President Obama didn’t mention civilian disarmament directly in his inaugural address. But he did mention it. “Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.” By that standard, American gun owners are screwed . . .
As you know, there is no way to create a society where all children are safe from harm. To aspire to that goal is to justify anything, anything in its pursuit. Put another way, the President’s push for gun control will never end. “If it saves one child,” Vice President Biden and disarmament advocates opine, “it’s worth it.”
Not true. Our rights are more important than our safety. A government that believes that safety trumps liberty is a tyranny-in-the-making. Or in progress. Speaking of which, earlier in his speech, the President touched on that topic too.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.
Preserving individual freedom requires collective action? Sure, when we’re under attack by a foreign enemy. Unfortunately the enemy to our liberty lives within our own borders.
For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.
What the hell is he trying to say—other than militias and personal firearms are an outdated concept? Wrong. We met the forces of fascism and communism with modern (for the time) rifles and bands of brothers. Individuals who joined together to defend liberty and freedom around the world.
It should also be said that our soldiers fought to protect the American way. You know; the Constitution. A document that includes a Second Amendment that protects our individual right to keep and bear arms.
Truly, I’m frightened. The President is a Constitutional scholar who singularly fails to understand the Constitution and, thus, his oath of office. A Chief Executive who’s bound and determined to disarm us.
Thank God for checks and balances. On the eve of President Obama’s second term in office, let’s hope they stop this jingoistic juggernaut from destroying the right upon which all our liberties rest.