To preserve all that’s great about America, gun ownership must be protected—maybe even expanded.
There are those who believe that America is moving toward a crisis tipping-point and that the outcome will determine if the country can continue its “exceptionalism” as the dominant economic, military and political leader in the world. There is dread spreading among thinking people that if the country continues on its current trajectory it will, as has every dominant power of the past 5,000 years, recede and slip into the backwaters of failed empires.
Tagged as the primary culprits for the diminishing American power are a paralyzed government, continued deficit spending, an out of control national debt, anti-Christian corroding social mores and godless, socialist-leaning leaders who are unwilling to stand up for what America stands for.
America has always stood strong for the three “Gs”: God, guns and greed. Paramount to this philosophy is individual freedom and particularly the individual’s explicit right to protect themselves against the threats of enemies foreign and domestic. Inherent in the right to individual protection is the freedom to own and if need be, use a gun.
The Founding Fathers believed that the right to “bear arms” was so sacrosanct they made it even more essential than the right of free speech and the right to vote. Soon after the constitution was ratified, Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Act that put strict controls on free speech and mandated stiff prison stays for those who violated the law. While the right to vote was embedded within the constitution, it was limited to “free white male property owners.” (It should be noted that women were not allowed to vote, but they could own a gun.) Except for making it illegal to sell or provide guns to “native savages” or those of color who happened to be slaves, every single American had an inalienable right to own any number and type of gun they wanted. With this as a guiding philosophy and the effective use of guns, Americans conquered a continent and came to dominate the world.
But now the right of Americans to own and use guns is under a shameful direct frontal assault by the sacrilegious efforts of demagogues who seek to usurp this sacred right granted by our forefathers and inspired by divine deity. In and of itself that is bad enough, but what makes it even worse is that this attack is being led by our very own elected American leaders. The Founding Fathers would regard this type of activity as little more than traitorous treachery designed to weaken the very fiber of America. It is likely not a coincidence that the effort to take guns out of the hands of Americans coincides with the decline of American vibrancy and power at home and in the world.
These rapists of rights may deny that they seek to prohibit or control individual gun ownership, but their actions belie their words. For example, there is an emotional movement afoot to ban the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. Falsely portraying assault weapons as nothing more than excessively efficient “killing tools,” these effete snobs of intellectualism strive to ban what is essentially a God-given implement of self-defense. At the same time, they ignore the fact that last year only 358 people were killed by assault weapons equipped with high capacity magazines, while 32,885 people were killed in or by automobiles. The fact that we don’t hear these same nattering nabobs calling for a ban on the sale and ownership of cars should tell you something about their distorted belief in the preservation of the American way; and that the politicians among them are more influenced by the car lobby, than the freedom-loving gun lobbyists.
The first step in this insidious effort to deny Americans the right to own guns comes in the innocuous, seemingly benign form of a “background check.” These haters of American rights tell us they don’t want to ban guns, but to just compile a little background information on those who own them. Don’t be fooled. You need little imagination to know exactly where that will lead to and how the information could be used. As shocking as it might seem, there has even been talk of putting forward a “foreground check” before a person could buy a gun. Under this scheme those who seek to purchase a gun would not only have to disclose to the government their past associations and activities, but also agree to be analyzed by a licensed psychologist (no doubt a bleeding-heart liberal) to determine what the individual might do in the future, if they did own a gun. If this passes, it will surely be an end to America as we know it.
These efforts must be stopped dead in their tracks if individual freedom in America is to be preserved. Fortunately for all freedom loving Americans, WikiLeaks has obtained and released a copy of the background check form the government wants to use to determine a person’s qualification to own a gun. This form is called “The American Freedom to Own and Keep Guns Information Repository.”
To help you understand and make your own decision as to how deviously stealthy this first step in denying Americans their basic right to own and use guns, listed below is a partial list of some of the (up to now secret) questions and information proposed to be asked and gathered.
