recklessly, or in the commission of a crime, that unnecessary deaths occur.
What is happening is that there is a sinister campaign of propaganda being waged upon the people in which we are being fed one-sided statistics by the news regarding guns that is designed to instill a fear of guns into the minds of the people. The reason they are doing this is because they know it would be next to impossible to pass any kind of laws restricting, what our founders believed to be, an unalienable right to keep and bear arms.
As recently as 1982, the Subcommittee on the Judiciary, United States Congress stated, “The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner.”
A good many people in this country do not want an armed citizenry who are capable of standing up to government and resisting tyranny. Oh they’ll tell you that all these laws are passed for our own good, but Ben Franklin once said that “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Some of our elected officials, most notably the senior Senator from the state of California, Diane Feinstein, once stated in an interview on the CBS News show 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.”
On CNN’s Crossfire, in 1993, Congressman Mel Reynolds stated, “If it were up to me we’d ban them all [firearms].” These quotes are coming from people who have taken oaths to uphold the Constitution and defend our rights!
Yet neither of those two quotes are as revealing as what Nelson Shields, the founder of Handgun Control, Inc said in New Yorker Magazine in 1976, “We’re going to have to take this one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily – given the political realities – going to be very modest. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal – total control of all guns- is going to take time … 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 the Virginia Constitution Convention, founder George Mason stated, “When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually…”
That is exactly what we are witnessing; a weakening of our resolve by those whose goal is to enslave us. But before they can enslave us, they must first disarm us. As Andrew Fletcher once said, “Arms are the only true badges of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave.”
It has been said that Thomas Jefferson once said “The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” Whether or not he actually said it is irrelevant, as the sentiment is accurate. The government knows that it would have a fight on its hands if it went door to door and confiscated every weapon in America. So instead they have worked to stigmatize guns, to make people believe that guns are evil, so that they more readily support laws which they tell us are designed to protect us from crime.
In a letter to James Monroe, James Madison wrote, “There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong… In fact it is only reestablishing under another name and a more specious form, force as the measure of right…”
Thomas Jefferson once warned, “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 recall what George Mason said in the Virginia Constitutional Convention, it is clear that there IS a systematic plan of stripping us of our Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. As Nelson Shields said, they are taking it one step at a time, incrementally chipping away at our right. If we are not vigilant one day we will wake up and that right will no longer exist.
You fear guns because you have been programmed to do so by those who want an unarmed and defenseless citizenry. I just read a quote this evening by Ann Barnhardt, which stated, “It is obvious what’s been going on. You have to start acknowledging these people for what they are, and that is moral degenerates who are basically sociopaths and psychopaths. Meaning they don’t feel any sympathy or empathy for other human beings. The only thing they care about is themselves. They will do anything. They will steal. They will lie. They will cheat. They will lie to your face. They will look in the camera with this tremendous earnestness and lie with fork tongues through their teeth in order to advance their wealth and power. And if we, as a people, don’t get real about this, if we keep having these Pollyanna visions that these people are all on our side and they are really looking out for us, and they are doing the best they can. [Then] we will be cork screwed into the ground and this nation will be reduced to a smoldering rubble. You’ve got to wake up.”
That’s what people need to do, wake the hell up before it’s too late. Your government does not want you to have guns, but as James Madison said, “A government that does not trust it’s law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust.”
As John F. Kennedy is quoted as saying, “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”
This country and the freedoms you enjoy was not fought for, and bequeathed to you by a bunch of sissies who were afraid of guns. I don’t know if I will ever convince you to overcome your fear of guns, only that you respect my right to own one, or one hundred of them if I so choose.
There may come a time when you wish you had not been so afraid of guns, when you wake up in the middle of the night and realize that there is someone in your home; or as when Edward Abbey said, “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” When that time comes it will be too late for you to change your mind and go out and buy a firearm. Either you will have made preparations beforehand, or you will find yourself a slave to your government…or maybe dead at the hands of a criminal.
And finally, if you are one of those who still thinks that guns should be completely banned, don’t ask that someone’s son or daughter come take mine from me, please come and try to take them from me yourself. I will be glad to give hand them over to you…only after you’ve proved that you can outrun a bullet first of course.