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.

  1. brian says:

    You are right and most people know that the solutions are not in more laws, they just don’t help. A well motivated sicko will always find a way to do harm, with or without firearms. This has been proven so many times, Terry Nichols, 911, Kehoe, just to name a few.

    We are, in fact, loosing our freedoms at an alarming rate. We live in a society where there is such scrutiny that it is getting hard to be politically correct on any subject because people can no longer agree on what correct is. The government is out of control because the people have allowed it and chose to tolerate it.

    The media is also responsible for the paranoia that seems to be running wildly out of control. They never miss a chance to smear headlines with bad news, half truths and unsolicited opinions. In a way, they are the new government, as you only see what they choose to print and they only print on behalf of the politicians they support. In effect, there is no honest reporting that allows a person to form an educated decision, only stories that drive the wedge even deeper.

    Guns are here to stay, I have no doubt about that. If doing background checks and limiting our magazines to 10 or 15 makes some people happy, then so be it. I believe people must understand that it will not make a bit of difference in the number of future murders, as there are 275,000,000
    guns in this country coupled with the fact that killers do not register their guns.

    I live in Illinois which has had the FOID program for decades, and look at Chicago, more laws just complicate an already bogged down legal system. Cook county jail is a revolving door for gun offenders, many in jail 3-6 times for gun offenses. Maybe they should be fixing that. Peace to all.

    • nvchad2 says:

      Very well put, thanks for the comment! Its definitely a sad fact that most people know the solution isn’t more laws and just don’t help. I was one of those people not that long ago but I’m trying to do my part now. It’s going to take everyone fighting for our rights together or they’ll slowly take them all, one at a time. Of course, the more things they outlaw, the higher taxes will have to go. They’ll have to build more prisons; where else will we house all the felons?!

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