The headlines in the news outlets and Internet discussion groups have been non-stop over the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Where – if we are truthful – 20 children, and 7, adults were murdered by a lunatic. Yes, seven.
Adam Lanza’s mother was a victim of what appears to be her own hand in somehow allowing access to these firearms by her son.
Massachusetts already has strict storage laws in place that cover both the firearms themselves and ammunition.
A few have been critical of my columns over the years and my seemingly unwavering support of the Bill of Rights and unwillingness to compromise my views. To them I say, thank God, for ultimately it is the Second Amendment that protects the First and all the others as our Founders intended.
One of the major issues here in these debates is what the Second Amendment states:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
The Founding Fathers, the author of this language, meant this as it was written since they were constantly weary of over-reaching Government tendencies and had just fought a bloody war to prevent themselves from being disarmed at Concord/Lexington by a superior force – The British Army.
It was also based in a belief that our natural civil rights come from our creator, not the Government. Just one of those natural rights was the right of self-defense and the defense of our beloved Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
What I find fascinating, dare I say stupefying, is that there's any discussion at all about what "...shall not be infringed." actually means.
For the last 120 years we have (allowed) infringed upon our natural civil right of self defense and the Second Amendment. The Gun Control ACT of 1934, 1968, and more. Yet, "Guns" haven't really changed. Society with respect to personal responsibility has….yet we want to blame the “gun” for our societies shortcomings.
Societal shortcomings is an understatement and as a case in point, one only has to look at what’s happening in California, then tell me how “Progressive Thinking” (some might call this an oxymoron) and these “Progressive Laws” are working out for us?
Government created these ‘Gun Free Zones’ which is in of itself a perfect example of infringing upon the natural civil rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. Government created these killing zones and now wants to tell us that even more restrictions will solve the problem we’ve allowed them to create! Worse, during the Obama / Biden televised ‘Gun Control Executive Order” signing these victims are paraded out and are clamoring for even more Government control when they should be screaming at the Government for being an accomplice to killing their child in the first place!
You don’t see Police Stations being attacked by lunatics do you? Now ask yourself, “Why?” That is not to say I’m in favor of arming schools, I’m not. I don’t want TSA-like schools and neither do you. All we need to do is repeal these ‘Gun Free Zones” and let the natural course of Freedom take place. Some teachers will carry concealed, and some will choose not to. The element of surprise will be enough of a deterrent to resolve these lunatics from even thinking about trying this again. Problem solved, Freedom preserved.
We have too many laws on the books today that restrict firearm ownership and Adam Lanza violated all of them without a thought. Yet the victim disarmament movement screams – one more law, one more law – with unwarranted faith, trust in Government and the State, that our Founders clearly did not have.
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” James Madison
What I’ve attempted to highlight is that we, as firearm owners, have already compromised too much. We have let Government at all levels infringe too far. We have proven that these laws only affect the law-abiding, not criminals. We as responsible firearm owners need to stick together in this and tell the Legislature (Linsky/Patrick) the line in the sand has been drawn – we must unite to show that we will not tolerate any further infringement.