Most of us who are not trying to use tragedies to further a political agenda grasp the concept that more laws are not the answer to preventing any type of crime, much less the senseless mass shootings that have been taking place in our country. Why someone cannot follow a logical train of thought that leads to the conclusion that those who are breaking the laws we already have are not suddenly going to become law-abiding citizens simply because we introduce more laws to be followed is difficult to understand. Writing about this yet again feels a bit redundant, but somehow, we keep finding ourselves back in the middle of this debate. It is a bit curious as to why we continue to have this debate in this country when the statistics clearly show that in only about 3% of crimes committed with firearms were the firearms obtained legally. That means about 97% of gun crimes were committed with guns obtained illegally. So, tell me again what stricter gun laws are going to do to reduce the number of shootings, please. And after this last tragedy, we are forced to look at the “see something, say something” issue. Many times after one of these senseless shootings it has been reported that neighbors or others close to the perpetrators saw or noticed something that would serve to indicate they were up to something, and that had someone simply said something to the authorities it could have been avoided. Well…, in the case of the Parkland shooting the shooter posted a warning on YouTube, somebody did say something, it was reported to the authorities. Yet one of the most vocal agencies in the country for the “see something, say something” mantra, did nothing to find and attempt to stop this threat.
The intent here is not to bash law enforcement, but there is no question that the FBI dropped the ball and 17 people lost their lives because someone did not do their job. This may seem a naïve question, however, I would like to know why, rather than fighting for more restrictions on legal gun sales our representatives are not asking what we are doing to take illegal guns off our streets. Imagine the lives that could be saved if the laws we already have were enforced. Most of you are already aware that the city of Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, yet 664 people were shot dead in that city alone in 2017. To put that into perspective, in the city of Miami of 26 homicides reported in the first six months of 2017 only 16 were due to gunfire. According to Forbes, Detroit tops the most dangerous cities in America due to gang violence. Again, a city run by Democrats with very strict gun laws. That seems to be working out real well for residents, does it not? Let’s take this one step further. A recent study regarding the crime rate in Arizona indicates that among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions, undocumented immigrants accounted for nearly 13 percent — significantly higher than their percentage of the population. The data covered from 1985 to 2017 and defined undocumented immigrants as those who weren’t U.S. citizens or green card holders, signaling permanent residency. The crime rates of the undocumented who were ages 18 to 35 was particularly important, given the ongoing debate over legalizing illegal immigrant “Dreamers.” The Arizona data showed that population had crime rates 250 percent higher than their share of the population would have predicted. AG Sessions stated in response to the new data that “They’re more likely to be convicted of sexual assault, robbery, and driving under the influence. They’re more than twice as likely to be convicted of murder.”
Okay, so we know that stricter gun laws do not result in less gun violence or fewer deaths as a result of gun violence. We also know that illegals are much more likely to commit crimes including violent crimes. Yet liberals are still fighting attempts to control illegal immigration, to extend amnesty to millions of illegals, and to restrict the gun rights of law-abiding citizens in this country. Where is the logic in this? Why do they ignore the facts and try to twist them to serve their own agenda? What exactly is their agenda as it certainly does not seem to serve us, the citizens of this nation? Here are a few things to consider:
- Liberals are openly fighting to undo the rule of law in the United States. They are fighting against enforcement of immigration laws, fighting to ensure that the Clintons are not held accountable for illegal actions taken, fighting to hide illegal actions of the DOJ in collusion with the DNC and HRC campaign, fighting to free illegal immigrants guilty of the commission of crimes such as murder. Let us not forget their stance against law enforcement in this country that only served to create chaos.
- Liberals are openly fighting to infringe upon our constitutional rights. “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Definition of Infringed: act so as to limit or undermine. We must keep in mind that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment was for the people to have a means of defending themselves against an overreaching too powerful central government.
- Democrats and Republicans are violating our constitutional rights – The Patriot Act. Enough said.
- Liberals continue to fight all forms of tax relief while fighting to increase welfare benefits. Make it difficult for the people to be self-sufficient and independent; force dependence upon government. Give government and the ruling class more control over the people.
- Liberal Democrats took part in a massive effort to seat the next President of the United States for control of the Executive Branch, undermining our process of elections.
The liberal fight to restrict gun ownership is a battle they know they must win in order to achieve their ultimate goal. It is quite clear that they are willing to put the lives of each and every American citizen at risk in order to achieve this goal. The very same people who preach inclusion and tolerance are the ones who pushed God out, who ended beginning class with the Pledge of Allegiance. The things that bound us together as a people and a nation were attacked creating a great divide among us. Our education system has been overtaken and campuses around the country have ceased to resemble anything that was once considered an American ideal. The generations coming behind us have no concept of what it means to be an American, the sacrifices made to give birth to a nation built upon the strength of the individual and freedom. We have already reached the point that Thomas Jefferson warned about.
From the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The concept of government that obtains and retains its powers at the discretion of the governed has most certainly left the building. The checks and balances put into place to avoid an accumulation of power into one group or entity disappeared quite some time ago. The Judicial Branch of our government acts as if it were the King, not applying the law to matters that come before it but rather its own political ideology and agenda. Judges regularly usurp the power of both the legislative branch and the Executive Branch without regard for the authorities granted to those branches of government or the laws governing the individual questions brought before them. But, I have digressed from the main point of this post and run down quite a long rabbit trail and will now attempt to circle back. There is no question that we are far from where we began, and even further than where we should be. As stated in my previous post, we the people are to blame. Our laziness and apathy has allowed the ruling class, both Democrats and Republicans, to create a centralized government so vast that it seems an impossible task to begin to dismantle it. But the task belongs to us, we the people are the watchman that neglected our duties and we the people bear the responsibility of fixing our mistakes. The first step is recognizing that it is our responsibility, the second is making a commitment to accepting that responsibility and taking action; be informed, speak out, and vote. It seems we may have taken a big step in the right direction when the silent majority stepped up in the last Presidential election. Keep it up. We must fight not only the liberal agenda, but any agenda that seeks to increase the size or scope of government and diminish the rule of law in this country.
The Declaration of Independence laid out the facts of the usurpations of King George, and we must use the facts to fight the agenda that seeks to limit our freedoms. The facts that show more restrictions on firearms will not deter criminals or would be criminals, that illegal immigration and a lack of border security threatens the well-being of American citizens, that dependence of individuals on government leads to a more powerful government and fewer freedoms and liberties for the individual. The liberal agenda does not care about you, your safety or your freedom; it seeks to deny you the God given liberties this nation was built upon, to amass power for itself and impose upon each and every one of us its own will. Many gave all for this freedom America stands for, what are you willing to give?