Cheaper Than Dirt is (well…was) a great site. It was a place to order bulk ammo to target shoot and find good deals on almost anything firearm related. I was looking to buy a few more Magpul PMags and check out some AR’s so I went online. I went to CTD and found that they are no longer a reputable retailer or representative of the 2nd ammendment. I visited their site today and found this…
They decided to suspend online firearm sales. Read about it HERE.
Dicks Sporting Goods has removed its semi-automatic rifles from their store shelves. Read HERE. A few Walmarts have followed this conga line of stupidity and cowardice.
Even the NRA is silent, they shut down their Facebook page. I am not sure if this was due to pressure applied to FB by the political demons in DC or the NRA thinking that if they run silent and saying nothing they will more likely get out unscathed. Their silence is deafening.
This is when I realized how real the situation has become and how dark the road ahead is looking.
I remember the hysteria after Obama was elected, while at that first post-inauguration gun show AR-15s were heavy movers while being marked up with the Obama premium. But then the hysteria settled down along with the prices, the shelves got restocked and with ObamaCare being the centerpiece of tyrannical legislation, the gun-grabbing talk was not all that prevalent. Then the “Dark Knight Rises” shootings in Aurora and the Cops in NYC firing blindly into the crowds hoping to hit a suspect started the rumblings and demands for increased gun controls and restrictions.
Then the tragedy in Connecticut, a disturbed suburban man-boy uses an AR-15 and hand guns to murder more than 2 dozen people, most of which are 5-8 year old children. He likely was on the typical mind-altering/numbing psychotropic drugs peddled by the likes of Merck and Pfizer. It seems he played out his violent fantasy in a place where there were sure to be people incapable of defending themselves.
This event hits home for me; my wife grew up in CT. We will be spending the early part of the Christmas holiday there. I am sure there will be much talk of the atrocity that occurred. My wife was also a kindergarten teacher for 7 years before we had our son. Reading about this on Friday morning made me cry. But tearing down the freedom of the individual to defend oneself from home invaders, drugged up psychopaths or a tyrannical government is never going to be the solution.
The so-called conservative Joe Scarborough declares that inaction can’t be allowed to continue. He is endorsing “stricter gun controls.” He shouldn’t be allowed to utter terms like “libertarian ideals.” He’s in favor of “freedom” when it is easy but not when it is messy or when it hits too close to home for him. I am not going to dissect this cowardly rant by Scarborough, he was one of the MSM mouthpieces that typically gave Ron Paul a fair shake but I am deeply disappointed in his lack of principle. Principles do not mean anything if you abandon them during times when it is inconvenient.
So political action is needed? When have the results of political action ever yielded results that lead to anything but more control for the powerbrokers in DC and our freedoms being assaulted?
As I was getting ready to go to sleep last night I was flipping through the channels and caught a segment of that idiotic wind-bag O’Reilly. He really does not know anything. The terms he utters like “military-style” and “heavy” rifles need to go by the wayside. I laughed out loud when he said “AR-47.” They must give away Harvard diplomas in cracker jack boxes. I will give him some credit for displaying some of the data out there that shows increasingly stricter gun controls do not decrease gun violence. Watch below if you want.
But then around the 2:30 mark O’Reilly says that “…the US Constitution allows US citizens arm themselves.” That is such a patentedly untrue statement. The right to self-defense existed before and regardless of the scribblings on any government parchment – including the US Constitution (that is typically used as toilet paper today). It is a natural right. Just because the typical group of murders/criminals occupy the seats of government at that time recognize it or not is irrelevant. Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity, he didn’t allow it to exist. Similarly the Founding Fathers only explicitly stated what was already true. The right to self-defense was a natural right and it was the government’s responsibility to not only never infringe on that right but also protect it against would be aggressors. To think that government “allows” us to have guns is to imply that self-defense is a privelege, a privelege that can be revoked if our owners deem it necessary. It is not a privelege, an example of a privilege is how we the citizens allow the government the privilege of existing. This type of wrongheaded thinking is why Bill O’Reilly is a horrible excuse for a man, American and human being. It is also why the idea that was “America” is essentially dead.
For these “blow-dryers,” freedom is so important when on a campaign trail or bloviating in front of the camera on a show with their name in the title. But these people are not prepared for freedom; real freedom scares them. Freedom is not perfect, it isn’t always going to be nicely packaged with a bow on top but it is the only alternative to tyranny. These sorry excuses are not men, they are cowards who want their children to be safe slaves instead of free men and women. They are the enablers of the oppressors.
There is no absolute safety, only the illusion of safety.
I have been becoming more and more despondent regarding the government school system; this is just another nail in the coffin for them. Making it a crime to seek the means of defending yourself and school children is nothing short of being an accomplice to the murders committed. When it is time for my son to start “formal schooling” the government schools are looking like an even poorer option than they did a week ago. No early education teacher working as a government drone anywhere will do a better job than my wife and our home will never be a “gun-free zone,” so they will be safer there than almost any other place. Both of us are trained and armed. I could leave the house knowing that they won’t be helpless targets for cowardly maniacs to slaughter.
People are scared of guns. I know many that don’t like being in the presence of a firearm and even refuse to touch them. It is an inanimate object, a tool that can be used for good or for evil. If good people refuse to use them or actively restrict other good people from using them we will all become slaves to those who are evil.
The big government types always decree the same thing, whether it is a healthcare issue, an infrastructure issue, an economic issue, a debt issue or a crime issue. They need to increase regulations and we need to give them more control so they can steer us to safety. But this is what is leading us to our destruction.
Lack of strict gun laws is not what caused the death of 20 children. The strict gun laws already in place are a major contributing factor to why so many of them became victims. The mall shooter in Oregon turned his gun on himself after he realized there was an armed citizen nearby. The mall was a gun-free zone which is why he chose it. This person likely saved lives by ignoring an idiotic law, if only more people were smart enough to ignore more immoral laws.
John Lott has done quite a bit of research on the subject and found a startling correlation:
“With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”
Guns are not evil. It is the use of aggressive violence that is evil. And how are those demanding “stricter gun regulations” and bans are going to enforce their new rules? By using force, coercion and aggression against people who own firearms but have done nothing to harm anyone. This use of force by the unruly mob of scared sheeple is exactly why the Founders made sure to explicitly recognize the 2nd Amendment.
If banning firearms is a solution to ending violence I propose the most murderous entity the world has ever known be disarmed. If you want to stop gun violence then the first people who should be banned from having firearms are the murderers and sociopaths who are in government.