February 23 2018 – Click here to listen
The furor concerning gun control rages on. One thing that cannot be debated is the fact that mass killings of civilians by military dictatorships in the past were preceded by the confiscation of firearms, a task made easier by laws requiring the registration and/or licensing of privately-owned weapons.
Why do you suppose the second amendment was included in our constitution?
Hmmm . . . In this age of misinformation and fake news who can we trust to tell us the truth.
Here is a novel idea. Why not poll the founding fathers for an answer that is not politicized?
James Madison: Americans have “the advantage of being armed” – unlike the citizens of other countries where “the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
Patrick Henry: “The great objective is that every man be armed . . . Everyone who is able may have a gun.”
George Mason: “To disarm the people [is] the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
Samuel Adams: “The Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
Alexander Hamilton: “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Richard Henry Lee: “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
Gosh, I don’t see anything in any of their remarks pertaining to their desire for citizens to go deer hunting or target practice. It appears to me that the guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms is to maintain our freedom from government and to protect ourselves and our families.
Some say the founding fathers were a bunch of near-Neanderthals and times were different way back then. Wow! How did America rise to become the most powerful nation in the world using their constitution and declaration of Independence?
No matter how outlandish some people express themselves, even when it causes irreparable harm to others, no one seems to want to organize a movement to abolish or weaken the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech. It was penned by the same founding fathers. What’s up with that?
The NRA is not some nefarious mysterious cult. It is an organization of ordinary people who believe in our constitution and believe that private citizens need to have the resources to protect themselves from a government that could become oppressive, from criminals, and yes to hunt, and target practice.
Why do you suppose the NRA opposes gun control? Because history has taught us that registration leads to the confiscation of guns and that is the goal of many gun control advocates. The chief reason America has remained a free country is the widespread private ownership of firearms.
I saw the post below one time and while it is, in part, an attempt to be humorous, there is nothing funny about the hundreds of millions of citizens that were slaughtered by these madmen, and one of the first things they did was confiscate the guns of their people.
So yes, I am reluctant to see more gun laws added to the books. The FBI and local law enforcement officers did not prevent the school shooting in Florida despite numerous complaints about the killer. What makes any sane person think they will do any better at enforcing gun laws? I fear that if guns are taken away, only the criminals will have them.
This reminds me of the child rape laws. After researching what happens to those little kids I was so incensed I headed to Washington D. C. I was determined to strengthen the laws and protect them from those sick predators who were ravaging them. What I found was that there are already strong laws on the books, they just aren’t being enforced and when law enforcement does arrest perpetrators, all too often prosecutors allow them to make plea deals and judges let them off.
I do not want some sicko to get a gun, but I don’t think taking guns away from non-criminals is the answer. The arguments will rage on and lies will be told. The truth is that the most restrictive gun control law states in America, and countries throughout the world have the highest murder and crime rates.
As for me I carry a gun everywhere I’m allowed. I know how to use it and I will do so if I must. If you were in a restaurant and some deranged criminal came in shooting the place up, would you want me there unhesitant and accurately shooting back, or diving for cover?
I believe that we should monitor social media for signs of mental health problems, but that would infringe on the First Amendment wouldn’t it? Guess we should abolish the First Amendment? We should monitor those with mental health issues? Nope that is our right to privacy. Guess we should abolish that? Guess we should put the Ten commandments back in schools. What about church and state issues? Guess we should promote strong families. Are you kidding me?
The first recorded murder was committed by bashing someone’s head in with a rock. Remember Cain and Able? The Bible, as always, has the answer to our national dilemma:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,
Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday.