Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. Samuel Adams 1776
In the movie Enter The Dragon, starring Bruce Lee, there is a scene where a British Agent comes to recruit Bruce Lee to participate in a martial arts tournament on an Island where the British have no jurisdiction. During the meeting between Lee, and the agent, Braithwaite, one of Lee’s students comes for some personal instruction. After completing a kick, Lee asks the student, how it felt. The student begins to reply with, “I think…”, when Lee slaps him on the head and says, “Don’t THINK, FEEL.”
With the recent rash of shootings, particularly the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the people of this country are certainly feeling. They are feeling fear, anger, but all those who are running around claiming that more gun control is the answer certainly aren’t THINKING.
Sure it was a tragic loss of life, but the fact is that it was a person who pulled the triggers, and this person already violated numerous laws before he fired one shot. Are we honestly to believe that had we maybe passed one more law this tragedy would NOT have happened? Why is it that whenever there is a drunk driving accident in which innocent lives are lost I don’t hear for tighter restrictions on alcohol, or automobiles, yet whenever there is a shooting that is the first thing I hear?
I know that most of what I am about to say is going to fall upon deaf ears, because far too many people have been led to believe that society does not need guns, that our government can, and will protect us. But, for those who will listen, let me attempt to clear up the misconception and lies regarding guns and gun control.
I grew up around guns, and I, myself, own guns. at an early age I already knew the basic rules of firearms safety and had been taught to respect them for the tools that they are. And that is all that a gun is, a tool. As hammers are designed for pounding nails, saws for cutting, guns are a tool designed to provide the person using it the ability to protect themselves. Misused or in the wrong hands, ANY tool can be dangerous.
Today we live in a culture which glorifies guns, from the movies we watch to the video games our children play, but yet where are our children taught the basic rules for firearms safety, and how to properly handle and fire a weapon? Nowhere, that’s were. So these kids are growing up thinking that guns are cool but they aren’t learning the truth that guns are a tool designed to inflict serious injury, or kill. In short, they do not respect them as I did when I was growing up.
On top of all this, when I was a child attending school we had classrooms where the teachers ruled with an iron hand and principles were allowed to discipline kids by spankings. Not today. Instead, our kids our sent off the doctors, who evaluate them with ADD or ADHD, and prescribe potent anti-depressants so that our kids will BEHAVE in class. Believe me, I know from personal experience when the principle of my son’s school demanded that I take MY son to a shrink because he wouldn’t sit still in class. Fortunately I found a psychiatrist who told me that the reason my son would not sit still was because the schools are not equipped to handle kids who are of above average intelligence. Not bragging, just repeating what the shrink told us. He said there is nothing wrong with my son that would require him to be drugged to function properly in class. Yet I was lucky, and there are literally thousands of kids running around, pumped full of these toxic chemicals which are altering their minds.
Yet these drugs have been proven to cause an INCREASE in suicidal tendencies among young adults. Couple that with generations of kids who have grown up glorifying guns, but have NEVER been properly trained to respect and use them and you are ASKING for more events such as the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Columbine, and Virginia Tech, and…well, you get the picture.
Yet here we are, once again, with gun control the topic of discussion across the nation and in our nation’s capital. Yet few people are truly aware of the nature, and purpose of the Second Amendment, and the origins of the right of self defense.
I hear people say all the time that guns should be taken away, or at least locked up in gun safes where kids cannot gain access to them. Okay, just for sake of argument, let us say that YOU have a gun, and it is locked away in a safe. You hear a noise in your living room and footsteps coming down the hall. Could you open the safe and load your weapon fast enough to prevent someone from causing you physical harm? It is ludicrous to expect people who own guns to keep ALL of them locked up and out of reach.
But you say you will dial 911 and the police will come to protect you. Wrong again, by the time the police arrive you may very well be dead, or dying, and what good will that have done you? You have all seen on the news the stories about cuts to emergency services due to the financial status of state and local governments. Well, consider this, going back a decade, in one day in 1991San Francisco California reported that 157 calls to 911 were dropped, while 1,000 more calls to the SF Police departments general number were also dropped. An SFPD dispatcher said that those numbers are average, and this was ten years ago before our nation’s economic woes got as bad as they are today.
