By John Means
The Gun Control Debate seems to be in full swing, though Congress has not met on the issue yet. The recent tragedies perpetrated by deranged criminals have sparked a firestorm of opinion and emotion, and on both sides of the aisle rhetoric is flying freely.
The current social standard of name calling and finger pointing is in full swing as well, and no matter where peoples opinion lie they will surely use every conflicting emotional response that we seem to have been counter educated in. On the one hand we are told Guns are bad and dangerous, and on the other that Guns offer Freedom and Safety. Well, whatever you believe, words do no justice to how important this issue is to all Americans.
It’s probably quite easy to oppose private ownership of firearms for a person who has never used a gun, or even held one. They would not know that along with learning how to shoot a gun, a person also generally learns about safety procedures with firearms, as well as some history of their importance to our Nation. Indeed, it might seem like an awesome amount of power for a person to hold in their hand, and truly it is. And though people may attempt to draw correlations with Automobiles and drowning deaths, the fact remains that these small, portable, easy to use devices have been instrumental in Mass Genocides around the planet for 400 years. Our world would be far better off without them, and I believe that is truly the sentiment being expressed by Pro-Control Advocates. And while Altruism is a wonderful pastime, the reality is that there are too many guns out there to control and confiscate, period…. Well, unless it’s worth a Full Scale Civil War in America.
Pro-Gun Advocates seem equally delusional in their attitude to keeping their Guns. It’s pretty easy to mimic Grandpa’s words and throw out slogans and quotes in regards to the Second Amendment, but we all know talk is cheap. When Four Armored Storm Troopers are pointing guns at your family, talk is worthless. At that point there is nothing left but action or acquiescence. The chilling interviews with Holocaust Survivors paint a grim picture of which is the worse choice and we all know the result.
What were the thoughts of the Jewish men in Auschwitz, who had registered their guns a decade earlier, and then were forced to hand them over to the Nazi Regime that came to power afterwards?
What were the last thoughts of the pretty young Cambodian Student who was lined up with her classmates and shot in the head by the Military?
What were the final wishes of the Armenian mother dying with her children in the desert sun after being forcibly marched hundreds of miles from her home?
What was the final prayer of a Teacher shielding her students with her body as a mad man opened fire?
In their last humiliating, violent, painful or tortuous moment, you can be sure they prayed to any power that would listen in hopes of a good person with a Gun coming to save them. It was far past the time to do something to prevent their ignoble and pitiful fates however.
You don’t have to own a Gun to understand how important they are in the hands of private citizens. You don’t have to study history to imagine the very real events of people locked in cages until they die of starvation or whole villages executed in a day long process of ‘Cleansing’. You don’t have to be crazy, racist or a ‘Gun Nut’ to want to keep as much space as possible between yourself and that Fate.
There are two facts you can rely upon when it comes to Gun Control though, no matter your opinion. If you tell a criminal to register their weapon, they will not. And, if you challenge a Government to take your Gun out of your Cold Dead Hand….. They will do exactly that.
It’s time for everybody to come to their senses and realize we are being played against each other. If we do not, this issue will come to blood and War right here in our homes. Nobody wants that!
Or do they?