“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” - Rahm Emanuel
We all recall that statement made by the then White House Chief of Staff of Barack Obama. Progressives have historically acted in this way; however, we just were not used to them coming out and saying it.
True to form, in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas, calls for gun control were being made before we even had a count of the dead and wounded. A number of celebrities spoke up, as did Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Gabby Giffords, and more. Blame was cast on the NRA; there was the supposition of how much worse it would have been if the murderer had a “silencer,” and there were calls for Congress to “act” and “do something.” Elizabeth Warren tweeted, “Tragedies like Las Vegas have happened too many times. We need to have the conversation about how to stop gun violence. We need it NOW.”
I certainly do not ignore the pain and anguish the affected families must feel at this time, but I do wonder why these victims are so much more important than all the others.
First, we need to define what a gun is. Is it not simply a tool? A tool is defined as a device or an implement, especially one held in the hand used to carry out a particular function.
We are made to believe those who speak out calling for gun control are concerned about the loss of life.
Are they really?
Nearly 100 people die every day in highway accidents. While a car might be a useful tool, these deaths could be prevented if cars were outlawed. At the very least, we should do a better screening of whom we allow behind the wheel.
There are 241 alcohol-related deaths every day. Is there a problem with the bottle as it sits on the shelf, or is the issue who consumes the contents?
There are more than 85 deaths due to accidental falls every day. Perhaps we need stricter control on ladders and who is allowed to use them.
About 115 people are poisoned each day unintentionally. We need better poison control without a doubt.
More than 175 die each day from drug overdoses. Perhaps we should make drugs illegal.
More than 1200 die each and every day due to preventable medical errors. Perhaps we should require a degree before someone practices medicine— maybe that’s the problem.
What about the 2500+ who die each day due to abortion? Where’s the outrage?
The Declaration of Independence asserts we have “certain” inalienable rights. Certain - known for sure, established beyond doubt. Inalienable - unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor. And “among these” are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness— this is only a partial list.
I would note that “Life” is enumerated, as is the right to “keep and bear arms” in the Bill of Rights. Of the five listed rights guaranteed in the first amendment, most seem to understand the freedom of speech and the press. Are they any more or less important?
Clearly, the number of deaths or the fact there are deaths at all only matter to progressives in that they can use the crisis to accomplish a goal. Aside from the fact they want to violate the Constitution and fly in the face of the Declaration, their argument is a farce.
With abortion, their perceived “right to privacy” overrules the right to life. With the second amendment, the right to life overrules the right to keep and bear arms. And none of their arguments look at the real issue— people’s personal responsibility regarding their rights vs others.
"The order of nature is that individual happiness shall be inseparable from the practice of virtue." -Thomas Jefferson
Each one of us is saddled with the responsibility of honoring other’s rights. Government’s only job is the protection of those rights. Government cannot give rights or permission to violate rights.
Arm yourself with the power of knowledge and reason. And when that does not work, arm yourself.
“The historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us. If the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto had had the firepower and ammunition that the Nazis had, some of Poland might have stayed free, and more persons would have survived the Holocaust.
“Most people in government reject natural rights and personal sovereignty. Most people in government believe that the exercise of everyone’s rights is subject to the will of those in the government. Most people in government believe that they can write any law and regulate any behavior, not subject to the natural law, not subject to the sovereignty of individuals, not cognizant of history’s tyrants, but subject only to what they can get away with.”
“Did you empower the government to impair the freedom of us all because of the mania and terror of a few?” -Judge Andrew Napolitano
Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 20% of Americans today say they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (4%) or “most of the time” (16%). Is this the same government we trust with our security? Our healthcare? Does this make any sense at all? Ben Franklin was correct. If we give up liberty for perceived security, we will neither have nor deserve either.
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