The Constitution and Why We Ignore It

Today, more than 20 people were killed by an insane gunman at Virginia Tech.

As the president of the university said, it’s a tragedy of monumental proportions.

But as I read that story, I read it through the eyes of an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment – the right to keep and bear arms. So needless to say, I’m reading it with a different slant than most people will.

The Brady people will say “See, we need stricter gun control, because guns kill people.”

But the Brady people, despite what I believe are good intentions, are dead wrong. Gun control hasn’t worked in ANY country it’s ever been tried in. The fact is, the good people all surrender their guns, and the bad people all keep them. And that’s not conducive to the goal of reducing crime.

In actuality, even the 48 states that allow concealed carry almost all prohibit concealed carry on public university property.

There was absolutely no chance of someone being able to defend themselves and the lives of their classmates, because the law doesn’t allow good people to defend themselves… meeting force with force.

The police and SWAT came, but police and SWAT aren’t there to defend your life… they’re there to scrape up your remains after the bad guy has been contained. By the time they get there, it’s usually too late.

We choose to ignore the Constitution because when we see a news story like the one today, we think one thing: “Guns are bad.”

If guns cause crime, mine must be defective. Or said another way, my gun kills people in the same sense that my pencil writes papers.

The right of self defense is the most fundamental right a person could ever have. I agree we should have requirements and licenses for concealed carry, which require background checks and training… but I don’t agree we can dictate when and where that license is appropriate. Sometimes bad guys shoot up universities, schools, and churches. Why should we be forced by the government to be defenseless?

One of the first things Hitler did was implement gun control. A defenseless population is a lot easier to push around than a rowdy, individualistic society.

Maybe if you’re a gun-snatching communist, you can explain the logic to me…

  6 comments for “The Constitution and Why We Ignore It

  1. April 16, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    You mean I can write bad checks and blame it on my pen? Cool! This is what happens when we become a Nanny State; if the goverment can raise our kids properly how the hell can we trust them to keep us safe?

  2. April 16, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    I’m not necessarily political, nor intelligent, enough to accurately comment on it, but I know that they don’t have shit for guns here Down Under anymore cos of some legislation or other governmenty-sounding word.

    Yes, some bad guys still have ’em here, and Yes, they still occasionally shoot people. But strangely enough, while the burglary rate is through the freakin’ roof… the blow-your-fkn-brains-out rate is miniscule.

    Sure, the burglars aren’t afraid that you’ll blast ’em, so they break in while you’re at home and other retardations. BUT, I have yet to read a story where Ma Kettle sent Pa Kettle to Lamblastedland cos he got up to piss and she thought he was a miscreant there to violate her holiest of virtues.

    Ha, course I just consulted with Wife and am reminded that the single biggest shoot-the-fk-outta-strangers massahkree was in Port Arthur. Sure, it’s Tasmania and they root lotsa sheep there, but still, it was in Oz, so we win! Go Port Arthur!

    Like I started with, I ain’t smert enough to get into a debate, but I know one simple fact.

    Take guns away from people = They can’t shoot you anymore.

    Back in ’99, I heard the sirens, I saw the cruisers blasting up Wadsworth Blvd… I even knew one of the kids that was wounded in the chest, and I really and honestly thought that Columbine would’ve helped make sure this shit stops happening.

    Boy, did I ramble. This is what happens when you stop writing in your own diary people! Get with it!

    Smooches Pedro

  3. Jodie
    April 16, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Word is, the gunman may have been in the country on a visa. Yep. They want to control guns but not the borders and immigration. Sounds like our government alright. The least they can do is institute a “no psychos” policy on the visas.

  4. MR.CARLEY
    April 16, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Oh, and by the way. When coverage started when the news broke, it took about 45 minutes for them to blame video games… another 10 minutes to specifically name “Grand Theft Auto” as the video game culprit.

    I can only assume that the next logical step it to get Ozzy Osbourne fired from whatever job he currently has and brought up on murder charges for singing “Suicide Solution” all those years ago.

  5. April 17, 2007 at 6:38 am

    I may not agree with Incredipete on a lot of stuff, like Homos, and abortion, but I do believe strongly in the right to keep and bear arms. I also believe that gun control is being able to hit your target. I am sending out all of the positive feelings and sunshine to those people who lost loved ones yesterday, they will need them.

    When I was in college, I had guns on campus. when I lived off campus I had guns, over the years my gun assortment has grown substantially. Had this tragedy happened when I was in college, and I was anywhere near the gunman, I guarantee, there would be less people killed and less tragedy. Even if I had to face federal criminal charges for having guns on campus.

    The gun is nothing more then a tool. in the right hands it is used for hunting, protection and enjoyment. It is no different then an ax. Give a woodsman an ax, he’ll make you some lumber, give a raging psychopath an ax, he’ll kill 30 people.

    it is the people, not the tool that makes the difference. Did not having enough bullets of weapons help those poor souls in Rwanda and Burundi, the tool of the jungle was their downfall….so do we legislate for the removal of machetes?

    If everyone is armed crime drops.

    Period.

  6. April 17, 2007 at 8:31 am

    They can have my guns when they pry them… empty and smoking… from my cold, dead hands.

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