The blood from the victims of Parkland Florida High School had barely congealed when Liberals, Congressman, and Hollywood elitists started bellowing, yet again, to abolish the 2nd Amendment Rights of other Americans. This time, they were not even apologetic about their timing, imploring somebody to do something right now to stop those evil gun owners from wreaking carnage on their idyllic Utopia. Predictably, NY Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Cuomo even managed to make hay by somehow attaching the Parkland atrocity to President Trump.
OK, Mr. or Ms. Left Leaning Gun Control Advocate, you want us to give up our Second Amendment Right, what Right are you going to give up? How about we trade our Second for your First Amendment Right? By doing so, us 2nd Amendment Supporter’s don’t have to listen to your thoughts anymore because you no longer have the right to express them. We can further shut down liberal thought by censoring the media, and you can’t protest any more either. Additionally, you will go to the church where we tell you to go to.
And hey, you politicians and Hollywood zealots, no more armed bodyguards either!
Would this be a deal? Silly, isn’t it? Why should anyone be coerced into giving up a right he or she has been bestowed by the Constitution? Many of our citizens have given their very lives to protect and preserve those rights.
With apologies to the families of the victims of the Florida shooting, as well as all the other shootings, it is time for those who believe in the 2nd Amendment to stop trying to understand and appease those who would take away our guns. They are to be ignored, and we should demand the media stop fanning those flames. Until the anti-gun mob tell us what Right they are willing to give up, the conversation should be over.
I realize it seems easy for me to say, having never lost a loved one to a tragedy as horrific as an attack on a school or workplace. And there are those that believe I would look at it differently if I had experienced the pain. I bet there are even those reading this wishing I would get a dose of that horror. But they would be wrong. And for the record, I have lost a loved one tragically, and not one time did I demand all Ford Mustangs be banned.
You see, I understand, and passionately believe, that the horrific events are risks we must take. Our personal liberty and the RIGHT to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government is synonymous with our freedom, and is part of what makes us the envy of the world. There are just too many examples throughout history of governments trampling the rights of people, slowly at first, and eventually leading to complete control. If you don’t believe that, look just 90 miles from our shore at Cuba. Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it, and I don’t intend on being a victim.
Yes, there may be other actions we can take. For a brief time, I even considered the thought of why a private citizen needs an AR-15, and considered conceding on that issue – banning them from the public. But then I recalled that once a control is put in place, it becomes a stepping stone to the next control that will need to be put in place after the next terrible incident. A bump stock here, an AR-15 there, and pretty soon we find ourselves without guns, and the government owns us. I assure you that politicians, even here in the good ‘ol US of A, are not above grabbing all the power from us they can.
For one solution, I saw an idea about taking unemployed veterans or retired policeman and giving them jobs patrolling schools. Why can’t they, or an existing constabulary, be stationed at every school? And, I think it is a better idea than trying to teach firearms to teachers or school administrators – that is not what those people signed up for when they applied to be educators. Over time, every deranged individual with a chip on his shoulder will know when they show up in a rage to pick off innocent victims there will be someone there shooting back. School shootings will plummet and liberals can then go back to feeling “safe” again.
No citizen of this country should be willing to give up one inch of their personal freedoms for the sake of somebody else’s perception of safety.