In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, it took only a matter of hours before the left sought to divide us, howling for gun control. But as we’ve seen many times before, they don’t care how it sounds or looks. They don’t care how caustic their rhetoric is. It’s all and only about advancing the agenda.
The overarching agenda of the progressive left, since its rise to prominence in the early 20th century, was/is to chip away at and eventually supplant the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence with their version of America. And they will seize any opportunity do so, regardless of how tasteless.
As we see demonstrated after every mass-shooting incident, the Second Amendment of the Constitution is an easy target for leftist progressives. Imbeciles from Hollywood and Washington, D.C., take to the airwaves to decry gun violence. They claim that if this or that was restricted, checked or outlawed, the tragic event could have been averted.
However, it must be a singular event to usher in the left’s call-to-action. They know they must whip people into an emotional frenzy to achieve their ends. If the public is given enough time to think with their heads instead of their hearts, the cause of these radicals is lost. It’s what is meant by “never let a good crisis go to waste.”
We on the right often cite Chicago as the poster child of failed gun-control policy. And we are proven right – every year. As of Oct. 2, 2017, at least 2,877 people have been shot in Chicago this year – of which 527 were homicides. And it was worse in 2016. The tally at this time last year was well over 3,200 shot and 567 homicides.
Yet we don’t hear Hillary, Schumer, Warren, or the mindless Hollywood elites rallying against these horrific numbers. Why? Easy – because the carnage in Chicago is not a singular event that can be used to bring the public to a fever pitch. They know this kind of emotion cannot be maintained for long, which brings us right back to the “good crisis” adage.
These leftists also understand that to bring unwanted attention to Chicago, which is and has been fully controlled by Democrats, would be admitting that their solutions are not only ineffective, but actually exacerbate the problem they claim to be fighting.
If they were to shine a light on Chicago, it would be obvious that neither guns nor the Second Amendment are the problem. It is a societal problem created entirely from decades of liberal, Democratic policies, which have resulted in little regard for authority, community and human life.
And no gun-control measures will cure these ills.
This was obvious on last Thursday morning’s “Fox and Friends” program. Steve Doocy hosted a panel discussion on guns and gun control. There were a mix of liberals and conservatives on the panel. At the end of the discussion, Steve asked the entire panel, what gun control measure(s) would have prevented the Paddock shootings. Not a single person spoke up. The liberals on the panel just sat there, dumbstruck.
Finally to the heart of this issue. We’ve heard said on many occasions that Obamacare must be kept in place because it is “the law of the land.”
Obviously, this is not true. There is only one true “law of the land.” It’s the Constitution – the supreme law of the land, of which all subsequent laws must adhere. As such, we don’t get to pick and choose which Articles and which of the Bill of Rights to comply with.
Of the Bill of Rights, Alexander Hamilton wrote:
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”
The Second Amendment, like the others, is clear. It affirms the individual right to own and carry a weapon for person protection. It is not vague or obscure and cannot be disregarded or even watered down.
John Adams wrote of this right, describing it as, “Arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion … in private self-defense.”
In 1789, mere days after James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights, Tench Coxe, a friend and correspondent of both Madison and Thomas Jefferson wrote that the Second Amendment would confirm to the people, “their right to keep and bear their private Arms.” Interestingly, neither man thought it necessary to correct Mr. Coxe, that it was only applicable to a militia.