Sunday, January 13, 2013

Assault Is A Behavior, Not A Device.

When I was a kid, my parents did not allow us to play with toy guns; not even water pistols. Back then I did not fully understand their reasoning but now I get it. Guns are not toys. Growing up this way taught us to respect guns. My brother later joined the U.S. Marines and became an expert shooter. I remember him once saying that because of how we were raised, he learned to respect the use of the weapon.

Because of recent and past events involving mass shootings by a disturbed individual, their has been a surge of discussions regarding if gun ownership in the United States should be made illegal. I understand that many of you are upset and scared for the safety of you and your children. Do you really believe that banning people from owning an assault weapon will stop those who pay no attention to the laws? Laws only keep honest men honest.

By no means do I condone the shooting of another living being for sport or hate. I certainly do not condone murder. I do however believe that every man (or woman) has the personal right to "bear arms" especially in their own home.

I recently saw a picture posted on Facebook that was a sign board placed in the front yard of a family. I do not remember what exactly it said but it stated that the family was against gun ownership and they did not have one either. Wow. Does that family realize they just advertised to everyone driving by that they are unarmed and breaking in to their home would probably be fairly easy. "We don't have a gun so come on in, we won't shoot you. Come take our things. You can hurt us, too, because we won't shoot you." Seriously folks, use your head on this one.

Look at history... The disarmament of the people by its government is quite often the precursor to a dictatorship and even genocide. With the way the United States government has been operating, it disturbs me to think of the possibility of what could happen if the citizens, the law-abiding citizens, are disarmed. If you do not like guns, do not own one. I personally, do not like guns. I have had them pointed at me on a couple of occasions. And both times, it was not by someone who legally obtained it nor were their intentions "law abiding" in how they were using it.

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."  - Thomas Jefferson

My Dad and I often disagree on many issues but I am glad that he and I agree about this. He posted this recently and I wholeheartedly agree with him. Number 10 is my favorite:

 Firearms Refresher Course!
1. "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." - Thomas Jefferson
2. "Those who trade liberty for security have neither." - John Adams
3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
4. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
5. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
6. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
7. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
8. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
9. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
10. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
11. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
12. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
13. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
14. What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you NOT understand.
15. Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.
16. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
17. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

What are we teaching our children? What were you taught? Is it ok to love one kind of person and not another? Is it morally right to hurt someone because you didn't like what they said or did? Are you spreading hate and anger? Or are you part of the solution and spreading love and kindness? WE are responsible for how others are treated. WE are responsible for teaching our children what is right.

You can take away every weapon known to man and people will resort to using their fists and throwing stones. TAKE responsibility for YOURSELVES for once. STOP pointing the finger at things, laws and others... EACH AND EVERYONE OF US IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS WORLD. Be the change and lead by example.


  1. Item number 1 is a spurious quotation.

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