The First Domino

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The First Domino

It seems to me that our nation is like a set of dominoes laid out in a line. One big push on the first one, and they all could start falling in succession. Each domino represents the standards or laws that guarantee the identity and function of our nation provided by the constitution. I would like to propose that although it may be the Second Amendment, our right to bear arms is the first domino.

Granted, this observation of mine leaves the Almighty God out of the equation (which is not a wise thing to do because He can do anything He wants), but for the purpose of this conversation, I’ll keep this on the natural level. Let’s just say that unless God intervenes, our right to bear arms could be destroyed or eroded further. That would then open the door for all our other rights to topple as well…..like dominoes.

Checks and Balances

It is our ability to keep the federal government in check through the Second Amendment (which is a last resort) that protects all our other rights. All the other amendments and their existence hinge upon the Second. Who will defend the right to free speech or assembly or religion if the right to bear arms is taken from us? Who could? Words can be powerful, but in the face of dictatorship, they mean nothing.

Speed is Key

Yes, all our other rights are being attacked in some way, shape, or form. Some are being eroded, but it is a slow process and the damage can be repaired. If the Second Amendment goes however, the process will be faster than we can fathom. We’ll wake up one day and realize our country is not just slightly unfamiliar, it will be unrecognizable.

What to Do

It is our job to recognize the danger, and protect this God-given right. Don’t be paralyzed. When we see people come against our right to bear arms, we need to rise up and let our voices be heard. Contact your federal and state legislators. Donate money to groups you believe in. Stand up……..or the first domino may fall.

 

Wheeling Federal Building Shooting

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Headlines

Wednesday our local news made national headlines. Reports are that a man opened fire into the federal building in Wheeling, West Virginia with an “AK-47 style rifle”. Apparently the shooter was a former Wheeling police officer and also used to work at the (same) federal building as a guard.

Even though at least 20 shots were reported to be fired, the attack only resulted in minor injuries from flying glass. The shooter opened fire from across the street, reloading at least once.

His neighbors have reported that he was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. That makes me think that this guy wanted to commit suicide by cop.

Before he started shooting, he warned all bystanders to get out of the way, so killing others wasn’t the motive. He wanted to die, but didn’t want to take anyone with him. It doesn’t appear that he had any plan of escape.

The end result was that the suspect was then shot by police. I have reason to believe SWAT took him out. He died at the hospital. Streets, businesses, and the federal building were all closed and locked down for hours.

Close to Home

Besides this being a very sad situation, It was basically in our back yard. It hits home. There have regularly been shootings in the national news for several years now, but this one was close. To see national news agencies report on this is just weird.

It only strengthens my resolve to protect myself and my family through conceal carry. What if my family and I were downtown yesterday? We were actually planning to be near the downtown the very next day.

Apparently this shooter didn’t intend on hurting anyone, but it could have easily been different. Considering that I’m usually carrying a .380, I don’t know that I would have been able to do much against a guy with an AK and a death wish. But I sure feel better armed than not. Now I more fully realize it can happen here.

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Weekend Reading Roundup

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Every week I post articles from across the web on Facebook and tweet about them on Twitter. These are articles that I think are pertinent to the topics we discuss on my blog. I thought I’d round them up for your weekend reading. Enjoy.

As Freedom Destroys Itself: Laws Can’t Protect a Society that Has Lost its Way – Sarah Palin writes on gun control and our nation

Idiots Against Guns Launch Gun-Control Jihad – Michael Reagan weighs in on the issue

Ron Paul Talks Gun Control on ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ – Ron Paul lets Leno know what he thinks of gun control

Attn John Kerry: Treaties Violating the Constitution Are Not Law of the Land – The Constitution stands in the way of the U.N. small arms treaty.

You Take a Chance

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Every time I go into a “gun-free zone” whether it’s posted, non-posted, or just part of the law, I have a decision to make. It seems to me that either choice is bad.

Today I went into a building that had no posting, but that I guessed had a policy against. This particular building is in a really bad part of town. The facility itself appeared somewhat secure, but the surrounding neighborhood was questionable.

What to Do, What to Do

If I choose to honor the rules and not carry, then I take the chance that I won’t be able to protect myself if something bad goes down.

On the other hand, what if I choose to break the rules, and then something bad happens where I need to protect myself or others? If I pull the trigger, I am legally liable and vulnerable. In that position, I’m the one that could actually be prosecuted. And that is after I’ve stopped the bad guy.

Is it worth it? I would be trading the safety of my loved ones and others for possible legal prosecution.

Gun-Free Zones

Here is where my argument against gun-free zones kicks in. The fact is, I shouldn’t have to choose.

Not only do these posted areas attract those who would do harm, (because no one can stop them) but also I am now made the criminal. For making the decision to protect, I am now made to be the one in the wrong. Something is upside down here.

Our founding fathers established that it was our God-given right to protect ourselves. It is a basic human right. But gun-free zones turn this right on its head.

In fact the entire anti-gun and gun-control argument is on its cabeza. Parts of society have begun to view the aspect of protection as evil rather than good.

But through this reversal, the truth is that if you choose to carry where you are not supposed to, you take a chance. If you practice your God-given right to protect yourself, your loved ones, and those around you, you place yourself in jeopardy.

“You roll the dice, you take your chances.” Choose wisely.

Question

What choice do you make when walking into a gun-free zone?

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Weekend Reading Roundup

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Every week I post articles from across the web on Facebook and tweet about them on Twitter. These are articles that I think are pertinent to the topics we discuss on my blog. I thought I’d round them up for your weekend reading. Enjoy.

Gun control opponents turn out in force in Mass. – Massachusetts citizens speak out against gun control laws at town hall meeting

Colorado Recall Stifles Stalled Gun Control Efforts, Advocates Say – Gun control politicians think twice after Colorado recall

First 3D Printed Gun Is Now a Museum Exhibit – Printed gun makes it to a museum already

The Next Gun Control Debate — In 6 Charts – Voice of reason: The numbers associated with mass shootings and gun control.

Navy Yard Shooter Used Shotgun, Media Pushes ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban – The navy yard shooter had a shotgun when he started, not an assault rifle

Watch What Happens When a Pair of Girls Open-Carry in a Walmart (Hint: It Involves the Police) – Local police usually don’t understand the law when it comes to open carry

Gun Control’s Dead End – Navy yard shooting facts work against gun control

Update: High School AP History Book Rewrites 2nd Amendment – Texas high school curriculum looks to rewrite 2nd Amendment

Read & React: French Jeweler Shoots Robber, Charged with Murder – Good article on self defense laws in France