"Reasonable" Gun Control Laws?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
First allow me to try and clear something up.
The Second Amendment does not grant US citizens the right to own and bear arms. It recognizes that right, already granted by God, and makes darn sure the government KNOWS they (the government) cannot tamper with it.
Problems is -- modern government is not nearly as smart as those first American politicians (though they THINK they are) and modern politicians are hell-bent on subjecting every American to the yoke of government -- just like the government burden of King George from which our forefathers went to war to free us.
Whenever a left-wing, liberal/progressive politician begins to speak of "common sense" gun regulation, there is a near audible gasp from Americans coast to coast. The reason? Common sense is in extremely short supply among the political practitioners of the political left. It is one of the characteristics that marks them, sets them apart, sanctifies them, for the world to recognize. There simply is NO COMMON SENSE amongst them.
When they use "common sense' and "reasonable" in referring to gun control laws then you know it is time to hide your guns (as many Americans are busily doing today).
"Reasonable," to the political left, is defined as: agreeing -- totally -- with them. Period.
One shudders when the left raises the suggestion of common sense gun control laws.
Immediately one is wary because clear thinking Americans, that is to say -- those American who actually think with their minds and judgment unclouded by the emotions of the political left -- already know that no gun control laws are needed in the first place.
Try as I might, I simply cannot get a grasp on the left's definition of common sense. So little of it is displayed by them, that it is difficult to form an opinion based on the left's context.
However, judging from their overall performance one would have to say, I believe, that common sense to the left, simply means allowing the government, which they believe is far superior to the individual, to control one's life from cradle to grave -- and -- that would include making sure we don't hurt ourselves with our guns.
Yeah, I know. In sensibility it ranks right up there with a mother demanding that her child go nowhere near the water until he learns to swim. But then, who among us, other than those on the political left, think sensibility had any part in the major screw-ups the left has given this country down through the decades?
"Oh, but their intentions were good!" Right! And the road to Hell is paved with them. Plus -- the patchwork on that road is made from "unintended consequences."
Look. Any sensible human being inherently knows that taking guns away from people will not stop people from killing other people. There are lots of other weapons available for dispatching one's fellowman. If one is not readily available for you -- you simply produce your own.
You may recall that in the event that took three thousand American lives on 9-11 not a single firearm was employed -- not one.
In some cases not even gun powder is required -- as in the Oklahoma City domestic terrorist attack.
Do you realize that a good crossbow can put a bolt into the engine block of an automobile? And they are deadly accurate. Is that not a powerful enough weapon?
The point is -- Americans are going to be armed -- period.
Of course when one bothers to clear some of the smoke from the hot air surrounding the debate one quickly learns that common sense gun control is not about protecting the American citizens from other American citizens, it is about protecting the American GOVERNMENT from American citizens who, finally, having had enough, MIGHT (one day) decide to dump them and replace them with a truly constitutional government. THAT is what they are afraid of. THAT and THAT alone.
I fear that with an Obama 2.0 America is going to get gun control. So far as I am concerned -- that is a given. Obama's henchmen have, I feel certain, ascertained how to use Presidential Executive Orders to saddle the American people with gun control. I believe it as surely as I believe the sun will rise in the morning. (Actually, I believe in Obama's power-grab more than I believe in tomorrow's sunrise!)
At this point, one has to wonder how Obama's Civilian National Security Force is coming along. I ask because -- it is they who will be charged with the confiscation of America's guns. Too many members of the US military, you see, take their oath to protect the constitution seriously, and the same applies to police officers across America. For that reason Obama cannot rely upon them to snatch their neighbor's weapons.
As I observe the power plays going on in our nations' seat of government -- and -- as their agenda becomes more and more apparent, I find that I am beginning to FINALLY understand the French Revolution for the first time. (Look it up. You'll understand.)
And, finally, I believe I am beginning to understand what motivated Samuel Adams, (John Adams' second cousin) one of this republic's founders.
America is quickly approaching a decision point at which American citizens are going to have to decide between slavery to the state and maintaining their freedom and the republic. What will you do? What will you decide?
I suggest you begin thinking, seriously, about that before you are blind-sided when your door is kicked-in at 3 o'clock one morning in the not too distant future.
J. D. Longstreet