So the NRA has called for Saturday the 19th of January 2013 to be a “Gun Appreciation Day.” I for one, plan on joining in to send the message to those political dimwits in D.C. that we have our freedoms and we will not surrender them easily.
Consider for a moment this question. Why do we have a Second Amendment? What purpose does it serve?
Consider this. In April of 1775 on orders from the Crown the British Army marched out to seize the weapons and ammunition at Lexington and Concord from their post in Boston. The colonials rallied and fought back. It is considered to be the start of the American Revolutionary War.
But why did the Crown order the weapons and ammunition seized? After all the British Army was far larger than anything the Colonials could muster. The British Navy was the largest and most powerful in the world at that time. So why send troops to take the weapons?
Simple! Because that is the first move a tyrant makes. It’s the “go to” play in their book. Think about it for a moment. If they seized the all of the weapons and ammunition, they did get some of it that the colonists couldn’t remove in time, what would the colonials have to fight with?
The Second Amendment is not the only one to come from the experience of the Founding Fathers in that time.
Take the Third Amendment which states, “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” So we can thank them for the fact we aren’t responsible for feeding and housing troops in our homes.
The First, through arguably the eleventh amendments were all designed to keep the tyranny of the Crown from taking root here in America. We cannot begin to thank the brave men, and women, who fought, died, suffered and struggled so we can have freedom enough for what they did.
On this issue a large majority of Americans can agree with ease. We remember them and what they did every 4th of July. Well that is what it is supposed to be about anyway, we turned it into a day of drinking and picnics and seem to have forgotten what it all really meant, what we should pause to remember.
But that isn’t surprising really. We have lost sight of a lot of the principals that made this nation great and unique in the world.
Freedom of speech for example. Today the media, at least the majority of it, feel they have the right to say anything they wish, but argue with what they say and you do not know what you are talking about. The freedom of speech extends only to them in their eyes.
Now we have a “debate” about the Second Amendment. That’s rather amusing to me. A “debate” is what we are having? Hmmmm Let us examine that shall we.
A “Debate” is defined as, a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints.
Wow, well then a debate is a public discussion? Is that what we are having? Seems to me like we have a whole lot of folks talking, not no one is listening. Doesn’t sound like much of a discussion to me? Sounds more like a lot of yapping. White noise some might call it.
The discussion about “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” at first made me laugh; now it just makes me nauseous.
Let’s check the definition of “Criminal.”
http://www.merriam-webster.com Defines a Criminal as; “one who has committed a crime.”
And it defines Crime as; “an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law.”
So having established that let’s think for a moment on what events have led us to this so called “debate” shall we?
There have been a few mass shooting events in the past couple of years.
20 April 1999 – Columbine, Colorado. 2 teens entered the High School and murdered a total of 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional students, with three other people being injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair then committed suicide.
- December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts killed 2 people and himself with a stolen rifle in Clackamas Town Center, Oregon. His motive is unknown.
- September 27, 2012. Five were shot to death by 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, MN. Three others were wounded. Engeldinger went on a rampage after losing his job, ultimately killing himself.
- August 5, 2012. Six Sikh temple members were killed when 40-year-old US Army veteran Wade Michael Page opened fire in a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Four others were injured, and Page killed himself.
- July 20, 2012. During the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO, 24-year-old James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58. Holmes was arrested outside the theater.
- May 29, 2012. Ian Stawicki opened fire on Cafe Racer Espresso in Seattle, WA, killing 5 and himself after a citywide manhunt.
- April 6, 2012. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, shot 5 black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in racially motivated shooting spree. Three died.
- April 2, 2012. A former student, 43-year-old One L. Goh killed 7 people at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA. The shooting was the sixth-deadliest school massacre in the US and the deadliest attack on a school since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.
- February 27, 2012. Three students were killed by Thomas “TJ” Lane, another student, in a rampage at Chardon High School in Chardon, OH. Three others were injured.
- October 14, 2011. Eight people died in a shooting at Salon Meritage hair salon in Seal Beach, CA. The gunman, 41-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai, killed six women and two men dead, while just one woman survived. It was Orange County’s deadliest mass killing.
- September 6, 2011. Eduardo Sencion, 32, entered an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, NV and shot 12 people. Five died, including three National Guard members.
- January 8, 2011. Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head when 22-year-old Jared Loughner opened fire on an event she was holding at a Safeway market in Tucson, AZ. Six people died, including Arizona District Court Chief Judge John Roll, one of Giffords’ staffers, and a 9-year-old girl. 19 total were shot. Loughner has been sentenced to seven life terms plus 140 years, without parole.
- August 3, 2010. Omar S. Thornton, 34, gunned down Hartford Beer Distributor in Manchester, CT after getting caught stealing beer. Nine were killed, including Thornton, and two were injured.
