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Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:42 PM CDT
Gun control mainly about the ‘control’

By Dave Shadow

What don’t you understand about gun control?

When thinking about this subject, two words come to mind that relate to our condition or position on the subject of gun control.

Some of us fall into one category, and others may slip into the other.

Unfortunately, most of what we think of and how we behave as the average American certainly falls into one of these categories.

I believe that we are very fortunate to live in the best of times, in the best country and finest society that has ever existed since time began. But I also believe that it’s slipping away while we sit idly by and watch it happen. I am not a doomsday prophet or anything like that, but I’d like to think that I see our personal freedoms and constitutional rights situation either more clearly or with more interest than the vast majority of our voting neighbors. Actually, that’s not exactly right; I don’t want to see the situation more clearly. I want to share some thoughts that may make you look at our positions in a different light.

First of all, get the ideas out of your mind that our elected politicians have everything under control and all have of our best interests at heart. Secondly, bear in mind that they work for us; we are not subject to their personal agendas and wishes based on lobbying efforts. We can make differences if we will pay attention, be vocal and vote accordingly.

If we as average, normal, working class citizens will think and talk about subjects that our forefathers felt so imperative to our rights and the eventual survival of our society, we can make a difference. The liberal activists on these subjects are vocal and very active. We must be also!

The two words mentioned above are “apathetic” and “pathetic.”

Most of us have become apathetic over time. The thesaurus defines this word as being “indifferent, lethargic, listless and unconcerned.” We simply let others take charge of the decisions in the everyday workings of our worlds and we rest assured that our legislators will all make those decisions that are good for us. Isn’t that about where we are? We get excited and even upset over bad calls in sporting activities such as ball games, but we let our politicians erode our personal freedoms without even a groan. It’s time to get excited about those things that affect our Second Amendment rights and other personal freedoms before it’s too late!

Just in case you’ve forgotten your grade school class that discussed the Constitution, the Second Amendment was designed to give us the right to bear arms. It says: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This and the Christian principals that were the basic foundations of our country are being misinterpreted and undermined by groups and individuals with undesirable intentions while we sit back and say nothing.

Radical individuals and groups seeking to destabilize the very and basic principals that our great country was based upon make a lot of very elegant noise while we sit back quietly and think that all of this stuff really means nothing to us. Unfortunately, many of these campaigners of “control” speak very eloquently, very loudly, and relentlessly. Couple that with the recruitment of many celebrities and Hollywood stars and you get a very believable group of control advocates, many of who do not see the whole picture or realize the eventual effect that the demonizing of our freedoms will have.

In summary, all of this proposed additional legislation is not about gun control. It’s not about guns for hunting or personal protection. It’s not about ammunition. It’s not about reducing violent crime. It’s not about protecting children. It’s not about animal rights. It’s not about hunting. It is about control! It makes all of us more dependent on government and less self-sufficient. It diminishes our personal freedoms and reduces us to subjects who are controlled by and indebted to our government rather than citizens who control our governments actions through the constitutional processes of free elections, freedom of speech, etc.

The second word was “pathetic,” meaning wretched and miserable. All of those who continually undermine our personal freedoms with items such firearm legislation fit this description. Many of these individuals and groups have agendas designed for their own purposes, not the overall good of individuals and our country. It is only through individual freedoms and rights that our country can gain back and strengthen the country as a whole. If individuals are stronger, then the country is inherently stronger.

Regain a voice in your local community and among your friends and relatives.

The route to proper success in maintaining your personal freedoms is through the actual use of the freedom of speech not just the existence of the same.

Watch how your politicians vote on important issues and make educated judgments rather than believing in their televised rhetoric. In short; Judge the tree by the fruit it bears!

Parting thought:

“Honor, justice and humanity forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.”

— Thomas Jefferson, “Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking up Arms,” 6 July 1775

It’s faith, family and freedom.

Dave Shadow is the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier’s hunting and fishing columnist.
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