Don't forget to visit my website! Jackie Coleman - Author

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Another School Shooting ... Another Round of Gun Control Arguments

Every time I hear of another school shooting, I’m filled with sadness. I can’t imagine the horror those kids went through, nor can I imagine the unbearable pain of burying one of my children. As I’m wracked with grief for those affected, my mind also contemplates the calls for gun control that I know will come sooner rather than later.

I don’t understand how anyone can think gun control will stop this kind of thing. If someone is willing to skirt the law against murder, do you think a little thing like gun control will stop them? Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country … and the highest gun violence rate.

Gun control will only stop law-abiding citizens from having access to firearms. I don’t have a clue as to how to buy a gun on the streets, but rest assured … criminals do.

Obama preached gun control, but he sent his daughters to a private school with heavily armed security guards, not including their own personal Secret Service Officers. The security guards at that school weren’t there for the President’s kids, they were always there. Obama will be protected by the Secret Service for the rest of his life ... at taxpayers expense. Free secret service protection had historically been limited to ten years, but Obama changed that to "free for life" when he was in office.

So, while he's pushing for stricter gun control for everyone else, he makes sure he's protected ... and it won't cost him one cent.

Armed police check for contraband at concerts, sporting events, and courthouses, to name a few, but we’ve made having armed protection for our children against the law. It is a felony to bring a gun or knife into a school. Where I live, until recently, it was a felony to leave your gun in the trunk of your car on school property or to have a gun lawfully in your possession when on school property, even if it was just to drop off your child in front of the school.

The sad truth is that someone wanting to kill a lot of people at one time specifically target schools. Why? Because they know there is no one there with a gun to stop them. All it takes to stop a bad person with a gun is one good person with a gun.

The Second Amendment was written to ensure that Americans can protect themselves … against anyone who poses a threat, including … and particuarlly… a threat from the government.

Because we are free and have so many rights, we forget must of history. Before we won our independence from England, they made sure the colonists didn’t have firearms against the armed British soldiers. When American’s did procure arms, they couldn’t buy gun powder. That, too, was by design. We ended up stealing gun powder from the British.

Hitler first made everyone register their weapons. Harmless, right? Not necessarily, as it wasn’t long before those guns were confiscated. When the SS began to systematically terrorize Germans, and Jews in particular, civilians were helpless.

Do I really think we'll descent into that kind of madness? No ... but neither did the Germans.

So many American’s seem to forget that giving up one liberty at a time can end with giving up our freedoms altogether. It’s like the frog who was boiled to death … the heat was turned up a little at a time. He never saw it coming.

As of 2016 (the latest statistics I could find), American now ranks 23rd in the world for freedom. 23rd!!! Between the Snowflake Generation and our narrowing list of freedoms, how much longer will be honestly be able to sing "O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"

Free speech is under attack from people so delicate they get offended if anyone voices an opinion that doesn’t match their own. We are Americans. We aren’t clones. We all think differently, and that’s a good thing! If everyone were just like me, we wouldn’t have put a man on the moon, and we’d still be walking everywhere or riding horses. We wouldn’t have air conditioning or indoor plumbing or microwaves. People are different for a reason.

Whether you like it or not, our founding fathers saw the need to specifically clarify the fact that American citizens have the right to own guns. More laws won’t affect gun violence, and less guns in the hands of good people will only increase gun deaths.

The reason every madman with a gun was stopped was because of a good man (woman) with a gun … or the threat that the good guys were coming. If schools had armed police or ex-military ... or teachers trained to use a gun to carry on campus, school shootings would be a thing of the past. It's really sad that things have come to this, but that's the sad reality of the world we now live in.

Guns aren’t the only thing used to kill. Cars, fertilizer, fireworks, even pressure cookers have been used to cause mass casualties, but no one is threatening to ban of those things. And if we did? Well, they’d just start using knives … or swords … or even something innocent they could fashion into a killing device.

I want guns in the hands of ordinary citizens! I prefer to be with someone who carries. I feel safer. I know that if someone would open fire on a crowd, that person (legally carrying) will do whatever it takes to stop them.

Guns in the hands of a people trained in their use can stop an attack from turning into a massacre. We all have smoke detectors in our homes and workplaces, as well as fire extinguishers. We aren't intended to fight the fire ourselves, but those things give us a chance to get out or put out a small fire. The police are there to protect us. They can't be everywhere ... but legally armed citizens can be.

Gun control will not save lives and guns will never be completely removed from our society. Gun control will only succeed in keeping guns away from law-abiding citizens … not criminals.

Why is that so hard to understand?????