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by leslie on December 20th, 2012

We already have gun control. All guns are registered when they are purchased, except for criminals of course. Only criminals and government want gun controls. The federal government wants to go far beyond banning assault weapons, but using the current anti-gun atmosphere is another step toward confiscating our guns, which it’s been trying to do for decades.

Our government uses tragedies, catastrophes and emergencies to push its agenda. The latest killings of 20 innocent children in Connecticut will add fuel to the gun control craze sweeping the country as the media builds the government’s case for gun control. Missing from the equation, however, is coverage of law-abiding, innocent citizens who use their firearms in self-protection. The media and government ignore the fact that “studies indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances…” (America’s 1st Freedom, January 2013, p. 28).

Also ignored is the fact that wherever guns are banned, crime soars. This is common sense. Criminals will not be deterred by outlawing gun ownership, even assault rifles. But with gun ownership, innocent lives have been saved. For one example, “Kendra St. Clair, a 12-year-old at home alone one day during her fall break, called her mother at work to say there was a man repeatedly ringing the doorbell and banging on the door. When no one answered the door, she said he disappeared. St. Clair’s mother instructed her daughter to get her .40-cal. Glock pistol and go into a bathroom closet. St. Clair heard him break in through the back door. As the man made his way through her home, 9-1-1 dispatchers kept St Clair on the phone. He was inside the home for approximately six minutes before he made his way to the bathroom where St. Clair was hiding. When she saw the doorknob begin to turn, she fired the gun. The 32-year-old intruder was taken into custody after being treated for a gunshot to the chest.” (The Oklahoman, Durant, Okla., 10/20/12, as quoted in America’s 1st Freedom). If this were your daughter, wouldn’t you be grateful you owned a gun? Innocent citizens, young and old, at home and at work, have protected themselves because they were armed.

More to the point, the right to bear arms is as fundamental as the right to life, liberty and property. It was the private ownership of guns that won the American Revolution. When Sam Adams cried, “To arms! To arms! Turnout with your guns!”, forty thousand New Englanders were ready to march for the liberation of Boston. Today, with government expanding its power into our lives with its regulations, inflation, wars, taxation, welfarism, laws intruding on private conduct, etc., we may have to resort to guns to refresh the tree of liberty, as Thomas Jefferson suggested.

The time to fight tyranny is when people still have their constitutional rights, and arms to protect and defend those rights. An unarmed populace is a ruled populace. Only armed citizens are free and can retain their freedom, by force, if necessary. Don’t be lulled into thinking all is secure. History has proven that governments are not to be trusted, and ours is no exception. The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which the Obama administration is supporting, is supposed to be for international trade only. Personally, since history has taught me to distrust government, I don’t trust the U.N. to have our best interest at heart. Furthermore, President Obama seems to be doing all he can to weaken the United States.

In 1798, the Philadelphia Aurora printed the Dinwiddie County, Virginia resolutions that opposed regular armies as dangerous to liberty. Here are excerpts: “… [standing armies] have always been subservient to the views of the Executive Department, from which they derive their honors and emoluments…; because a people, accustomed to look for protection from external violence to a standing army, become abject, debased, and gradually enslaved; but knowing themselves to be the only defenders of their country, soon acquire that discipline and courage which insure safety, not only from foreign enemies but domestic tyrants…” (Justice or Revolution, Leslie Snyder Bates, 1980, p. 171.)

The strongest countries arm their citizens. Switzerland has never been conquered and needs no standing army. Every able-bodied man between the ages of 18 and 45 owns a rifle and is trained to use it. Finland was the only country to repel Russian military advances during WWII and remained free. They had a self-disciplined, well-trained, highly armed citizenry. Israel exists today because of its armed citizenry.

In 1976, Ferris E. Lucas, Executive Director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, said, “If our guns are taken away from us, murders and robberies will increase. If law-abiding citizens had no guns for protection, and the only people with guns were the criminals, we would be helpless.” Los Angeles Chief of Police Edward Davis said privately owned guns provide personal and national defense. (Ibid, p. 173.)

Gun control is really people control. The evil of gun control is it opposes all sense of justice. It proves there is no end to government’s arrogant, diabolical and tyrannical intentions. More crimes are committed because more criminals are walking the streets due to our lax justice system, not because law-abiding citizens are in possession of firearms which they are using in a responsible manner. Guns were confiscated in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Cuba before dictatorships took over.

“When states passed gun carry laws, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent and injuries by 82 percent. The total number of accidental gun deaths each year is about 1,300 and each year such accidents take the lives of 200 children 14 years of age and under. However, these regrettable numbers of lives lost need to be put into some perspective with the other risks children face. Despite over 200 million guns owned by between 76 to 85 million people, the children killed is much smaller than the number lost through bicycle accidents, drowning, and fires. Children are 14.5 times more likely to die from car accidents than from accidents involving guns.” (Interview with John R. Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, 1998.)

No laws to limit gun ownership should be passed at this time when emotions are running high. Any movement to disarm Americans must be met with absolute resistance. Gun control is immoral and unconstitutional. All officials who violate their oath of office by advocating and/or supporting gun control laws are guilty of attempting to subvert the Constitution. That’s treason!
Leslie Bates,

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