Our President said in response to a question, that while Putin may be leading in Syria, He, President Obama is leading on climate change. He did not mention his evident current leadership on gun control but we doubt many would challenge his claim for that.
The first casualty of the gun control crusade is as usual in things political, truth. The overriding truth ignored on all sides stems from the writings of American Founders: The second Constitutional Amendment is not to provide us self – defense, though that is a result. No one seems willing to mention the fact, but we have protected gun rights as a follow – on to the provision in the Declaration of Independence that assumes for us the right to, if we are offended by our government, change it for another. We have rights to guns so that our government will never feel that it can ignore our wishes. And that is of course, why our government dearly wishes to confiscate our guns. On this issue, all else is secondary.
Of course, government does not wish to acknowledge that, so it downplays the Declaration of Independence and keeps the gun debate on self-defense vs. murder prevention. And it perverts the numbers, as you know if you have followed the link above. (And you can keep your doctor …)
Our politicians are, by this tactic, painted into a corner that prevents their addressing real, serious issues in much need of attention, a price of hypocrisy. Paid of course, by us rather than by the politicians.
One single stand – out factor among our recent mass shooters has been that they are nutcases. Less attention is paid to the fact that they have often shared the same prescribed medication, one that is now under suspicion for negative psychological effects. But as worrying about that weakens the ant-gun push, it tends to be ignored.
Historically, we locked up nutcases regarded as dangerous. That was thought too expensive so they were all turned loose with medications to keep them from killing people. But the meds have side effects that annoy the patients, who often stop taking them as a result. Many of the recent mass shooters have been on these meds. Supposedly. But that takes the spotlight off the guns, so we don’t want to hear of it .
There is also a “Reality Sucks” factor in this. Our species has and continues to have a percentage of dangerous nuts who continue to kill their quota of innocents, one way or another. Famously “Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks …” Deja vu all over again …
We couldn’t afford to lock up our nuts; now we are deciding whether we can afford not to lock them up. Or whatever. But we are keeping this debate out of sight to serve the governments’s anti-gun agenda. What sort of decision is likely from that?
This is an old issue, our Founders knew well what they did for that reason. Medieval serfs caught with a sword were condemned along the same lines. Now, our master want us unarmed and amenable. That alone ought to be frightening … but one recalls: “The Silence of the Lambs … ”
Demonization of guns continues with the coining of the term: “Assault rifle.” A rifle of any purpose is a long tube with a hole at one end, from which a bullet issues. For purposes of the anti – gun crowd, some must be more evil than others; in fact, all are neutral. Various designs suit various uses better or worse. Those that are more likely to help citizens hold off the government are those most equated with evil by the governors. The difference is really only a matter of caliber and magazine capacity as most guns now fire repeatedly.
The government, unchecked, would cut us back to single shot, black powder dueling pistols for a year or two, and then, to squirt guns. This drive will wax and wane but it will never disappear; it is the nature of government to demand unresisting citizens. And on the day that said citizens stop resisting, that is what the government will have attained.