Pacot: Don’t bid a farewell to arms
Ryan Summerlin January 3, 2013
With every firearm tragedy that occurs the usual gun-control suspects emerge with no new arguments, just the same tired leftist propaganda that the banning of firearms is the answer to all our gun violence woes. I’ve yet to see them successfully defend the real-world statistics of those cities and states with the strictest of gun laws having the highest incidences of murder and assault by firearms, let alone higher rates of rape, assault and robbery all aggravated by the use of a firearm or deadly weapon.
The argument that the Second Amendment was only ever designed for muskets is beyond ludicrous. Those putting forth such uniformed assertions forget to mention that short of cannons, muskets were the cutting-edge technology of the day and that to arm citizens with weaponry equal to that of invading enemies was the aim. But the goal wasn’t only to arm the citizenry against an invading army as evidenced by the following quote:
“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington
When our President and his Secretary of State speak willfully and openly about supporting U.N. treaties that ban small arms it’s not unreasonable to think that these same leftists that eschew the U.S. Constitution and especially the First and Second amendments to it are looking to disarm Americans.
There seems to be a great bit of denial among the progressive left when it comes to the actual ability of local, state and federal entities to actually respond and protect its citizenry. One need only look to recent examples to see that it’s laughable to think in an incidence of any consequence that we will be adequately protected.
Ask those that rode out hurricane Sandy and had nothing but kitchen knives to defend against looters if they believe the strict guns laws of New York and New Jersey made them feel any safer. Ask them if their dependence on local government was sufficient to give them the protection and peace of mind they and their families needed.
Ask those in New Orleans that had their lawful firearms confiscated on orders from Mayor Ray Nagin after Katrina hit if the New Orleans police department was there when armed bands of looters stole from them, threatened and beat them and their family members.
Making it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to purchase firearms for protection due to gun violence tragedies is akin to making it harder for those same Americans to buy cars to help reduce the amount of drunk-driving casualties.
Our problems with violence have very little to do with firearms and more to do with a culture and society that has lost its collective moral compass, sanity, grasp of reality and common sense.
Americans aren’t asking for fully automatic weapons, hand grenades, tanks or artillery pieces; they’re asking for reasonable means to protect themselves and their families.