Select your favorite television show:
- Doomsday Preppers
- American Sniper
- American Guns
- Sons of Guns
- Jesse Ventura: Conspiracy Theory
- Sara Palin’s Alaska
If you read, what is your favorite magazine or newspaper?:
- Guns and Ammo
- The New York Times
- Shotgun News
- Rifle Shooter
- The Wall Street Journal
- Shooting Times
Answer the following as truthfully as you can:
- Do you tend to watch The Military Channel more frequently than CNN?
- Do you believe your best look is camouflage?
- What is the year, make and model of your pick-up truck?
- Have you given your pick-up truck a name? Like “Big Dick,” “Rolling Rage,” or “Balls of Fire”
- Is your rear window gun-rack designed for two or four rifles?
- Does the term “turbocharged hemi” refer to your truck or a painful ailment you have suffered?
- Do you often meet people you know deserve to die?
- Are most people out to get you?
- Do you feel you can never have enough ammo for your gun?
- Do you think gun safes are for sissies?
- Do you own any shirts that have collars, buttons or sleeves?
- Do you consider a “double-wide” to be upscale housing?
These are just a few of the seemingly inoffensive questions asked on this background check form, (If you want to see the entire form go to www.wikileaks.org/guncontrol), but you can see how the compilation of this information in the hands of the government could be dangerous.
Fortunately, there are still some brave souls in America who are willing to stand up and fight for the preservation of the basic American right to own and use a gun (in self-defense). One of these unsung heroes is none other than the National Rifle Association leader, Mr. Wayne LaPierre. Sure, he looks like one of those slimy, prissy, pretty-boy lobbyists and his name sounds like he is some dad-gum foreigner, but he speaks for all Americans when he says, “The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Sustaining and spreading the philosophy that America needs more, not less guns, is the best way to combat and defeat the intent of many to eliminate the basic right of all Americans to own guns. The truth is that it is impossible to keep bad people from having guns, so the answer is to make it a requirement that everyone must own and carry a gun. After all, the police can’t be everywhere, but people armed with guns can.
It’s simple logic: If some lunatic was thinking about going into a theater to shoot people, they would hesitate if they knew that everyone in the theater had guns. How many would see schools as an easy target if they knew that all teachers and student hall-monitors were fully armed? And there are other advantages. Road-rage would decline precipitously if the aggressive driver knew that the other driver was also packing heat. Even the term “going postal” at work would become moot if all managers openly carried a loaded side-arm on their hip.
To reduce the risk of innocent victims being injured as the result of a dispute between two individuals, the legality of personal duels should be reinstated. What many do not realize is that at the time of the adoption of the constitution, the “personal duel” was the accepted way to settle a dispute between two individuals. In reality the idea of a duel to the death reduced violence, because one knew that the other person was armed (and might be a better shot) and this encouraged them to work out their differences. The same thing could happen now if duels became legal again. (Plus, usually the only ones injured in a duel were the combatants.)
Above all, those who understand and love the greatness of America should not shirk from the responsibility to stand up for basic individual rights and liberty – especially the right to own a gun. Instead of passively accepting the actions of those who seek to eviscerate these rights, they should stand up and demand greater rights. Nothing would do that more than to require that everyone exercise their right to own a gun.
And the Moral of the Story …
America has marched from colony to super power and guns have been instrumental tools every step of the way. Americans took up arms to gain independence; then demanded and received the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Chastened by the power of British troops to control and confiscate arms in order to subjugate Americans to the will of the English government, the Founding Fathers were determined that never again would any government have such power. This end was accomplished by codifying in the most fundamental document of the country – the constitution – the right of every American to own a gun.
Sure, there is some fallout from this approach, but a mentality of violence, the settling of disputes at the point of a gun, random killings of innocents and even a few mass shootings is a small price to pay for protecting an American’s right to buy, own and use a gun. There are those who say that “times have changed” and the right to buy and own a gun is “outdated.” That’s really a code for saying that liberty is outdated. The important question to ask is: If we let them violate the constitutional right to own a gun, then what right will be next?
Those who care about America and its future should ignore all the random violence caused by guns and the fact that more Americans are killed by guns owned by individuals than any other country in the world. Stand fast! Protect the right of all of us to buy, own and use guns. It is, after all, the American way.