First and foremost, despite whatever rhetoric one hears from the liberal, anti-gun crowd, the Founding Fathers were adamant about the rights of every citizen to own guns. When you read the Federalist Papers, the message was clear and in that, there was no ambiguity about the right to bear arms by the citizens of the United States.
One of the greatest legal minds in history was Sir William Blackstone (1723 – 1780). Blackstone was an English judge, author, and professor who won recognition for his Commentaries on the Laws of England, and was closely followed by the early colonists in developing the legal system for the U.S. Blackstone is still widely quoted even today. As to natural rights of mankind, Blackstone said the following:
“Good and wise men, in all ages…have supposed, that the deity, from the relations, we stand in, to himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is, indispensably, obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the ‘law of nature’, which, being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is, of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries at all times. No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid, derive all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.”
As I pointed out in Part 3, Cicero, Rome’s leading orator, had early argued that the right to self-defense was natural and inborn, and not a creation of the government. The right to use weapons was a necessary part of the right to self-defense — any view to the contrary was silly nonsense. [Stephen P. Halbrook, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of A Constitutional Right (1984), p. 17, fn 76-77.]
So, if the country were to reach a point of utter foolishness and stupidity where the citizens were willing to disarm and surrender all guns and possibly even all means of self-defense, then they would deserve the fate of becoming servants of the state. Even with a government promise to protect the people from crime, mayhem, and invasion by foreign forces, one would have to conclude the country will have gone full circle and all the citizens would then have relinquished their freedom and liberty to become slaves of the New Government Plantation, with Uncle Sam as the Overseer!
All this gibberish, crap, and nonsense, by self-indulgent liberal politicians, left leaning wackos, community organizers, and Marxists who parade a continuum of rules, regulations, and nuisance laws, when we already have more than three hundred of thousand statutes and codes on the books regarding guns, is getting a bit tiring. Let’s face the facts . . . the bad guys will not play by society’s rules, don’t give a damn about laws in general, and even more specifically about gun regulations. So anything less than permanent incarceration or a death sentence for anyone using a weapon in committing a crime, would be the only way to protect society if we had no means of self-defense . . . history has proven this true over and over again.
I for one am sick and tired of law abiding gun owners in this country having to bear even the slightest threat to our rights to own guns, being bandied around by those who would, if it was at all possible, deprive us of our First as well as the Second Amendment rights. Last year 750,000 hunters visited Michigan to hunt, and I can’t remember any of them killing someone, robbing a convenience store, or pistol whipping someone along the way. They behaved just like 99.9% of the rest of the law abiding the gun owners in America.
It is unfortunate that we no longer have an unbiased media in this country, though many will rightfully argue it has been decades since we witnessed truly great investigative reporting, but we saw just how titled the media was during the NBC sponsored Republican debates. It was almost childish in scope and breadth, and was followed by the Democrat debate which was even more embarrassing . . . “The greatest threat to national security was climate change”, professed Democrat presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. Those asking the questions simply let that ridiculous statement slide.
Big Democrat enclaves listed in Part 2 of this four part series, which are rampant with crime, murder, and mayhem, shows just what happens when government crosses the Constitutional line and attempts to limit the rights of citizens to bear arms as protected in the Second Amendment. The law breakers are simply able to act-at-will, with no opposition from the victim, much like wolves preying on a flock of lambs.
The ability to protect oneself from the criminals is one thing, and some Americans may feel they want to trust their protection to the law enforcement authorities. But keep in mind . . . police are about 11 minutes away (average response time) for most cities in the country. If however, you live in Detroit, the bad guys will have nearly an hour to enjoy the rape, plunder, and pillage of the people with an average of 58 minutes in response time! Looking at this picture, will more laws prohibiting law abiding citizens from owning guns prove any more effective in keeping guns out of the hands of potential criminals, convicted felons, gangbangers, and mentally defective citizens? I doubt it.
The war-on-terror however, is a different matter and has proven to be a problem that can only be solved when the public-at-large is armed and vigilant. Terrorists would have to think twice about trying to terrorize our people with indiscriminate attacks knowing their firing into a crowd might easily be returned with overwhelming deadly consequences. This fact is clearly supported by looking at where terrorists incidents and random shootings have occurred . . . gun-free zones clearly promoted by signs posted by the not-so-bright fools (politicians) who believe criminals and terrorist can read, and will obey by putting their weapons away, and going somewhere else to create their mayhem.
As the Democrat presidential hopefuls, which I believe is now down to just Hillary and Bernie, pander to every group known to man as to who is further left of center than the other, the American public is left pondering just who we can depend upon to keep this country safe. It is a sure-fire bet that Obama and his band of academia adviser/morons, will continue to stumble around like Keystone Cops trying to convince us that there is no such thing as Radical Islamic Terror, and that our greatest threat is from Global Climate Change . . . which is nothing more than a further attempt to fleece the hardworking taxpayers of this country out of the few dollars we have left.
