Friday, April 27, 2007

"The Disarming of America"

Yet again the anti-2nd Amendment bias of the press is showing in full force. Even though the recent Zogby poll (see earlier blog entry) indicates Americans aren't interested in more gun control laws, the press seems convinced that they need to "change America's mind". The most disgusting column I've read recently (apart from the Roanoke Times article advocating the repeal of the 2nd Amendment) is this recent op/ed piece from The Toledo Blade. In this piece, the author states:

"First of all, federal or state laws would need to make it a crime punishable by a $1,000 fine and one year in prison per weapon to possess a firearm. The population would then be given three months to turn in their guns, without penalty."

There goes the 2nd Amendment right there, but believe it or not, it gets worse:

"The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm.

"Clearly, since such sweeps could not take place all across the country at the same time. But fairly quickly there would begin to be gun-swept, gun-free areas where there should be no firearms. If there were, those carrying them would be subject to quick confiscation and prosecution. On the streets it would be a question of stop-and-search of anyone, even grandma with her walker, with the same penalties for 'carrying.'"

Call out the Gestapo! Now there goes the 4th Amendment as well.

I honestly couldn't believe such a clearly un-American piece of tripe was actually printed. This editorial reads like a bad dystopian future novel, not a "vision" presented by a legitimate op/ed columnist. Needless to say I wrote a "Letter to the Editor" back to the Toledo Blade, but as I'm out of their circulation market and my letter doesn't fit with their clearly preconceived notions about firearms ownership, I'm sure it will reside in the dustbin. So here's my response to it. I borrowed a couple of points from previous letters, but about 70% of it is new:

"In reading Dan Simpson’s piece “The disarming of America” I could not help but feel as if I had suddenly been transported to another world. A world where the Bill of Rights doesn’t exist, and the natural rights protected therein are meaningless. I am shocked and amazed that an American could write such an ignorant piece and that an American publication would print it.

"Not only does Mr. Simpson’s “plan” violate the 2nd Amendment, but the 4th Amendment as well since he advocates search and seizure without due cause. Remember that The Framers granted no rights in the Bill of Rights, they simply affirmed what they saw as natural rights, hence the Amendments are worded “the government shall not infringe” rather than “The People are granted the right”. The right to bear arms is therefore an extension of the natural right of self-preservation. An armed populace was also viewed the surest check against government tyranny and oppression.

"Mr. Simpson assumes a world without guns is a safer world. However in the real world, responsibility for self-preservation lies with the individual, and can’t be guaranteed by any external body or authority. No police force or military can keep any individual citizen “safe”, their duty is to the collective whole, not the individual. The UK and Australia have enacted very strict gun control, only to see their violent crime rates go up as gun control only assures the law abiding are disarmed.

"Finally, Mr. Simpson’s plan is not entirely original. A nation in Europe enacted gun registration in 1928 and when a new government came to power in 1933 it used those lists to disarm political opponents and minority groups leaving only the ardent supporters of the government armed. That nation was Germany, and the world still recoils at what happened next."

Until next time - I'm still fuming...

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