Real safety for children
Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013 23:01
I recently read an article that said that us “gun nuts,” or in my opinion constitutionalists and realists, were too concerned with the “wrong issue.”
It was along the lines of saying we are more worried about protecting our guns rather than “our children, our peace, and the tranquility of the communities of our nation.” I have continued to wonder how this conclusion was drawn because it is quite the contrary. The only reason we fight for our guns is to protect our loved ones, to defend against chaos, and to prevent freedom from being torn from the core of American communities and homes.
I read also a few comments on the Second Amendment itself so let me start there and then we will get to the real facts. Though most know the Second Amendment, here it is just in case:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
To most this is fairly self-explanatory, but to some it seems to still be a topic of debate. First, the U.S. Supreme Court has already determined in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment pertains to citizens, not the military, so I’m going to go ahead and stop that argument there.
It also says in the article that though “we have a Second Amendment” it doesn’t make it right to “ abolish or fight any kind of law that applies to firearms” and they won’t take our guns, but us gun nuts “… will not be able to get any assault weapon at the snap of the finger.”
Now wait just a second. Isn’t it clear in the last part of the Second Amendment that our right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.” I think that wording is clear that any law that prohibits or hinders the right to bear arms is unconstitutional.
There is also the absurd argument that the people of the country have no need for semi-automatic long rifles or large magazines, or that the founding fathers didn’t have weapons like this in mind.
I remind you what the true purpose of the second amendment truly was ... to protect us from tyranny. Tench Coxe the Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress stated, “The militia of these free commonwealths, ENTITLED and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? .... Congress have NO POWER to disarm the militia. Their swords, and EVERY OTHER TERRIBLE IMPLEMENT of the soldier, are the BIRTH-RIGHT of an American .... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
Our Founding Fathers knew that technology changes and knew that for us and our children to be protected, we must have the same weapons of those who govern us, whatever that “terrible implement” may be.
For those claiming tyranny will never happen to us, let’s not forget the Wounded Knee Massacre where the U.S. government killed 290 Native Americans (200 of which were women and children) or the Japanese-American internment camp of the 1940s in which the U.S. government locked away 110,000 Americans as if they were animals.
The article also makes statement on the “absurdity” of more guns equals less crimes, yet has no evidence. I am here to show you how statistics would say more guns do equal less crime.
Look at notorious Chicago, a city that has the strictest gun laws in America.
According to the gun-grabbers, crime should be low there.
Chicago actually has one of the highest violent crime rates and the highest murder rate in America, just from Jan. 1 to Jan. 21 this year, Chicago had already had 31 homicides and 109 people shot.
In contrast to that, let’s look at Kennesaw, Ga., which in 1982 passed a law that required each head of household to keep at least one firearm in the house. The burglary rate dropped 89 percent after that law was put into effect. Today, the violent crime rate in Kennesaw is still 85 percent lower than Georgia’s or the national average. There have only been four shootings since 1982, one accidental and three in “gun-free” zones. They have had a grand total of ZERO murders in 25 years. Note I only use American cities because to compare countries with different cultures is the same as comparing apples and orange.
If you want to use other countries remember that England has the highest violent crime rate in Europe, and it has substantially gotten worse since their gun ban. (If you are going to use other countries you must compare that country to itself.)
If you still say that I don’t care about “our children, our peace, and the tranquility of the communities of our nation,” you must live in your own little world where you can trust our government and believe that once we give up our arms, they will do the same.
It may not be in my lifetime or our children’s lifetime, but if the right to protect ourselves from tyranny is abolished, I promise you that the day will come when future generations will be forced to take up arms to defend their freedom and their lives. So yes, I will do it for my children and their children, their peace and their freedom.
“And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms … The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”