I would like to think that politicians like Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, Texas and the liberal leftists of the Democratic Party are simply politicking about ‘gun control.’ I would like to think they are not as ill-informed and lacking facts as they appear. I would like to think they have more respect for the intelligence of the American people, than they seem to have. I would like to think they do not believe what they spew forth in their rhetoric, ideological agendas, and diatribe. But I don’t! I believe that many of them believe what they are saying and believe they are the righteous saviors of the planet.
Some time back, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas was a participant in a town hall moderated by two people with a floor reporter and two of the three were of obvious liberal bias. Most of the questions were staged in an attempt to trip up the Governor or get him to concede to the liberal demands that people of color are being horribly treated at the hands of whites and that we must pass ‘red flag’ or other ‘gun control measures.’ He handled the situation quite well. At the end, they had the Democrat response and it was Representative Castro. That was infuriating.
The infuriating part was not that they allowed a Democrat response, I expect and welcome that. It was what and how Representative Castro approached his response. He insisted that we have weapons on the streets that were specifically designed for military purposes. That is sheer ignorance and factually inaccurate, and I would hope he knows it, but I suspect he does not. He insisted that Texans would fight the Governor and Trump because Texans wanted progressive change and were tired of the results of conservatism. That too, I believe is factually inaccurate. His rant was nothing less than an “I hate all Republicans diatribe.” He appealed to all Texans to resist!
The Main Stream Media, Peripheral Media, the Liberal Leftist and the misguided on the Right pontificate the evil of guns and we need sanity to prevail. We dare not allow ‘knee-jerk’ responses to tragedies, they never produce lasting or viable results. We need Constitutional and reasoned sanity to prevail!
In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Senator Lindsey Graham offered a truth that infuriates the Left. He said in an interview with the Washington Examiner, “in the case of the AR-15, there is a hurricane, a natural disaster, no power, no cops, no anything.” He said regarding ownership, “People wanting to do harm are not going to come to a home with an AR-15. If you step on the porch with an AR-15, they will probably head down the street.” I think he is right, and I know they will leave if they come to my house.
One of the survivors of the El Paso massacre, a black man, Christopher Grant told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he was surprised that his mother didn’t have her gun with her. He said, much to Cuomo’s angst: “I ran towards my mother to try to shield her. And I’m like ‘mom.’ Cause my mom is a gun-wielding grandma. She carries a snub-nose Smith and Wesson, 38 special with a built-in scope on it – everywhere she goes!” I too am surprised that even though Walmart is a gun-free zone that there were not armed citizens stepping up to stop the shooter in his tracks or at least attempt to. Most shooters seek out ‘gun-free zones’ to do their evil. What law prevents that?
I cannot fathom how the Liberal Leftists of today, largely in the Democrat Party fail to grasp the reality that gun laws, gun restrictions, and gun bans only impact the ‘law-abiding.’ The criminal, as is indicated in the name, does not respect or regard the law. They break it, that is what makes them a criminal. Hey Democrats, ‘Here’s Your Sign!’
I have no respect for any politician or news person who does not take the time or exhibit the ethical character to honestly and truthfully investigate the facts before presenting their rhetoric. If they honestly studied the Second Amendment, they would quickly discover that it was never about ‘guns’ but ‘people’ and ‘rights.’
We have had guns throughout our history as a nation and mass shootings were rare until the 1960’s. What changed? Not gun ownership but people. It has more to do with a change of thinking, ideological positioning, entitlement, and utopianism than guns. It is a matter of the heart. Yes, I’m putting on my preacher and Christian hat now and insist that no law will ever curb the violence but will likely cause its escalation. We either deal with the real problem or we face a growing problem and worse nightmare.
In a recent PJ media column by Dennis Prager, he explains: “Given the same ubiquity of guns, wouldn’t the most productive question be what, if anything has changed since the 1960’s and ’70’s? Of course, it would. And a great deal has changed. America is much more ethnically diverse, much less religious. Boys have far fewer male role models in their lives. Fewer men marry, and normal boy behavior is largely held in contempt by their feminist teachers, principals, and therapists. Do any or all of those factors matter more than the availability of guns?”
Mr. Prager hit the nail squarely on the head with his concluding remarks in that interview. He said: “Finally, since the 1960’s, we have been living in a culture of grievance. Whereas in the past people generally understood that life is hard and/or they have to work on themselves to improve their lives, for half a century, the left has drummed into Americans’ minds the belief that their difficulties are caused by American society — in particular, its sexism, racism, and patriarchy. And the more aggrieved people are the more dulled their consciences.”
America, if we are willing to allow emotion drive us to ‘knee-jerk’ solutions we will not only not solve the problem we will make it worse! If we allow the Leftists who consider our Inalienable Rights Anathema to their Agenda to reclaim power it may rightly be said, “We deserve what we get.” No, I do not believe that the millions of us or even the millions who are deceived ‘deserve’ the destruction but there is a price to be paid and every choice has a consequence. I choose Freedom! I choose the Right to pursue Life, Liberty, and Happiness! I choose to stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom!
God bless you and God bless America!