posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 10:33 PM
This has been an interesting topic this year for several reasons, given the multiple shootings, an election year, ect. The 2nd Amendment is a
hot-topic regardless of what is going on in this nation. There is another thread on gun control on ATS, called
"Is Gun Control The Answer?"
. Gun control will always be a polarized issued. There
is a contributing ATS member named, SeesFar. She is Native American. She has some very insightful thoughts when it comes to individual and group
rights, in particularly, she has commented on gun control. I have found her posts to be extremely important. I thought I would share some of
SeesFar's post to this thread to further enhance it.
To limit any ONE thing in a certain category is to embark upon the progressively easier limitations of any and all other things in that category. Once
one right is removed, it is progressively easier and easier to remove other rights. In order to protect our rights, it is necessary to view them as
one big right ~ not a set or subset of smaller rights.
This statement really made me stop and think hard. It makes sense. Once you start removing rights from the individual, the easier it is to take more.
Americans have short attention spans. We de-sensitive too easily. We are easy to stir, but poop out quickly.
Most importantly, to my mind, is that criminals have them (the military grade firearms) and will always have them. If criminals have them, then law
abiding citizens need to be able to level the playing field by having legal access to them, too. You don't take a slingshot to a gun fight. It's
proven that their is less criminal activity in open carry areas. Another poster on what is now (I believe) the previous page, wrote a well worded and
quite informative post about the decrease in crime rates with open carry, i.e., a leveled playing field.
You cannot take one thing away from a people without eventually taking all things away from a people. I am Native American. Our People had everything
taken away from them under the excuse of protecting us. First our lands, then our food sources, then our weapons and then, finally, those who could
not escape and hide in plain sight by pretending to be white were put on Reservations. Even prior to that, once our weapons were gone, thousands upon
thousands were massacred with better weapons. Read up on the Sand Creek Massacre.
When you allow a governmental entity to begin protecting you, you allow them to begin deciding your life.
I found this quote particularly insightful. This couldn't be more truthful. Under the guise of protecting us, the government is keeping us under
IF you allow the government to take ONE more thing away from ANY American citizen, there will be no hope left. There is no hope on the Reservations.
There is no hope in the ghettos and inner urban areas. The only hope left of any scale at all lies in the upper lower to lower upper classes. Take ONE
more thing away from American citizens and it will launch an avalanche of a deterioration of rights. Look at the deterioration of rights that has
occurred just due to the Transportation Security Authority. Have they secured anything? No. There is article after article proving that they are
ineffective at anything other than stealing, humiliating, debasing and intimidating. What is the problem there?
Removal of any freedom begins the rapid descent into removal of ALL freedoms.
Probably the second most important quotes from SeesFar. Whether or not you support the 2nd Amendment is irrelevant, you must defend your rights in the
Constitution. If its not the 2nd Amendment, it would be something else.
Are you one of the ones who believes America is a Democracy? We are NOT a Democracy; we are a Constitutional Republic and it was set up that way
because throughout history EVERY Democracy has always ended as a dictatorship.
Another ATS member brought up this fact, about America being a Constituional Republic. This is something I know little about but will read up on
I hope you enjoy your Reservation more than we have enjoyed ours.
And lastly, another important quote. Get ready to move into your brand new FEMA CAMP. I hear they have swing sets, just inside the ten feet high
barbed wire fences!