Congress: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
States: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
I’m not sure what is so hard about reading and understanding The 2nd Amendment, but it seems we have a lot of politicians that have the inability to read and clearly understand their job responsibility to Americans, an irresponsibility of leadership that has now engaged a Nation in one of the biggest most important debates of 2013. With so many difficulties in reading the 2nd Amendment Americans are now being slammed with an enormous amount of viewpoints from many different politicians and gun experts.
The Political Viewpoint:
Across the country politicians are talking about gun control and implementing laws that could have a ripple effect on millions of Americans. Why do politicians want to violate American’s 2nd Amendment Rights?
The 2nd Amendment, as my friend Jim Huffman has mentioned, is to allow Americans to protect themselves against the government. Therefore I can’t figure out how the government has the right to restrict any type of gun owners but the system has been moving forward with both pro-gun ownership and anti-gun ownership from the East Coast to the West Cost as listed below:
Connecticut: “New law will create the nation’s first dangerous-weapon offender registry and ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds.”
Maryland: “As it’s written now, SB 281 would ban future sales of most assault weapons, gun buyers would be required to provide fingerprints to get a handgun license and people with mental illnesses would have a more difficult time buying guns.”
Georgia: “Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants”
Kentucky: “The one-page bill deems unenforceable federal bans on gun ownership and registration. It specifically mentions semiautomatic firearms and their magazines”
Oregon: “Requires criminal background checks before guns can be transferred between private parties”
House Bill 3200 “Creates crime of unlawful possession or transfer of assault weapon or large capacity magazine. Punishes by maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both. Requires current owners to dispose of or register assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Directs Department of State Police to conduct background checks and maintain registry of assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Declares emergency, effective on passage” With all the debate continuing on a daily basis and the passage of new laws everything on this topic has begun to overwhelm Americans. The ability to analyze what exactly is going on is impossible, as the polls from Rasmussen reflect:
51% Think Background Checks for Gun Buyers Will Not Reduce Violent Crime
53% Favor Background Checks for Existing Gun Owners
57% Think Enforcing Current Gun Laws More Important Than Creating New Laws
The massive information overload continues with an emotional gun control plea done by President Obama’s passionate appeal for Americans to create change after Connecticut went off without a hitch but I don’t think his passion really was evident for most Americans.
Why? I don’t think the President showed any real emotions or concerns for what most Americans think. He was once again appealing to his small group of supporters on the issues and revealing his true personal belief–that he doesn’t believe Americans should have the right to own guns.
Could the President’s personal belief as well as other Democrats personal beliefs be the driving force to create control over the masses of Americans? Congressman Kurt Schrader may have given Americans and indication of what is really going on by what I took as his lack of knowledge and concern on the subject when he stated that “the biggest problem in America is we have a Constitutional Right to own a weapon to defend ourselves…” What does that exactly mean?
A Different Perspective:
Always be willing to listen to experts on their subject matter you will always learn something it’s not about agreeing or supporting them but understanding what and how others think. That’s how I found myself attending Linfield College’s ‘Panel to discuss gun control’ with three very different speakers with very different point of views. Chris Bouneff of NAMI made the biggest impression on me about Mental Health. He made several very interesting comments but the few that hit me the hardest were “people that have mental issues are 10% more likely to have violence committed against them than commit violence”, “most American’s are not informed about the topic of Mental Illness” and the most impactful information was when he explained that Mental Illness has nothing to do with gun violence but if politicians want to make it an issues there will be money and awareness made available to help the cause.
Guns do not kill people – People kill people. When People use a gun to kill another person, that crime can be put in many different classifications. This is one of the leading causes of misinformation. Politicians are currently using the Active Shooter to create ‘Fear’ which they then use for political purposes. What is an ‘Active Shooter’?
How much do you really know about the “Active Shooter”? I didn’t know anything so I signed up for a seminar and became educated instead of jumping to conclusions. Attending one of the world’s top leading expert organizations Pinkerton offers instructional courses for Americans to gain knowledge on gun violence. What I learned is an ‘Active Shooter’ that is going commit mass killings are men, are skilled with a gun and if he wants to shoot people he will do so no laws, rules or regulations are going to stop him.
The best thing I learned that day if you’re in that situation:
- Get Out
- Lock Out
- Knock Out
On-Going Battle with Politics:
An example of misunderstanding of what causes people to kill others comes from David Axelrod’s statement: “Chicago’s problems with gun violence would be greatly improved if tougher gun control laws were passed at the federal level.”
I think Mr. Axelrod is 100% wrong. Gun violence will only be stopped in Chicago with the guidance of few very strong leaders; leaders that include parents, politicians, community, and Religious leaders.
It’s time to tell Democrats to back down on gun control it’s a woman’s right to protect her life. As a woman found out in Oregon last week that simply showing a gun may have saved her from being raped or murdered, it’s time for everyone to grow-up.
Specific Action: Send this video to your Senator and House Representatives both on the federal and state level. It doesn’t get any better than this young ladies speech: