I have a friend that I get together with once a month for a day of target shooting. During these times, he’ll invariably launch into the virtues of expatriating to Latin America. His latest “flavor of the month” was Equator. He effused about the cheap oceanfront property, low cost of living, hurricane-free climate, “yadda-yadda-yadda.” When he finished I asked, “Can we keep our guns?” After a moment of thought, he admitted, “Probably not.” End of conversation.
When the colonists declared our independence from England, they also recognized life (together with liberty and the pursuit of happiness) as a basic God-given right. Roe v. Wade notwithstanding, no country in the world cherishes life more than our own. It follows then, that the defense of life must also be sacrosanct.
My liberal friends often tell me that the Second Amendment is obsolete because we no longer have to hunt for food. First, it wasn’t written for hunting, or target shooting, plinking at tin cans or gun-collecting. It’s about defending our lives.
Most important, however, is the fact that the right expressed in the Second Amendment is inalienable, meaning that not only is the government powerless to take that right away, but we cannot even give it away.
People (again, my liberal friends), also point to England as being “oh so very civilized,” that their police don’t even carry firearms. The London Telegraph, however, revealed that particular coin’s reverse side, and is waging a “Right to fight back” campaign resulting from two incidents.
In one, teacher Robert Symonds was stabbed to death by a burglar. Had Symonds defended himself in his own home by picking up a kitchen knife, and had he got in the “first licks,” he would have saved his own life only to face a murder trial.
Sound farfetched? Then consider the case of Tony Martin of Norfolk, England, who, inside his own home, killed one weapon-brandishing burglar and wounded a second. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. His sentence was later commuted.
In the 1994 film Barcelona, the character Fred Boynton is a US Naval officer visiting his cousin Ted in Barcelona. In one memorable scene they encounter a woman who has nothing good to say about Americans, and the dialogue goes as follows:
Woman: You can’t say Americans are not more violent than other people?
Woman: All those people killed in shootings in America?
Fred: Oh, shootings, yes. But that doesn’t mean Americans are more violent than other people. We’re just better shots.
I’m with Fred on that one.
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