Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wrap Up of Glenn Beck’s Gun Week Part 2

As I reported earlier this week, the Glenn Beck show had a week-long focus on the 2nd Amendment. Any fan of the 2nd Amendment knows Ted Nugent, and his inputs are always a fun read. Some highlights from “I am the NRA” by Ted Nugent:

"I like guns. I cherish freedom. That is why I am a proud life member and on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA)."

That’s another thing I like about Ted – he’s straight to the point and doesn’t mince words. Quite frankly I think most people who truly understand the Second Amendment would agree with Ted.

"The NRA stands with all freedom-loving Americans. Indeed, our focus is on the 2nd Amendment, but the NRA members realize that the other freedoms contained in our sacred US Constitution and Bill of Rights are also worthy of our watchful eye and protection. Just like the NRA will not support gun-control, we also won't support freedom-control.

"The NRA understands the toll of freedom is responsibility, which is why we adamantly support mandatory sentences for those individuals who violate the freedoms of others with a gun. The NRA has always advocated tougher sentences for criminals. Interestingly, our most vehement adversaries are typically those individuals and organizations who advocate lighter sentences for criminals and other policies that weaken the fabric of our criminal justice system, thereby putting you and me at risk.

"Not only does the NRA believe you have a Constitutional right to own and posses a gun, but we also believe you have God-given right and duty to defend yourselves and your loved ones. A cursory review of the statements of our founding fathers regarding why the 2nd Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights will indicate that they believed this too. The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with duck hunting."

While he’s not quoting what the Framers wrote about the possession and use of firearms – he’s paraphrasing it well – and in his own words clearly from the heart. What Ted states above truly covers all aspects of the 2nd Amendment including the fact that responsibility goes hand in hand with freedom. Too often today people seem more than willing to abrogate basic responsibility for the daily conduct of their lives to an outside entity. They expect the government or some other agency to take care of them, to protect them, to tell them what’s good for them and what’s bad for them. Such a mentality is incompatible with individual rights and freedoms.

Ted also attacks the notion that the Second Amendment is about “hunting” or “sporting purposes”. Those opposed to the right to keep and bear arms have been trying to make this myth stick for 70 years with varying degrees of success, but the corner does finally seem to be turning with fewer people looking for more gun laws, and a majority looking for enforcement of existing laws.

"Law-abiding citizens with guns thwart criminals well over a million times a year. While our brave men and women of law enforcement do their best, they can't be everywhere to protect you and me. The protection of our loved ones is ultimately our individual responsibility. Without a gun, those Americans who otherwise thwart crime with a gun each year almost certainly would have been a victim of a crime. Instead, they prevented crime. More than likely you didn't know that because our media hasn't been honest with us. The number of anti-gun news stories dwarfs the amount of pro-gun stories covered by American media."

Ted also highlights this very real problem, but the problem goes beyond media coverage to record keeping as well. Any time a person defends himself or herself with a gun – if the assailant is killed the statistics record a “homicide”. That’s right – these “homicide” statistics the anti-Second Amendment crowds waves around like a banner include assailants killed. Quite frankly that’s dishonest record keeping, and it’s time the numbers were scrutinized with an honest eye.

If you ever get a chance to see Ted speak – go see him. He’s an amazing and flamboyant character with a truly solid grasp on the Second Amendment.

Until next time!!!

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