When I hear the words gun control I think of control of guns. Gun control is about control, but it is us that are the targets of the control, not guns. Gun control in the U.S. is restricting away the ownership and use of firearms from those with right to them, by those entrusted to protect the very rights being infringed.
Gun control is not about limiting the use of firearms or reducing gun violence by police, military, or other government servants, it is about infringing on the rights of the people. It is about attacking the constitutionally defined alignment between rights and permissions. The police, military and other government organizations are permitted to use firearms in a limited, defined and regulated fashion, to carry out their service to the people. This is in contrast to the people who keep and bear arms because it is their right.
“…right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”2
Is there some kind of epidemic of ignorance about the word infringed? The constitution was written in plain English so that it could be understood by everyone. I know that congress finds reading beneath them, if the frequency they read bills before voting on them is any indication, but there are no difficult words in the second amendment. If a congressperson or constitutional scholar president is unable or unwilling to read and understand the second amendment or any other part of the constitution, then they have no business being in office.
I can not stress enough the importance of the difference between rights and permissions and how these are expressed in the constitution. Gun control laws 3 are put in place to change the balance of power from source of the power, the people, to the servants, the government. Do you think this shift in power and control, this usurpation, this assault on your rights is ever going to serve your interests? If you do then you might as well kiss your rights goodbye! The second amendment is the last protection the people have from a tyrannical government. If the attack on the second amendment continues it could be destroyed such that no other rights will be meaningful because it will simply no longer be possible to defend them.
History proves that tyrants and crooks prefer to victimize the defenseless. Check out some infamous government abuses here. The U.S., and her people, are not so special to be spared the kind of horrors described above. If you want a small scale example, research the “Wounded Knee Massacre”4. The only way to stop the assault on our rights is to take action. This smack-down on rights affects all of us, even those of us who are not gun owners, because the issue is rights, not guns.
“First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.”
— Martin Niemöller5
Will you speak up before this issue becomes personal for you?
Here is a short video about gun control from somebody with personal experience.
People outside the U.S. likely wonder why this is such an issue for the American people, well here are a few reasons why it is such an issue for me.
First, gun control does not reduce violence. Gun control only disarms law abiding people, the good guys, and prevents them from using effective force to neutralize a deadly threat. Where people are disarmed, such as in the UK6 there is more violent crime. Statistics are never simple so here is a great video explanation.
Read the following respectable opinion piece on gun control by Larry Correia, here, if you are still unconvinced.
Second, it is outrageous that government leaders would use lies, subterfuge, and the misery of defenseless victims, to cheat the people away from their rights. Changing the balance of power from the people to a centralized despotic government is an idea that requires open and honest dialogue, not lies, mind control media manipulations, and other dirty tricks. People will eventually learn of the deceptions and likely will not take kindly to being tricked and having their rights abused.
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” — Abraham Lincoln
A tragedy like Sandy Hook is terrible, but what matters about Sandy Hook7 and other tragedies is that helpless victims were injured and murdered. How we respond to a tragedy like Sand Hook is what makes all the difference. Look at the response by our public servants and the talking heads in the media. Are they helping and empowering the victims, the victims families and ourselves, or are they using the tragedy as a sick opportunity to empower themselves and their cronies at our expense?
A real leader would use his or her power to lend strength to the grieving, not use it as an opportunity to strip them of their defenses and their rights. That is not simply adding insult to injury, it is taking advantage of injury to add more injury. Here is an example of a response to a tragedy by a real leader.
Finally, it is abominable that government leaders with a duty to protect the rights of the people and defend the constitution would attempt to violate both for their personal gain. When our public servants betray their duty so egregiously, as they have been doing, then they need to be immediately removed from office and brought to justice. I am not proposing that they be tarred and feathered, rather I am proposing that we take action in the peaceful, fair and civilized fashion that justice system was intended to be.
We need to wake up, stand up, and speak up! Lets remind our public servants what duty, honor, and country really means! Lets remind them of what it means to be a leader! Lets remind them that we have the rights, and they as public servant exist to protect those rights! Lets take action now, before it is too late!
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- stock.xchng - Security fence 4 (stock photo by saavem) Available at: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1398073 [Accessed January 11, 2013].
- United States Bill of Rights by United States - Project Gutenberg Available at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2 [Accessed January 15, 2013].
- I am not a lawyer but an unconstitutional law seems to me to be null and thus not a law but rather codified crime. ↩
Wounded Knee Massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Massacre [Accessed January 14, 2013].
- First they came… - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came… [Accessed January 15, 2013].
TFS Magnum - Archives: Crime in the UK versus Crime in the US Available at: http://wheelgun.blogspot.com/2007/01/crime-in-uk-versus-crime-in-us.html [Accessed January 14, 2013].UK is violent crime capital of Europe - Telegraph Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/5712573/UK-is-violent-crime-capital-of-Europe.html [Accessed January 14, 2013].UK shamed as the violent crimes capital of Europe | UK | Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express Available at: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/214775/UK-shamed-as-the-violent-crimes-capital-of-Europe [Accessed January 14, 2013].
- Would there be calls for gun control if the weapon was a car, a sword, explosion, poison, or a hammer? http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/03/FBI-More-People-Killed-With-Hammers-and-Clubs-Each-Year-Than-With-Rifles ↩
- I have watched this video many times. So impressive. So different than the BS we see here in the U.S. ↩