This is the first post in a series that hopefully will show that sticking our collective heads in the sand is not conducive for not only our health, but the health of our country.
“We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.” – Ronald Reagan
Many of my recent posts have dealt with the issue of guns and gun control, otherwise known as gun banning. For this post, that trend will continue.
Senator Diane Feinstein is the leading proponent of legislation to ban various types of firearms. Indeed, if you look at her latest list and her past statements, she would like nothing more than to prohibit the ownership of any and all firearms, even though she is known to possess a license to carry a firearm. I wondered why the good Senator is so anti-gun. The answer is more simple than one would expect.
In 1978, Diane Feinstein was the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. From Wikipedia:
On November 27, 1978, San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated by a rival politician, Dan White, who had resigned from the Board of Supervisors only two weeks prior. Feinstein was close by in City Hall at the time of the shootings, and discovered Milk’s body after hearing the gunshots and going to investigate.
It should also be noted that Dan White used a firearm that was issued to him by the City of San Francisco, and used a diminished capacity defense.
So now we have a clue as to why the good Senator is so passionate about banning firearms. The Senator was good friends with Harvey Milk, and discovering his body would be extremely traumatic. One of many reactions would be to remove the instrument of her friend’s death. This would be the politically correct things to do – blame the tool, not the person. After all, the person was not responsible for their actions, so it had to be that evil gun.
Some of you have absolutely no problems with guns disappearing from the face of the earth. Other people have a huge problem, and they have nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment.
Self-reliance and personal responsibility are two of the most important attributes one can possess in this life. This means that the safety of your loved ones as well as yourself is in your hands, not the hands of the government nor in the hands of anyone else. In many respects, that responsibility has been sacrificed by many people in the name of political correctness. And this denial can be deadly in the wrong circumstance.
Let’s get something out of the way first – government cannot solve all problems with legislation, regulations, mandates, and executive orders. Many of the issues revolving around the problems in society stem from the lack of personal responsibility and disregard for others. From an earlier post:
Social engineering by the pointy heads is a good place to start. According to them, it’s never the person that commits the crime or makes a mistake, it’s always someone else that causes the person in question to screw up. Bad parents or no parents, growing up in a slum, drugs, peer pressure, etc… are the reasons that defense lawyers use to try to get their clients off (and sometimes they do!). And the shrinks support it and testify in court to that effect.
The real problem is that we, as a society, are hooked on the quick fix, and tend to blame someone else when things turn to shit. In our society, to take responsibility for actions is almost a character flaw if the actions turn out to be wrong. It’s a career killer, and we look for someone or something else to blame for our screw-ups.
The bottom line is that we are responsible for our own actions, and we must weigh decisions with care, and accept the responsibility for those actions, right or wrong…
Over at Bad Bad Juju, Yabu posted the following (edited for brevity):
Story One: Many years ago my good friend, his wife and young daughter, were sitting in their den after dinner one night when two guys kicked in the front door. My friends had no dog, so they had no warning. The bad guys ripped the phone from the wall and told them to give ‘em all the cash and jewelry. One of the bad guys produced a knife and said he wanted the kid and his wife as well. Howard’s nine millimeter was tucked in the crease of his “sitting” chair two feet away. Think about this, two big guys in your home who want to steal your stuff and rape and/ or kidnap your family. Probably kill you, and no way to call for help. Howard grabbed his gun and shot the guy with the knife in the left cheek just below the eye, from about three yards. The round ricocheted off his cheek bone and traveled under the skin and exited his ear. He was down, but not dead.
Story Two: Many years ago my good friend, his wife and teenage daughters were driving on I40 from East to West in Tennessee, when they had a rear tire go flat. It was a New Volvo, but shit happens. They pulled over to the shoulder and called AAA. In about fifteen seconds a beat up piece of shit truck full of Mexicans (I said it, so what) pulled in real close behind them. His wife called the police. Three of the Mexicans carrying bats and a crow bar got out of the truck and approached. They were paying close attention to the ladies and speaking Spanish. Not really much of a choice there, so Mark drew his legally permitted weapon, and alternately pointed at the chest of the Mexicans. They ran back to their truck and drove away. Mark and his family were still sitting by the side of the road when AAA and the Police arrived.
Yabu’s friends took it upon themselves to take responsibility for their own safety, and rely upon the police for backup. When you are in these types of situations, YOU ARE THE FIRST RESPONDER, not the police. A personal experience backs this up:
Walking back to my car at night (I lived off-campus), a car pulled up and 4 huge guys got out. I weighed only 135 pounds at the time, and these guys weighed at least 190+ each. I started backing up while they were hooting and hollering about how they were going to “mess up the white boy” (they were black). One of them appeared to be getting something out of the back of the car (I think it might have been a baseball bat). I kept backing up, holding my briefcase in front of me while reaching around behind me under my coat to get my gun. I had just unsnapped the holster and told them that they really didn’t want to do this when a police car turned the corner.
What do you think would have happened if the police had not shown up at that time? What if I did not have a weapon? Please, use your imagination.
We all know that the world is a dangerous place, and this includes various cities & neighborhoods. There are people who wish to rob, rape, and murder for the slightest of reasons, and no one can realistically pretend that it will not happen to them. To deny this simple truth is naïve, stupid, and extremely dangerous.
I would like to ask Senator Feinstein a question in light of the above: If all guns are banned, and you are sitting home alone with no weapon, bodyguard, or police protection & someone breaks in to do you harm, what are you going to do? I’m waiting…
Cross-posted to Wise Conservatism