After decades of statist policies, ostensibly to make us "safer" (offensively misnamed "Patriot Act," anyone?), the United States is far less the beacon of liberty than it once was. And yet, given the sad state of much of the rest of the world, the U.S. is still about the best place in the world for a freedom loving individual.
Gun-hating Americans are working hard to change that, with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) going so far as trying to sell the public on her forcible citizen disarmament agenda by pointing out that tyrannical countries would respect us more if we, too, were rendered disarmed and helpless to resist government excesses.
Of course, many who have lived under such oppressive governments, but are now American citizens, enjoying the Constitutional guarantee of their fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms, would beg to differ. Or no--scratch that--they know that they are now in no position to have to beg for anything.
Henson Ong, born abroad, but now "an American by choice," as he refers to himself, is such an individual. At the "Gun Violence" Prevention Working Group public hearing in Hartford, Connecticut Monday, Mr. Ong delivered a powerful, moving, and extremely lucid argument against restrictive gun laws. The video of his speech (see sidebar video) is about five minutes long, and is well worth the time.
Another "American by choice" comes from one of the countries claiming that Americans' right to keep and bear arms is a "human rights violation." He is an eyewitness to the Chinese government's slaughter of hundreds (thousands?) of peacefully protesting students in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Now an American citizen--an armed American citizen--he is another who defends the right to keep and bear arms with the passion that comes from having experienced the evil of its denial.
If you have time for one more video--and this may seem like an odd choice, but hear me out--"I Shall Not Walk Alone," performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama, bears on this discussion as well. At a bit under two and a half minutes into the song, the video shifts to the iconic photo of the incredibly brave Chinese civilian who stood in front of a column of tanks at Tiananmen, and refused to back down. Anyone who can watch that with dry eyes is made of sterner stuff than this correspondent.
Watching that, in fact, and having read about improvised anti-armor weapons in Mike Vanderboegh's upcoming novel "Absolved," was what inspired the improvised explosives article that sent the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence into such shrill hysterics.
Some who have come to this nation from countries where forcible citizen disarmament is the law of the land would inflict the same evil here. Those, on the other hand, who turn that experience into the wisdom to resist such tyranny at every turn are far better Americans than many who were born here.
- China condemns U.S. gun ownership as human rights violation
- Anti-gun immigrant chides Americans for 'literal following of the Constitution
- Piers Morgan tweets Second Amendment technology ignorance
- China, Iran join America's domestic enemies in calling for citizen disarmament
- German gun registry ensures only law-abiding will be caught in net
- Hands off Piers Morgan! (He's too useful an idiot to send back to England.)
- Why don't you threaten us with something we're scared of? Piers Morgan: So cartoonishly anti-American that if he didn't already exist, we'd have to invent him.
- Feinstein wants more 'gun control' to make dictatorships like us better
- Survivor of Tiananmen Square Now An American Patriot Gun Owner
- Descendant of Holocaust survivors wants us less capable of resisting holocausts