It was really strange watching Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, throw a high-pitched temper tantrum about how guns are “bad” and only for hunting during his January 9, 2013 State of the State address. It was simply embarrassing. His call for “America’s toughest gun controls” was amazing in its elementary and willful ignorance of a basic cornerstone of the constitution and the fact that it came from a public official who is charged with protecting the basic constitutional rights of the people was shocking, pathetic, and shameful. No wonder our culture is dying, our society splintering, our Constitution easily ignored, and the march towards the utopian nanny state continuing unabated.
I hate to keep stating the obvious, but the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. It has everything to do with having a citizenry that is properly armed and prepared to ‘deal with’ internal insurrection, civil disorder, foreign invasion, personal defense, or government tyranny. Why is that so hard to understand? I agree with the governor that we need to “stop the madness”. His “madness” maybe, and those like him who are intent on castrating the 2nd Amendment no matter what.
It’s been a semi-conspiracy theory for many years that liberals want to “take your guns”. It’s a recurring theme that has been trotted out nearly every election cycle and a ‘threat’ that has helped raise many millions of dollars for political candidates and special interest groups. But now, the thin veil has been ripped away and any doubt that the Left has every intention of disarming the American people and gutting the 2nd Amendment has been laid to rest. The leaders, as well as the rank and file, of the Democratic party have declared the 2nd Amendment to be obsolete, and the American people to be stripped of all modern firearms. The end effect of that policy is the gutting of the 2nd Amendment and the rejection of the Founders intent when it comes to firearms and the right of the people to be an armed deterrent to tyranny.
Darn that pesky Bill of Rights. Freedom isn’t free, and not without its costs. More people are dead due to words written and spoken (think of the carnage Hitler, Lenin, and Mao caused with their thoughts and words) than anything else. The Communist Manifesto alone eventually caused the death of some 100 million people during the last century. Yet we don’t ban books and we don’t ban the written word. And many of those deaths occurred specifically because a society had been disarmed ‘for its own good’ and they often paid a terrible, horrific price for it. I’ll take my chances and keep my liberty and my firearms.
Banning guns is no different from banning Bibles or newspapers or even the entire internet because someone, somewhere, abused it. Each is a right that is enshrined in the constitution and the 2nd amendment is an individual right that ‘shall not be infringed’. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty.
In the end, the liberal mindset is a childlike one. It is merely a knee-jerk reaction in reality, and unable to provide true solutions to real problems. It is our “progressive” friends who are the ones who have helped create a culture that mocks respect, self-control, and personal responsibility while devaluing the very concept of the sanctity of human life. They often profess wonder at why our society and culture is spinning out of control and yet it is their value system that has been in de facto control of popular culture, academia, the media, and all aspects of the educational system since the nineteen sixties.
Every time we see the mass shootings or school massacres like we have recently witnessed I can only say “look what progressivism hath wrought”. For that is the truth that no one wants to speak about. You break it, you own it. They have broken our culture and our society and the blame and the inevitable outcomes from what they have sown is theirs to bear alone. And yet, it is the law-abiding citizen and his weapons that is under serious assault and will now be held accountable for the actions of criminals and madmen, and the progressive policies that helped mold and shape the monsters among us.