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INDIVIDUAL GUN OWNERSHIP DECREASES CRIME & GLENN’S BASEMENT’S BASEMENT

Gun ownership is on my mind because I was just reading this (apparently arbitrary) list comprised by the Jane’s Country Risk in which nations on our planet are rated according to quality of life, with “1” being very best and the fartherst from “1” being the very worst, and the United States of America is ranked beneath the “top ten best” because, so it is opined, America has a lot of guns. So according to this study: a lot of guns = America, bad.

As to that list, I was a bit grateful, what with the likes of the Vatican (it’s a country unto itself, after all) England, Sweden, Liechtenstein and a few other places ranked higher in quality of life than the U.S.A. because maybe that will mean more exploiters eager to exploit will go to these other nations and leave us alone.

If they’re scared off by too many guns in the hands of too many American citizens, then, well, fine, please go try being an illegal alien in Liechtenstein — or, rather, let the rest of us see just what happens when twenty million people from Mexico arrive in Liechtenstein or England or Sweden and start asking for a place to live and a car loan and free educations and lunches and health care for themselves and their ten children each.

I can think of more than a few English and Swedes and a number of Swiss (next door to Liechtenstein) who would be first in line at every gun show in the next few weekends and that’d be for just their first round of home gear. Oops, guns, illegal in England, sorry, Brits, let’s see how the British government responds to your cries for help because it didn’t work out too well for us early Americans. Which is why we all now own guns, or, most of us.

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Then there’s this very, very amusing, good-points-made blog post from Glenn Beck: DON’T MESS WITH GLENN.

It starts out laughably funny and gets even better toward the end.

Here’s the beginning:

GLENN: Now, here’s another thing that happened over the weekend. I don’t know what you did over the weekend but I spent, well, a good portion of Friday night locked in the basement of my fallout shelter — no, my fallout shelter has a basement as well. Just in case the fallout shelter isn’t enough, I have a saferoom in the fallout shelter. But we heard noises outside and may I just say that my house is really not the one to, you know, get — you know, come in and just mess with because I turn into Second Amendment man at my house and it was like 1:00 in the morning and we heard voices and my wife says, do you hear voices? And, “Yes. ” And the dog is already on it and I mean, I come down with the — what are those called? Bandoliers? I come down the stairs, I swear to you, I looked like Rambo. I come down the stairs with my dog and, you know, I had two pistols because I was — I had two pistols, I had my shotgun. Nobody’s coming into my house. Nobody is messing with my family. And so the dog and I, we search the whole house and all the closets and everything else and then they — then we heard voices again. About a half hour later we hear voices again. So I have the whole house wired for sound. So I can hear it down in the basement of the fallout shelter. And we hear voices again and so I call the police. They are on their way over. I mean, it was like, it was the fastest thing ever. All of a sudden they are almost here. They are like 45 seconds away and they call and they’re like, are you armed? And I’m like, yes, I am. Oh, yes, I am…

And here’s the conclusion:

…I love this. I see this. This is an editorial in today’s USA Today. This isn’t 1787. The opposing view editorial by Gun Owners of America and its opposing view Second Amendment debate on Wednesday. It’s utterly laughable. Although the review is unduly restrictive, attorneys say people need to keep and bear arms in order to prevent the government from becoming tyrannical is preposterous. This isn’t 1787. It’s 2008. We have gotten over our fear that our government is going to follow that of King George III.

No, we haven’t. It’s gotten worse. Is anybody — I mean, is anybody — they are not afraid? Really? That’s the consensus out there? That the government isn’t grabbing up too much power, that the government — I mean, this is coming from the left, not necessarily from the right. Now it’s coming from the right as well. But everybody was — everybody was screaming, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, Homeland Security, the PATRIOT Act, what, are you crazy? You’re going to let them have all of that power? That’s too much power, that’s intrusive, that’s infringement of our rights.”

The left has been screaming that the government is getting out of control. Now the right is screaming that the government is out of control. That’s one thing America agrees on! Our government is out of control, and what does this pinhead want to do? Take away guns. Take away the guns because, quote, “Even if the military were to turn against us, the idea of a bunch of private citizens subduing the armed forces is too comical for words.” Oh. Well, then we just give up. Oh, okay. All right. Okay. .

I mean, what, are you insane? Every time a government takes away the guns, every time they take away the guns, crime gets worse, gun crime, violent crime gets worse and it usually ends up, I don’t know, with the death of millions. I mean, protect the homeland, man, protect the home front. Protect your own family. And also, have the right to protect yourself against the government. I mean, that’s last on a long list of things, for the love of Pete. But you know what? When the government — if the government would have said to me, if the police would have called and said, “Are you armed right now?” “Uh-huh.” “Well, you know you are not supposed to have that gun. We’re supposed to confiscate all those guns.” “Well, then I regret calling you and you probably shouldn’t come onto my property as well.” I mean, come on. What, you’re going to take on the police force? No. No, I’m not going to take on the police force because I think most people in the police force agree with me, that the arm — that citizens, responsible citizens armed is a good thing. It’s the criminals that are a bad thing. I haven’t met the cop that says, oh, jeez, if we could just get all of the guns out of the hands of the good guys. I don’t know the cop. Oh, I’m sorry. Adam just informed me, “You’re right, the chief of the Philadelphia police force,” which, no, that will fix it. That will fix Philadelphia, yeah, get the guns out of the hands of the good guys. Yeah, that will be — isn’t this the same chief of police that was saying, “Hey, do we have any volunteers that want to help me out? Because we’re out of ideas.” He actually asked for volunteers, a citizen force which, if I may just say, it’s not 1787, is it? Do you know why the militia clause is in the Bill of Rights? Do you know why it’s in the Second Amendment about the militia? Do you know what a well regulated militia is? We look at that and say, “Oh, well, that’s just the state, that’s like the National Guard.” No, it’s not. Ben Franklin was the one who started the first militia. And the reason why he started it is because Pennsylvania said, oh, we can’t afford troops. Troops, guns? Gunpowder? What? And Ben Franklin was like, hello, the Government’s out of control. You know, we have nobody protecting the homeland here and the British are going to come in and they’re going to stomp on our heads; we probably need to have, you know, I don’t know, some troops. Oh, that’s crazy talk, we can’t have any troops. That’s too expensive.

So what did he do? He went door to door. He was a popular guy. He’s the guy that got the first public hospital built. How did he get the first public hospital built? With his influence. He said, you know what? He said, you know what? Hey, rich people, why don’t you kick in some money; let’s build a hospital. He’s also the guy that started the militias because while he cared about the poor, he also cared about the poor. And when the British — you know, when he knew things were coming, he said — and then he went to the government and said, “Hey, guys, Pennsylvania, let’s, what do you say, we have some troops.” Oh, no, that’s crazy. Okay, he went door to door. He started a campaign. “You know what, citizens, who’s with me? Who’s with me?” He went door to door and he said, “Grab the gun that’s over your fireplace and come with me.” That’s what a militia is. A militia was your neighbor, somebody who says, you know what, I got my hunting rifle; nobody’s going to mess with me; this is my town, this is my property. That’s what the militia was. That was the original intent. It is because he couldn’t get the government to do anything. They couldn’t get the government to organize anything. So don’t even start with me. And whatever you do, don’t TP the trees in my house. I’m just sayin’. Not a good idea. Not a good idea.

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