Friday, March 30, 2018

Every Day, I Find More Reasons To Support The NRA

When I graduated from college, I thought like a good college student should. No one had a need to own guns. They were nothing but engines of death. Then I went to work and met people who didn't just own guns, but constructed their own cartridges. Some of them had built their own guns as well. They were intelligent and accomplished professionals. They laughed at me, in a good-natured way, and taught me about firearms.

Thus started my education on guns. Fast forward to the Children's March of last weekend, or whatever the silly thing was called, and it has made me more pro-gun than ever.

Gun control in the US owes a lot to the South where it was designed to prevent blacks from arming themselves as proof against government tyranny and later, the KKK.
(I)n the infamous Dred Scott decision, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney announced that free blacks were not citizens; if they were, he warned, free blacks would have the right “to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

Immediately after the Civil War, Southern states enacted Black Codes, designed to keep the ex-slaves in de facto slavery and submission. Mississippi’s provision was typical: No freedman “shall keep or carry fire-arms of any kind, or any ammunition” without police permission. In areas where the Ku Klux Klan took control, “almost universally the first thing done was to disarm the negroes and leave them defenseless,” recounted the civil rights attorney Albion TourgĂ©e, who represented Plessy in Plessy v. Ferguson. The Ku Klux Klan was America’s first gun control group, as well as America’s first domestic terrorist organization.
Just as progressives sought to subjugate blacks back then, they seek to subjugate people like me today. Whether that's my friends from the San Diego Tea Party being targeted by the IRS, Little Sisters of the Poor being taken to the Supreme Court by the Obama Administration or speakers like Ben Shapiro being driven from campuses, it's all about control.

The desire for total control is pretty easy to see. Every problem in the world has the same solution - more power for the State. Global Warming Climate Change? More taxes and regulations. People without health insurance? Mandates, taxes and government programs. Poor test scores? More money for government schools. If you tell me that every problem has the same solution, then I begin to doubt that you're really interested in solving problems and see that what you really want is that solution. Power and control.

The Children's March looked to me like a hate-filled mob. Speeches where NRA members were accused of being complicit in the deaths of children were typical. Pretty creepy stuff. Just how far was that mob willing to go?

Well, one thing was for sure. They weren't going to be kicking down the doors of NRA members, carrying torches and rope. If they did that, they'd get shot. Therein lies my support for an armed citizenry. Things like the Children's March and groups like ANTIFA, the socialists' goon squad, don't appear to have much interest in, err, constructive dialog. Given that's the case, I'd prefer to be able to defend myself from the goons. It's pretty clear from Obama's IRS and Justice Department and university administrations, I won't be able to expect protection from anywhere else.

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