Americans and Our Handguns

   06.08.17

Americans and Our Handguns

While looking through the morning news, I came across the following article – Why Americans Will Never Give Up Their Guns.

The author states,

Clearly, many American men learn early on life that

a.) it’s a nasty world out there, and

b.) the best way to protect yourself is with a gun.

Change may require the coming of age of a new, better-educated generation.

Tom Jacobs, I respectfully disagree with your article. Not just part of the article, but the whole thing.

What is the difference between a free citizen and a servant? The right to own firearms. The handgun is the most basic form of self-defense.

Let’s take a few minutes, break down your article, and I will explain why I disagree with it.

Polls

Polls are cited several times in the article, so let’s start there.

The election of 2016 proved that polls cannot be trusted. Several reputable news sources stated Hillary Clinton would win the election. When the people voted, the polls were proved wrong.

These were not just a couple of polls, there were a lot of them. Due to months of news sites citing erroneous polls, all polls put forth by the media have to be questioned.

When major media puts forth skewed polls, they must expect to lose credibility. The lesson here is that polls can be skewed and manipulated to push an agenda.

Government

Fact: Government is inherently corrupt and willing to employ violence against its citizens.

For example: FDR’s Executive Order 9066, which led to the notorious internment camps of World War 2. 9066 faced a supreme court challenge and was upheld in Korematsu v. United States.

There’s also: Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was killed by a drone strike. The airstrike was approved by the Obama administration. When challenged in court, the Obama administration fought to keep details of the strike secret and the case was dismissed.

Vicki Weaver, the wife of Randy Weaver, was unarmed when she was shot and killed by a U.S. Government sniper.

These are just a few examples of why citizens should preserve the right to protect themselves from their government.

Police

Police can’t always maintain law and order, and that’s when riots and looting can break out.

There have been numerous court rulings that the police have no duty to protect citizens.

If the police are not required to protect citizens, the burden of protection rests in the hands of the individual. What better weapon for personal protection than a handgun?

Education

Would better education promote a gun-free society? I seriously doubt it.

As education increases, trust in government decreases. Our government has shown time and time again that it’s ready and willing to violate our civil rights.

We learn in school that we are supposed to have certain rights. Some of those rights are due process and a right to life and liberty. Then we learn the government can disregard those rights when so desired.

It doesn’t take a college education to learn history and to realize what happens to disarmed citizens.

The Handgun

Handguns are the sword and knife of the modern era. They are our protection from people who would do us harm.

Handguns are a reminder that individual liberties rest in the hands of the individual and not the government.

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