Dangers real and imagined

July 26, 2012

An article by: Leonard Brown

In the wake of the most recent public tragedy, I have observed a phenomenon, one which I would love to say was new. Those who fear an independent public have taken to the microphone to do their best to abridge your rights in some not very new, certainly not creative ways. That’s right. The gun control crowd is waving their flag again, and swearing that it is the fault of Sam Colt that tragedy happens.


It is no great surprise that guns are being blamed for the deaths in Colorado, nor is it a surprise that they are bringing up the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. The first tactic that these people rely on is fear. The preach the downfall of civilization based on the faulty premise that guns are to blame for all murders. Let’s follow that logic. If guns are to blame for all murders, then gasoline is to blame for all arson, banks are the sole reason for robberies, and forest fires only happen because the woods are full of wildlife. This is the obvious conclusion. Just obvious.

The fact is that murder, mayhem and violence have been around since the beginning of time. Before the invention of firearms, man was finding new and creative ways to be rotten to each other. The problem with legislating against the weapons themselves is that it simply does not address the problem. The problem is the people who wield the weapons.  The cold hard fact is this: A handgun is far less dangerous than a junkie breaking into your home. It is, however, sufficient to put an end to the break in. A man or woman that is armed can rid their domicile of would be robbers via threat or commission of violence. Does this automatically make them a criminal? No. Our laws guarantee us the right to defend our lives and property. This is as it should be. The ugly truth that gun control activists do not wish to acknowledge is that an armed populace will see a significant reduction in gun violence, because the harmless victim is no longer harmless.


The argument for gun control legislation just doesn’t stand up to logic, and there is a simple reason for that. There is an extra word in it. You see, gun control legislation has nothing to do with guns and everything to do with control. Your average gun control activist would say this. “Only the police and military should have guns.” Let me point out a startling similarity to this argument.

“German citizens who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA. Ordinary citizens do not need guns as their having guns does not serve the state. ” -Heinrich Himmler

Understand, I am not quoting a Nazi to be inflammatory, but to be informative. I want you to understand the sort of things that happen when we give in to fear, and let the government be our be all, end all, protector. You see, not long after the SS collected the firearms belonging to the citizenry, they brought us Kristallnacht. Following that, they began to pull law abiding citizens out of their home, without fear that these homes were protected. Without fear of reprisal. Without a means to defend themselves, the people began to fear their government.

The second amendment exists so that a government such as the third reich cannot rise to power in America. I make no claims that the Obama administration is, or will become such an atrocity, however, I hold to the firm belief that the right to keep and bear arms is one of the cornerstones of our national foundation. When we give up that right, sooner or later, all others will follow. We, as a nation, cannot allow that to happen.



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