posted on Dec, 18 2012 @ 08:35 AM
Let me start by saying that I do not fear guns and I am an American.
You have every right to present your opinion. I may agree, or not, or I may find validity in part of what you espouse. Such is the nature of debate.
For purposes of background, let me tell you a story 'bout a man named............. ***Cue Beverly Hillbillies theme song***
My heritage is Scot. British and "Native" American. My family's story starts with the Scot and Irish mass migrations beginning in the 1700's.
My American story starts with the immigration to America of my paternal anscestor, CPT John Knox, in 1743. CPT Knox served with the British Army
during the French & Indian War and elected to remain after the war.
My first maternal anscestor known to be in America was the Rev Moses Holland who was a Drummer Boy in General Washington's Continental Army at
Yorktown. He went on to found a church in South Carolina. (My mother has been there and has visited his gravesite.) My maternal great great
grandmother was Cherokee.
A member of my family has been involved in nearly every major conflict this nation has had right up to the present. We were on both sides of the
Civil War , we were on the Trail of Tears and on both sides of the so called "Indian Wars"(Indian Genocide being a more appropo name for the
slaughter which ensued). We were in politics in the esteemed persons of President James Knox Polk and Attorney General/Senator/ Secretary of State
Philander Chase Knox.
I served in the Vietnam War as well as a Law Enforcement Officer and EMT for 10 years during the 70's. I will be basing a number of my contentions
upon personal experience and observation. Granted, this is purely subjective. ( See, we already share one commonality as your entire post was highly
My point being that I have a great deal invested in this, my home. My family helped to build this nation with our labor, our love and, when called
for, our blood. Every little freedom that is lost, or otherwise mitigated, makes our work and our sacrifices that much more insignificant. My family
is not unique, there are many like mine. Though one may espouse that the "times were different" and therefore can not be considered a valid
argument in modern times, I must contend that that position is invalid. Times change, technology changes, lifestyles change but people do not. ( Any
more than 2 or 3 of us get together, we tend to choose sides.) No decision, IMHO, may be considered viable and useful that does not address both
human nature and the historical aspects of how we got to the point of making the decision at hand.
1)The Constitution is our contract with our posterity. The document itself may be old and worn, but its content is valid and vibrant even today. Far
too many try to "interpret" it and spin it to meet their agenda or to rationalize an assault upon the freedoms it guarantees. They attack
punctuation, terminology, syntax or whatever else may provide a wedge to tear the original meaning down or modify it to their ends. (Can we all agree
that when the bad guy gets his foot in your door, its tougher to stop him from getting in your home?) My pledge, my oath and my duty is to defend it
and keep it safe AS IT IS, not how some feel it should be.
2)Satellites, drones and computerized weapons systems are horrifying. Of course they would be hard to contend with, but they can be overcome. If an
armed revolution began in America, it would not JUST be construction workers (I am one so feel no "regret" at using that as an example here) running
around in pick up trucks with shotguns and handguns flipping off D.C. Again, the subjectivity of your espousal precludes you from believing that
there are those who would, and could, dare to oppose simply because YOU find the odds daunting. Remember Vietnam. Rag tag, dumb ass bunch of
peasants with outdated AK-47s and RPG's? Hardly. I personally saw a functiong field radio cobbled together with French, Dutch, Chicom and American
parts inside a "number 10" tin can. One may discount the human spirit at his own peril. Humans have a habit of doing the impossible against all
odds. The US Marines have an informal motto, to wit: "The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little planning" Guns ARE a part of
our determination to stand against tyranny including domestic, but they are not THE only weapon. Taking them away would merely be a speed bump, but
by no means an obstacle.
3) Point well taken. However, I disagree with the reason for this unholy state of affairs. I contend that this is more an issue here because of the
"sensational" that the "mob" craves. When we learn to marginalise these creeps with a one line news blurb which does NOT give them the attention
and notoriety they crave, we may then begin to mitigate this problem and eventually stop it. Again, human nature, not guns, is the problem. More