Although the Oakhurst area has been treated to two separate displays of impressive support for gun rights these last few weeks at the intersection of Highways 41 and 49, local participants might as well have been demonstrating against the introduction of bull fighting at next year's Coarsegold Rodeo.
No one is discussing any such thing, just as no one is talking about taking anyone's guns away or introducing any major legislation nationally that hasn't already been the law here in California for at least the last two decades.
The old "Slippery Slope" argument isn't remotely applicable. That's like arguing for no speed limits in characterizing any form of collective restraint as inevitably opening the door to complete restriction. As Mr. Spock would observe -- that's not a logical perspective. So let's use basic reason.
What has President Obama's history been on gun legislation since he took office in January of 2009?
In February of that year, he supported former President George Bush's last minute rule before leaving office allowing loaded guns in national parks.
In 2010, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave the president a report card of seven F's for his first year in office, including one on "standing up to the gun lobby." FactCheck.org reported at the end of 2011, "We've seen little or no evidence that the Obama administration is doing much to regulate guns or gun ownership."
Caroline Brewer, director of communication for the Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says, "We certainly don't have a record of President Obama calling for an elimination of any kind on handguns in the United States."
Brewer adds, "After the near fatal shooting of U.S. Representative Gabby Gifford, the president called for better background checks, not banning guns."
All of the above is presented in response to a number of anti-Obama, anti-government proclamations included in the recent Tea Party supported Oakhurst demonstrations.
Can't our poor president do anything potentially right for the seemingly outraged politically right? And let's be mindful of the fact that President Obama's record on gun safety prior to the Sandy Hook killings, particularly lack of inclusion or even the slightest reference to the issue in his successful re-election campaign, has earned him significant negatives from the left wing of his own party.
To help set the record straight, the Democratic Club of Oakhurst will be distributing informative leaflets from 2-4 p.m. on both Saturday, March 16, and Saturday, March 23, in front of Von's.
I already have my own sign ready. It simply says, "Support the Constitution -- No Confiscation."
We'll have a copy of the Second Amendment visible as well. It states, "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."
I am of the opinion that the phrase "well regulated" clearly necessitates reasonable measures of control, meaning it's probably not cool to keep nuclear tipped rockets in one's garage. And I believe the words "free State" can be fairly defined as the new government existing on December 17, 1791 -- known to all these days as our current United States of America.
It's hard for me to envision our founding fathers declaring, "If we get this wrong, shoot us."
Anyone who thinks they're going to overthrow a tyrannical federal government with their AK-47's might want to read up on drones, cruise missiles, our Navy SEALs and APC's. Please.