Category: Politics

The Right (requirement) To Bear Arms

It seems that more and more people are finally realizing the logic behind carrying a firearm.  Gun sales are through the roof and, at least around here, handgun permit classes seem to be full every weekend.  New guns stores and firing ranges are opening up all over the place.  I wonder why people are just now coming to their senses?

Of course, the liberal left is going nuts about it, but why?  Statistics prove that the people who go to the trouble to train and get legally licensed to carry a firearm are nearly zero threat to anyone but a criminal.  Every day it seems, another liberal is proposing a new way to ban, restrict or prohibit personal protection somewhere.  Don’t they realize that the guy or gal next to them with the permit and firearm is just as likely to save their life as they are to save their own?

When I carry a firearm, I doubt if anyone I meet has any idea about it.  The people around me are safer in my presence and don’t even know it.  I struggle with “gun-free” zones because everyone there is totally helpless and is exactly the type of place a nutcase will decide to attack.  You just don’t hear about a guy walking into a gun store or a police station and opening fire.  Is there any question why?  They don’t want to face any return fire!  Think back to the instances where some psycho walks into a classroom, office, movie theater, etc and starts shooting people for no reason.  Would the outcome have been different if just one of the victims was equipped to shoot back?

I’ve been asked, “Why are you carrying a weapon here?  Are you expecting trouble?”.  The answer is, not really.  I don’t expect to have a kitchen fire either but I keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case.  Is that paranoid or smart?  And what about those who say one should only carry your weapon when you are in a dangerous place?  First, if it’s a dangerous place, I just try to avoid it.  But secondly, and more importantly, who can determine where the “dangerous place” is?  The most dangerous place is where the criminal feels the safest.  So the most logical place to be armed is the last place you’d expect to be attacked.

I understand that not everyone is comfortable carrying a gun…and that is fine.  I will look out for you to the best of my ability.  But just as I will not try to force you to go armed, please don’t try to force me to disarm.

Political Correctness Run Amuck

If you don’t think political correctness has gotten out of control, consider this.  Throughout recorded history, when a nation/people/tribe went to war with another, the winner basically owned the loser.  The people of the losing team became subjects (maybe citizens) of the winning team.  The land, property, etc of the losing team belonged to the winning team.  But somewhere along the line, in fairly recent history, things changed.  Now, we go to war with a nation and defeat them, then spend billions of borrowed dollars rebuilding them, setting them back up, and handing everything over to the first cousins of the people we just killed.  All this, just so we don’t have to appear as “conquerors” or some other politically incorrect term.  And for the record, I’m not suggesting we start wars just to expand the nation.  I’m talking about these conflicts we are constantly pulled into by the actions of others.  Just for fun, start in recent history and work your way backwards.  Think of every military conflict the USA has engaged in and won, and consider the possibilities if we had made the defeated entity part of the USA.    We’ve been taught that “conquering” is bad, maybe even sinful.  I encourage you to read from the Old Testament and see if you can get an idea about what God thought about it, back before political correctness crippled his people.

How did this happen?

I just don’t understand what some people are thinking these days.  Most Americans have completely lost sight of, or possibly never knew, what this country is about.  The principles that our country were founded on are fairly simple and well documented, so there’s not really a good excuse for being unaware of them.

When my grandmother passed away I found a small booklet at her house that contained a copy of the founding fathers documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other publications by them that give some background on their views.  If you actually sit down and spend a few minutes (that’s literally all it takes) to read the Constitution and accompanying amendments, you immediately realize just how badly the Federal government has exceeded it’s authority and scope.  We are all to blame for allowing it to happen, just as we will be to blame if we allow it to continue.