On top of that the average response time for a 911 call in a large metropolitan city may be as much as 10-15 minutes. So, what are you going to do while you wait for the police to come save you, hide under the bed?
Besides the police are under no obligation to protect you. You heard me, the police are under no obligation to come save your skin if someone breaks into your house, and that is per the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
In 1975 three women were in a house, two upstairs, and one downstairs, when the two heard their roommate being attacked. They called the police and WERE TOLD that the police were on their way to help. When sounds of the attack stopped they thought the police had arrived, so they went downstairs, only to find the intruders were still there. For the next fourteen hours the women were held captive, raped, robbed, beaten, forced to commit sexual acts upon each other, and made to submit to the sexual demands of their attackers.
Well, they sued the police and the court ruled that it is a “fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.” You want my advice? Don’t wait for, or expect the police to help you.
If anyone recalls the riots that took place in Los Angeles in 1992 after the Rodney King verdict, they will recall that the LA Police did not even go into certain areas of Los Angeles for fear of their own lives. This left the people alone to fend for themselves, and we all remember how well that worked out for Reginald Denny and Fidel Lopez, don’t we?
So you can go ahead and place your faith in the government to take care of you, I’m placing my faith in myself and my good friends Glock, Ruger, and Mossberg.
Yet there is something all these people who are running around in emotional hysterics simply do not seem to understand, they CANNOT ask that we surrender our right, or ask that their legislators demand that we give up a right…and it IS our right to keep and bear arms.
Going back prior to the Revolution and even the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, in The Rights of the Colonists, stated, “Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions, from the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.”
Adams goes on to say, “It is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights…If men through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such a renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.”
In debating the Constitution, the Massachusetts Assembly declared, “And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms…”
Writing at Monticello in 1824, Thomas Jefferson declared, “… that all power is inherent in the people…that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed…” Jefferson did not say it is our right to own guns and carry them in our house, he said AT ALL TIMES. Therefore, if it is a right to own guns, and to, at all times be armed, why then do we need a permit to exercise that right?
I’m all for people being properly trained in the safe handling and use of firearms, but once a person proves that they can proficiently handle a firearm there is no justification for denying anyone the right to do so, openly, or concealed.
Yet here we are, with certain members of government coming out in droves demanding we do something to stop this violence, which usually means more restrictions on law abiding citizens to own guns. Just the other day I saw the Wicked Witch of the West, Diane Feinstein, talking about gun control when she herself, according to WABC radio’s Mark Levin, herself, as well as Charles Schumer, another anti-gun nut, have concealed weapons permits. What hypocrites!
These people fear us, they fear 80 million registered gun owners who are becoming tired of their ineptitude, their treason, and their continued infringements upon our other rights. So, every time there is a shooting of this kind they use it to pass further restrictions upon us, to weaken our ability to fight tyranny. As Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Well here they are, with another crisis, and the media fueled hysteria about guns, and the opportunity to do something about an inherent and unalienable right. Let me ask you, if you are among those who want to see our guns taken from us, what if government passed a law saying you could no longer watch TV, or eat your favorite food? You would say that you have the right to do so, wouldn’t you? Yet SHOW ME WHERE IT SAYS SO!!! Show me where in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that it says you can watch TV or eat at Burger King. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
But it DOES say that we have the right to keep and bear arms. Our founders wouldn’t have put it in there if it wasn’t important that we retain that right. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story called our right to keep and bear arms the ‘palladium of the liberties of the republic.’ If we give up our guns we will have no means of fighting back against any form of tyranny that our government might wish to impose upon us.
In closing I would like to leave you with the following statistics which show what happens when the people of a country are stripped of their right to defend themselves, and their freedom. Ponder these numbers as I bid you adieu…
In 1911, Turkey established gun-control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5-million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun-control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20-million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1938, Germany established gun-control. From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13-million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1935, China established gun-control. From 1948 to 1952, 20-million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1956, Cambodia established gun-control. From 1975 to 1977, 1.5-million ‘educated’ people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1964, Guatemala established gun-control. From 1964 to 1981, over 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1970, Uganda established gun-control. From 1971 to 1979 over 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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