Assault on freedom

In My Opinion

editorial@sierrastar.comJanuary 28, 2014 

It breaks our hearts when we read the news that our children are slaughtered in their schools, fellow citizens are massacred in a theater, or simply shot defending their homes. In many parts of the world, it's rare to live to a "ripe old age." Men, women, and children are savagely slaughtered at random by those without law and a venomous thirst for the blood of the infidel.

Whenever senseless slaughter occurs in our country, the cry goes out to limit the ownership of guns. The only thing standing in the way of millions of Americans who have no respect, nor the desire, for a gun is our Constitution.

I've never been a gun enthusiast. We had an old single shot .22 when I was young. I never saw my dad fire it. My brother killed a snake with it in 1951. The rifle lived in the garage. In the military, I became acquainted with a variety of guns. I passed all the tests. Guns have never been a passion of mine.

What is a passion of mine is my country and its Constitution. The Second Amendment states, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." That's not a 'privilege' offered by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Jerry Brown, Sheriff Anderson, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. It is a right guaranteed by our Constitution to all law-abiding citizens of the United States of America.

So the emotional cry goes up by millions of people whenever a heartbreaking slaughter like Newtown happens and our pandering government seems to think it must do something to pacify the ignorant.

I don't believe the blather coming from the White House, the U.S. Congress or any legislation passed by the feds, state, or local jurisdictions, to control the purchase or use of guns, would have prevented any of the gun-related tragedies in the past several years.

Here's the problem: Our elected officials have failed, for decades, to protect and defend the Constitution of these United States. We The People have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Our government has failed to ensure a "well regulated militia." Of course, the founding fathers knew that a well-armed nation is one major means of keeping our "government" in line.

Let me try to explain my position: We have a (relatively) well-regulated transportation system. Most drivers have passed a course of study, shown a reasonable ability to operate a motor vehicle and, once licensed to do so, go about their business. Are there unlicensed drivers on our highways? Have they caused traffic disasters? Of course. That is called "criminal." Period.

Consider the hard work and trillions spent regulating the 'privilege' of driving and the hard work and trillions spent suppressing a Constitutional right. Instead of doing the hard work necessary to fulfill their oath, our government has demonstrated that it really wishes our Second Amendment would just go away.

What should have happened decades ago was our federal government declaring a legal age for gun ownership, ensuring that every citizen who wishes to do so receive information and training in the proper use of weapons, and issuing a license to keep and bear arms. That would be well regulated. But thanks to all the propaganda spewing from the feds and the states, supported by the anti-gun idiots, we are burdened with the brilliance of fat-cat legislators who pick and choose just how we will be "allowed" to exercise our Constitutional rights.

Ah, California. Our elected wing-nuts who find it abhorrent that lead poisoning should be the result of being shot helped close America's last lead factory, dismissed the employees, and raised the price of ammunition.

The latest techno legislation is to enforce "microstamping" on shell casings. It won't bother the criminal element one iota but continues to harass law-abiding citizens. Oh, by the way, say good-bye to Smith & Wesson and other legal arms dealers and their related employees and economical support of California. Brilliant.

Our Constitutional rights granted by the Second Amendment, has been under assault for decades. If only our elected government worked this hard to "protect and defend" our Constitution, there would be trillions of taxpayer dollars saved and we would enjoy greater peace and freedom through a well-regulated militia.

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