Guns, Taxes and Living in the USAOK….I’m mad, and I’m not going to take it any more….
I am just about sick and tired of hearing all about how awful guns are and how ‘assault riffles’ should be banned. A few months ago I received an email from someone in AUSTRALIA who felt that they should send around a petition for people to sign and email to the US government about how awful guns in the US are.
My question to these people is: “What right do you have to meddle with the fundamental laws of another country?
If you don’t like the laws in other countries then STAY HOME!
I recently saw a facebook posting from a friend who lives in another country regarding this issue, and my facebook friend wanted to know why I’m worried about this law. Following is my response to her question. Since facebook only allows a limited number of characters, I am posting it here:
Hell Yes, I am ‘worried’ about this law.
I have lived in both Canada and the Republic of the United States of America. I enjoy living in both countries, and both have advantages and disadvantages that I won’t go into here. They also have similarities and differences.
One of the similarities is that there are many places in both countries where you can live in peace, leave your doors unlocked, and friends in the community look after you. You and I both live in places like that.
One of the differences is the Constitution, and with that comes the difference of attitude toward guns. The Constitution of the Republic of the United States of America states that the citizens have the right to own and bear arms. This is the CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This law dates back to the founding of the country and has helped shape its people.
Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of the law is not to provide entertainment or food for the people, and it is not to defend the country from invaders. It is a law that was put in place to insure that the people do not become slaves to the government. This reason is as valid today as it was then, and probably even more so. AND, it does not limit the KIND of guns you can own or the NUMBER of rounds you can shoot without reloading.
For those who use the argument that ‘assault riffles’ are dangerous and should be banned, keep this in mind: Smoking is the number one killer of people in the country but I don’t see anyone trying to outlaw tobacco. In fact, I still see cigarettes for sale in stores everywhere.
Automobiles kill far more people than guns but I don’t see them being banned from the roads or locked up in garages and hidden from sight when not in use. Instead we advertise automobiles for sale and teach our offspring the laws of the road and how to drive. They are left prominently and proudly displayed in our driveways. When I was growing up guns were treated the same way. People got drunk and stupid and killed innocent families with their cars then and they still do it now. People got drunk and stupid and shot themselves in the foot with their guns.
Statistically speaking, guns are very low on the ‘killer’ list. A gun, like a car, is only a tool. It doesn’t pull its own trigger. People are killed by tire irons, kitchen knives, baseball bats, poisons, and fists and NONE of these things are even considered for banning. Perhaps, instead of banning guns we should ban the criminally insane people, the drug dealers, and the gang members who use them to hurt the innocent. The truth is that more people commit suicide with guns than shoot others. Do you think taking guns away from them will prevent their death? No, it just means that more of them will land on others when they jump from skyscrapers.
Banning guns will not stop people from using them to feel power over another any more than banning drugs has got meth, coke and heroin off the street. The only thing it will do is insure that only the criminally insane have them, that underground gun dealers become wealthy, and that the rest of the population become sitting ducks. In fact, most mass shootings are committed by people on psychotropic meds, the kind prescribed by a doctor, but by law that can’t be reported because we wouldn’t want to malign the name of the shooter, now would we?
If I’m not mistaken, New York City and Chicago have some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the country, and they have the highest crime rate and the highest incidents of shootings.
That tells me two things:
1) gun laws will not stop criminals from having guns;
2) gun laws give criminals the knowledge that they have free rein. They have no fear because NO ONE will shoot back.
Banning guns will not make them all disappear, any more than outlawing drugs has stopped the sale of crack and meth to high school kids. Telling people guns are bad will not discourage criminals from using them. You can not wipe out the knowledge of guns any more than you can wipe out the knowledge of atomic bombs.
In 1773 Americans destroyed three shiploads of Brittish tea because of taxes. The Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania in 1791 was sparked by a proposed tax on alcohol, but in 1797 the government finally got in place an estate tax. Over time this has expanded to include sales taxes, inheritance taxes, income taxes, luxury taxes, gas taxes, capital gains taxes, investment taxes…I think you get the idea.
Do you really think that if the government bans one kind of firearm it will stop at that?
So…..Hell yes, I’m worried.
I completely agree with you!
Time and time again I see these people who don’t even live in the united states just having to put there worthless 2 cent’s on topics they have no business or right to even be discussing.
You said it perfectly,If they don’t like the law’s over here then they can just stay home! Honestly I am sure they could find a lot more to nit pick about with there own country,why attack ours?
People just love to hate on the good old USA. And the problem is that this has become more than a fad…it has become a tradition! A tradition to hate on a country who has sent aid and billions of dollars to every country who was ever in trouble…even Korea!
We need to stand up for our beloved country more often so this kind of thing will die out and it won’t be a foreign tradition anymore.
Half the people who come up with these half cocked half plastic petitions
(that won’t ever reach high ground mind you) have no clue what they are talking about…it’s a complete waste of time and email space!
Take away our guns and you take away our freedom.
The day that happens is the day Hitler returns. No other way to put it.
Banning guns will only turn innocent citizens into criminals and rebels.
TheY won’t be taking my Glock’s away…that’s for sure!
I love how you guy’s don’t sugar coat these topics!
You have gained a fan for life!
Thanks so much for reading this blog and for your comment. It’s good to know there are people who will stand up and talk about our rights.
I love your comment about Hitler returning. People don’t realize that Hitlers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. To his country he started out as a hero. He promised a car for every family, good roads and public services–AND he delivered! The economy was in a terrible state at that time and the population as a whole began to see him as deliverance. At first, other small countries welcomed his take-over and there was dancing and celebration in the streets. Once the people were convinced of what a good thing he was, he began to take people from mental institutions and prisons to ‘place them’ and in actuality used them as human guinea pigs for experimentation. Later he used Jews for the same thing.
