Eating beef, buffalo, or venison and saying we're against the slaughter/killing of animals is hypocritical. We can't say, "I just couldn't kill an animal," while consuming meat.
When we buy meat in the grocery store, we're actually paying a "hit man" to kill for us. People fed, housed, slaughtered, butchered, packaged, and stocked the meat case, all so that we wouldn't have to look "Bambi" in the eyes and shoot him for our dinner. We have someone else kill for us.
If someone is breaking into our home, we call 9-1-1. Why? We need someone with a gun to come and protect us, our family and our property.
If an enemy army is approaching our border, we'd all hope the president would mobilize all available military personnel. Why? We need an army with guns to protect us.
So we can't say we hate guns. We rely on guns to protect us.
Some people want the military and the police to have guns but no one else. Why?
Think about how long it takes from the time you realize someone is breaking into your home to the time the police are in your home. You have to get to the phone, dial 9-1-1, explain your situation, and answer the operator's questions. Then you have to wait for the police to get the call, drive to your home, assess the situation and enter your home. How long does it take? Too long.
How long does it take an intruder to get to you and your family, once you're aware of the problem? Not long.
We all have the right to protect ourselves and our property. Most of us couldn't do that with a better weapon than a gun. If the intruder has a gun, "you don't bring a knife to a gun fight." If the intruder doesn't have a gun, you would have to be very strong and have had special training to get close enough to disable the person. A gun equalizes a 5-foot woman and a 6-foot man.
Still, you may choose to never own a gun for a variety of reasons. That's perfectly understandable. You have the right not to own a gun.
So how would taking guns away from qualified, legal gun owners make America safer? Simple answer: It wouldn't.
The police and the military have guns now. They aren't able to prevent crimes involving guns. So disarming citizens who are legally qualified to own guns to protect themselves and their property can only make the situation worse.
It's the illegally owned guns that need to be taken away. It's the unqualified or criminal who's the problem. I don't have answers to this problem. I just know that taking guns away from law abiding citizens who are qualified to use a gun is not the answer.
We can't leave this subject without talking about the Second Amendment. It reads as follows, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Our entire constitution is written to limit the power of the federal government and protect the states' rights to govern and protect their citizens.
Just recently, Missouri passed a law nullifying a federal law that would control gun ownership. Why is the right to bear arms so important?
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States." -- Political writer and first American dictionary author, Noah Webster, 1787.
I don't believe that in 2013, "the whole body of the people," no matter how many guns they own, can change our government by force. This change can now only happen through the election process. The citizenry must vote for leaders who will actually uphold the constitution. We need leaders who will take legal action against those in office who violate our laws.
We must defend our constitutional right to bear arms, not to overthrow our government, but for self-defense.
The talk about disarming "The People" is, rightfully, alarming "The People."
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote, "I am prepared to use any procedural means necessary to ensure that Congress does not pass any laws infringing on the Second Amendment, and look forward to working alongside Sens. (Mike) Lee and (Rand) Paul, to protect our constitutional rights."
Let's meet again next Tuesday.
Nancy Sarowski is the president of Emmet County Republican Women. Her column appears each week. Contact Sarowski at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about the Emmet County Republican Women's group on Facebook.
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