I have witnessed more discussion about guns and gun rights in the past month than I have cumulatively in my entire life. And yet the Left keeps yammering on about “we have to do SOMETHING”, as if even doing something extra-constitutional (at best) or highly destructive (at worst) is a better option than choosing NOT to.
If they habitually spill coffee on their carpeting, is their solution to burn down their house (“well, the carpeting was ruined anyway…”)??
It would be doing something, after all.
Much as was the case with Obamacare, the Left is again focusing on an end result of a problem, and not the problem itself. Illegal gun violence is the end result of people who choose to commit illegal violence; that’s it. Guns are not good or bad, any more than toaster ovens are good or bad.
When we look at people who choose to commit illegal violence, what we’re really discussing is personal accountability. THAT is where this all leads. Personal accountability is the ultimate result of freedom, and is one of the founding principles of American society. As such, it is anathema to the Left. They reject it in their views on Healthcare, Incarceration and the Death Penalty, Abortion, school Test Scores and almost every other arena you can name.
Because you can’t have an all-powerful Government if every individual is truly responsible for their own actions, and vice-versa. It’s like Dennis Prager says, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen”.
So now Obama has put forth his 23 edicts on gun control, which will necessarily restrict the freedom of law-abiding citizens, while doing exactly nothing to decrease the chances for bad people to do bad things with guns. And just like Obamacare, it will continue us on the road to our becoming more subservient to the State in pursuit of an unachievable Utopia.
No responsibility; no accountability; no freedom.
This entire thought process was summed up succinctly by one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Reagan. Included in a speech back in 1968, Reagan was commenting on the urban riots that had swept the nation in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.:
“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the law-breaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
–Ronald Reagan; July 31, 1968
His statement was true then, …and it’s just as true today. The antithesis of President Obama’s speeches from this week, it also serves as a reminder (and a warning) of just how far down the road to tyranny we already are.