BUT, what people don’t realize is that before he could do any of this he changed the laws about guns and made it illegal for any but police and military to have them. Once he was there…No guns, no defense. No defence, easy take-over.
Best sources of information are not the history books, but the blogs and books by people who lived through it.
I totally agree!
And it was my pleasure reading this post, It’s refreshing to see someone who gets a bit frustrated over some of the same things I do.
I don’t think I hit the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” Button when I commented on this post because I never got an email telling me you responded, sorry about that!
I was brand new to WordPress at the time and I was still learning, forgive me for such a late response.
It’s a good thing I remembered I commented here when I saw your comment on my blog a second ago or I would of probably never have seen your response.
You guys cover a lot of great topics on here, and I agree with most of them (Everyone of them I have read so far) so You can be sure that I will return and participate on some of the posts!
I love this idea BTW, teaming up with someone to talk about political stuff and general things that are messed up or just plain wrong in our country now days.
You should change the name to, “two on the truth” instead of on a rant =p HaHa
You guys cover tons of stuff I absolutely agree with,
Thanks Shane! From the bottom up:
We started calling it Two on a Rant because it was going to be about the LITTLE things that botter us….you know, mosquito bites that itch for days after a 2 second bite, flies that land in the same place 10,000 times until you’re so frustrated you’re beating yourself to death to kill it, the slow driver in front of you that puts his signal on at every street, slows down, then changes his mind (or the one who cruises down the expressway with signal on all the time and never changes lanes). Instead, since I’ve been actively writing again I’ve seen so many things that are far more important, and when my brain locks onto something woe be me if I try to write about something else before clearing that slate!
Jo Ellen is a very good friend of mine and a prolific writer, but she didn’t have a blog. Since she loves ranting about things too I thought it would be a good idea to get her started and have some fun at the same time. It works really well because when one of us doesn’t have time or inclination the other does.
I, too, forget to check that little box about follow-ups. Usually I see it after I’ve clicked on Post and then I try to quickly click it while WordPress is thinking about posting the comment. Sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, I don’t know why. I’m really glad you saw the comment on your site though and found your way back here. As I mentioned in one of my other posts, a comment is the only real barameter of understanding. Of course, I love getting ‘likes’ too because that tells me that people see what I write and it’s very gratifying to know, but I think if my work really touches someone they will leave a comment. I guess it’s a measure of how much a person is affected. I guess there are some out there who say they write for themselves and don’t care if anyone reads it and are not interested in awards but that is definitely not the truth. If they don’t care about the opinion of others they won’t post their thoughts on the internet, they’ll file them in a notebook at the bottom of their underwear drawer. By the way, I LOVED your rant about the guy who got mad about the award. How would you like to guest blog on this site? I’m sure you could come up with a good rant about something.
Damn, you 2 are prolific writers! There’s a blog in each of your replies. Loved reading them!
LOL! You should just leap right into the foray!
Great rant! I got my first guns, a shotgun and a 22 for my birthday when I was 7. A quick story about a friend who did a rant on “guns don’t shoot people, people do”. After an evening of drinking he stood in his living room waving his 357 and doing his rant about stupid people pulling the trigger and he actually did shoot into the ceiling…forgetting that his water bed was directly above. LOL LOL LOL
Great story! Talk about “suffering from the consequences of your actions,” that’s definitely one for the books: Shoot to spill. 🙂
When we were young my mom left me ‘in charge’ while she went to town for groceries. She took the two younger kids with her so all I had to do was keep my brother (2 years younger than me) out of trouble.
The mail box was across the road and I walked over to check the box. When I got back the door was locked and my brother and a couple of friends were in the house. I banged on the door but they laughed and ran around inside, then they all disappeared to the back of the house.
I sat outside on the steps fuming and wording what I could tell Mom when she got home so they would get into the most trouble when I heard a gunshot from inside the house.
I banged on the door and started screaming and the next thing I knew my brother threw the door open. His face was white as a sheet and he said, “Don’t tell Dad!”. All his friends seemed to be there and OK so I told him he better tell me what happened.
The story I heard went something like this: ‘I wanted to show my friends Mom’s gun. We were taking turns holding it and shooting. I didn’t know there was a bullet in it.’
When we got to the bedroom there was a hole that went from just over the head of Mom and Dad’s bed, through the wall, through the shower, and out the bathroom window….. and he didn’t want me to tell on him.
There was NO WAY this would not be noticed. He was going to be in trouble, I was going to be in trouble, his friends might never be allowed back in the house. Our world just crashed, but at least we were all alive. I was so relieved about that! To this day I’m relieved every time I think about what might have been.
He now owns lots of guns, knows how to use them, and keeps them safely put away. Mom and Dad hid their guns and we never saw them again unless they were in the hands of an adult. And my brother never entered Mom and Dad’s bedroom again without permission.
That sounds like a good blog entry.
If kids were taught to respect fire arms from the get-go, things like that wouldn’t happen. It’s one thing to refrain from talking about sex. But not with a gun. It’s like leaving the keys in the car and expecting a 13 year old not to try driving it.
What kind of punishment did you 2 get?
We had been told that we were never to touch the guns, but he just had to show his friends.
I don’t recall getting any punishment myself, and I don’t think my brother did either. I was locked out of the house, not much I could do about the situation. My brother may have got restrictions for a while, but I think his biggest punishment was knowing he might have killed someone. I do know that Dad had a good long conversation with him. Not just about guns, but about messing with things that belong to other people.
That is hilarious! One thing about guns is that they don’t mix well with alcohol. I’m glad you didn’t say he shot one of his friends.
Great post! I don’t want to live in a country that will take away the rights of it’s citizens to be armed!
Neither do I. Better to have some way to prevent home invasions…. and other things.