No one has published my name as of yet as a gun owner, as far as I know. So I am outing myself to save them the trouble.
Actually, a quick stop at the local Courthouse will show that I am a Concealed Carry Permit holder as well, that is a matter of public record. Anyone can look that information up.
Now, that doesn’t actually mean I own a gun, but it is a pretty good indicator.
And I do. Several in fact. It is my right as an American Citizen. I am also a Military Veteran and even spent some time on Shore Patrol watch in the Navy.
I am not a hunter. I am not a collector. The guns I own are for my personal protection. I have never had to use one and hope (and pray) I never need to.
Now, all of my guns are handguns. I have never felt the need to own any type of rifle or shotgun, but I would buy one if I believed there could be a need. I just don’t see a scenario presently where I would need to have a weapon with longer range accuracy than a hand gun. The only potential threat as I assess it today would be one up close and personal. A burglar, a robber at my business, or a random street crime. And I would not think it is appropriate to shoot someone that only wants my wallet or my car. I don’t carry much cash and I have insurance on my car. But if my life were threatened – say in a theater or some other place I might be when one of those nut jobs feels a need to open fire on a crowd, I would think it appropriate for the protection of myself and others to use force – lethal is necessary – to protect life.
My weapons are purely defensive. They are the good kind.
It is the offensive weapons we need to worry about. And if someone has an offensive weapon and decided to use it, you are going to need a defensive weapon of like kind to survive.
And how can you tell the difference between an offensive weapon and a defensive one?
The weapon is just a weapon. Neither offensive nor defensive. Until it is fired. Only then can we know which it is. Only then does it get branded as offensive or defensive.
Weapons are neutral.
The people decide which type of weapon it is to become.
Yet the weak-minded among us would have you believe that a weapon is evil and must be banned. Weapons are both good and evil. Always have been. Always will be.
It is the people who are good or evil. There have always been random acts of violence perpetrated by crazy people. If anything, we need to weed out the crazies, but the same people who want to deny us our Second Amendment rights seem more worried about the individual liberties of the crazy than the rights of the sane. They are both important, but we simply can’t allow the rights of a person who randomly kills innocent people to trump the rights of those who live within the law. It makes as much sense as closing banks to prevent bank robberies.
The National Rifle Association is a fierce defender of the Second Amendment. I was a member in the past, but had allowed my membership to lapse. I still believe in the group and right now, they are the front line in the battle for our Constitutional rights and need our help.
If you are not a member, please visit them at NRA.ORG and drop $35 to join. They even take PayPal.
Over 100,000 people (well, 100,001 counting me) have joined since the tragic Sandy Hook incident.
Gun sales are soaring and there are 6 month or longer waits for AR-15′s because the manufacturers can’t keep up with the demand.
Also, consider showing the world you will not be dictated to and have your rights cancelled by weak-minded liberals who would be the first to crawl behind you and whimper if a shooting broke out. Buy a holster and proudly show your second amendment rights. Or obtain a Concealed Carry Permit.
Another group that you should get to know is the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Their website is here and they are another group on the front lines and worthy of your support.
And don’t forget to call or write your Congressman and Senators. They need to hear us.
Every time a government has rounded up guns it has always worked out really bad for Liberty.
The founders of this nation added the Second Amendment for a reason. They risked everything to secure their freedom from a tyrant. And the last thing they wanted was for a new government to become as bad – or worse – than the one they fought to expel.
They won their freedom. The Second Amendment was intended to keep us from ever having to win our freedom again.
Liberty lost is never regained.