Points to remember in the gun control debate
By Charlie Houser
Contributing writer for End the Lie
With all of the debate about gun control continuing, I wanted to remind everyone of the shooting at a Salt Lake City Mall, on February 12, 2007 where an armed off-duty officer was able to stop a massacre in progress.
Wasn’t it nice that someone was armed in the mall that day? If not an officer, any legal gun owner could have stopped Sulejman Talović that February night.
It disturbs me that I have personally not seen any comprehensive reporting on gun violence thwarted by anyone who happened to be present and legally armed, instead focusing only on pushing their agenda for gun control without doing proper research on the matter as I am sure that there are many cases where criminals were stopped because others were armed.
What is the deal with picking on the AR 15? This is a weak gun that is barely sufficient for varmint hunting. They come with big magazines because they are very inefficient killing machines. A trained individual with a 10 gauge shotgun could cause significantly more damage
Gun control regulations are whittling away at our 2nd amendment rights. It is unfortunate that there are criminally insane and felonious people who will commit atrocities with weapons. However, it cannot be used as an excuse for our president to violate our Constitutional rights.
Removing our 2nd Amendment right will surely weaken us as a country, both through lack of protection and lowered public morale as we become a country that would give our founding fathers nightmares.
I wish Obama would show half of the initiative to straighten up his self-inflicted economic mess as he has shown in tackling gun control this year. If so, he just might be able to keep a promise for once instead of taking another piece of the American dream.
It was just a few weeks ago when the big issue was attempting to curb the fiscal cliff. The process was laughable.
Then, suddenly gun control was able to divert his attention, which surely has a span of 10 seconds, from the current economic situation that is sure to impact every citizen of this country and perhaps the world as our economy is the machine that makes it all happen.
Only with Obamacare have we seen consistent action with a meaningful follow through that rivals his focus on gun control and circumvention of due process that is fundamental to the American system.
This gun control agenda has taken the form of executive actions designed to diminish the rights of U.S. citizens. It perplexes me that the majority vote could re-elect a man with a track record so poor, only a politician could pull it off.
A true leader should be charged with ensuring the opinion of the majority of citizens is always the priority achieved through democratic process. A true leader should never be concerned with blindly doing the bidding of the emotionally compromised few who may have sincere intentions that cause them to lose sight of the bigger picture.
In this case, the bigger picture is the importance of maintaining the sanctity of our constitution which was drawn up by our founding fathers, men who saw the horrific atrocities of tyranny.
What these men learned is that there is good and there is the tyranny of evil men. Without the ability to protect yourself you can never be free. It is sad to say, but it’s the truth.
I want to end by simply defining the word treason: Betrayal or breach of allegiance or of obedience toward a sovereign or government especially in the Constitution of the United States.
I think all politicians should remember this definition when participating in any effort to manipulate or side step any part of the Constitution. Allegiance makes a man.
Edited by Madison Ruppert
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