Saturday, April 20, 2013

Go. Read. NOW.

Erin hits it out of the park. OUT. OF. THE. PARK.

It's a direct slap-in-the-face to the whole "guns are dangerous" crowd, the ones who so smugly emoted "you love your guns more than children" in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. A straightforward hit amidships for those who think that if we snapped our fingers and magically made all guns disappear forever the world would instantly become "safe" from all violence. Of course, the events in Boston this week show otherwise, but as we've seen time and time again, facts are meaningless to those who oppose freedom.

Look, freedom is messy. It's scary, and dangerous, and unpredictable. Living in a free society means, yes, it is possible that the wrong people might do something that winds up in innocent people getting hurt. But they can and do hurt innocents with cars, knives, bombs, fists, and sticks - only when it comes to firearms do we start blaming the tool rather than the person using the tool. Plenty of folks noted that when the bomb went off at the marathon, no one blamed pressure cookers or ball bearings - they blamed the terrorists who planted the bombs. After Sandy Hook, though, all we heard was how "assault weapons" and "high capacity magazines" were to blame rather than the disturbed young man pulling the trigger.

Our rights - all of them, not just the ones we happen to enjoy - are non-negotiable. Not the freedom of speech, under fire from both the right (ban books!) and the left (political correctness); not the freedom to be free of unreasonable search and seizure; nothing. It is not a buffet from which we can pick and choose those rights we wish to defend - we defend the entire bill, or those who wish to rein in our freedoms will divide and conquer.

Thank you, Erin, for such a great post.

That is all.


Anonymous said...

a 30 rd clip or mag is a god given right,look it up in the bible!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Good Job Erin!

Now to Anon 10:59am

I just love Nameless, Faceless Cowardly Anti-Gunners like you. Why have I recognized you? Because you don't know the Difference between a Clip or a Magazine, plus you have chosen to Disrespect those who believe in God by using small letters in the words God and Bible.

You Antis talk about your Freedom of Speech, yet you have a Shit Fit when a Pro-Gunner uses THEIR Freedom of Speech to oppose you in "Reasonable Discourse." I love it when you get your Knickers in in a Twist when it comes back at you in the same manner in which you sent it.

Oh, BTW, in the First Amendment, there's a part that says "or prohibiting the Free Exercise thereof..." That means people have the RIGHT to Worship as they Please. Just like Free Speech, Religious Freedom is a Right, not a Privilege.

So since Jay is a Good Guy, he'll let me say the Following: My Freedom doesn't come from You, Your Political Cronies, Your Community Activists, Your Marxist Idealogues or any other Man-Made Wack-Job Construct.

They come from God, Indivisible and with Liberty and Justice for All.

Just like President Barack Hussein Obama said last night in his First Amendment News Statement after the Terrorist was caught in Boston.

And they are backed up by the God-Given Talents and Tools of Samuel Colt, John Moses Browning, Eugene Stoner and Gaston Glock.

All YOU have is a Small Mind.

Care to Dance? You go First. I'll go Last, you Fucking Moron.

joethefatman said...

I don't think I've ever commented here before. But I have to say that was well worth reading! I've been saying that the antis are trying to take my CIVIL RIGHTS away and I generally get a dazed look in response. They can't seem to understand that the 2A is a right, not a privilege. So thanks for pointing me to that piece, I've shared on twitter.

Bubblehead Les. said...

BTW, while watching the MSM yesterday during your Imposition of Martial Law, one story came out about a Homeowner in Watertown saying he hopes the Police catch the guy soon, "because all I have to Protect Myself in my Home is this Machete."

Sad. Especially in a place where a bunch of Armed British Citizens took up arms on 19 April, 1775 to Defend themselves.

Now you're down to a Machete. Sad.

Shane W said...

Bubblehead Les, For The Win!!!

Anonymous said...

Erin, There was no way I could comment on your blog about this, so if Jay doesn't mind; I'll do it here.

Great job and keep up the good work.

Les, Maybe they still have pitch forks as well, but have forgotten how to use them...truly sad when you think of it. But, then again, he said he would have to defend himself. Now there is a concept.

Anonymous said...

I need to agree...the only reason for any more than 7 rounds means your a bad shot! Really,the cops in boston shot 200 rounds and hit and killed 1 guy?Maybe wounded the other guy? In vietnam it was 250 shots to kill ratio.As much as I respect LEO...they need training

TigerStripe said...

Last anonymous- thinking you will know how many rounds it will take you in a gun fight is a good (or bad) way to get killed. Go read "One Cop who carries 145 rounds" over at Say Uncle or "Mindset explained by Jared Reston" on GunNutsMedia.

The Vietnam number of 5.56 rounds per VC/NVA was a little over 50,000. But that's with suppressive fire and gaining fire superiority during ambushes and the like, not really one guy shooting at one guy. TS

Anonymous said...

TO; Bubblehead:
Read the 2nd states,to form a "MILITIA"..go for it!!!

Anonymous said...

to Bubble head
I see how you got your name

PJS said...

Thanks, Jay, for calling our attention to Erin's terrific (and refreshing) blog entry.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 10:21 and 10:23 PM on April 20, in the part of the country where I live, all able-bodied home owners are the militia, although officially we are called the Sheriff's Posse. Per state and county law, we can be called up and deputized in an emergency. We are also presumed to be the first line of defense for ourselves and our families if/when the sheriff can't get to us fast enough.


Geodkyt said...

Anon -- Please show me where it says to FORM a militia.

Please define militia.

Please show how militia means anything other than the general body of the population capable of military service.

You see, the Founding Fathers, during the PUBLIC DEBATE on the Second Amendment (and, in fact, when the ratification of the entire Constitution was in doubt primarily due to the lack of, among other things, a Second Amendment) addressed all these things.

Likewise, the Supreme Court. (Even the antigunner's pet favorite, Miller, says that the only "arms" unquestionably protected under the Second Amendment are military grade personal weapons. The Government tried to claim the case hinged on whether or not Miller was in an official militia -- SCOTUS utterly rejected that part of the government argument. And this in a case where the defendant was neither present nor represented -- the ONLY side speaking at the Supreme Court hearing WAS the prosecution.)

You're just an anonymous anti-civil liberty bigot, cowardly hiding while gliding in to make hit and run snipes.

Functionally, you're no different than a Klansman in his hood.

Ed said...

If I read my history correctly, in the early days of the Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Colony, there were many indentured servants who traded the exclusive use of the labor for a period of seven years in exchange for the cost of transportation plus room and board for the indentured servitude period. Since all able-bodied males were expected to be armed for the defense of the community, the holders of the indentured bonds were expected to provide arms for both themselves and their indentured servants. Otherwise, the community provide arms to those who could not provide their own arms - weapon, lead shot, gunpowder, bayonet (still in short supply at the time of the American Revolution), and the gear to carry them. There was no standing army, no police, no fire department, and commercial ships were armed for defense against pirates and privateers. Not only was there a right to be armed, there was a duty to be armed, and a duty to drill and report when the alarm was called for all to muster to protect the community. Even then, there were shirkers, malcontents and some who expected others to carry the share of the burden they were unwilling to provide themselves. Rations of ale were provided at the end of drill to reinforce the community service aspect and as a more effective tool to achieve compliance than placing the uncooperative in the stocks. We need a return to this attitude. Rights, responsibilities and keggers for all.