I was talking to a colleague the other day and he said that more people have died from guns in the US than terrorist attacks since 9/11 and shouldn’t we do something about that.
He had a point worthing thinking about. We’ve spent a trillion dollars and the lives of thousands of Americans and twenty-fold that on the deaths in the Middle East and yet more American’s have died in the US since them from gun related homicides? Interesting, but that has more to say about our foreign policy than gun control.
Since I’ve lived in a few places overseas, I gave him my own perspective:
In the Dominican Republic, everyone has a gun. Your local pizza delivery man on a motorcycle has a piece. So do all the taxi drivers. Crime there isn’t anything a bad as in may find in Detroit or Chicago. We went all over that country and had a ball.
In El Salvador, on the other hand, guns are outlawed. MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang have all the weapons they want — and grenades. The police their are ineffective — they will be thrown in jail if they use their old revolvers for self defense. So they don’t get involved. Employees in my workplace fled their own country because the police there could not protect them.
Then there is Mexico, where nobody but the police, army and the narcos are armed. The Narcos have .50 Cals, fully automatic weapons, and grenades. So does the army. They fight. The average citizen has nothing — firearms are effectively outlawed — only the Mexican Army can provide a permit to carry.
If the politicians want to get rid of our guns, they need to start with their tax-payer funded bodyguards and weapons. That they will never to, of course. They want one set of laws for themselves, and another for everyone else.
No way. We are citizens; not serfs, servants, or slaves. They are not above us. They don’t get special rules. Unarmed men are servants — armed men are citizens. Any educated man knows this.
One more thing: the Second Amendment is not about sports or home defense:
“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”
– Senator Hubert H. Humphrey 1960. (D-Minnesota)
” … most attractive to Americans, the possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and slave, it being the ultimate means by which freedom was to be preserved.”
James Burgh, 18th century English Libertarian writer, Shalhope, The Ideological Origins of the Second Amendment, p.604
Remember Lexington and Concord? At the outset of the Revolutionary War the first act of the British was to march on the Americans to seize their weapons. Ordinary men stood armed and responded. And that was the path to American independence. Never forget that. And that’s why the Second Amendment was enshrined in the Constitution.