I know this topic was brought up on the radio show a week ago... but it's been stuck in my mind like a sore on the roof of your mouth that you can't stop licking... burnt from pizza kinda sore.
I've "boiled it down to this", if I am wrong... let me know. I'm serious. Maybe I am wrong about this.
It seems to me to be a dangerous thing to align one's ideology so close to that of Chairman Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler... to name a few.
One of the ideologies that they ALL have in common is a uniformed UN-ARMING of their populous.
On the other end of the spectrum, the United States has over the years, WANTED their citizens to be armed. Instead of a mass wiping out of a huge portion of their citizenship... our nation has been comprised of the MAJORITY wanting to "free" the minority. To rise up. To equalize the justice system. We "fight" injustice AT THE TOP. Because people without "power" can't really be unjust, can they? So it's "TOP-DOWN" injustice that we fight... NOT the other way around.
Whenever the United States holds down it's people... it's "TOP-DOWN". Not grass roots. I mean, it's been the bad leadership that has had the overwhelming majority of time and the POWER to do so. Slavery, Japanese labor camps, destroying the family unit and therefore insuring a poor, under educated city population.
The "people" of the United States are cool. The most recent example of just how different the "PEOPLE" are from their so called representative "POLITICIANS"... is how WE reacted towards Hurricane Katrina.
I don't know ANYONE (who doesn't at least know SOMEONE) who didn't donate money and goods to charitable organizations to help the people of New Orleans. That's pretty cool. It's one of the things that STILL gives me hope. Now compare that to how our GOVERNMENT treated the people of New Orleans... not so good.
I recently purchased a gun. The first time that I've owned a gun in about 20 years. My wife's business is in a crime ridden area and her building has been broken into TWICE in the last 6 months. So... I worry about her. I bought her a gun. I'm not happy about it. But I feel that it's the responsible thing to do. It's actually what the responding officer suggested we do. He said that there's NO way that he would be able to respond quick enough. We would HAVE to protect ourself until he would be able to arrive.
I can only imagine the immense feeling of regret I would have if I didn't do "something" to protect my spouse. (I know... statistics show that she'll probably SHOOT me with it rather than "protect" herself from some bad teenagers... I've made an informed decision. I feel comfortable with the decision that I've made.)
Now some of the things the guy across the counter said to me while I was purchasing the weapon was VERY disturbing! Maybe I'll address that later.