“The Right of The People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed.” – Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Let’s first strip off the emotions that are associated with tragedies like Sandy Hook, Colombine, Virginia Tech, and Aurora. Yes, the horror of losing loved ones to crazies with guns can tear holes in lives and hearts, and nothing, nothing, can bring back the children, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. I can fully understand the passions, emotions, and reactions to blame anyone & anything for the loss, and the intense desire for such events to never happen again. For those that were lost, and those that remain, we grieve with you.
But at the same time, there are those who take such tragedies and try to turn the events to their advantage. I look at the politicians, the media, and other self-serving leeches that come out of the woodwork to foist their visions and will upon the rest of the people that had nothing to do with such atrocities. I’m reminded of the following quote from writer William S. Burroughs:
“After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”
But what has happened in the United States is that the population at large is now looking to and dependent upon the government to protect them and provide for their needs. Apparently, the individual is no longer responsible for anything including their own safety. Uncle Sam (or his affiliates) are now wanting to take even more of that responsibility for the individual’s safety (these are code words for “control of the individual”). I’m can foresee something like the below video happening for those select few who will be legally able to own a gun (WARNING – graphic content!!)
One of the things that the gun control crowd seem to forget is that criminals, by their very definition and actions, do not follow social norms nor do they follow the law. In other words, criminals perform criminal acts such as robbery, rape, and murder. The criminal is responsible for the crime, not any implement that he would be using in the commission of the crime.
On the other side of the coin, is there any question that the previously mentioned tragedies were committed by people with mental problems? I have stated before that there are people in this world that should never, ever, be near a weapon because they are not responsible for themselves or mature enough to handle the responsibility for handling or operating a weapon.
But the reactions of the politicians, media, and gun control people to any crime or tragedy involving guns is to remove the guns, not to place the responsibility on person committing the crime (or if responsibility is assigned to the perpetrator, it’s almost a footnote). Their responses are not fully thought out as to the potential consequences of their actions. For instance, here’s this commentary from Judge Jeanine Pirro:
The media is to report the news, not create the news. The unintended consequences is that the Journal has now named unarmed citizens for criminals to rob or worse. The people with weapons have a chance to defend themselves, but they should not be put in such a position, i.e, potentially targeted.
But the media, the politicians, and the gun control groups always start pointing off to statistics, facts, figures, and such to support their position. So do the gun rights groups. Here’s a video that uses published government statistics on both sides of the pond:
Puts a different spin on things, doesn’t it?
I know for a fact that Detroit, a city just South of where I live (and work very near) had 375 homicides in 2012, and 224 homicides in 2011. Do I feel safe? No, I do not. For instance –
Back when I worked for the old Chrysler, I was assigned to work third shift at a Chrysler plant in the middle of Detroit. I was told by our own security that I was NOT to stop at any stop signs, and to run red lights if there was no traffic on my way to and from the plant. Additionally, it was known that the Detroit Police did not patrol the area because it was too dangerous for them.
I already know that the police will, most of the time, show up after the crime has been committed to investigate and clean up the mess. The thoughts of the police riding over the horizon & stopping a crime in progress is more the exception than the rule. In other words, you are ultimately responsible for your own safety. And as shown in the first video in this post, to rely on government to control your safety is not conducive to the health of your family or to you. Here is video from a victim’s standpoint:
The last statement says it all why the politicians don’t want the American people to have weapons. And it is absolute insanity for the government to restrict access to a weapon to a law-abiding citizen.
The media has done their best to support the politicians in portraying guns as evil tools of criminals, and shaming those people who want to have weapons for personal protection. The latest act of a media shaming is the Journal News publishing an interactive map of gun ownership (see above video with Judge Jeanine Pirro).
It is a personal choice whether to own a weapon or not. But it must remain your right to make that choice. That right is guaranteed by the Second Amendment, but will only remain our right as long as We The People hold the politicians (and the media) accountable for all their actions.