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Safer Streets 2011: Conservatives now reaching for gun control?

The liberals, we expect to be anti-gun. They want to grow government so they eliminate liberty's safeguards one by one and try to replace you with officials or some policy.

And when you complain and use your first amendment rights of redress of grievances, they try and shut you up.

But, Golly, Batman, what do you do when conservatives start thinking like liberals right after they've been elected and seated?

Now Peter King (R) New York is trying to make it a crime to be armed within a thousand feet of any government officials. This after it was a private citizen or two who brought the Tucson shooter down! What do they have in the water that makes them overlook the obvious?

Let me explain something to the incoming Congress: gun control takes guns from people who are the law on scene in the absence of law enforcement. All governance rises up from the electorate, including the authority we grant law enforcement and public servants; including legislation, affirmative defenses to tort and crime filings, and the Vote. The legal authority gun owners summon in our own personal armed self-defense is well established in public policy, public interest, tort law, criminal law, a few other codified and substantive law and various doctrines, not to forget citizen arrest.

Any citizen can stop a crime in progress, any citizen can bring up to lethal force when facing grave danger.

What you saw in the Tucson incident in taking down Whatsisname was the sovereign people acting on their sovereign authority to act in stopping a crime in progress. Being free to use up to lethal force for that incident didn't mean they had to, but they could have if they wanted. An Ed Schultz interview with Joe Zamudio [internet search term Ed Schultz, Joe Zamudio for the video] exemplified something gun owners never get credit for from the anti-gun crowd and that is good judgment under pressure. We don't even get credit from republican congressman, do we?

Is it the good samaritans who will be charged with battery of Whatsisnamne? No.

Will they be charged with excessive force? No. How about false imprisonment? No.

Will those three receive a letter of criminal complaint for "playing cop" or impersonating an officer? No.

Why not? Because each of them had then and they have now the authority to act in the absence of law enforcement to stop a crime in progress. What you saw in action was the doctrine of coming to the aid of another, AKA standing in the shoes of the victim. Nobody needed permission from anybody to stop Whatsizname. They already had the authority. Citizens have that authority at this very hour nationwide. It is one of the best kept secrets of gun control, and gun control gets people killed.

Concealed carry or open carry in places such as Arizona is much more than the right to carry a gun; it is a spirit of independence which is cultivated by the adult in their continuing self-interest to be free to make the kinds of decision only he and family must live with. Why? How?  Because officials never have to live with the consequences of their silliness. Citizens have to live with their choices; might as well insist on being free to make those choices. Independence.

Liberty is a realization that, in all things, there is no one else who will be responsible for you but you, no matter what officials promise you, just as there was no one else at the moment Whatsizname struck. (Why there wasn't someone detailed to be there is something you'll have to look into, but generally, thugs prefer to strike when they think the coast is clear, as in gun control.) The armed citizen means that the coast is never clear for thugs to strike. Too many armed citizens likely is my guess. 

The ubiquitous armed citizen means that a community itself refuses to be a victim, and realizes that it can trust its armed citizens who are everywhere better than it could ever trust a gun control policy which is never around when you need it. Translation: murder is already illegal.

Gun owners like to improve their skills, develop their judgment and improve their practice and understanding of the law. They know not to react in emotion, but to respond in purpose. Joe Zamudio who elected to grapple with Whatsisname rather than draw his gun – which he reports he had already reached for and instantly elected to keep holstered – reflects the kind of self-restraint and judgment that give meaning to what Independence is all about. This applies to family as much as it does education, privacy, marriage, net neutrality, and a hundred other values that safeguard our country.  Small wonder the kind of man or woman who knows he/she will always be on their own no matter what officials promise is the type to own and carry a handgun.

It's time the left in America be recognized as being against independence. How so? Independence does not need officials dictating to us their second best solutions when we already have in place the very best safeguards in self-governance: our sovereign authority and living with our own choices. AKA self-rule. Liberals take the self out of self-rule and replace it with second best programs.

Gun control was the very first abuse of due process in this country, dear Members of Congress. It paved the way for all of today's abuses of the law we now experience as one nation. It's time to appreciate from this experience that the armed citizen stops more than crime than all the gun laws in history; the armed citizen impeaches other boondoggles. When you begin to stop crime, you begin to get a handle on all the other boondoggles by finding that they are just as unnecessary and counter intuitive as gun control is.

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Comments

  • Gunowner 3 years ago

    Well done John! But will the liberal / politicans get it? My guess is no but we can hope and pray that some will listen!

