One Small Voice. A Lot of Big Ideas. Let Freedom Ring!
There are only a few issues that are handled effectively at the national level: national security and defense, immigration policy, our monetary system, and international trade.
Unfortunately, our federal government has become so vast, our states have surrendered so much power, that the federal government has taken on the of persona of a God, regulating minutia with a one-size-fits-all mentality, from public education to healthcare. Once the federal government takes control of any issue or institution, what follows are laws and regulations, piled upon more laws and regulations, boosted by a larger federal payroll who justify their paychecks with more regulations and larger payrolls.
We’ve long ago stopped trying to figure out where our tax dollars go. And with no federal budget for the last four years it would be an almost impossible task, anyway.
This brings me to the issue of Gun Control.
Our 24-hour, up-to-the-minute news media crashes into our homes, our cars, our i-pads, our computers with non-stop coverage of events. Bad news sells. Really bad news sells really well.
So when a tragedy of the magnitude of the Newtown, CT or VA Tech shootings occur, we are bombarded with horrible images and press conferences, followed by so-called “expert” analysis and follow-up by any warm body that has ever witnessed, been victimized, studied or written about such events.
Hysteria ensues. And every parent has the horrible thought of, “What if that were my child? What if that was my town?” That’s normal. That’s healthy, even.
But from there, the conversation should inspire LOCAL conversations. How safe is MY school? Do I, as a parent, want armed resource officers or armed teachers? What is the unique culture of MY community? How well do we take care of our mentally disturbed citizens in MY community? Do MY schools have a history of violent behavior among students?
The answers are going to be different for every community in the nation. In rural communities, the vast majority of children learn to shoot in grade school, many have killed their first deer or squirrel by age 12 and everyone knows one another. They know who’s “not quite right in the head” and they know who can be counted upon. Those communities should be able to set their own rules, allowing gun racks in pick-ups in the high school parking lot and pocket knives in backpacks, if they choose.
Conversely, an inner city metropolitan school in a high-crime neighborhood and with a history of violent behavior among students may want to go so far as to install metal detectors.
Gun Control is about control. Local control is always a better solution than national control, whether we’re talking about guns or education.
We the people are the government. We need to take back control of our communities. We need to come together as neighbors that understand the unique culture and concerns of our community, not as fellow countrymen living 3,000 miles and 30,000 light years in experience away from one another.
Do you really want one person, the President, making decisions for you, your community, your school about what guns, if any, should be allowed? How many you should own? How many rounds they shoot? Do you really want 535 people making decisions for over 330 million people spread over thousands of miles and representing thousands of diverse communities?
The 2nd Amendment was written to protect the individual’s right to bear arms. And it states that that right shall not be infringed. Is it a common sense infringement to outlaw automatic machine guns without a special permit? Probably. Is it a common sense infringement to outlaw all handguns? Probably not. But who do you trust to make those decisions?
You and your neighbors should decide together what works best for your unique community. The federal government has way too many other messes to clean up than to waste time deciding if my handgun should have a 10- or 15-shot magazine.