Here is something I read on Facebook.
by Zach Whitsel
There have been two mass shootings in the last 24 hours leaving a total of 29 dead and 51 injured last I read. The shooter in Ohio was taken out within 60 seconds of starting his killing spree, and he had a lot of ammo left and a large crowd at his disposal. There’s no telling how bad that one could have been had it not been for competent law enforcement. Nancy Pelosi didn’t even let a day go by before using the incidents as a platform for gun control. I don’t know where you stand in this debate but I want to make some points that will help you sift through the info over the coming weeks as this is bound to heat up.
• Whatever the news covers naturally takes precedence in our minds. I remember when the news media got it out for Fed-Ex and started reporting every time one of their trucks was involved in an accident. Three or four reports later, the American public was convinced that “all Fed-Ex drivers” were bad. Fed-Ex employs 425,000 people. Do the math on what percentage 3 or 4 bad drivers makes out of that. The point is, news companies make money when they get your attention. And most of them have extremely slanted motives. Do your homework instead of allowing them to take your hand and lead you to conclusions.
• Every year more than 10,000 people are killed across our country from alcohol related traffic accidents. That number doesn’t even take into account the mass numbers of domestic abuse victims and sexual misconduct victims stemming from the same substance. I can’t name one politician who is lobbying for the ban of alcohol. Common sense and statistics show that literally billions of people consume alcohol responsibly from year to year. What good would banning the substance do when broken people are actually to blame? Besides, cocaine, heroin, meth, and marijuana have been completely illegal for years and what tangible difference has it made?
• The right to bear arms was written as an amendment to our constitution for one reason. It wasn’t for hunting or for personal protection, it was to guard against a tyrannical government. If you think Nazi style socialism isn’t a possibility and that life as you know it today will always be, you haven’t read more than 50 years worth of history. Freedoms have to be fought for and then they have to be preserved, and then sometimes they have to be fought for again. Why? Because the generations that fought for them get old and die, and the next generation forgets how they were obtained. Not only do we need to educate our children about the fragility of freedom, we need a way to guard it. And single shot 22 rifles don’t fend off Nazis very well. It doesn’t matter how you feel about guns. You don’t have to like them or even want one but you NEED the freedom to change your mind about them if the need ever arises. Don’t forget that socialists are the ones driven to disarm us every chance they get. Ask yourself why that is?
• We live in a dangerous world. Hardware stores stock everything needed for explosives, and people without access to guns have historically taken advantage of that fact. In 2017, over 20 million people got behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of drugs. You are meeting these people on the road every single week. Driving slower and avoiding distractions could save your life or your family. Buying a good pistol and taking some classes to make you confident with it could increase your odds of survival as well. Neither are a guarantee. Broken people make broken decisions and innocent people get hurt. Punishing law abiding citizens as a means of correcting the problem is idiocy. Every parent in the room will tell you that tactic incites rebellion.