The gun debate

Since the massacre of 20 school children in Newtown, Connecticut, cold-blooded murder of six teachers and the murder of the killer’s mother, the nation has been in an uproar over gun-rights. The US constitution tells us that every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights, Second Amendment. Why do you suppose this was written into the fabric of our nation?

There has been controversy and debate, off and on, throughout the history of the United States about the ‘right to keep and bear arms’. Some people say that hunting rifles are okay, but assault rifles should be banned. I don’t like the idea of assault rifles myself. However, someone pointed out this fact: If private citizens are not allowed to own assault rifles, what happens when the government begins to take away our other rights, one by one? How will we protect ourselves and our families? Is this even something that could possibly happen?

This nation was formed for and by oppressed people who left England, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, China, Russia and nearly every nation on earth. Our ancestors began a new nation, free from tyranny, oppression, dictatorship and abject poverty. We built this nation (not Obama) after a revolution with the Mother Country, England. It is ignorance and stupidity of the worst kind to believe that it could not happen again, the need to rebel and throw off oppression.

If all the guns were confiscated from every citizen of this country, what would protect us from a government that could just as quickly turn against us as Hitler did upon his people? As long as the citizens own guns, there will be a deterrent to communism.

What about innocent children and adults that are murdered by these guns every day? First point: Innocent children and adults have always been victims of lunatics. There have always been murders in this country. It is a sad fact of life. People have committed murder since recorded history. But wait! Guns haven’t been around since recorded history. Exactly.

Point two: These guns? Whose guns? My guns killed no one. I have owned guns for 40 years and they have murdered no one. They haven’t even killed people who needed killing and believe me, there have been a few. Responsible gun owners don’t murder people. They may kill you if you enter their homes uninvited or you rape their daughters, but that is expected, isn’t it? It should be. It won’t be if we allow the government to take away our guns.

If there is a food shortage and we need to hunt food, what will we use if we have no guns? Yes, I know there are ancient ways to trap animals for food. It is cruel to trap animals, maiming them, leaving them in pain to suffer until you check the trap again. A bullet to the head is quick and painless. Besides, will starving Americans wait patiently while hunters set traps and wait? Have you ever been in the drive-through line at Burger king on a Friday evening when most folks get off from work? They can’t wait patiently without blowing their horns every ten seconds for food that is chemically processed, formed, cooked, put together, throw into a brown bag and thrust out a small window at you in under three minutes from start to finish. Will they wait? Right.

We can choose to live in the fairy cloud of daydreams, what ifs and idealism, but ‘it ain’t happening for real’. Watch your news. Not just one-sided news, watch several different channels, including FOX Network News. See if you detect the creeping takeover by our present government. Yes, I mean Democrats by activism and Republicans by forfeit.

We don’t live in an ideal world. We will never live in an ideal world as long as man lives upon this earth. We may as well get past the idea of Utopia and learn how to live in a world of conflict, greed and power. I don’t know about you, but I feel better with the gun under my pillow than under Obama’s pillow. You can bet he has one.


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