Under the Constitution, I can buy a firearm to protect myself, my family and (in Texas at least) my property. The government hasn’t been able to take away guns, but it has taken away any use they may serve. How? By making it so incredibly painful and downright frightening to ever pull the trigger.
Here are a couple of examples of how this works. One, the building where I work is maintained by a real estate company. Over the last couple of years, about half of us have had items stolen from our cubicles. In my case, it was a company-owned $6000 industrial laptop; others have lost personal items, such as a digital picture frame, and one person was so upset about his $400 PERSONAL Dyson fan going missing, that he put up a flyer in the kitchen area, asking for it back & warning others about the theft. So how did the real estate company react? Instead of investigating the theft in this card-key access-controlled video-monitored 24-hour security building, they took down the fliers and sent an email to everyone that only APPROVED flyers or posters can be put on the walls. Nobody ever recovered any stolen items.
Another example is the southern border we share with Mexico. In this case, just like the real estate company, when the government didn’t do its job securing the border, a couple of groups – Minutemen, the Arizona police – tried to help, take matters into their own hands. They didn’t even do much else besides survey the landscape & notify the immigration agents when they saw someone trying to cross. So how did the government respond? Did they double-up on border patrols, send more agents down, build a wall, call the National Guard? No, of course not; they got a team of lawyers and sued anyone who dared to try to do the Federal government’s job. The fact that the government is NOT doing its job is beside the point.
Now we have someone who has the right to carry a gun, and took it upon himself to do what the police didn’t: make his community safe. George Zimmerman should be called a hero. He took the initiative to patrol his own neighborhood, and from what I gather, ended up shooting someone in self-defense after the punk tried to beat him to death. Maybe he profiled the kid, maybe it’s bad to confront someone just because he fits the description of the thugs that have been seen committing crimes, but Travon was no angel, and he proved George right by pummeling him with his fists for daring to disturb his walk. So how is this hero treated? Public ridicule, calls for his assassination, death threats, and eventually arrest & charges for murder.
The real estate company, the Federal immigration administration and the police department do NOT want you to do their job for you. Even if they suck at it, you’re supposed to just sit there with your blinders on as your personal items are stolen, illegal aliens set up a crack house in your neighborhood, or your friends & neighbors are robbed & burglarized. Sure, I can buy a gun, but I know that if I ever use it, I’ll lose my job, my reputation, my friends and family will leave me, or I’ll have to go into hiding, and the “victim” or HIS family, along with the government and media, will crucify me in public, I’ll be arrested, charged, and even if I EVER clear my name, I’ll be scarred for life. I even heard a lawmaker this morning on the radio wanting to take away a person’s gun & carry-license if he shoots someone, until the matter is investigated. Great. So a gang member breaks down your door, you shoot him, the cops take your gun and now the rest of the gang wants revenge and KNOWS you’re now unarmed.
The only situation I can think of where a gun would be useful, without the fear of this horrible guilty-until-proven-innocent prosecution, is during complete anarchy, or during revolution. And then I’m sure a 12-gauge shotgun is going to be real useful against the government tanks, F16’s and trained military. Or, to protect my family, I would go ahead & shoot the bad guy, then call the cops & turn myself in, confess that yes I used deadly force, no I’m not a trained professional, yes I know I have the right to remain silent, yes I realize my skin color is different than his so this’ll probably be a hate crime, no I don’t want a jury trial, I trust a judge better, in fact, let’s just cut to the chase & you can shoot me right now, my life is over anyway … see ya up in Heaven, kids …