~ Confused and twisted thinking marks the owner of a gun.
This is Post #9 regarding the national gun emergency.
This post began when I was writing another post about mantras. The mantra in question was the myth of “food, clothing and shelter” as being the only “basics” that everyone really needs. The statement, in reality, wasn’t well thought out. It assumes that everyone eats raw fish, raw meat, raw everything and lives where it is always warm and has no need for even the simplest things like anything metal, or anything ceramic, or anything that even an animal could pull.
The fourth necessity of life, perhaps the first, is ENERGY. Animals are (after all) not only food, but the most basic source of energy only after wood. And wood (as an energy source) has been with us as long as the Caveman stayed warm in his open cave stooped around a fire.
Old myths die hard (if one is thinking). If one were to imply that the number on an amendment was an indicator of importance one must remember that the “ban” on quartering government troops in private houses is the THIRD Amendment, more important than any trial or being free from searches or seizures.
Even then, the Constitution prohibits the practice only in time of peace, not war. America is (now) at war, so in terms of the Bill of Rights U.S. troops could be quartered in any gun-owners home and have the right to use the weapons therein.
You see, the SECOND Amendment does not give anyone the right to “Own” guns, just the right to “keep” them. It’s like keeping a mistress (you don’t “own” her). It’s like having a credit card, you don’t own the card, you just have a right to “use” it. You just get to have it until you (or too many “others”) break the rules or the bank just changes its mind and revokes the card (and/or) the credit limit.
There are many things that can be (and are) bought and sold that generate tax money for the state, or states. Nuclear weapons and various components are among these. It seems to be a myth that private American citizens cannot “own” a nuclear weapon (law and more laws). The laws are clear, you can “keep” them, just not use them. And you can’t “keep” (possess) a nuclear weapon if you plan to share it with a terrorist (state or organization). It seems that you can even (legally) share your weapon with a free-lance (unaffiliated) terrorist as long as no U.S. person or property is harmed. And no international law or treaty seems to stand in your way.
So, gun ownership – from dart guns to nukes – is legal because it benefits the state (through the collection of taxes). BUT, gun ownership is not a right, it is a privilege. All those gun nuts have you snookered, they mislead you because you simply cannot (or will not) learn to read or even think, much less read the law.
What we (we in the United States) really need is a good old fashioned court test. A (support the) troop needs to be assigned to be quartered in Wayne LaPierre’s house, and along with the trooper a self-proclaimed member of a militia needs to be quartered there too. Both persons will demand to use Mr. LaPierre’s guns, maybe with no promise to return them. If he objects, then the U.S. goes to trial. It will be the “battle of the Amendments”, the 2nd and 3rd rights in the Bill of Rights.
But really, the real idea is to create gun frenzy buying so that the hunters and killers and target store shooters will be further along the road to broke. “Plant bullets, not seeds”, is their mantra. Buy titanium, not silver or gold, even if it is in just a rifle.
Americans are guaranteed the right to a speedy and public trial. Americans are NOT entitled to speedy and public legislation. The latest gun outrage occured 30 seconds ago, somewhere in America; Newtown was two weeks ago, Columbine 12 1/2 years ago, Wounded Knee was well over a century. Nothing has changed except that now government has to intervene to increase the buying (of guns).
Which brings up the “criminals and outlaws” issue, “when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns”. How quaint, how John Wayne, how 1950’s. Maybe it is, “whens guns are criminalized only criminals will have guns”. The reality is that in the above linked case (from Columbus) NO criminals ever bought or sold or smuggled guns! A person is not a criminal until they have been convicted (6th Amendment folks).
Even Adam Lanza was NOT a criminal, he never got his day in court, he was NEVER convicted of any crime. The same is true regarding the assassin of Lincoln, and of Kennedy. No criminals or criminality here (or there), just guns.
Yes folks, it is JUST “law abiding citizens” (not criminals or outlaws) that use most guns, people like Booth, Lanza, Oswald and a million others that never did and never will go to trial, much less be convicted, for the robberies, shootings, murder. Over 64% of those who were convicted by federal authorities for homocide (murder) sexual assault, robbery, assault or other violent crimes were never “caught” carrying a gun – most “criminals” do not own or use one.
Most gun damage and violence in America is committed by a “law-abiding” (never been convicted) citizen. They become “first-time offenders” only after they are caught (IF they are caught), and only AFTER they go to trial and are CONVICTED, which is often very rare. Even then, many (or most) violent crimes are never punished by an actual prison sentence (either state or federal). A few months in jail (city or county) is often “it” for even murder. Guns do the violence, the crime, PEOPLE are set free.
The point is that according to the SIXTH Amendment there cannot even be a trial unless there is proof of a CRIME. A trial is the search for a criminal, in many cases a criminal is never found but the DAMAGE CAUSED BY A GUN is in full evidence. The horrid truth is that GUNS DO KILL PEOPLE, and only (PHANTOM) PEOPLE are the ones that did it. This brings us to the attempts at solving violent crimes that have no EASY solution, the police or DA just selects an EASY mark, someone poor or minority usually. This creates even more victims of gun violence, the EASY mark as the suggested shooter.
So, guns imprison people. Gun ownership TAKES AWAY real rights (if one is poor). Gun ownership is mostly for the rich, like the drug barons in Mexico; full circle to Columbus and the motive for gun ownership and sales and control.
So keep your guns if you must. Buy more. Promote the gun culture and see where it will take us. If you have $100,000 buy your titanium rifle. Better yet, buy the intelligence to get a nuke, the personal deterrent of choice. Retired scientists are standing by. Every communist in China and Russia wants more U.S. citizens to buy more guns, what the cold war didn’t win, American gun ownership will accomplish, i.e. the destruction of both the American people and the state, and without a second civil war.
Happy New Year, and I ask you, “is life really getting a little better?”
2012.12.30 – 23:26.