- November 5, 2009. Forty-three people were shot by Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan at the Fort Hood army base in Texas. Hasan reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar!” before opening fire, killing 13 and wounding 29 others.
- April 3, 2009. Jiverly Wong, 41, opened fire at an immigration center in Binghamton, New York before committing suicide. He killed 13 people and wounded 4.
- March 29, 2009. Eight people died in a shooting at the Pinelake Health and Rehab nursing home in Carthage, NC. The gunman, 45-year-old Robert Stewart, was targeting his estranged wife who worked at the home and survived. Stewart was sentenced to life in prison.
- February 14, 2008. Steven Kazmierczak, 27, opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, killing 6 and wounding 21. The gunman shot and killed himself before police arrived. It was the fifth-deadliest university shooting in US history.
- February 7, 2008. Six people died and two were injured in a shooting spree at the City Hall in Kirkwood, Missouri. The gunman, Charles Lee Thornton, opened fire during a public meeting after being denied construction contracts he believed he deserved. Thornton was killed by police.
- December 5, 2007. A 19-year-old boy, Robert Hawkins, shot up a department store in the Westroads Mall in Omaha, NE. Hawkins killed 9 people and wounded 4 before killing himself. The semi-automatic rifle he used was stolen from his stepfather’s house.
- April 16, 2007. Virginia Tech became the site of the deadliest school shooting in US history when a student, Seung-Hui Choi, gunned down 56 people. Thirty-two people died in the massacre.
- February 12, 2007. In Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square Mall, 5 people were shot to death and 4 others were wounded by 18-year-old gunman Sulejman Talović. One of the victims was a 16-year-old boy.
- October 2, 2006. An Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, PA was gunned down by 32-year-old Charles Carl Roberts, Roberts separated the boys from the girls, binding and shooting the girls. 5 young girls died, while 6 were injured. Roberts committed suicide afterward.
- March 25, 2006. Seven died and 2 were injured by 28-year-old Kyle Aaron Huff in a shooting spree through Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. The massacre was the worst killing in Seattle since 1983.
- March 21, 2005. Teenager Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend before opening fire on Red Lake Senior High School, killing 9 people on campus and injuring 5. Weise killed himself.
- March 12, 2005. A Living Church of God meeting was gunned down by 44-year-old church member Terry Michael Ratzmann at a Sheraton hotel in Brookfield, WI. Ratzmann was thought to have had religious motivations, and killed himself after executing the pastor, the pastor’s 16-year-old son, and 7 others. Four were wounded.
- July 8, 2003. Doug Williams, a Lockheed Martin employee, shot up his plant in Meridian, MS in a racially-motivated rampage. He shot 14 people, most of them African American, and killed 7 before killing himself.
- December 26, 2000. Edgewater Technology employee Michael “Mucko” McDermott shot and killed seven of his coworkers at the office in Wakefield, MA. McDermott claimed he had “traveled back in time and killed Hitler and the last 6 Nazis.” He was sentenced to 7 consecutive life sentences.
- September 15, 1999. Larry Gene Ashbrook opened fire on a Christian rock concert and teen prayer rally at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX. He killed 7 people and wounded 7 others, almost all teenagers. Ashbrook committed suicide.
- July 29, 1999. Mark Orrin Barton, 44, murdered his wife and two children with a hammer before shooting up two Atlanta day trading firms. Barton, a day trader, was believed to be motivated by huge monetary losses. He killed 12 including his family and injured 13 before killing himself.
Adding in the 27 killed in Newtown, CT where a demented individual apparently killed his mother with her own gun, before taking others and killing 26 more people including children ages 5 and six, we get a total of 245 killed.
Two Hundred and Forty Five! That certainly is a high number, none can argue that.
Now take into account that is from April of 1999 December 11, 2012, over a decade of incidents. In one year, just one, the city of Chicago had 500 gun related murders. Five Hundred in one year!
Let us take a moment here to do basic math, something “Liberals” hate. 500 in one year minus 245 over a decade. And we get 255.
255 more people killed in Chicago in one year than all the above mass shootings combined. Amazing since according to the left gun control saves lives.
Chicago which has some of the toughest gun laws on the books today. So many and so tough that it should by the left’s reasoning be the safest city in America. And yet more people died in one year. So how is that gun control working?
Now we hear that the supreme ruler, Lord Emperor Obama will act without Congress and by “Executive Order” to do what he feels is right about the gun issue.
“Gun Appreciation Day” sounds like a good thing and a needed thing today, more than before. Maybe more than any time since our founding fathers took up arms under threat of death from the Crown.
Write to Congress. Tell them to take action if the President decides he will act all on his own. Write and pass legislation to counteract his decrees from on high.
Write to Governors and State Legislature. Tell them to oppose any royal mandates.
Let them and the world know that the Constitution STILL means something and we still support it. Still respect it and still cherish it.
Let them know we will not give it up without a fight. That we will stand and let it be known we will not quit.