- Posted January 8, 2013 by
San Diego, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Don't Tread on the Sons of Liberty
It is easy for pacifists to lobby for gun control because they are unwilling or unable to defend themselves and rely upon others to do so. What they fail to realize is that gun owners are defending their inalienable rights that they disrespectfully toss to the wayside with their misguided beliefs. Americans, through regulation, are becoming more dependent upon others for protection with the belief that protection is only a phone call away. The reality is protection is usually more than 5 minutes away if you or someone around you is able to make a phone call.
This relationship is similar to the simple sheep and the brave sheepdog that stands constant vigil to protect the sheep from the evil wolf. Even the sheep loathe the necessity of the sheepdog. I understand the point of view of Americas sheep but laws and regulation will not reduce the regrettable fact that there are a lot of people in this nation that do not share our beliefs about the value of human life – who will kill at a whim, rape for amusement or torture to pass the time. I know that they are out there, and I know that someone will have to deal with them. Someone has to keep them at bay and if that someone happens to be me, I will be doing it with my assault rifle and high capacity magazines because I am not a victim. George Orwell said it best with his interpretation of the work of Rudyard Kipling, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Even people that are pacifists due to their religious beliefs fail to accept that God too is a man of war as depicted in Ezekiel 7:25 and 25:17.
Beyond protection from individuals, the Constitution was drafted as yet another instrument for checks and balances. The Constitution was not established to grant the government power, but to limit its ability to garner power from the citizen with the belief that absolute power corrupts absolutely. The last thing that our founders wanted was the thing that has happened to all governments throughout time – the government becomes corrupt and the powerful few control the masses. The government cannot keep us from speaking our minds, the government cannot take from us our weapons, and the government cannot break into our homes and search/take our personal property. The government does not grant us power. We grant the government power. We the people, allow our government to exist.
In summation; a free and comfortable life should never be taken for granted. The gifts of freedom came from the blood, sweat, and tears of our forefathers, over hundreds of years, yet all it takes to lose them is a lack of vigilance on the part of one generation. Our freedom was won by the citizen refusing to give in to tyranny by picking up arms and standing opposed. It must be protected by the modern citizen as well by understanding and appreciating the purpose of the Constitution is to limit the power of government, not the American people.