posted on Oct, 10 2008 @ 07:25 PM
Nobody needs fear informed gun owners. I grew up in Northern Idaho, and guns were tools to procure food, and to protect one's homestead from
varmints -- both four and two-legged. I believe that the majority of gun owners in the U.S. are LEGAL gun owners, and folks like that understand
safety, and to a lesser extent, understand that a person has a higher level of responsibility when employing them.
Living here, in a British Dependency Territory, I've had many occasion to observe how gun owners are viewed by folks who have been "socialized"
...... ooops ... socialised... by English rule. I'm not racking on the Mother country, truly, but I fail to see where removing firearms from
law-abiding citizens accomplishes anything. Criminals will always have guns. They don't give a crap about legal conventions.
I agree with the OP, in that Patriotism can sometimes seem like a head-in-the-sand support of anything that the government promulgates. I think the
truth is closer to the bone. People want to protect their own, and they want to believe in their country. Patriotism for many people seems a fond
backward gaze toward a time when Americans were proud of their accomplishments, and supportive of the government. I think we might all be surprised
at the number of people who question, really question the government. I think it has been so for more than 16 years, as the shift away from
nationalism and common goals became more apparent. Sure, you can go to a NASCAR race, and hear the National Anthem, and see more than a few people
with a tear in their eyes. They have hope, and they wish for a return of times when we were together, aligned along a common goal.......... and they
feel cheated, because they know, most of them, deep down, that our leaders have let us down.
I think more than anything, most Americans want a strong leader, someone who we can trust and belive it, and I think the choices before us fall a good
margin short of what we need. Lesser of evils. Let's ban the notion of evil. Lesser of mediocrity. Good luck all. We'll make it if we hold
our values that the country was founded upon close to our hearts.
Sure, the previous paragraphs were filled with platitudes. Should I feel guilty or @#$@#$@# "asleep" [God, that pisses me off] for being hopeful?