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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Right to be armed is right to be safe

In the wake of the United Sates Supreme Court ruling late last month, which struck down the Chicago gun ban as unconstitutional, Fox News now reports the Chicago City Council has had another stab at banning guns within the city limits.

According to Fox News, the policy would, among other things:

• Limit each person in each home to one “assembled and operable” firearm.

• Restrict residents from having firearms outside their home, even on their porch or in their backyard.

• Mandate training program attendance, and;

• Prohibit the sale of firearms inside city limits.

City leaders have apparently said the new ordinance was needed to “prevent gun violence from breaking out across Chicago.”

Right.

Because Chicago is such a safe city, never mind the murder rate is one of the highest in the nation.

Mayor Richard Daily is reported as saying the ordinance is a “reasonable and responsible ordinance.”

Lawsuits have already been filed against this new ordinance, and the National Rifle Association is already in the fight, pointing out it is impossible to get the training in Chicago since firing ranges are banned within the city.

“An individual right is no right at all if individuals can’t access it,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a written statement, Fox reported.

Indeed.

The reality is, of course, that the gun banners aren’t really interested in facts. Like most liberals they have constructed a reality of their own and they like to live within that construction.

In their universe if we just disarmed everyone then there would be no murder or violence. Besides, those gun thingies are just icky.

Back on planet consensus reality we understand that there are evil people in the world. Evil people are, well, evil and the best way to deal with evil is to destroy it, before it destroys you.

In liberal la-la land, they look at tragedies like Columbine or Virginia Tech and, predictably blame the firearms — and, lack of regulation thereof.

Never mind that the Columbine shooters violated something like 80 separate state and federal firearms regulations.

In the real world we see those shootings as a tragedy as well. But we also realize that by creating “Gun-free School Zones,” we also created free-fire zones where animals like the Columbine and Va. Tech shooters didn’t have to worry about anyone shooting back.

In both of those cases, one armed teacher, or on Va. Tech one armed student could have ended the situation with less loss of life.

Logic doesn’t ever seem to enter into the head of these people either.

The late, great Colonel Jeff Cooper called these people “hoplophobes,” which he defined as an irrational fear of weapons.

Those of us who live in the real world understand that laws like the one Chicago proposes to pass only affect the law abiding. Criminals, being criminals, by definition do not obey the law and therefore don’t worry about petty annoyances like gun bans.

The hoplophobes, as Col. Cooper often pointed out, seem to think firearms have a will of their own. That anyone who picks one up instantly becomes a raving lunatic looking to kill anyone and anything that moves.

Of course, this is not true. A firearm is an object, it possesses no will of it’s own. It is but a tool and it is the use to which it is put that is good or evil.

Defending your life, your family or your property is inherently moral, ethical, and good. It is to these ends the second amendment was written.

No one has anything to fear from law abiding citizens with guns in their hands — unless they intend some evil.

Perhaps the government should take a look at that little bit of logic.

All IMHO of course.

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