Friday, May 23, 2014

Disarm the Government; not the People

Gun Control: Let’s talk about that (again)

Let’s start with what some of our founding fathers had to say about citizens owning firearms.  We've all heard these before, but I feel they’re worth repeating.

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people.... To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.... " --George Mason

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. " --Thomas Jefferson

"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense. " --John Adams

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. " --Samuel Adams

" . . arms discourage and keep invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. ... Horrid mischief would ensue were [the law-abiding] deprived of the use of them. " --Thomas Paine

Now let me ask a question: As an advocate for gun control; what do you really mean by that?  More to the point: What do you really want?

When I hear someone clamoring for gun control, what I understand they really mean is that they don’t want me or any other citizen to have firearms.  Then they must only want the government and law enforcement to have guns.  Isn’t that what “gun control” really boils down to?  The oppressors have the guns; we get screwed.  Is that really what a gun control advocate wants?

I think the whole gun control debate should start with the real problem.  Someone really serious about completely removing guns from society needs to start with the biggest problem: The Government and Law Enforcement.  They have more guns, more ammo and shoot more people than any other group of gun owners.

Here’s an interesting statistic to look up:  As a victim, are you more likely to be shot by: A cop? A Robber? A Spouse?  A Terrorist?  A Neighbor?

No surprise that most murders are by gun in the U.S.  What may be a surprise is that you’re most likely to be shot by your current or former partner than by anyone else.  After that, you’re more likely to be killed by the police than you are by a terrorist, robber, neighbor or any other criminal.  

I say, if you’re serious about gun control, start by disarming the government first.  Government functionaries (law enforcement, etc.) kill more people with firearms than any other class of citizen. As an American Citizen, you’re 8-times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist.

I’m sure some gun control supporter is right now saying, “Well if we took all the guns then less people would be killed?  See.”  No, I don’t see. First, let’s ask the disarmed law-abiding citizens of Chicago how that’s working out for them? Not too good; this city is a perfect example of how disarming the good people just makes things easier for the bad people.  Second, looking at the data, people who didn’t have guns used knives or blunt objects.  A liberal once said to me, “But, it’s so much more personal with knives or bats that a lot of people just won’t do it.”  Really?  The most common method of murder in unarmed rural China is rat poison.  How’s that for impersonal?

Guns are the great equalizer: A 90-pound woman and a 300-pound brute of a man can carry out the same amount of ass kicking with a 9mm semiautomatic.  Reverting back to the neanderthal days where fights were finished with sticks, rocks or bare hands, the 90-pound woman will lose EVERY TIME.  In society today, a woman trained with a handgun simply has to be a better shot.  Gun control whiners, cowards and fearmongers would prefer we all be defenseless victims.

A gun control advocate’s next argument would be the old, “What the Second Amendment really means is…”  Here’s what the Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  The argument here is usually, “It says ‘well regulated’ and that means the National Guard.”  The National Guard is nothing more than another Federal reserve army with the minor distinction that they can be called into service by a state governor. The Guard stopped being a valid excuse for gun control September 24, 1957.  According to Wikipedia, “President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the entire Arkansas National Guard in order to ensure the safe entry of the Little Rock 9 to Little Rock Central High School the following day. Governor Orval Faubus had previously used members of the guard to deny the students entry to the school.”  The Guard is no longer a militia; it is a branch of the federal military.  So we, the people, must stand in as the “well regulated” militia.

“Well regulated?" Let’s discuss that term for a minute.  We've already been "regulated" out of everything but small arms. That means we can't have cannons, artillery, mortars, rockets, grenades, bombs or or even Molotov cocktails -- (Though, I'm fairly sure the "Molotov" was called something a "fire bomb.")  All of these arms were available when the Constitution was drafted.  Nowhere does the Second Amendment say we can ONLY have small arms.  Let’s review.  It says, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Federal Government of the United States is the most incompetent, bureaucratic, out-of-control organization on this planet -- but don’t doubt they have a plan.  To quote Mark Twain, “Never argue with an idiot; they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”  A huge problem like 100-million gun owners is solved in the same way an elephant is eaten: one bite at a time. As it has been since the National Firearms act of 1934; followed by the Gun Control Act of 1968; followed by countless other gun and firearm regulations, federal and state.

We citizens have been regulated to the minimum and a line must be drawn.  We have very little left with which to defend our Constitutional rights.  Now, New York allows only seven rounds in a magazine and the the Federal government wants to limit the number of rounds in our weapons to 10.  What’s next?  Single shots only?  And then?

I truly believe that the government would already own all the guns of law-abiding citizens if the government didn't truly believe it would be a bloodbath to try to collect them. Government NEVER passes laws that give more freedom. They only take away, regulate and enforce...with guns.  

Gun Control Advocates:  You want real gun control; start with the real problem.  Disarm the government, not the people.

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