Tuesday, September 24, 2019

About That 'Gun Control' Thing

FB Friend Don Cooper posted this succinct and factual piece. If you are 'pro gun', his logical deliniation may come in handy. If you are of the 'anti-gun' group, you might want to read and consider this with as open a mind as you can muster.
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Even good people get emotional and do irrational things sometimes. Irrationality is a part of our humanity, there's nothing we can do about it.

Some believe that's why guns should not be readily available to people.

At first this seems reasonable but after closer examination the even more dangerous consequences become apparent.

The first problem is that any laws restricting gun ownership will be enforced by law enforcers with guns. People just as vulnerable to emotional, irrational acts. Who's going to police the police? We see horrendous acts of violence every day by the king's men on unarmed people.

Secondly, history has shown us that the path to tyranny is paved with an imbalance of weapons. First the state disarms the public under the guise of public safety and then usurps ultimate power and control over the populous.

Thirdly, is the irrational nature of laws meant to deal with human irrationality. Gun laws are prior restraint laws. Laws meant to assume someone will do something bad so they will be restrained prior in order to insure they don't do something bad. It's pre-crime like in the movie "Minority Report". It's also prejudicial and dehumanizing. The individual is taken out of the equation and everyone is treated with the same contempt and suspicion without probable cause.

Lastly is the destructive economic effects. Guns, like all weapons, are an economic good that are produced for many different uses: hunting, sport, fun, self-defense etc. Guns, ammunition and many other accessories create jobs and stimulate economic activity. There are 200 million gun owners in the US alone. The gun industry is a billion dollar a year business. Any laws restricting the manufacture and sale will necessarily negatively impact a large sector of the economy.

The UK has all but made it impossible for people to get guns yet they still have one of the EU's highest violent crime rates. People just use knives instead of guns. Now the government is asking people to turn in their knives!

What's next? Cricket bats? I know, let's just all stay at home every day unless we have an "exit license" from the state to go outside. That will certainly minimize the fear of something bad happening.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fair Warning

A compelling, informative and downright frightening article about the (near) future of firearms ownership and the elimination of the protection of the 2nd Amendment. Share with your friends.
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You probably think Facebook and Google are throwing off geysers of money by dominating an industry known as “online advertising”, but those of us who’ve spent time on the inside of this beast know the industry by its true name: mass behavior modification.

It’s only a matter of time before these two companies openly go on the attack against American gun ownership, and when they do, they’ll form a foe far greater than any we’ve faced before. If you don’t believe that they can turn the tide of public opinion on firearms, a tide that lately seems to be going in our favor, then you’re not paying attention.

Pay Attention here

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Term Limits: The Only Way It Can Work

Just as used to be said about the weather: "Everybody talks about it but no one does anything about it!"

So it is with Term Limits, the quaint notion that will keep politicians from becoming wealthy, lazy, hypocritical, perpetually elected criminals along with their standard psychopathic issues. "Quaint notion" because in order to become Law, the very ones who will be adversely effected must vote for it.

Any such solution requiring the force of a law is DOA; career suicide is a non-starter in every occupation I can think of.

But how about this: a local ‘citizen’s groups’ comprised of the candidates’ constituents who demand everyone in the race take a Forensic Audit Oath comparing their net worth prior to running and prior to running for re-election? The Candidate will be required to explain the sources of any sudden increases during his term. Along with being absolutely local registered voters, the group would have to be dedicated energetic activists, sufficiently funded, and most of all: media savvy, in order to ensure the Candidate gets all the coverage s/he so richly deserve in the event of failure/refusal to publicly commit to it. A local popular talk show host/station would help; ditto local/regional editorial support. Making sure the “Oath” commitment gets thorough media coverage is the key to its “enforcement” without a Law in place. Robust social media exposure could help similar groups spontaneously combust throughout all areas – no government (or law) required.

This is the essence of Sam Adams' comment: "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

Go organize that "irate, tireless minority", set some local brushfires and you will be amazed at what can be accomplished. It all starts with You. Not "Us". You. The Us come later. Except for the "freedom" part, your enemies are doing this every day.

Brian Wilson