Those of us who have been around for a few years have witnessed the Democrat Party of our fathers be diminished to nothing more than a bunch of leftists out to destroy our U.S. Constitution by moving so far toward the Socialist/Marxist cliff that you can’t see them with binoculars. They have become focused on removing our rights of free speech, religion, and assembly (the First Amendment); our natural, God-given rights to protect our families and country as guaranteed by the Second Amendment; and are leading our nation to the New Government Plantation (with themselves as overseers), while bankrupting our children in the process to pay for it all.
I could write a ten volume book on how the country is being destroyed by politicians who willingly ignore the rights of the people with complete disregard for the Constitution. 300,000 some odd laws on the books to try to negate the Second Amendment so the government can gain absolute control of the people, using every excuse in the book. Those dumb enough to fall prey to the words and promises doled out by Washington, would deserve the tyranny that waits in store through government intrusion (does George Orwell’s book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, ring a bell).
The old axiom . . . Let the buyer beware . . . is so true it is painful when it comes to the Second Amendment lies the government and media are telling the sheeple:
• They tell us over and over that 40% of all gun sales in the U.S. do not go through background checks. Fact checkers galore will tell you the “40% figure” comes from a decades-old surveys before the federal background check system even existed. Even the very liberal Washington Post gave this claim 3 out of 4 Pinocchios for missing the mark.
• Liberals claim it is much easier to buy a gun than it is to buy a book. I never had to submit to a “background” check, let the bookstore manager take my finger-prints, give up my driver’s licenses and social security information, or go through a “waiting period”, to purchase a book down at my local Barnes and Noble. Have you?
• The claim that I am an “extremist” because I own a gun and believe every law abiding citizen should be allowed to own one, is utter nonsense. In this day and age, many of us would consider not caring enough about the safety of one’s family and property to have a gun for self-defense is “an extremist position”. Even the idiots out in Hollywood and the political elite who have enough money to pay for protection, usually seek that protection with armed guards!
• Politicians and the media keep telling us that Gun Control works. Right! How about explaining that to the residents of Chicago, Illinois, which has just about the toughest gun laws in the country. In 2012, it had 500 murders, the most of any city in the country; Chicago has been among the top three cities with the most murders since 1985.
While politicians and ignoramuses across the board claim that we need to ban so-called “assault weapons” because it is just common sense, probably couldn’t describe an assault weapon and wouldn’t know the difference between a Thompson Sub-machine Gun, a Kalashnikov AK-47, and an AR-15. For the novice, a semi-automatic weapon does not “spray bullets” with a simple pull of the trigger. Each trigger pull releases a single bullet. The Thompson Sub-machine Gun, most vividly seen in the gangster movies of the Twenties and Thirties, and the Kalashnikov AK-47, can be used to fire semi-automatically or fully automatic and spray bullets all over the place. The AK-47 is a true assault rifle, with a cyclic rate of fire at 600 rounds per minute in full automatic mode and 40 rounds per minute in sustainable or practical rate of fire in semi-automatic mode. It has an effective firing range (for accuracy) of about 380 yards.
The problem with the liberal Bozos, is that they just can’t get their facts straight. Today 50% of all semi-automatic rifles bought annually in the U.S. are AR-15’s, and in fact, the AR-15 is the rifle most commonly used for marksmanship competition and training in the United States. It is a semi automatic rifle yet is most often referred to by the left as the assault weapon they most want to eliminate. As Forrest Gump says . . . “Stupid is as stupid does”.
To illustrate just how out-of-touch the politicians, media, and radical left wingers are with the American public, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of likely U.S. Voters would feel safer living in a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun over one where they could have a gun for their own protection. Another recent Rasmussen poll showed that 68% of respondents said they would feel safer living in a neighborhood with guns. And then there’s that time earlier this year that 63% of Americans told the Pew Research Center that the best way to defend against crime is with gun ownership. So I ask you to tell me, just who has an extreme position on gun ownership?
Poll after poll after poll shows more Americans are jumping on, not off, the bandwagon in support of the right to keep and bear arms. A recent CNN poll found that 59% of Americans oppose more federal gun restrictions, yet we keep wasting everyone’s time and energy rehashing this never-ending debate. With our country on the fiscal cliff; with our educational system, medical system, and immigration problems threatening to suck America down the drain, maybe it is time to tell the fools in Washington, to concentrate on the number one and two issues most troubling to Americans . . . the Radical Islamic Terrorists the President seems eager to bring to our country, and an economy that has been stuck in the mud since Obama became president.
Here’s a simple solution to end the Second Amendment debate once and for all. The Founders saw the need to make our system of government adaptable to the future when they created The Amendment Process. So, if people want to CHANGE what the Founding Fathers had in mind, let them amend the Constitution, not try to circumvent our rights with an endless parade of laws which have no effect on the criminal elements of society. It only takes a vote of 3/4 of the states, to steal the rights of the people. If the left can convince the people that the government can protect them and that we are better off giving up our rights to own a gun, then we deserve the hell that would be create.