Sunday, August 23, 2009

Packing Heat

There seems to be an ongoing debate over whether or not it's proper to carry a fire arm to a congressional recess town hall meeting. It seems as though nearly everyone with a keyboard has weighed in on the issue, opinion requested or not. The Baltimore Sun, Right Side News, NPR, News-Journal, and unsurprisingly the New York Times' Frank Rich have all come out against the issue.

The overriding rationale against bringing guns to town hall meetings is that it makes others uncomfortable, or it makes you look like a nut, or even that someone might go off the deep end and actually use it. I've also seen and read arguments for carrying guns to town hall meetings, because 'we have 2nd Amendment rights.'

Maybe I'm all alone here, but I take a different outlook on this whole issue. There is no greater symbol of American resolve and steadfastness against tyranny than a gun. Whether libtards want to believe it or not, this is why we have a Second Amendment. So important is this symbol and right, that the only things the founders saw as more integral to our freedoms and liberties were freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble and freedom of the press. In my mind, considering what this administration, and these fools in congress are proposing be done in the American health care system, it's no wonder that the symbol which some Americans have chosen to display is the gun.

If the people who are against carrying guns to town hall meetings are skittish now, imagine how they would have been during the revolution or any part of US history up until the 1920's?! The fact is that carrying a gun has only become stigmatized within the last 60-70 years. There are certain historical events that have had some influenced this, but by and large it's been a coordinated effort by the anti-gun lobby. This lobby either foolishly misunderstands American history, or selfishly wishes to rewrite it.

When faced with tyranny, US citizens have the right and obligation to stand up against it. Even if that means reminding congress and the president with such strong symbols! What should a power grab the likes of what is being proposed by 2 of the 3 branches of this federal government be called, if not tyranny? From
"arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority."
I would encourage anyone who does not think that this move by our government is tyranny to point out where in the United States Constitution the federal government, in any capacity, has the ability to seize or claim ownership (permanent or temporary) of private enterprise for any reason. While you're at it show me where health care is outlined as a frontier of the government, and spare me your radically out of context General Welfare Clause argument.

The American Citizenry has no stronger symbol against outright tyranny, than that of a firearm. We can argue the definition of tyranny all day long, but in the end the definition lies with the citizenry. Obviously some of that citizenry has taken these overt moves on the part of the federal government as tyrannical. We bear arms, not because we can, but because against tyranny, we should! It wasn't that long ago that an overreaching government sought to impose it's will upon the citizenry outside of what its own laws allowed. Bear arms, and send a message that it wont happen again.

6 People Have Had Their Say:

Andy on August 23, 2009 at 6:06 PM said...

CL: I like your take on the "why we must carry firearms" deal. Not just for protection, but as a reminder.

It was not too many years ago that I went to high school with my 12 gauge Remington in the gun rack of my pickup truck. Me and my buddies liked to flake off right after school (or before, if things went right) to do some squirrel, or dove hunting...didn't want to be bothered with going back to the house.

The whole mess of "carrying" truly is a "mess." I suggest that we ALL either get a CC permit, or just carry openly. In my humble expert opinion that is the best way to shut up the crooks (on the street, and in DC).

classicaliberal on August 23, 2009 at 6:14 PM said...

Thanks, Andy. I guess more than anything, I was taken aback by the outrage over the fact that people are wearing guns. SO WHAT?! People with guns settled this country and made it what it is today.

ChristinaJade on August 23, 2009 at 10:48 PM said...

I just don't think the liberal set is realizing that there is a huge difference between BRANDISHING a firearm and CARRYING one. I read an article talking about a man wearing a gun in a shoulder holster (I'll find it if you want, don't have it bookmarked, though) outside a TownHall meeting, and the author described it as "brandishing." UM. NO.

A holstered gun is not being brandished, it is being CARRIED in a safe and legal manner. I agree with you, people who truly understand what the 2nd Amendment is all about are the ones who are CARRYING arms to these TownHalls as their chosen symbol.

classicaliberal on August 23, 2009 at 10:59 PM said...

CJ- It's funny that you point out the difference between brandishing a firearm and carrying one. Just as soon as I'd posted this, I realized that I wanted to point that out. However, a smart young lady from KY came along and pointed it out for us! Thanks!
There have been no reports of protesters waving firearms about in a threatening manner, nor have there been reports of protesters with firearms making threats against the president. These people are being rational and are well within their rights to bring this powerful symbol with them to remind all, why it is that we have the amazing form of government that we do.

Skunkfeathers on August 24, 2009 at 5:53 AM said...

Hmmm...lemme see h'yar...I worked a job that for 14 years there I carried a weapon as SOP or in an executive protection role. And danged if I didn't go stark raving bonkers and shoot some poor, maggot-infested lib. I worked a volunteer job for 3 1/2 years, where carrying a weapon was SOP. Same result. I own a firearm today, and....well dang it...nobody done been shot, even when I was pissed about somethin'.

Y'don suppose that the libtard arguments just tend to go completely to inert compost, when the light of truth is showd on 'em , do ya?


Anonymous said...

You know,

I don't mind if others want to exercise their right to carry firearms. I have no problem with it. Though still, I don't feel the need to take one to a town hall meeting. I just don't. In fact, I don't feel the need to even go to a town hall meeting. They've got the votes to push it on us. I'll remember that when I vote. You'll see a turn over in congressional seats this next time. Just wait. Then what we'll have is a congress that does nothing but fight. Nothing will get done. 3 1/2 years into this and you'll see Obama bear his fangs when he realizes he's going to be a 1 term President. It's not a matter of IF this is all going to meltdown, it's a matter of WHEN. I do expect blood to hit the ground sooner or later. I give it 3 1/2 years. That and the fact that we will be dipping our toes into another war around the horn of Africa. How convenient Obama's roots are in Kenya? Now you know why he's the President. They want in there, they want it now, and the best way to get it is to divide us all along these lines. This is what happens when you argue over a moot point. They have the votes, they're going to force this health care on you, all you can do is vote for someone to repeal it later. Meanwhile, a war is being arranged around the horn of Africa. They've wanted into Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia since Clinton. It's going to happen.


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