It’s been said that democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch, while liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
That’s the essence of our Second Amendment.
It’s not hunting, which is so acceptable that our founders never dreamed of having to enshrine its legality in our constitution. It’s not personal protection, which is already a natural right that should be recognized everywhere, and certainly in the “land of the free.” And it’s not the shooting sports, which even subjects in totalitarian states can enjoy.
The amendment is about the preservation of liberty, by and for Americans.
That’s exactly what I told my nine-year old son recently as we fired off shells with his new 20-gauge shotgun at a local range. He had heard much of the same talk during the last two-years while hitting aluminum cans with his Daisy Red Ryder BB gun – lessons about safety, accuracy, and responsibility. But my words seemed to carry far more weight after he first heard and felt the boom and kick of a real weapon.
He seemed to grasp that now it was serious.
Sure, it was great fun for him to see two-liter soda bottles explode in a fury of birdshot, but it was deeply satisfying for me to pass along to my son the sacred American tradition of owning and understanding firearms.
The sad thing is, my boy probably already knows more about the principles of gun ownership than the people running our country.
I don’t think the president or his advisors know the first thing about guns – how they’re bought, how they’re cared for and used, and why people choose to own them. Everything most of them have learned about the subject likely originates from cocktail party chitchat or faculty lounge ramblings, all fortified with a state-centric ideology and advanced by equally inexperienced activists.
This is evident because none of the president’s recent executive orders restricting gun ownership will solve the problem that his administration is supposedly targeting. This has been demonstrated repeatedly by showing how none of his orders would have prevented mass shootings or most murders, and that they’ll only further impede our constitutional rights in the process. The president admitted as much when announcing them, hedging against future violence because the White House knows his orders only target law-abiding citizens, not criminals.
So why issue these executive orders at all?
On the one hand, this is typical for a political philosophy where the results of government intervention never seem to matter, only noble intentions do. Some have said he just wants to do “something,” and doesn’t really care if we are inconvenienced or a few morsels of our rights are nibbled away by more regulations and processes.
But on the other hand, all the talk about government eventually making a play for a national gun registry, or ultimately some type of confiscation, makes more sense when you consider how the left usually spends decades slowly, incrementally, and then monumentally changing our society. It has happened elsewhere, hasn’t it?
Decades ago the left said they only wanted government-run healthcare for seniors, but now we have Obamacare. They once said they only wanted abortion to be safe, legal, and rare, but now the government sues a group of nuns for refusing to carry insurance that offers abortion. They once said civil unions weren’t a challenge to traditional marriage, but now the government will destroy a baker for refusing to participate in a gay wedding.
Give the left an inch and they’ll take a mile.
Appearing on a CNN town hall-like broadcast last week, the president repeatedly dismissed our fears as “imaginary fiction” and part of some far-fetched “conspiracy” theory.
But if you’re not coming after our guns, Mr. President, then why do you keep reaching in their general direction?
This administration will be gone in a year, and its executive orders will hopefully be overturned or at least defunded by Congress. But don’t be fooled – the long-term goal of the left isn’t simply to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
It’s to keep them out of the hands of everyone else.