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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.

Time for a return to the consent of the governed

While no fan of the Obama Regime (you’d already guessed that I know) I must say the ineptness, incompetence and corruption of the Obama Administration are the gift that just keeps on giving for a columnist.

From the revelation by J. Christian Adams that the Department of Justice is selectively enforcing the voting rights act, based on whether or not the alleged victims are black or white, to the administration’s refusal to enforce federal immigration law to the botched response to the BP oil spill, it would be amusing from the standpoint of a writer if it were all not so sad, and the consequences not so deadly to America.

This country was founded on the idea that no one, no single individual, had the right to tell another man how to live his life so long as he harmed no one else.

The idea that no government had the right to infringe upon natural god-given rights. That all government was by the consent of the governed, even despotic systems, and that the governed had the right to throw off a tyrant.

That idea, the consent of the governed, is a powerful one — and one the current administration doesn’t seem to understand.

We have in this nation a long history of respecting academics and academe.

The founders, and more particularly the framers of the constitution, it may be noted were such a group. Highly educated, intelligent men, with a firm grounding in what today would be called “the liberal arts.”

So to, are the group surrounding the president. Highly educated, most with advanced degrees from Ivy League colleges.

The difference between these academics and the ones who founded this nation could not be more stark — however.

Benjamin Franklin was a mostly self-educated man but undeniably a genius. He was also an intensely practical man who invented everything from bifocal glasses to the Franklin Stove, which was one of the first truly practical heating devices for the home.

John Adams, the second president of the United States, was like the current office holder a Harvard graduate and lawyer.

Adams was successful in private practice and a successful farmer as well.

Thomas Jefferson was as noted in his Wikipedia entry: “A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, political leader, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, musician, inventor and founder of the University of Virginia.“

All of these men had real world accomplishments to their names as well as their academic credentials.

What we have in the current batch is, well, less than stellar.

For all their learning and advanced degrees this group of academics are, well, academics.

They have run nothing, built nothing, designed nothing and administered nothing.

None of them have ever lived in the real world.

They have, nearly to a man, gone straight from the halls of academe straight to — the halls of academe or to government or to nonprofits which function often enough, much like the government.

We see this in their policies. Government by the consent of the governed becomes important when your realize that fully 60 percent of the American people want their new right to healthcare repealed. As much as 75 percent oppose the drilling moratorium in the gulf — despite the BP spill.

An overwhelming majority support the Arizona immigration law, and yet the administration is suing to block it anyway.

Most presidents would note that what they are doing is not making people happy with them and move in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately, for the academics this simply means that we aren’t smart enough to understand what they’re trying to do.

In reality they simply don’t understand the real world.

And in trying to force a philosophy which demonstrably does not work in the real world down our throats they are destroying the nation.

November is coming folks, let’s send a message — and return America to government by the consent of the governed.

All IMHO of course.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

John Wayne still an inspiration to America

FOLKS: All my life I’ve felt privileged to have had good friends around me, privileged to have been able to do the kind of work I know and love the best, and to have been born in a country whose immense beauty and grandeur are matched only by the greatness of her people.

For a number of years I have tried to express a deep and profound love for these things; to be able to say what I feel in my heart. And, now ... I’ve had the chance to do so. I know most of you feel the same as I do about our country.

Now and then we gripe about some of her imperfections, but sometimes that’s good. Especially if it gets us working together to make things better.

It seems to me we often take too much for granted, and have a tendency to forget The Good Things About America.

My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for. May we nurture her strengths, and strengthen her weaknesses so she will be, that she will always be,

Land Of The Free, and Home Of The Brave.

Sincerely,

John Wayne


Ahhh the “Duke.”

As a child I was not a fan of John Wayne movies. My father loved them, though I could never quite figure out why. “Old movies,” I’d scoff, “boring.”

Then I grew up — or at least tried to.

As I’ve grown older I’ve come to truly enjoy his work. Found him to be a better actor than I ever realized or than he’s ever given credit for.

In movies like In Harm’s Way, or El Dorado, McClintock or The Shootist, I saw an actor with more depth than anyone was willing to admit while still saying “he just plays John Wayne.”

Certainly to some degree that was true, but in that I also began to see a businessman who was smart enough to realize his audience wanted to see something specific from him — and gave it to them.

In the process he became the biggest movie star the world has ever seen. For more than 40 years his name on the marquee guaranteed a hit.

There’s something else about the Duke worth reflecting on this July 6.

His intense patriotism.

He made The Green Berets at a time when the Vietnam War was not popular.

He remained a committed conservative at a time when Hollywood was turning increasingly to the left.

At the same time he remained a gracious man, who was willing to disagree without being disagreeable.

He often co-stared with Kirk Douglas, who was, and remains, a committed liberal, and yet while politically the two men could not have been further apart, they remained close friends throughout Wayne’s life.

Coming off an Independence Day when this country is as deeply divided as at anytime since the Civil War, it is perhaps important to remember that it is possible to disagree with an idea, without demonizing the man behind the idea.

We must begin to find the ideas with which we all agree, and start from that point.

We are all Americans, and that’s a place to start.

We all, I would hope, love freedom, and want our children and grand children to grow up in a nation which is free and prosperous.

Let us, this July, come together as Americans, not as democrats or republicans, liberals or conservatives — but as Americans and try to remember the things which made this country the freest nation the world has ever seen.

We were once the hope of the world.

We can be again — if we can come together.

This Independence Day, listening to the news, I found the words of Abraham Lincoln more prophetic than ever: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

I fear the time is short to reunite that house, but we must find a way, so that “government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

All IMHO of course.