Guess what? There is a debate about gun control. It is going on right now. Pro-gun folks are saying “You let me have my guns, or I’ll shoot you.” Anti-gun folks are saying “Surrender your right to guns or I’ll stab you with a knife”.
Today the President dove straight into the group of gum-flappers with his proposed edicts about gun control. Of course, as usual, the President was speaking out on an issue without concern for its impact or relevance in the future.
President Obama has fallen on his face several time in the past four years when the issue of gun control came up. He has had many opportunities to share his views of the importance of this issue. Yet, for all intents and purposes he shied away from the issue. Yet, today it is a serious and significant issue for this president. Why?
Because it is an opportunity to be personally popular while showing no personal substance as a human being. If this is an issue today…it was an issue last year,…and ten years ago. Yet, he and many others in Washington DC suddenly decide that today is the day to make a stand. Or, in other words, today is the day to flap their gums. And, whether readers agree or not the FACT is that they are grandstanding.
Let’s examine a limited list of serious issues about gun control, beyond the significant one noted above.
Years ago, when I was young and getting started, some slob (no exaggeration-she was a true blubber butt) walked into an all-night market I was working at. She fired her 22 caliber rifle directly at me. Fortunately for me, she left a hole the size of the Grand Canyon in the wall behind me…rather than in me. There was a German-made Luger under the counter. The Luger is a semi-automatic weapon. I was able to place my hand on the pistol and aim it directly at the robber, that without provocation fired at me first. Now, why am I bringing this personal survival story to light?
Is a 22 caliber rifle an assault weapon? Not in the eyes of anyone that really knows anything about guns.
I share with you the perspective of one who has stared into the hole, two inches beside his ear, in the wall that results from such a rifle. It IS an assault weapon. It is a damn scary assault weapon.
Here is the point. It is impossible to define an assault weapon. The fact is that the German Luger, by presidential definition, was more of an assault weapon than the one fired at me. Somewhere, in some realm, the assailant understands that her aggression was the assault weapon, which just wasn’t smart to use.
It is the circumstances that define the weapon as an assault weapon. The punk that threatened me with a knife a hundred years ago, somewhere near Baltimore, when I was a teenager understands, just as I do, that circumstances define what an assault weapon is. I am not a tough guy, and never have been one, but I sometimes wonder if that punk grandfather ever explains to his punk grandchildren how he got that scar across his face.
Ok, enough on that point. Suffice it to say, any weapon is an assault weapon…in the wrong circumstances.
Now onward to my second point.
I stand firmly on my protections under the 18th amendment to the Constitution. This amendment was ratified in only one year and one month. However, the 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment…in less time than it took to pass the 18th (288 days).
A group of alarmists, similar to Barack Obama, persuaded several states to support the 18th amendments in stomping on the liberties of people who sinned differently than they did. If you are not aware of what happened the 18th restricted the legal sale of intoxicating drinks (similar to Michelle Obama’s efforts to restrict the sale of non-intoxicating soft drinks). The 21st amendment repealed this restriction on civil liberties. Why?
The major reason is because so many people enjoyed drinking intoxicating drinks. Ultimately, the silly 18th amendment led to substantial increases in the use of intoxicating drinks on the “black market”. The black market led to an unprecedented increase and growth rate in organized crime. It led to a substantial increase in alcohol poisoning through use of “moonshine” manufactured intoxicating drinks.
Here is the conclusion. Is anyone, other than Barack Obama and his fools in Congress, actually convinced that illegal usage of “assault weapons” will go away? The right to own guns is an American institution that no degree of legislation will ever altar. The only thing this silliness by the president will foster is a larger “black market” for guns. History is the proof.
Now, going beyond simple historic evidence there is another reality that exists here. There are so many weapons already in society, including “assault weapons”, that those guns will be available for several decades, maybe even centuries. The only difference is the price will go up and the most violent will have access to these weapons.
Barack Obama and is gang in the senate need to come into the real world. The more he tightens his grip on the throats of good people in America, the more violent people will slip through his finger and assault the innocent.