“ …. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent ….” Eleanor Roosevelt
We can all agree, I’m sure, that “Hate” crimes are a horrible thing. I believe that we can also agree that it is a very sick unstable mind, that is capable of such an act.
Therefore, we must not sink to the easy way out and call it a fault of the gun. If one is killed in an automobile accident, a plane crash, or some other public conveyance, do we blame the automobile, the plane, or the other object? No, we immediately look to the operator of the vehicle, or possibly a human error in maintaining or building it. Either way, it is a HUMAN ERROR! Not the result of rational thinking by a rational person. The individual possessing, maintaining, or controlling the object is the single direct blame to consider in my opinion. I would not point the finger of blame toward another Human; one who did not recognize the unstable mind, the irrational words or actions, the signs of instability?
However, we cannot directly blame or punish a family member, a co-worker, or a friend. Not all of us are familiar with the behavioral symptoms of irrational or unstable folks. Sometimes a very normal appearing person, can snap at a moments notice.
All this must be considered. We cannot and should not Politicize or personalize the act itself. We cannot and should not blame the gun, the plane, or the car. Such thoughts, in my opinion, could only come from an unstable mind.
I feel that we must, as a people, once again insert common sense and reason behind our opinions, our thoughts, and our actions. Some where along the line we seem to have taken those abilities and attitudes out of our daily lives.
We today are much too quick to blame the object. If you take away the gun, or ground the Airplane, what have you accomplished? You have created a serious problem against our Economics, against our Hobbies and our Sports. Another point to consider would be of course that the guns used in such violence, are most often not those purchased legally.
When our Local Governments call for folks to turn in their guns, I sometimes question their own thinking, and their motives. It appears to me they are only creating a publicity stunt to make it look like they are doing something to solve the problem. And those that turn in their guns are certainly not the irrational or mentally unstable individuals that will run to the local Mall to do harm, or back to a place of work to get vengeance. My thought is that these guns had belonged to someone that has ‘passed’, or no longer enjoys a hobby or sport.
It is my opinion, without question, that many in our Society have been convinced that removing the guns of everyone will solve the problem of these heinous crimes. It will not! If a deranged person is dedicated to creating such havoc for whatever reason, he/she will find a way. Make no mistake about that!
I firmly believe that we have a segment of our Nation that fears the guns would be turned on them when and if they return to power. They fear an uprising and only want armed guards that are part of the Government, for the sole purpose of protecting the Government.
Our Founders, early on within our Constitution, gave us the right and freedom to bear arms. Their wisdom, maturity, and intelligence were obvious thru-out the document, and we have no reason to consider they were wrong about this.
Such fears of citizens possessing arms, can only come from minds that are acutely aware of what they plan on when and if they gain power. They want total control of the lives of every citizen. Their need to control is the result of a serious lack of confidence. We have seen that repeatedly in Nations that have turned to Socialism, or to a Dictator, to Communism or whatever new name one wishes to give it. Either way it is the total control and direction of and by the Government on its people.
We are a Nation of Rights, Freedoms, and Liberties. We are “self-governed” through our vote, our voice, and our States; we have free will to make our own decisions and choices, and we are also free to join or not our Military, for the sole purpose of defending and protecting our Country, its people, and the rights and freedoms we enjoy!
GOD BLESS OUR REPUBLIC
Jean Frances Coulard 8/6/19