Hello all. First of all let me say that YES there are a lot of Anti-American/Gun threads going around right now. I know, and before you even ask, YES
there will be at least one more, this one. If you don't like it or are tired of all the American/Gun BS all together, please do us all a favor and
check out this site
or this one.
They will surely get your mind off of
all of the horrible things in this thread that you "knew you shouldn't have clicked on in the first place". Contained in this thread will be the
opinions and ramblings of a completely sane man, me. Please, TRY to be civil. If you fear that you can't be civil, that's ok too, I'm not going to run
and tell on you. Alas, lets start the show....
First of all, we need to look at being American, as a state of mind. I would like to mention the very reason that we are living in a 'free' country.
Because a few hundred years ago a future American citizen said, essentially "I'm done with your b******t!" (before you even go there, I know 'the real
Americans are the Indians' and I have spent enough time feeling sorry for them. We could very well wind up being the American Indians Version 2.0) We
gained our independence from tyranny. The only way that happened was through a well armed public. We basically gave the rest of the world the
proverbial middle finger, while welcoming people like us. All this happened because the people truly believed in what was happening. They saw through
all the death and battles, through their being out matched/ out gunned, to a brighter future. A prosperous future for generations to come.
Fast forward a couple of hundred years. We still have that mindset. That it is better to be responsible for our own lives, than wait for some entity
to come and take care of us.
You might ask yourself, "why haven't Americans done anything about their current situation yet?" To be honest there are many factors that lead to our
inaction. The Boiling Frog Syndrome
, while not being based on fact, is a very good metaphor to
use when thinking about whats wrong with Americans. Our liberties have been whittled away little by little, and we are slowly starting to take a step
back and looking at the big picture. I know it may be hard to picture in your head, so think about the mighty oak (our freedoms and liberties). One
day a man decides he will cut it down with his trusty axe. With ech swing of his axe he takes away a little more wood and makes the oak a little more
weak. Now, to the guy standing on the opposite side of the oak as the man with the axe, it still looks like a strong, might oak, he only hears a light
thump, every once in a while. Then as the day progresses, there is a final swing of the axe, one final motion that will send the mighty oak to the
ground. Sure, there will be another oak to grow in its place, but it wot be the same oak that once was there. We, as Americans, are on the verge of
the final swing of the axe.
The second amendment isn't there for hunting. It's not there to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's there to give people the freedom to defend
themselves, their constitution, and their country. When every other peaceful measure has failed, the second amendment is there to tell you that, 'you
don't have to bend over and take it'. You can be as free as you want to be. Countless numbers of people, Americans, have died to preserve that right.
I've read plenty of very logical and rational arguments against guns. I feel that they are misguided. Some people say, "we've come too far as a
species for guns". To that I say, why? Because you have the internet and an idiot box with plenty of nice pictures in it? Look how well the Arab
Spring worked. My contention is that we haven't changed much throughout history. Yes, we have become smarter, but we share the same instincts as
people who lived hundreds of years ago. To be able to provide for ourselves and live a happy life. You know the whole, "Persuit of Happiness" thing.
If we were all able to 'sit down and talk it out', that would be a wonderful thing. If the anti-gun crowd could somehow reach an agreement with the
por-gun crowd without infringing on the second amendment, then all would be good within most of us. Until that time comes, I'm sorry to say, the
anti-gun crowd's opinion is moot, when compared to the little scrap of paper with words on it that so many people live by and have died for.
I know we live in uneasy times, where someone can, at will, go and do henious things to children, of all people, (My daughter turns 8 tomorrow, so the
Sandy Hook shooting really hit home for me. I literally cried like a baby when I heard what happened) but, pulling my heart strings wont budge me, I'm
like an unmoveable rock when it comes to doing what I believe is right.
“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” - Edmund Burke
What saddens me is the fact that so many people don't understand history and are blinded by their heart strings being pulled. A knee jerk reaction
shouldn't be able to unright everything America stands for, should it? Anyone that calls themselves a true American should already know that answer.
In the end, what I'm trying to tell you , is that there is definately an imagenary line being drawn. A line that is as real as any boarder on the map.
While I agree that something needs to be done about our violent culture, I do not agree that chopping down my mighty oak is the proper route to take,
because that will lead directly to everyone seeing how very real our 'imaginary line' is.
BEFOR POSTING PLEASE NOTE: Most of the people I know and myself aren't in sync with the government. This thread wouldn't be here if we were. This
thread has to deal with internal matters within the United States of America. Not where our tenticles have reached out to. That is another thread for
a later date.
Thank you for your time,
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