(Note to my dim-witted Democrat friends just skip to the last two paragraphs otherwise I'll just confuse you with facts,)
I guess we all remember Barack Hussein Obama, Jr's infamous statement "it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
I have few problems with his statement. One is because it is a general statement that has no qualifying words to modify it to make it true. The word 'some' thrown in would have cut the fuse of the bomb it has become for Barack. Do we need a president that makes errors as simple as this?
Some of my Democrat friends have problems with anyone that believes in any form of higher power. So, I will not get in a debate over the merits of praying to Jesus vice "Fred the lettuce Head" from that old "What's Happening" episode, or how belief in God is as "crazy" as believing in the Keebler Elves. Instead I will simple state that the people of faith I know don't "cling to" religion because they're bitter.
So what about clinging to guns?
Well here are some facts:
All firearms in Brazil are required to be registered with the state (same as here in the USofA.)
The minimum age for ownership is 25. (Varies by state here in the USofA.)
In Brazil it is generally illegal to carry a gun outside your house.( Varies by State here in the USofA.)
The total number of firearms in Brazil is thought to be around 17 million with 9 million of those being unregistered. Some 39,000 people died in 2003 due to gun-related injuries in Brazil. In 2004, that number was 36,000.
Although Brazil has 100 million fewer citizens than the United States, and far more restrictive gun laws, there are 25 percent more gun deaths per year on average. Some sources indicate that homicide rates due to guns are approximately four times higher than the rate in the United States.
Clashes with police killed a record 1,260 civilians in Rio de Janeiro state last year — nearly the same number of all people murdered in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles combined in 2007. The Brazilian tally was in fact likely higher: a third of precincts lacked computers to report any murders.
Brazilian police carried out a "significant proportion" of the 48,000 murders that swept Brazil last year, according to a U.N. report released Monday, casting doubt on the government's ability to curtail drug violence and reign in vigilante militias.
The report by U.N. special envoy on extra-judicial killings Philip Alston said police murder three people a day on average in Rio de Janeiro, making them responsible for one in five killings in the city, which is plagued by drug-gang violence and roving militias of off-duty police.
Why do I bring up this comparison of Brazil and the USofA?
Because, people should not be afraid of their government. Instead the government should be afraid of it's people.
Here is a quote from Adolf Hitler, 1935. "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future."
What did the founding fathers of the USofA have to say about gun control?
Patrick Henry said "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
James Madison said "Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed -- unlike citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust people with arms."
Thomas Paine said "...Arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace."
Noah Webster said "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword because the whole body of people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States..." -
George Mason said "I ask sir, who is the militia? It is the whole people...To disarm the people, that is the best and most effective way to enslave them..."
Are you considering backing gun control laws? Do you think that because you may not own a gun, the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment don't matter?
In 1929 the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million "educated" people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
That places total victims who lost their lives because of gun control at approximately 56 million in the last century. Since we should learn from the mistakes of history, the next time someone talks in favor of gun control, you really should find out which group of citizens they wish to have exterminated.
It has now been over a since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the government more than $500 million dollars. The results Australia-wide; Homicides are up 3.2%, Assaults are up 8 %, and Armed robberies are up 44%.
In Australia’s state of Victoria, homicides with firearms are up 300%! Over the previous 25 years, figures show a steady decrease in armed robberies and Australian politicians are on the spot and at a loss to explain how no improvement in "safety" has been observed after such monumental effort and expense was successfully expended in "ridding society of guns."
It's time to state it plainly; Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives, protect children and property and, yes, gun-control laws only affect the law-abiding citizens. For proof, see Mexico. It's illegal for anyone but the cops to have guns in Mexico. Yet, Mexico's murder rate is almost 5 times as high as the USofA's (25 per 100,000 Mexico vice 5.7 per 100,000 USofA.)
(Nice of my Democrat friends to rejoin me.)
Basically, I cling to my guns because my second amendment right is the only thing that guarantees me all the other rights our Constitution offers me.
So, why do I cling to my religion? Because my belief in Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, His message of love and forgiveness, the power of prayer and the Sixth Commandment (You shall not kill) are the only things that keep me from using my Second Amendment Right to force my beliefs and my ideas for making this country a better place on others.