Okay, I know I haven’t written anything on this blog in a LONG time. However, I thought I’d throw my two cents in about the fervor over the Second Amendment. For those that pay attention, there are many things eroding the very fabric of what makes America such a great place to live. We are facing a fundamental shift in the American way of life and those in power are trying to convince you that restricting your access to protection is the best course of action. When it comes to this issue, you had better stand on the right side; else you will shackle yourself to those who mean to rule you.
Many people probably haven’t looked at the Bill of Rights since school, so here’s what the Second Amendment says;
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Before I say anything else, like everyone else, I am horrified by the mass shootings that have been occurring. Far too frequently we are hearing of crazed people intent on harming as many as possible to satisfy some part of their twisted psyche. As law abiding citizens, we will NEVER understand why such people commit atrocious acts.
In all of these tragedies, multiple laws were broken, the last of which was murder. If a person is willing to commit murder, probably the most serious crime in the law books, do you really think adding more laws regulating guns will stop them?
Anti-gun lobbyists and mainstream media present this as though it is an American phenomenon centered on a gun problem. First, a person intent on committing murder doesn’t need a gun to make that happen. Also, this is not a problem unique to America, you will find that around the globe people kill others by many methods that don’t involve firearms.
For example, let’s look at China, a country that bans guns for the public. On the same day as the Connecticut shooting, a man attacked 22 school children with a knife. Just two months before, a machete-wielding man killed 3 and injured 13 school children. In 2010, China had five similar attacks where school children were attacked with bladed instruments. These are just a few examples. What this illustrates is a determined person will inflict carnage with whatever tool available.
The mainstream media and the progressive left would have you believe that gun owners are a threat to the American way of life. So let’s look at some numbers. Gallup polls in 2011 estimate 47% of American adults own a firearm, which means about 110 million citizens (based on 2010 Census). According FBI, 1,246,248 violent crimes occurred in the U.S. during 2010. Of those violent crimes, 14,748 were homicide or non-negligent manslaughter. What these statistics will never show, as there is no way to reliably prove, how many crimes never occurred because of gun ownership. But just for fun, let’s compare some of the numbers with a country that prohibits citizens from owning firearms. Let’s look South of the border to Mexico.
The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime reported the following information for 2010. The data is the number of reported crimes and the rate of occurrence per 100,000 people.
|Homicide||Rate/100k||Homicide by Firearm||Rate/100k||Robbery||Rate/100k|
The intention of this information is not to say that Mexico is a horrible place. Quite the contrary I visit Mexico often and even have many great friends (and future family) there. What I believe it does show is what I have thought for many years, if Mexican citizens had the right to bear arms, crime would decrease. I’m hoping I don’t have to go into a lengthy argument to support the idea, but I think it stands to reason that a citizen prepared to defend themselves is a criminal’s worst nightmare.
Many argue that over-sensationalizing these events by the press has been a contributing factor in their re-occurrence Has anyone suggested that we adopt new laws or regulations for the First Amendment? Should the Government regulate free speech? Place restrictions on the freedom of the press?
There have been federal, state, and local laws concerning gun control for many years. And yet, criminals continue to commit acts of violence with guns. By definition, the only people that will obey these laws are law-abiding citizens. And they are not the threat. Taking away a law-abiding citizen’s right to defend themselves is morally repugnant and unconstitutional.
Think about this statistically. Assume the following, and yes I know what they say about making assumptions! In a population of 100,000 gun ownership is roughly 47,000. In the same population 3 or 4 people are murdered with a gun. These crimes were committed by 3 or 4 different criminals. So now you want to place restrictions on the other 46,996? And that still doesn’t guarantee the safety of people. Criminals will still have guns, or any other deadly weapon, that will kill, maim, and harm people. Criminals simply don’t care how many laws they make.
The simple fact is that you can listen to all the arguments until the end of time and only one thing really matters…people harm other people. The Bible tells us that the first murder was when Cain killed Abel. For arguments sake, since there were no guns, let’s say Cain used a rock or a club. God did not ban or restrict rocks and/or clubs; God knew that the problem was in the heart of Cain. As we are not like God and will never know what resides in the hearts of humankind, we will always be susceptible to falling prey to malignant people.
If you believe that this mob will only stop at regulation, you are blind. The platform of those seeking fundamental change has always included taking away peoples arms. Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Mao, and Pol Pot, to name a few, all seized control and took away the public’s ability to fight back. Would you so easily give up your means of defense? Why I believe the ultimate goal is removing all guns from our hands is an argument for another article. Suffice it to say though; once you cede ground, it is a bloody war to get it back.
You cannot blame guns to mollify your emotions. You want to know why this happened, who should be held responsible, how to prevent this from happening again. Those of course are the toughest of questions. Personally, I hold the American people responsible. That’s a longer conversation, but I believe that we’ve become a nation without a moral compass. Our society promotes self-interest, success at all costs, and anti-theistic views. People do as they please, blame someone else, and take no personal responsibility. And that is very telling to indicate what may be in the heart of man.
I leave you with a quote Thomas Jefferson pondered in his book Legal Commonplace Book.
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.” Cesare Beccaria, Essay on Crimes and Punishment