All the Cool Kids are Doing it
In an effort to maintain my status as somewhat of a gun blogger, I tender the following diatribe. Several of the folks on my blogroll are answering these twenty questions. I’ll give Say Uncle credit for shoving me towards a set of tracks that got me to the original post. The original author is a believer in freedom and is open-minded. We know this because she says so right there in the title of the post. She asks twenty questions about gun control. I will intersperse my answers.
1. Do you believe that criminals and domestic abusers should be able to buy guns without background checks?I hate to ask a question in answer to a question, but do you actually think that “criminals and domestic abusers” CAN’T get guns? What kind of “criminals” are we talking about. Do you have any earthly idea what can get you a criminal record as a felon in America today? And “domestic abuse”? Do you honestly think it’s a good idea to strip a person of his rights because the other party in a contested divorce gets a restraining order against him, basically a conviction without due process? Or is that another part of the constitution you want to ignore to get rid of those evil guns?
2. What is your proposal for keeping guns away from criminals, domestic abusers, terrorists and dangerously mentally ill people?Here we are again: Who gets to say who fits in your neat little categories? In the 1960′s many black activists found themselves on various government lists that would be equivalent to your categories. Rumblings from various government entities have opined that people who talk too much about the constitution and religion are “terrorists”. so you’re basically saying that you want to kill the First Amendment right along with the Second, right?
3. Do you believe that a background check infringes on your constitutional right to “keep and bear arms”?“Shall not be infringed.” Hard to parse, isn’t it? If you applied the same criteria to the First Amendment as you do the Second, I’d have to get a background check to use a computer. Oops! Sorry! You’ve already said that, didn’t you?
4. Do you believe that I and people with whom I work intend to ban your guns?My guns? Yes! Guns int he hands of the “right” people, like your police force and private security? No. Guns in the hands of the insiders and the ocnnected, like celebrities and lawmakers and judges? No. My guns. My friends’ guns. Yes.
5. If yes to #4, how do you think that could happen ( I mean the physical action)?Pass a law. Wait for the law-abiding to comply. Be happy in knowing that the guns still out there will all be in the possession of people who are now in violation of yet another law, to be enforced at the convenience of the government under the caring direction of people like yourself who know best how WE should live.
6. What do you think are the “second amendment remedies” that the tea party GOP candidate for Senate in Nevada( Sharron Angle) has proposed?I dunno. Ask those folks at Lexington and Concord in 1775.
7. Do you believe in the notion that if you don’t like what someone is doing or saying, second amendment remedies should be applied?There is a line that should NOT be crossed, but honestly, I think the whole house of cards will collapse around us before even the idiots in Washington get gutsy enough to cross that line.
8. Do you believe it is O.K. to call people with whom you disagree liars and demeaning names?Lies can be proven. Happens all the time, made more convenient by the internet. And remember that little playground ditty, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? That’s that nasty ol’ First Amendment again. Doesn’t say “as long as you’re nice” does it?
9. If yes to #8, would you do it in a public place to the person’s face?We’ve been trying “civil discourse” for years, talking about “my esteemed colleague” in congress while referring to a womanizing killer (Ted Kennedy) or the guy who ran a homosexual prostitution operation out of his apartment (Barney Frank) or the guy who used national guard trucks to drive past his flooded constituents to get the cash and records from his home (Bill Jefferson). It’s about time that we learned to call a spade a spade.
10. Do you believe that any gun law will take away your constitutional rights?The thing says right there in writing, “…the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” If you restrict my access, then you’re limiting my rights as recognized (not “given”. there’s a difference.) in the Constitution.
11. Do you believe in current gun laws? Do you think they are being enforced? If not, explain.I don’t “believe” in laws. I know some laws to be part and parcel of civilization. Moses hauled ten of them off the mountain. I know some of them to be set by government in attempts to shape and control the population. All are violated regularly. I believe in things that work. People do not obey laws whether given by God OR government.
12. Do you believe that all law-abiding citizens are careful with their guns and would never shoot anybody?Dear, dear little child, the idea of being careful with guns is to make sure you shoot the right things. If one of those things is another human being who has determined having his way with my home or those in my care, then I most assuredly would make sure I “shoot the right things”. Regardless of the law. And get this, dearie: If a gun wasn’t handy, a chair leg, a butcher knife, a claw hammer, a balk of wood or a length of rope would be used with equal enthusiasm. One of the forgotten tests of American manhood is the protection of the weak with every fiber of one’s being. It’s a “manhood” thing. I know, alien to the Left, and all.
13. Do you believe that people who commit suicide with a gun should be included in the gun statistics?I don’t care WHO you include in your “statistics”. Famously, “there are three kinds of lies: Lies, Da*ned lies, and statistics.” You haul out the ones that you think will reinforce the fog of your arguments and go ahead and impress the gullible. We see through your “statistics”.
14. Do you believe that accidental gun deaths should “count” in the total numbers?Seee my answer to #13.
15. Do you believe that sometimes guns, in careless use or an accident, can shoot a bullet without the owner or holder of the gun pulling the trigger?No. I was in the army for nine years. I’ve been a gun owner for fifty-four. I have never seen a gun “shoot a bullet” without the trigger being pulled.
16. Do you believe that 30,000 gun deaths a year is too many?I also believe that I should be twenty-five again, and I should be independently wealthy. What I “believe” should have no bearing. I know people who “believe” that profesional wrestling is real. I know people who “believe” in the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot.
17. How will you help to prevent more shootings in this country?I promise on my word as an adult American male that I will not shoot anyone who does not need shooting.
18. Do you believe the articles that I have posted about actual shootings or do you think I am making them up or that human interest stories about events that have happened should not count when I blog about gun injuries and deaths?I think you and the Left “cherry-pick” your stories. For every “poor victim just sitting there” story, there are a dozen “shot over a discussion in the business of distributing drugs”, and behind every “convenience store clerk killed in robbery” there’s a back story of a shooter who was a convicted felon with a rap sheet an inch thick who should have been in prison. A seventeen year old gang-banger killed in a a drive-by as part of a turf war isn’t “Another Youth Succumbs to Gun Violence”.
19. There has been some discussion of the role of the ATF here. Do you believe the ATF wants your guns and wants to harass you personally? If so, provide examples ( some have written a few that need to be further examined).The BATFE is a federal bureaucracy that plays games to gain publicity, funding and to enlarge itself. It frequently does this at the expense of private citizens and small businessmen, robbing them of their liberty and livelihood for technicalities and administrative errors.
20. Will you continue a reasonable discussion towards an end that might lead somewhere or is this an exercise in futility?Sticks and stones, bunkie. Sticks and stones.