a reply to: DBCowboy
It's a Constitution vs non-constitution fight.
You and BFFT are both right.
I've lived in a city, although my heart is, always has been, and always will be deeply attracted to the country life. Country boy at heart, if you
will. And I do not disparage the city life; it has its advantages. It is simply different.
Where I live now, one is required by reality to exist independently. If an altercation occurs, it will likely be over long before any authorities
arrive. If a wild animal shows up in the yard, one might as well take care of the problem themselves, because no animal control exists... there are
simply too many wild animals. My closest neighbor is 1/4 mile away, and my best friend from childhood. The nearest grocery store is 10 miles away. My
wife and I can go for days without seeing another human here if we so choose. The road in front of my house carries maybe 100 vehicles per day.
That means we need to do things ourselves. We have chickens and turkeys running loose in the yard (and some ducklings coming up). The chickens provide
eggs and meat if needed, and the turkeys provide meat and protection for the chickens and ducks (who are really just the wife's pets). A dog provides
another layer of protection, keeping the larger critters run off, and I provide the final layer of protection with a little .22 pistol. And the birds
eat the bugs, providing free, natural pest control.
We grow vegetables. Fresh tomatoes, taters, squash, cucumbers, okry... a few melons...
If something breaks, we fix it. I have a supply of concrete blocks and lumber on hand, plus plenty of tools. I have not yet owned a car that I didn't
work on. It's just easier considering the distance to a mechanic.
But things were different when I lived in the city. For one thing, if something broke, people expected us to call for a repairman. It sort of amazed
the neighbors to see me drag out a few saws and a hammer to make house repairs. They seemed perplexed when I drove the car up on ramps and crawled
under it to change the oil. I was a bit perplexed at why people were so adamant about making sure their yard was manicured...to my way of thinking,
you cut the grass when it got high to keep snakes from hanging around... they actually have laws about mowing the grass, and no problem with
I never really got over the shock I would occasionally get when the city showed up to work on water lines or fix the sidewalk right in front of my
house, like they owned the place. I kept expecting someone to come to the door and ask permission. Guns were some kind of weird artifact to my
neighbors, something to be admired for being, not used as a tool.
Don't even think about chickens in the city. You buy eggs and meat, and you pay people to come spread poison around the place to kill any bugs.
Anything you want is a short walk down the street. A car is not really a necessity, just a nice thing to have. Feet work in a pinch.
In short, life is completely different. I can sort of understand why; people live so close together, there is really no privacy. What one does affects
everyone around them. It's not like that in the country... what we do affects us, and no one else.
The problem comes in when either group decides they can dictate to the other how to live. Outlawing guns might sound real good to city folk who have a
patrol car cruising down their road every 30 minutes, but out here giving up all guns is literal suicide. Eventually, something will come out of the
woods that considers you lunch, and without a weapon, you are lunch. In the city, guns are this exotic luxury you see more on TV and movies than in
In the city a car is optional but nice to have. In the country, it is an absolute necessity. Town and back is a full day's walk. Raise the price of
gas,and you just raised the price of living.
In town, if you build something, it must follow code, or it will likely pose a danger (or at least a major annoyance) to your neighbors. You're better
off to hire someone to build it, because they have the tools and the knowledge of how to pass the codes. In the country, you're better off building
most things yourself, because you already have the tools and there are no codes... there are no neighbors to get offended. We use common sense. Not
many buildings aren't built to the same basic concepts that are codified in cities anyway, because we just don't have time to do something over.
Two different lifestyles, two different ways of living.
The Constitution was written in 1783. In 1783, there were no cities like there are today. Cities back then were centers of commerce among farms.
Everyone lived a country life, so the Constitution was written for a country lifestyle. The rights enumerated were rights that were seen as vitally
important. Today they are still vitally important to those of us in rural settings, but not so much to those in urban settings. Since urban areas by
definition have higher population densities than rural, we have this situation where urbanites are choosing to do away with those protections, despite
the inconvenience and potential actual danger such actions would place on rural folks. As cities grow, the pressure increases. As the city lifestyle,
which looks to money as the sole measure of all, falls into corruption to increase individual incomes, the pressure becomes unbearable. And rural
America looks to their one protection from tyranny, the Bill of Rights, for protection.
So it is Constitution versus no Constitution, because it is also urban versus rural. If everyone living in a city were forced by law to spend one year
of their life in the country, and everyone in the country forced to spend one year in a city, attitudes would change and change fast. Of course, that
would likely kill off a few people, too.