It's 3 A.M where I am, so I really don't feel liking quoting every bit of your OP on what I have to say I'll just summarize it in parts you will
To start off, as much as you argue the fact of tradition, it really goes further than the common meaning. America was built upon this type of
thinking after what the British incurred upon us. In other words, it's like a maturing child whom is scarred with verbally abusive parents. So in
effect, he/she is very shy and socially awkward. We as Americans have been put into this mindset as a precaution in case the same thing happens
again. Which, despite what you, or any other opposed feels, is about as predictable as mankind's ultimate doom. You can be speculative of it, and
pass it off, but in the end you'd never really know. So that is America's security against such. And it was even initiated by our forefathers such
as Ben Franklin, I'm sure you would be familiar with this clause
"...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to
institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect
their Safety and Happiness..."
Now of course, as with every clause for any U.S Gov't document, it can be translated both ways. But from my viewpoint, "abolishing" a government
because of abusive laws or judgement, certainly isn't going to be something they'd want to happen if they had the power in their hands. So I'm sorry,
but the time of 50's and 60's when putting flowers in gun barrels just isn't going to happen anymore. Our government, as well as other governments
has adapted past that point. They will use every opportune moment and method of manipulation to get us to the point to where all we have left to arm
ourselves if our pure plead of innocence, and that is when it will truly be game over. Our forefathers initiated the 2nd amendment in the mindset
that even THEY don't wholly trust a government, no mater what the type. Thomas Jefferson saw what is happening today centuries off with nationalized
banks, and it only is assumable that our other forefathers thought similar of other things.
And to further elaborate, I'm sure you remember this:
Now from what I followed in that long struggle. Many innocent were involved in that fray in the initial happenings. Innocents who refused to deal
with firearms or who have never even experienced one. Protesters were fired upon by security forces. It is very horrifying.
On a more personal matter, homicide is an ever great evil looming in the states. That I agree, however, most of these involve cases in which the
2) Provoked violence
Popular shows like "60 Minutes", "Cold Case Files", etc. All project the same scenario over and over. The most being of female victims who are
murdered because of some over-obsessive nutball. And half the time, it doesn't even involve a gun, but rather, most disturbingly, pure sadistic
ingenuity. Some cases, the victim is strangled, or some other tool was used such as a knife, but not some "tactical", "militarized" knife, something
along the lines of a kitchen knife. Or in other cases, blunt objects. And in most of those cases, he victim is dismembered and buried. Very graphic
death. I would rather be the victim of a bullet than a creative sociopath/psychopath.
I'll give you one certain infamous murderer from back in the 70's named "Pee Wee" Harris. In fact, there was a novel written about his deeds by a man
whom spoke face to face with the murderer on how he killed, and how he disposed. This novel is now banned in most public libraries across the nation
for it's gruesome and vividly detailed content.
One such case, which is just unbelievable beyond human comprehension, involves a boy whom had not caused or promoted any acts of violence towards "pee
wee". "Pee Wee" bullied this boy and got physical with him as well. While I don't remember exactly the details of when initially occurred, the end
result of the case is that this young boy ended up with a broom handle, A BROOM HANDLE, up his rectum and protruding out of his mouth... That is such
a treacherous, slow and painful way to die. Another case involves "Pee Wee" taking a female college student hitchhiker and bringing her to a swamp in
the woods. Where he sexually harassed her, forced her to administer oral stimulation on her own aerola, then proceeded to cut off said aerola, and
you know what follows thereafter.
Scenarios and cases like this are reasons why self-defense is a must.
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