I am not an extremist when it comes to politics. I tend to find myself in the middle on most issues. And as a result, I am getting very irritated with the extremists on both sides of the gun control issue. We don’t need to issue every man woman and child a gun. And we don’t need to disarm and criminalize law abiding citizens. There is a middle ground and we just need to find it.
I had the pleasure of going to DMV this morning to get a new title for my car. On the side of my local DMV there was Virginia’s state seal. The figure, Virtus, standing atop of a tyrant at the end of a battle, his crown tossed aside. The seal represents peace and freedom. Along the edge of the seal it reads: “Sic Semper Tyrannis” – Thus Always to Tyrants.
Wikipedia defines a tyrant as “a ruler of a cruel and oppressive character who is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, or one who has usurped sovereignty”. Tyrants come in all form and are not just dictators or kings. I’ve known several in my life. Even worked for one once. I hate tyrants in every form.
If we had not had firearms back in 1776, we might not even be talking about this right now. We were living under the rule of a tyrant from across the seas. We had firearms for hunting and self defense. We had firearms well before we even had the Constitution! And it was with those firearms that we won our freedom.
We shouldn’t be discussing this as an item that affects the constitution. We shouldn’t be discussing how to ban a right that we have had from the beginning. We should instead be talking about how to maintain and protect that right while at the same time, protecting everyone’s right to life and safety. Having firearms, in the hands of law abiding citizens, is the greatest check on government that exists.
We don’t need to arm everyone. And we don’t need to disarm everyone. The government does not need to tell us what we can and can’t do. Every added law and restriction is one step toward tyranny; one step toward less freedom. Many would classify Obama and his administration as tyrants, but I wont go that far yet. We’re a long way away from a dictatorship or monarchy right now and Obama still requires lawmakers to work with him.
So lets all stop blaming the other side and try to work together. Because tyranny rises when one person (or group) refuses to bend to the will of others. When they do what they want, when they want, with no consequences. This could happen for either side as well. Like I said though, we aren’t there quite yet. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. With time, any government can turn tyrannical, and if that happens to us, we better hope we still have our guns . . . sic semper tyrannis.