The morning of the Las Vegas massacre, I awoke about 5:45. The wife was still snoozing so I dared not turn on the television. I opened an Ipad and it was then I learned of the carnage. Two thoughts came to me immediately – our son lives in Vegas and he is a Jason Aldean fan. I stumbled out of bed lunging for a phone. It seemed the phone rang forever until finally a groggy “hello.” He was safe! Relief poured though me – our family was one of the fortunate again.
At just about the exact same time all that was happening, Hillary Clinton was also up and tweeting. To quote her verbatim: “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get. Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.
Put politics aside, eh, Hillary? Although I have never fired an AR-15, it is my understanding a silencer does little to squelch the sound of that gun, making her initial statement blatantly false. It was her last sentence that contained the “meat” of her real intent, and the one for which she really wanted to broadcast, all grief concern aside. This would be a good time to go back and read it again.
If the NRA is the problem and gun control was the answer, then why are innocent people getting mowed down on a regular basis on the south and west sides of Chicago? Chicago has long had the toughest gun control laws in the country, and still makes it near impossible to buy legally. Children are getting killed as they sit on their porches, or watching television in their living room! Does Hillary think if she passes tougher gun controls that somehow the gangs are going to start obeying the laws? And where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, BLM, or the NAACP on helping to clean up the streets for those unfortunate folks?
What is next, banning automobiles? – they kill more people per year than guns. After that are we going after knives? In 2014, the latest statistics, 1,567 people were stabbed to death. Another 658 were beat to death and 89 victims were strangled – what are we going to do about the use of hands? How about spoons – I’m digging my own grave with a spoon and a pint of ice cream regularly. Should we ban spoons too?
But Hillary is not alone – Liberals came out of the woodwork, again, after the Vegas shooting. You see, with the Left-Leaners, it is not about guns…it is about control. Hillary said something nearly identical on October 1, 2015 after the Umpqua Community College shootings, making political hay while the gun was still warm. Everything about the liberal elites is about control. Control banks, control healthcare, control guns, control education…the list goes on and on. They think they can do it better than us. All this control requires more bureaucracy to govern and pretty soon, the people that are supposed to be working for us now control us. Pretty much describes my interpretation of Socialism. Oh, you say, this country would never go for something like Socialism. Yeah, well explain Bernie Sanders voters.
The right to bear arms is a 2nd Amendment Right. It was put there to protect me and you from the government - both our own and foreign. One of the very first items on the agenda of any self-respecting dictator is to remove the guns from the citizenry. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Castro are just a few examples, and the Left is content to ignore this historical fact, thus dooming us to repeating it.
Just the licensed hunters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia comprise the largest standing army in the world...and they haven’t shot anybody. There are 13.7 million registered hunters in the US and 5 times more registered gun owners than hunters. For the numerically-challenged, that would be 68.5 million of us. Is it any wonder no other country will attack us?
If the Left were to be successful with doing away with the 2nd Amendment, the criminal element and foreign dictators are not going to comply, leaving the rest of us unprotected. And the absolute hypocrisy of it all…Hillary has around-the-clock armed bodyguards.
As Clint Eastwood said in the movie Dirty Harry, “I have a very strict policy on gun control. If there is a gun around, I want to be the one controlling it.”