At 20 years old, I was the youngest member of the "Gun Right and Responsibilities Committee." Before I begin, fair warning: I don't sugarcoat anything. (In defense of my coming language I invoke the 1st Amendment.)
During the time that the committee was meeting, I chose to bite my tongue and be respectful and trusting right out of the gate. This is totally out of character for me. Normally, I make people earn my respect and my trust. I'm not saying that I am disrespectful when you first meet me, but I will not go out of my way to be nice if you disrespect me.
Speaking for myself, and maybe a couple of others on the Gun Rights' side, I feel totally disrespected and insulted by those on the other side of what I see as a non-issue who say that they don't want to have guns confiscated but obviously do. We gun owners (and future gun owners) are not stupid, so please don't insult our intelligence.
I wish to echo John Erickson's article from Viewpoints on Jan. 8. Gun violence is a three-legged stool. One leg is the criminal carrying the gun, another leg is the victim, and the last leg is a criminal act. He posed the question, "Why aren't gun owners attacked as often as unarmed individuals?" The answer is quite simple: Do what I do and think like a criminal to avoid/catch/stop a criminal. Criminals chicken out if there is a chance they might get killed! This, coincidentally, explains many gun owners' view that "Gun Free Zones" are a joke. That little sign with the "no guns" symbol in the window, actually says this: Attention criminals; all persons within these premises are disarmed for your convenience.
To those who say that violence is not the answer, I wholeheartedly agree with you, but I am a realist. You can give peace a chance; I'll cover you if it doesn't work out.
Before my closing, I wish to share with you a few quotes that sum up my personal opinion on the Second Amendment:
"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him but because he loves what is behind him." G.K. Chesterton
"We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." Ronald Reagan
"We, the people, are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." Abraham Lincoln
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading." Thomas Jefferson
At the end of the day, my constitutional rights are not for sale or trade. Anti-gun people need to come to the realization that the Second Amendment trumps their opinion, and that these rights are not theirs to negotiate. They have already been paid for, in full, by better men than them … or me. So instead of insisting on taking away my rights, just to make you happy, you move you're a** to one of those other promised lands. I'll even help you pack.
Forewarning, there are guns in every country in the world so get used to them. They aren't going anywhere.
Editor's note: Both Snopes.com and www.monticello.com have debunked the quote above that is erroneously attributed to Thomas Jefferson. We can't vouch for the other quotes either.