It's so strange to live in a world where someone commits an atrocity, and society blames his methods instead of dealing with his intent. It's the same mentality that believes society can tax its way into prosperity without dealing with the root issue of government waste, inefficiency and fraud. The same mentality that wants to punish junk food instead of acknowledging that food-based obesity is quite often the result of individual choices.It seems like we once took the issue of "personal responsibility" seriously. Now, we're a knee-jerk society of finger-pointers desperate for scapegoats, each one trussing up his/her soapbox under the thin veil of compassion. We swat at the symptoms forever as the virus itself remains unexamined and unchecked. I remember the scapegoats of my own youth...video games and rock music...the obvious "reasons" for society's ills. (Anyone see those old videos where they destroyed thousands of pinball machines?)You'd like to make firearms illegal for the law-abiding? Congratulations. You'll have disarmed tens of millions of responsible citizens, and the black-market will tip its hat to you as the non-law-abiding operate without missing a step. Oh. You'd like home-to-home searches to ensure that all weapons are confiscated? That sounds like a wonderful way for a free nation, by the people and for the people, to operate. Perhaps we can take a few extra minutes and enjoy tea with the ATF agents as they tap on the sheet rook looking for hidden stockpiles.On this issue, I like the words of Thomas Jefferson, "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 to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."The utopia of a world free of guns and gun violence is a noble enough notion. It's also a happy-clappy, Utopian fantasy that will never, ever happen. Perhaps it's time to see through the haze of peace pipe smoke and realize that 1) you'll never get 250 million weapons confiscated 2) even if you get the licensed weapons from the law-abiding, guns will continue to be the domain of the criminal and 3) even without guns, you'll still (and always) have all manner of killers, rogues, psychopaths and instruments of horrible death. These things are not new to humanity, and it's a hard fact of life that society's most unstable can and will snap at any moment. And as I understand the desire of good people to find solutions, I'm convinced those solutions should deal with root issues and be based in reality.There are over 300 million people living in the USA. Almost half of all American homes have firearms in them. With that many firearms in that many hands, if they were indeed the cause of all of this trouble, this nation would have, within moments, shredded itself under a blanket of gun smoke. This obviously hasn't happened, and those who can't see the millions of peace-loving (yes, peace-loving), responsible gun owners as more than caricature are obviously not looking (or not seeing, anyway). They want a kum-bah-yah planet where good intentions trump all, a world without aggressors and those who defend against them, a world where a politician's signature on a piece of paper will cure all hearts of darkness, a world where ribbons on our lapels actually solve planet-wide problems, a world where humanity can go to sleep at night with unlocked doors and unconcerned minds. A beautiful fantasy. And a ridiculous one. We can and should find ways to make our world safer...but it will never be safe. I own a Smith & Wesson MP9. I've been trained to use it and often target-shoot for recreation. I keep the weapon secured. It is treated with a healthy respect and is readily accessible for reasons of home defense. Some are skittish about the use of deadly force to protect loved ones. I am not. This doesn't make me a warmonger or nut, a conspiracy theorist or agent of blood lust. It makes me a free, law-abiding citizen who happens to take the first line of responsibility for the protection of his family.Individual responsibility. Within the law. It's how I roll.There are millions like me. Ask yourself...are we really the problem? And will disarming us prevent the next tragic headline? Absolutely not.
Yes, very good read.
I have been reading alot the last couple of days and I have to tell you, it is scary on what I have read. I am sickened by what has happened in Newtown and I have a very heavy heart. I am sad for the families, the victims, the first responders, the surviving children and our country. I am also sad for what is about to come.
Please, please support those organizations and people who value our freedom and constitution. NEVER take our freedom for granted.
"Every man has a purpose---------mine is to be behind a rifle.........."
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than be in any city on earth." ---Steve McQueen
I hope and pray the day never comes that someone try's to take my guns, if there was a 100% gaurentee that if I gave my guns up that no man, women or child would ever be harmed in any way I would do it. We all know that will never be the case, although sometimes I wish it could be handled so easily.
It is truly horrible what happened last week, but taking assault weapons away or banning high capacity mags is not going to stop anyone from killing another. A gun is only a tool, you try to take it away they'll only find another.
It's funny how some people would rather leave the lives of their children and loved ones in the hands of a police officer that's at best 20-30 minutes away. No thanks I'll do my best to be the one protecting my loved ones.
I've been following the whole deal, probably as much as everybody else, and it sickens me just as much as everybody else. The reactions though just flat piss me off. We've got Senators that have an A listing by the NRA throwing us under the bus, Obama and his cronies stepping on the dead to get up on their soap box to pander to the fear and hurt. And the **** of it is this isn't new, isn't the worst school shooting, it's not the biggest mass murder. But it sure as hell was preventable. Preventable by giving the defenseless either a way to defend themselves or providing defense for them, preventable by society at large saying yes this kid can turn into a problem. Kids that do these things don't come out of nowhere, they don't just flip like a switch, they develop, they ask for help that is never received their parents scream for help and are told "well there's nothing we can do until he commits a crime and is in the system". Then every body wants to be shocked and dismayed when this kid grows into a young man that doesn't know how to cope, even though mom and dad where at their wits end, tried to get help and got turned away.
Folks there was 27 not 26 that didn't need to die that day, but society ignored that one and that turned to many more. I would put money on it that each and every one of us knows 2-3 kids that have the potential to do that kind of harm, these kids need to be engaged, they need to be recognized, it doesn't matter how it' done so much as that it's done with the intention of making a good impression on the kid. I'm not saying that we can stop it all that would be stupid to assume but if you and I can turn one around or help to turn one around, that's one you'll never hear about on the national news.
This pandering done by the politicians in Washington is disgusting, and will do nothing but make matters worse, another gun restriction because the empty retarded ones on the books now work so well.
I have been reading up on some quotes made by our founding fathers. Here's a link to them. I can't agree more with the what those smart sons a bitches understood 230years ago. Gun Related Quotes from the Founding Fathers
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.