Let’s talk guns.
My friends, just ask yourselves a question…if you are awakened in the middle of the night with someone breaking into your home, threatening your family, do you want to be armed or not? It’s been proven, time and time and again, that a good guy with a gun can, and does, keep the crime rate down. As has been stated many times before, the United States Constitution gives you the right to own a gun…it doesn’t specify what type of gun, how many rounds it can hold or how you have to store it…all of that has been determined, and argued about, in the individual states.
When there is a mass shooting, why does the other side blame the gun? If the gun was dangerous by itself, it would be shooting people by itself…but it needs someone to hold it and pull the trigger. The gun is not the problem, the person holding and using it is the problem, and more often than not, they’ve got a screw loose somewhere.
It is apparent to me, based on the idiotic things that the Muslim-in-Chief has said, what members of his administration have said and what members of Congress have said, that they have little or no knowledge of firearms. You, a private citizen, are to be denied your Constitutional right to own a gun because “they” don’t want you to have one. “They”, however are probably being guarded by armed personnel…so where’s the logic in that? Does that mean that they value their own lives above yours or mine? I certainly don’t agree with that concept.
“An armed society is a polite society.” This from Robert Heinlein, a prominent science-fiction writer and the author of Starship Troopers. The point being made here is that bad guys are less likely to pick on someone to rob, to mug, invade their home or car-jack if they know or suspect that the potential victim is armed. Gun-free zones are what they like best because there’s very little, or no, chance that someone will be shooting back at them. Gun-free zones should be renamed to “killing zones”, and you needn’t give me any crap about how it would turn into the Wild West, because it hasn’t, and won’t.
Buying a gun legally is done along strict lines set up by the federal government. In every case, there’s a form to fill out, which goes to the FBI and they make a background check on the purchaser. Almost any little thing that pops up can cause the buyer to be disqualified, so “enhancing” background checks is a non-starter because they’re already doing that. Once a person applies for a concealed carry permit, the background check is even deeper and, once again, anything that pops up could cause the buyer to be rejected.
You might think that having that permit entitles you to do all sorts of things, but you’d be wrong. You cannot let the weapon be seen, that’s called brandishing. You cannot even let the outline of the weapon be seen, that’s call imprinting. Both of these, depending upon the state in which you live, could be cause for cancellation of your concealed carry permit. Carrying a weapon is a responsibility that one should not take lightly. If you have one weapon, it’s recommended that you get to know it very well.
Find a shooting range and go there about twice a month, minimum, and shoot 50 rounds or so through the weapon. In a situation where it’s life or death, you don’t want to be fumbling or wondering about ANYTHING concerning that weapon.
At a town hall event at La Progressiva Presbyterian School in Miami, Florida, Jeb Bush stated, “The federal government shouldn’t be involved in gun laws. The country is very different.” Bush added,
If you go to a rural area where guns are a part of the culture, to impose laws from Washington that are going to work for New York City, or work in a rural area, makes no sense. Historically when this happens, the 99.9 percent of the cases of people using guns for their private pursuits, using them legally, their rights get restricted, and it doesn’t solve the problems of these isolated sad tragic cases.
“A free people ought to be armed.”– George Washington, first president of the United States. “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”– Benjamin Franklin, publisher of Poor Richard’s Almanac and early American statesman. “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”– Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Three men, visionaries in their own right, who set down on paper a proper course for the nation to travel. I believe, with all my heart, that they would be appalled to see the furor over gun control going on now and, as I’ve said many, many times before, this is not about gun control…this is about womb-to-tomb control of your life.
Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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