My wife found this, and I just had to share it . . .
Kudos to my wife for sending me the link to this article. THANKS!
Here is something I thought was news-worthy. Not the statistics reported, though if you’re paying attention, you probably already new them. No, the thing that is news worthy is that the Washington Post published the article.
For the benefit of readers overseas, there is a political divide over gun rights in the United States. The liberal faction absolutely hates guns, and those who own them, and works tirelessly to eliminate them from our country. The conservative faction sees guns as a matter of personal defense, and the last line of defense against the abuse of power by our elected leaders. Finally, in all honesty, there are the criminals who do not follow any laws, know they will always be able to get/make guns, and unrepentantly do as they please wherever they feel safe from resistance.
The Washington Post is a mostly liberal news publication based in the Washington, DC, area.
So, with that background, you can see why it is worth noticing that the Washington Post ran an article with the headline, “Gun Violence Declining, Except In Gun-Free Zones”.
But, it is also pretty easy to see where the BBC’s opinions fall –
Negotiations are underway in Mexico, even as you read this, to use the UN Small Arms Treaty as a vehicle to give President Obama all the gun-control powers he’s been craving.
If you care about this, please sign a petition aimed at your Congress officials, to pressure them to fight against it.
The Second amendment to the United States Constitution provides:
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.
The history of the Second Amendment indicates that its purposes were to secure to each individual the right to keep and bear arms so that he could protect his absolute individual rights as well as carry out his obligation to assist in the common defense. It is evident that the framers of the Constitution did not intend to limit the right to keep and bear arms to a formal military body or organized militia, but intended to provide for an “unorganized” armed citizenry prepared to assist in the common defense against a foreign invader or a domestic tyrant. This concept of an unorganized, armed citizenry clearly recognized the right, and moreover the duty, to keep and bear arms in an individual capacity.
“The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.” PATRICK HENRY, 3 Elliot, Debates at 386.
“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this 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.” THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William S. Smith, 1787, in S. Padover (Ed.), Jefferson, On Democracy (1939), p. 20.
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” -George Mason, Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
“A free people ought…to be armed…” GEORGE WASHINGTON, speech of Jan. 7, 1790 in the Boston Independent Chronicle, Jan. 14, 1790.
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” ALEXANDER HAMILTON, the Federalist Papers at 184-8
“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … “Thomas Jefferson letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.
“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” Thomas Jefferson
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government-lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Patrick Henry
“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.” TENCH COXE, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” Benjamin Franklin
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”, Thomas Jefferson
“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.” THOMAS JEFFERSON, Encyclopedia of T. Jefferson, 318 (Foley, Ed., 1967).
Also, the liberal article acts as if Supreme Court members have never commented previously on the Amendment:
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”– Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story of the John Marshall Court
“One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.”– Constitutional scholar and Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, 1840
“To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carry a war arm… is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege.”
– Arkansas Supreme Court –1878
… that you are a potential terrorist. More behind the link above.
Whenever gun crimes are perpetrated, liberals love to point the finger of blame at law-abiding gun owners, but a list of mass shooters from the past 20 years proves that they all had one thing in common – and it wasn’t the weapons used.Evidence shows that the common factor in nearly every mass shooting is that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been taking them at one point before committing their crimes.
Multiple credible scientific studies going back more then a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior. One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves. www.ssristories.com is one popular site that has documented…
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Here is something you probably haven’t heard about the debacle in Ferguson, MO, USA.
I am of the firm opinion that this was a totally predictable event. The seeds have been sown since September 11, 2001. It started with the USA Patriot Act. This is what happens when government lawmakers make decisions based on FEAR.
With the deaths of nearly 3000 people on 9/11 our government lawmakers learned that the US was vulnerable. The proof was on every news station, every website, every radio station in the country. The immediate reaction was shock. Every citizen in the country was asking, “How did this happen HERE?”
Our lawmakers went from shock to fear. They feared their own constituents. The prevailing mood in Washington, DC, can best be summarized as, “We need to be seen trying to do something and it needs to be fast! The result was one long series of legislative missteps made under the assumption that “any action is better than no action.” USA Patriot – illegal wire taps – NSA data mining – TSA airport security screening. It was all ineffective, because it was all reactionary.
Now we see on the news yet another by-product of that fear. Local police forces confronting local citizens with military-grade hardware – equipment that was either given or sold to the local police department under the justification that if al-Qaida attacked, we’d need to be ready for an effective, local response anywhere in the country. FEAR. Guess what? That which they feared never happened.
As I’ve said before, it is my considered opinion that any weapon or protective armor that the government can justify equipping the police with should legally be available to all law-abiding citizens. It’s called the 2nd Amendment – which is just as much about enabling us to resist the abuse of power by our own government as it is about hunting or crime.
So, I have a solution for the current problem of police departments having military-grade equipment. Hold a raffle, and give away half of all the equipment they have received from the military to law-abiding citizens. Nobody with a violent crime record would be eligible. Provide the winners with specific training in the safe use of their weapons, along with 10,000 rounds of ammo and a lifetime membership to https://www.frontsight.com/ that covers training/practice on the weapons they win. Then appoint them as the Citizen Militia, and let them worry about protecting their communities from al-Qaida. Let the police go back to doing what they were supposed to do – enforce the local laws.