The terrible tragedy at Newtown has predictably rekindled public outcry for “gun control.” Joe Biden’s whirlwind survey of “stakeholders” has given Obama an excuse to enact 23 executive orders. Many of them simply resolve that the Federal Government will enforce existing laws. Others are predictably vague, such as “Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign”, or “Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.”
All of this is done supposedly in the name of public safety, but disarming law abiding citizens will only give criminals “human carnage shooting zones” where they can use their weapons liberally with little or no risk to themselves. As late as 1992 students in my hometown of Winona, Minnesota stored rifles in their lockers at the high school so they could use them to hunt after school. There was never a threat of violence or a shooting. Our culture has deteriorated significantly over the past decades; a time in which big government has insulated citizens from the rigors of personal responsibility. Our insistence that government must provide us with food, housing, clothing, and free healthcare (whether we work for it or not) has resulted in a dependent populace and a sick culture.
I’m going to argue that law abiding citizens should be allowed to own semi-automatic rifles with 30 round clips, or any other type of rifle they wish to own. Opponents of these types of weapons say that they have only one purpose; to kill a lot of people. For the most part, they are correct. So why should average citizens be able to own these weapons? The answer is what most people think, but few wish to utter; people need guns to protect themselves from a tyrannical, oppressive government.
Ronald Reagan may have said it best. “There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism–government.”
Of course, liberals and “progressives” are willing to give up their guns because they don’t think that the US government could ever become tyrannical, dictatorial, or oppressive toward people and their property. Fortunately, most Americans are not willing to make that assumption. They want to be armed to fight tyranny, even if it sprouts within their own government.
When the Nazi’s took power in Germany the first thing they did was to look at gun ownership records and confiscate private firearms. Unarmed citizens are the slaves of government. Government, on the other hand, must fear an armed populace. If you think I’m overstating my case, ask yourself why semi-automatic and cartridge clip sales have soared through the roof in the past few weeks. Simply stated, many of our fellow citizens aren’t ready to trust the United States Government. We live in a nation that took up arms to free itself from British tyranny. Guns and individual freedom are in our DNA. I, for one, hope it stays that way.