It Has A Familiar Look

Posted in Politics on January 4th, 2014

A photo by George Roelofson of WTHN showing a long line of Connecticut residents waiting to register their guns and ammunition to avoid the state from declaring their legally purchased property illegal contraband has gone viral and is rightly sending chills down the backs of some gun owners.

CT Gun & Ammo Registration Line
It Has A Familiar Look

The unhappy shades of Weimar Germany seems to be haunting Connecticut, warning any and all who can remember that sad period in history of just what such registrations can lead to. Given America’s current economic straits, which also bear some resemblance to the Weimar Republic, and the current Regime’s vilification of certain propertied classes and groups, such warnings may well be such as to be heeded by the wise.

Yep, We’ve Seen Queues Like That Before

History has already given us a stark lesson in how one sort of government mandated queue can easily lead another, worse sort. First it’s the registration and restriction of citizens’ firearms; later it’s possibly the registration of “undesirable” citizens.

Police Beating
The Consequence Of Unchecked Authority

Even if one chooses to deny that “it could happen in America,” it’s very hard to deny that a disarmed and cowed citizenry consolidates power in the form of force in the hands of the State and its enforcers. We certainly don’t need to run afoul of Godwin to warn of where that can lead. US and world history as well as both domestic and international news and currents events should be enough to make it clear that the police, when left unchecked, are as dangerous to society as the criminals they are meant to deal with.

So yes! There’s plenty of reason for Roelofson’s photo to both “go viral” and to strike a chord of fear and worry in the hearts and minds of freedom-loving Americans.

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The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek)
A Well-Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America
Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy
Freedom: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
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Best Served Old

Posted in 2012 Election, Humor, Politics, Society on November 28th, 2012

When one gets to be my age, if one has friends who are older than you, it’s not unlikely that they’re retired. This can be interesting because their lifestyles are so different from those of us still in the workforce.

I once asked an older, retired friend of mine how he kept busy since his days were free. His reply was hilarious.

The other day my wife, Mary and I went into town and visited a shop. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.

We went up to him and I said, “Come on, man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?”

He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.

So I called him an “asshole”.

He glared at me and started writing another ticket; this one for having worn-out tires.

So Mary called him a “shithead”.

He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing more tickets. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it and went home.

We try to have a little fun each day now that we’re retired and we always try to pick cars with OBAMA 2012 bumper stickers because stupid should be painful and revenge is a dish best served old.

Seems like an enjoyable enterprise and one that has a certain use in punishing those who can’t or won’t think of what’s best for the nation whose borders they’re allowed to reside within.

Always remember that old age and experience will almost always beat youth and skill and that, in those occasions when it doesn’t, the aged have had many years to refine and perfect their sense of vengeance. ;-)

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Vintage)
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Society: The Basics (10th Edition)
Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters

The Theory Of Duh

Posted in Politics, Society on July 26th, 2012

America has suffered another tragedy involving firearms and, as is woefully and tediously predictable, the gun grabbers are using the Aurora massacre as an excuse to call yet again for the disarmament of the law abiding citizenry of America.

To give these liberty-hating Leftists credit though, this time they did wait a few days before starting up their tirades. For that unprecedented bit of respect for the fallen they should be lauded.

What these sorts refuse to understand is two-fold. Firstly, our Founding Fathers intended for the American people to be armed. Secondly, no amount of gun control will positively effect the number of gun-related crimes in the nation.

We call this the Theory of Duh
We Call This The Theory Of Duh

And believe this; their fault does not stem from ignorance. It stems from a combination of not caring for- or about what America is and was intended to be and from refusing to accept proven basic human nature and the criminal mind.

As It Was Intended

That the brave and wise men who created the United States of America intended for the populace to well and always armed is well documented and I could cite the writings of many of those men as proof of this.

There is, however, no point in doing so in this post. Americans know that history and the gun grabbers don’t care about what the Founders said whenever it conflicts with what they desire.

Suffice it to say that it was always intended for the American people to be able possess and carry such arms are were deemed by them to be sufficient for their own security, whether it be against foreign aggressors, common criminals, or against their own government. The latter potential threat seeming to be the most grave and the most likely to be realized in the minds of most of the Founding Fathers.

Disarming The Innocent Provides No Security

It’s a simple fact that all laws only deter the law-abiding members of an population from a given activity. It is also a simple fact that criminal obey gun control laws in the same way and with the same vigor that politicians obey and follow their oaths of office.

In actuality, all the Left’s arguments about fewer firearms in the hands of normal citizens resulting in lower crime rates are false. FBI statistics matched against gun control levels in the several states shows no correlation whatsoever between the ease of legal access to firearms and violent crime rates.

NOTE: This same FBI data also proves the error of the gun rights proponents’ argument that easier access to legal firearms causes a lasting drop in violent crime rates.

All that disarming the general population achieves is making them easier prey for those individual who are criminal by nature by eliminating their means of protecting themselves, their families, and their property from attack, either from criminals or a government gone bad.

The Price Inherent In Liberty

But always understand that there is a price inherent in any form of liberty. That price being that one must deal with the facts that some people will abuse their freedoms and cause harm and/or unrest. This is as true of gun rights as of any other right or privilege.

For myself, though I believe the vast majority of Americans share this view, I would rather experience the inconveniences caused by people misusing the freedoms than those engendered by the lack of such freedoms.

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