Gun Control- The Bottom Line

Consider the following:

When I posted this to Facebook, it elicited the following response:

“I find it pretty insulting to the men and women of law enforcement and the military when you use this argument. Do you really feel like if the government asked them to they would ever put the average citizen in a situation where they would have to defend themselves with lethal force? If you do, then you have absolutely no respect for our Law Enforcement Officers who have sworn to protect you at home or the Soldiers who have sworn to protect you.
I agree with you for the most part on guns, but I find this particular argument to be despicable, especially coming from someone who are members (or retired members) of the very people that are disrespected statements like these.”

Allow me to retort.

This particular argument is at the heart of the Gun Control issue. I chose the picture used very carefully. I could’ve easily used the military or another SWAT unit. I chose the heroic efforts of the Boston PD to illustrate the power of the STATE. When the city was “locked down” it  hovered on the brink of martial law if not de facto martial law. All that was missing was a warning that violators would be shot. I chose Boston PD because of the stark contrast of the use of Power and the misuse of Power.

The NAVY motto is currently “A Force for Good”. A truly American sentiment for the use of military power.  Another American precedent was that those who wield the power of the State take an oath to defend the Constitution rather than loyalty to any one leader or political party.  That being said, there exists a faction of US that will execute that oath in the face of contrary orders of political leaders.  I point out at this time the fact that many in law enforcement have stated their refusal to enforce any anti-gun legislation. A little, often overlooked trivia about serving our country is that your are never released from your oath.  It is left to the individual to decide how to honor this oath.  The dilemma of the German army in World War Two was the Hitler had the military swear an oath of allegiance to him personally. By name.  While being opposed to the politics of the Party, the military was honor bound to it by their oath.  This was clearly illustrated in the movie “Valkyrie”  with Tom Cruise.

The statement in the picture starts out with “If and I do mean IF the country turns into a police state”.  I wrote that to reject the response above at the outset. Oppression in America will not come about in a bloody revolution as in 1917 Russia.  Liberty in America will die a death of a thousand cuts by leadership wrapped in the Flag.  The Founding Fathers insisted that limits to the power of the state be placed in our Constitution.  The debate was heated.  That’s why the Bill of Rights are amendments to the  Constitution.  “We are not agreeing to this government until safe guards of the individual are in place” sums up the collective opinion. The order of the Rights is not a coincident or result of happenstance.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The  federal government cannot dictate which religion I choose or not to choose to follow.  The first right that the government  cannot revoke is the individual’s right to publicly criticize the action of said government.

Amendment II

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.

Right on its heels, comes the Second Amendment.   It allows for the People to defend the First Right by any means possible., In armed conflict if need be.  Consider the words “shall not be infringed” carefully.  Shall not be, in ANY way infringed. A “well regulated militia” ?  This not the National Guard Please note that the National Guard is used to implement martial law.

It’s the rest of us with guns who will insure the security of a FREE State.

 

in·fringe

/inˈfrinj/
Verb
  1. Actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.): “infringe a copyright”.
  2. Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on: “infringe on his privacy”.

This statement invalidates ANY controls put on the ownership of weapons.  If the State has no limits to weapons, the People SHALL  HAVE THE SAME RIGHT!.  Yes Virginia, it ain’t about duck hunting.  Registration of automatic weapons and handguns are very  infringements the Bill addresses.  This is the Death of a Thousand Cuts I’m talking about.  This is why those in power have a priority to take weapons out of the hands of the People.  Without this recourse, the People have no way to defend their Right to disagree with Government and are forced (Force being the hallmark of a dictatorship) to accept the actions of the government. To quell the rebellion of 1860, the first thing that Lincoln did was revoke the Bill of Rights.

This heroic act of defiance ultimately failed.

So this picture was NOT a show of disrespect to the Boston PD.  But rather a show of respect to those brave officers who exercise the power of the State by executing their oath of office.  That they will not allow the State Police to become the Police State while on their watch.

 

Tell me Again How Bad a Day You’ve Had…

Master Sergeant Raul (Roy) Perez Benavidez

Roy P. Benavidez- Soldier, Patriot, Badass of the First Order.  The Medal of Honor he was awarded is just part of Roy’s story.  He spent his “retirement” touring the world as a motivational speaker inspiring all but especially children to stay in school, stay off of drugs and get an education.  Although hailed as a Hero, Benavidez said that the future leaders of America, the children who now stay in school and off of drugs are the real heroes.

In 2001, Hasbro Toys issued the first Hispanic G.I. Joe in the image of Benavidez.  Roy joined only three  others so honored.   William “The Refrigerator” Perry of the Chicago Bears, Space Shuttle Astronaut Robert Crippen and US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306)

Named in his honor, USNS Benavidez is one of Military Sealift Command’s nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 17 ships in Military Sealift Command’s Sealift Program Office.

Now take 25 minutes out of your day to listen to the man himself.  Share it with anyone you know who’s struggling.  Share it with a child you Love.

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Citation to Accompany the Award
of
The Medal of Honor
to
Ssgt Roy P. Benavidez


Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction, but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching the team’s position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head. Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members. He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team’s position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the enemy’s fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader’s body, Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment, the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed. Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds, Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire, he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy’s fire and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land. His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from behind by an enemy soldier. In the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, he sustained additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary.[3][note 1] He then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez’ gallant choice to join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army. [4]

Fort Houston, Texa

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