  • Dan 3 years ago

    Please don't think that Peter King represents any trend of conservatives. He's from Long Island. NRA rated F. He does not represent the conservative position on gun control.

  • Charles Nichols / CNReporter 3 years ago

    Peter King (R) New York is a long time RINO. He is certainly neither a Republican nor a Conservative.

  • ExNuke 3 years ago

    The American public has learned several valuable lessons over the last few years.

    9/11 taught us that if you let an armed hijacker into the cockpit everybody on board and a lot of people on the ground are going to die. Look at the few attempts since then.

    VT taught us that hiding under a desk when an armed lunatic is calmly walking around shooting people just gets more people shot. The lunatic in Arizona was taken by potential victims down with two full magazines still available.

    Waco taught us that when an appointed buearacrat and an elected official want to pump up their importance/power they have no reservations about mobilizing their "select militia" to burn 80 or so men, women and children to death and the media will back them up. Fear the "Authorities" and "Only Ones" or you may get killed for DOA (Disrespect Of Authority).

    No one has a stronger interest in protecting you than you yourself. And they won't be there when you really need them.

    p.s. A better idea for the coward King would be a full set of bomb disposal armor. After all, the people he would have enforce his safety bubble would need to be carrying scary GUNS.

  • ExNuke 3 years ago

    The American public has learned several valuable lessons over the last few years.

    9/11 taught us that if you let an armed hijacker into the cockpit everybody on board and a lot of people on the ground are going to die. Look at the few attempts since then.

    VT taught us that hiding under a desk when an armed lunatic is calmly walking around shooting people just gets more people shot. The lunatic in Arizona was taken down by potential victims with two full magazines still available.

    Waco taught us that when an appointed buearacrat and an elected official want to pump up their importance/power they have no reservations about mobilizing their "select militia" to burn 80 or so men, women and children to death and the media will back them up. Fear the "Authorities" and "Only Ones" or you may get killed for DOA (Disrespect Of Authority).

    No one has a stronger interest in protecting you than you yourself. And they won't be there when you really need them.
    p.s. A better idea for the coward King would be a full set of bomb disposal armor. After all, the people he would have enforce his safety bubble would need to be carrying scary GUNS.

    p.p.s. Note to self, Proofread before post.

  • Mama Liberty 3 years ago

    If you carefully study US history you will discover that politicians and bureaucrats of all parties and persuasions most assuredly want to limit our ability to defend ourselves, or think for ourselves. They want those they plunder and murder to be helpless cattle, not thinking human beings.

    This false "left-right" and "liberal - conservative" nonsense is just diversion.

    Do you own your life and body? Do you think everyone does or should? Do you want to own other people? Those are the relevant questions. Remember that ownership equals control. If you don't control it, you don't own it.

  • Straight_Shooter 3 years ago

    John -

    Love your stuff, but Charles Nichols is right . . . Peter King is no conservative. He pushed various gun-control schemes in the last Congress as well. He's from New York for cripes sake!

    At the risk of being irreligious, to misquote Jesus: "Will anything good ever come out of New York?"

    Nah!!!!!

  • Luis 3 years ago

    Great article, John. Your comment about the left being against liberty in America is on the mark. I could never fathom how these same people who were screaming "Power to the people" during the 1960's could be FOR gun control. These same people who say a woman has a right to an abortion, because it's her body, decry her use of guns to protect that same body.

  • John Longenecker, the GRE who works here.. 3 years ago

    Thanks, Guys, every single one of you is correct. Part of understanding our present position is in reading those who hate this country, from Marx to Alinsky to daily anti-freedom editorials. They all have the same smell on their breath. Each has their own hang-ups, and they become the aggressor.

    I think America -- being as fair-minded as we are - is beginning to discern who is hostile to them and who is defending America and their interests. As long as we can articulate clearly the proper defense of our way of life, we ought to prevail. The key is in pointing to our observance of due process in contrast to the haters' abuses of due process, for a start.

    Second, we need to remember that Fair does not mean equal. Pundits who seem to divide criticism into equal parts of balme to both side does not know what fairness is. Sometimes, real fairness is that we win and they lose. Uh.. let's see.. I think the right word is Survival.

    We won't survive if we think the the idea of Fairness means giving ground to those hostile to America.

    Maries Parente reminds us that the moment we sit down to negotiate what we already have, we lose.

    In fact, there are no two sides to our sovereign liberty. Real Fairness means refusing to recognize that there ever could be two sides to our second amendment.

    Write me at John at goodforthecountry.com

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