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.

 

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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.

 

How to Really Protect Our Schools

In 1975, New York state alone had over 80. In 1984, there were only 65 nationwide.  By 1999 there were only 26.  What were they? Shooting clubs at schools.

In 2007, a Wisconsin mother was appalled to discover a shooting range in the basement of her child’s school.  Although unused for years, she sued the school district to “re-purpose” the area.  She won.

Before the national  implementation of the “Zero Tolerance Gun Policy”in 1989, shootings at schools usually had one or two victims. Most of them from accidents.    For decades, there were none at all.  This is weird because the kids were packing.  High Schools had rifle teams and shooting clubs.  Student routinely toted them around campus.  In many cases they were stored in the gym.  Not for safety, but because they were heavy to lug around.  Up until the ’70s, especially in rural areas, it was commonplace to see kids entering and leaving their school campuses with rifle bags slung lazily over their backs. Guns were left in school lockers, and rifles and shotguns were routinely seen in high-school parking lots, hanging in the rear windows of pickup trucks.

Setting aside his BB gun at the age of 10 or twelve.  It was a right of passage for a youngster to get his first rifle.  Gun safety and shooting skills were past from father to son ( and more often than you think, daughter).

   I got a BB gun for my 10th birthday.  At 12, I held a real weapon for the first time.  It was at Boy Scout summer camp at Camp Pico Blanco, California.  I was going for the Rifle and Shotgun Merit Badge..  Our instructor was a serving Army NCO and was assisted by a PFC.  In Air Force basic training I realized that I had received the same marksmanship course in summer camp.  In Basic Training it was with the M-16.  In the Boy Scouts it was with the 22 caliber semi-automatic.The shotgun was a 410.

BSA Rifle-Range-1977. This wasn’t me, but our range looked identical.

 

 

Click to enlarge. Where have these values gone?

Some have called for armed guards in schools or maybe pistol packing teachers.  How about arming the children again?  Not only with weapons, but arming them with respect of firearms.  Safety engrained into them.  Full knowledge that they hold Life and Death in their hands and not some fairy tale notion that video games give them now.

I took my boys to the range when they were ten and eight.  My daughter starting shooting at seven.  Every time I hand her a loaded pistol we have a ceremony. I hold out the weapon and ask The Question.  “What is this?” Before she is allowed to take it in hand she must answer, “This is Life and Death in my hands.”  She is well drilled on safety.

  • Always treat a weapon as if it is loaded.
  • Always point it in a safe direction.
  • Release the safety only when ready to shoot.
  • Always check to see if the chamber is clear when receiving a weapon or handing to another person.

Her aim is pretty good and she will soon be learning the “Double Tap”. She also is taught, when threatened, to scream “I FEAR FOR MY LIFE!!” and then empty the magazine.