"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." The Constitution of the United States of America, Second Amendment.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The presidential oath of office as defined by Article Two, Section One, Clause Seven of the Constitution of the United States of America.
It seems almost like treason that our president and many members of our congress are working so hard to find ways to circumvent our Constitution instead of preserving, protecting and defending it.
My understanding of a 'regulated' militia is the same as a regulated football team or marching band; proficient or well-trained, not 'controlled,' as the government would like us to believe. (Please show a little intelligence. The militia of 1776 was not the army and is not today's National Guard). To suggest that the Founding Fathers could not foresee modern weaponry, as an excuse to further control the Constitutional freedom to own and bear arms, is tantamount to saying the Founding Fathers could not foresee radio, television, computers and satellites so our freedom of speech must get a major overhaul. Pure and simple, current gun control ideas are not about guns but about control.
Consider this: A drunk drives his car into a group of people, killing many. A deranged person uses a sword to hack his neighbor to pieces. A woman poisons her cheating husband. In each of these cases, the law convicts the person for their criminal act. However, when a mentally unstable person shoots up a theater or school, the issue suddenly becomes the weapon. Strange, no?
Fellow Sierra Star columnist Alan Cheah recently derided NRA Executive Vice President Wayne Lapierre for saying, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Are our police not good guys? Do they not have guns? I would suggest that Mr. Cheah has sold his rational thinking to the devil. Just what part of "shall not be infringed" does Mr. Cheah not understand?
Second Amendment champion Fred Maslack, Vermont State Representative, has introduced legislation in Vermont, that would require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun. Unarmed adults must register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver's license number with the state. This way the state will know who is unwilling to defend the state.
To wrap the liberal mind around such a notion all one must do is recognize that it is exactly what our Federal Government is doing with their new health care law! Get on board or pay a fine.
There are an estimated 270 million gun owners in our nation who have never committed a crime with their guns. Why do we hear so little about the approximately two million annual instances of Americans defending themselves, their families and their property with their firearms? Will Joe Biden tell us exactly how many bullets it takes to protect our families from home invasion? Regulation insanity! The rabble rousing nationalized news media only slobbers over the disaster du jour.
For those who hang their hats on statistics, who seem to have a phobic fear of freedom and responsibility, who focus on the 'what' instead of the 'who,' I present this frightening statistic: Accidental deaths per doctor in the U.S. is 0.171 per year per the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services. Accidental deaths per gun owner is .0000188 per the FBI. Doctors are approximately 9,000 times more deadly than gun owners.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." Do we prefer the wisdom of our founding fathers, the framers of our Constitution, the blood of patriots who have kept this nation free, or do we sell our freedom for the false sense of security and eventual ruin?
Special Note: Columnist Peter Cavanaugh would have us welcome the Aljazeera News Network. This is the network that celebrated a televised birthday party for Samir Kuntar who crushed the skull of a four year-old girl with a rifle butt. Seems as despicable as Al Gore himself. And Tokyo Rose was a nice lady.