Friday, September 13, 2013

Some People Get It...

Skidmark sends this in. This should be required reading before any vote for any gun control, period.

Guns Against Tyranny
I was born in Chengdu, China. When I was growing up, the Communist Party controlled everything. There were no choices of any sort. We were all poor except the elite. The local government rationed everything from pork to rice, sugar, and flour because there were not enough supplies. We were allowed only a kilogram of pork per month for our family of five. We lived in two rooms, without heat in the winter. I got impetigo during the cold, humid winters. There were eight families living around our courtyard, and we all had to share one bathroom (a hole in the ground) for males, one for females. We had only government-run medical clinics, where the conditions were filthy and services were horrible. I was afraid of going there because I might get some other infectious diseases.

Ah, the communist utopia. Everyone has the same food, money, and shelter. Universal health care. No private ownership of firearms. Why on earth would anyone ever leave such a heaven on earth? I mean, it's not like here in evil capitalist America, where by such outdated concepts like hard work and perseverance you can get ahead, make money, and rise out of poverty. No, in this paradise, everyone's the same - miserable.

Everyone except the ruling party elite that is. You know, like $100 million dollar vacations during double digit unemployment. Funny, isn't it, how the same politicians that rail against the "wealthiest one percent" have absolutely zero problems acting like that 1%, no? They travel on private jets, clear entire hotels when they stay, eat the finest foods - kinda like the ruling elite in communist countries. Except that at least here in the US, someone *other* than the ruling elite can live like that as well.

It's the part about firearms that really gets me. That someone, born in China where there is NO private ownership of firearms, can grasp the importance of arms to a free society when so many here in the US cannot, that's what struck me. The author of this piece recognizes the role that private arms play in keeping our freedoms, yet so many born and raised here miss that part completely. "No one needs an AR to hunt". Yes, most often the people making those statements know damn well that the second amendment has nothing to do with hunting, but enough people nod and baa accordingly that they're empowered to keep making those statements.

If anyone would know the dangers of a society where only the government has firearms, it'd be someone from China. 

That is all.

1 comment:

Matt W said...

And her article says so much more than just an essential right to bear arms. It goes to show that a piece of paper, like China's "constitution", doesn't give you any rights at all. Only the active and determined exercising of those rights make them real.

Article 35 of the 1982 State Constitution proclaims that "citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession, and of demonstration." Yet, even today, if you speak your mind in China and it the government determines it is "dangerous" speech, you go to prison.

Just evidence that we need to exercise ALL of our rights to ensure that all of them are protected.