Friday, October 02, 2015
The reality, I think, is that guns are a part of our culture in a way they never were in Europe or Asia where only a few actually owned a weapon, and then, it was mostly used for hunting. True, we could surrender our guns as President Obama and some of those on the Left suggest, but in doing so, we would also be surrendering part of our liberty; not just our right to defend ourselves and our family from all the crazies and crooks out there or our right to protect our property, or even shooting the occasional rabbit or deer or empty beer can. No, what we would be surrounding is our ability to defend ourselves from a hostile government; a tyranny of the kind our forefathers experienced and warned us about. You see, the government in Washington is not "our" government, and certainly it's not the government envisioned by Adams, Jefferson, or Washington. For that matter, it's not even the kind hoped for Patrick, Revere, or Franklin. The government in Washington is bought and paid for by a corporate oligarchy.
Perhaps we do need to reexamine our gun laws. We already require mandatory registration, background checks, waiting periods, restrictions on types and amounts of ammunition we can buy. We already prohibit certain types of guns and where we can buy them, and those gun free zones have been working so well as eluded to above. Of course, in several instances it has been individuals with guns who have stopped these wackos from taking more lives; individuals with conceal and carry permits along with those who are former military for instance. These are the good guys the media doesn't talk a lot about; some have given their own lives to protect others.
We should also make all crimes which involve the use of a weapon, be it a gun, knife, or stick, be treated as a felony (with no possibility of parole in the event of death during the commission of crime involving a weapon). No this won't stop violent crime, but it may serve as a deterrent for at least a few. Lastly, we should never attempt to remove guns from society. Criminals would not only find a way to get a gun, but their potential victims would be like fish and all the world their barrel. Who do you think would be safer, a woman walking to her car alone at night or a woman carrying a gun, which she had been train to use, walking to her car alone at night? And try as they might, the understaffed, under budgeted and underpaid police usually arrive on the scene to late for anything except cleanup. We should do away with "gun free zones" in some instances, which are seen simply as easy hunting grounds for criminals, though for the seriously mental ill or those with a cause, nowhere would be entirely safe. However, few gun toting criminals or zealots wants to tangle with anyone who may shoot back! Finally, until Americans can obtain a government they can completely trust, they should never forego their right and duty to defend their liberties and, if necessary, remove that government if all else fails.
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