I also read 100 quotes of Lincoln’s on the Internet and conclude one can pick out whatever suits one’s view and use it to demean a conservative. (Sadly, the liberal press can even use a bottle of water.)
All any of us really want is to stand on our own two feet and not depend on the government.
Why don’t won’t people stop fighting the Civil War and use the equal opportunities afforded us and enjoy the freedoms we still have? That way, Nikita Khruschev’s 1953 statement that “We will bury you without firing a shot” will not be fulfilled.
I simply can’t say regarding emotions, except that most of the current proposals for gun control make me emotional. Reduce crime? It’s rather strange that places in the U.S. with strict gun control have higher crime rates than those areas with looser gun control. That can apply to countries. Look at Mexico. How about the U.K. — very difficult for a citizen to own a firearm and, yet, crime is rising alarmingly.
How about the “reasonable” measure of registering firearms and their owners? History clearly shows that governments use that stepping stone to ultimately disarm their citizenry via confiscation. Sadly, Canada and Australia are heading in that direction, now. What if that confiscating government has (or develops) bad intent? Look at Nazi Germany and the USSR for an answer.
What about our Constitution? Some politicians loudly declare that their gun control proposals won’t restrict our Constitutional “right of hunting and self-defense.” But that simply is not what the Constitution is about. Just a little review of the Federalist Papers recording the development of our Constitution shows that the drafters intended an armed citizenry — in part, to prevent our country from becoming a Nazi Germany or U.S.S.R.
So, how to achieve crime control? How about assuring an armed citizenry and demanding serious, swift, thorough prosecution of criminal misuse of firearms? Interestingly, there are many such laws on the books. And there is clear evidence in parts of the U.S. that when these are prosecuted, crime drops.
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Bigger government means more power for him and greater control over every American. Ironically the worse he makes things for the average American, the easier it is for him to buy their group votes with more and bigger spending programs.
It is a vicious, growing cycle as more and more voters are dependent on more and bigger government.
All this is at the expense and reduction of our liberty, freedom and prosperity.