Posts Tagged ‘second amendment’

Flags at half-mast

Posted by Troy on 18th December 2012 in Current Events, Human Nature, Political

Okay, I’m sick of the flags flying at half-mast.  If that sounds cold and heartless, I’m sorry.  Ever since 9/11, we have been flying flags at half-mast over everything.  I remember the first “Patriot’s Day” (9/11 anniversary…this failed to stick).  They put the flag at half-mast, and I went ballistic.  I refused to put the flag at half-mast.  I wanted to run up a second pole and put that bad boy up double-mast.  The flag at half-mast is to announce the passing of a person of leadership.  It hails form the days when the fort flag would be put at half-mast to inform the soldiers and others that a leader had died.  Now it’s become a rite of mourning.  Worse yet, it has become a rite of mourning for people you didn’t even know.  I can understand someone lowering their flag when their father dies…but for Whitney Houston?  The act of lowering the flag has a depressive effect as well, depressing your spirit and making you more docile.  Not only that, but it’s being used as a weapon against us.  You see, you’re not allowed to argue.  Take for instance the Sandy Hook killings.  Flags are at half-mast.  You should be depressed.  Instead of it being a regional tragedy, it is converted to a national tragedy that we are all responsible for.  At the same time, they will immediately start pressing their agenda to ban guns.  However, if the NRA or anyone else gets out and defends individual rights and the 2nd Amendment, they would be branded as insensitive.  As such, the gun control fanatics get a jump on those who would promote individual rights in framing the debate or bullying public opinion.  ”If you’re not for gun control, you obviously want more dead children!”  The thing is that this is done at every opportunity, not just for guns.  Watch for this tactic, and you will see.

Long Live the Constitution!

Trayvon Martin and the Stand Your Ground Law

Posted by Troy on 22nd March 2012 in Current Events

Recently a young black man, Trayvon Martin, was shot dead in Florida by George Zimmerman (white or Latino, depending on who you ask).  George Zimmerman was head of his neighborhood watch.  He noticed Trayvon Martin, followed him, and eventually slayed him.  While it is inconclusive that the slaying may or may not have had something to do with the fact that Trayvon Martin was black, this has largely been hailed as a racial slaying.

The first thing I would like to say is that Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragic one.  He appears to have been a nice guy, from what people have said of him.  Embedded hints in the stories suggests he was a nice guy.  The pictures of him show a young man of open face and smiling countenance–most street youths would not dare smile for a picture.  As someone said of MC Hammer, “The surest way to lose a rap career is to be caught smiling for a camera.”  Also, he stayed on the phone with his girlfriend.  This would suggest that he cared for her and was not dismissive of her.  Also, he walked away instead of running.  This is a trait of moral character…even if it is a very stupid instinct that can lead to a premature death.

The Left has already begun to attack Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, which replaced the “Duty to Retreat” law.  Under the duty to retreat, you had an obligation to run away if at all possible.  This means leaving your home to be looted, if need be.  Also, it means running even if you think your best chance to survive is to stand and fight or even to ambush and kill.  I would replace all such laws with the Duty to Survive.  Nature’s law has always been one of self-defense.  If someone means you harm, you should have the right to defend yourself by any means possible.  As my father always told me, it is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.

There are questions which are not being asked.  I think the first, rather insensitive question given the fact that an innocent man lays dead, is “How dangerous is this neighborhood?”  Is there a reason why Zimmerman felt paranoid?  Is Zimmerman insane?  After this, we have to ask if Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin because he was black.

Regardless of all facts and circumstances, this tragic slaying does not reduce the validity of the Stand Your Ground law.  If a man uses a car to run over someone because of the color of his skin, we do not question if cars should be made illegal.  However, we all know that the Left will soon start demanding tougher gun control laws in Florida (despite the drastic reduction of rape and other violent crimes that has happened since the right to carry and Stand Your Ground laws has passed).  Regardless, Stand Your Ground does not cover what Zimmerman did.  You do not have the right to follow someone you think could be a threat.  Even if Trayvon Martin had been a gang member, it would be irresponsible.  This is like when Ron Artest ran into the stands to beat up a fan because someone threw a plastic cup at him.  The sports announcers called it self-defense.  It is not.  It is revenge.  If someone attacks me and I fight back, it is self-defense.  If someone hits me and runs away and I chase him down and beat him up, that is revenge.  See the difference?  He did not stand his ground.  He gave chase.  That is the key principle difference.

I hope that this case is investigated.  On the surface, if sounds as though Trayvon Martin was killed wrongfully, and Zimmerman should face whatever consequences that are appropriate for his actions.  Trayvon Martin deserves justice, and it is my sincerest hope that he finds it.  However, I should never wish that the rights and liberties of the people at large should be sacrificed due to an isolated event.  Could you imagine what we would be allowed to do if they made everything illegal that led to a death?  Here’s a list!  Flying, bungee jumping, swimming, drinking, sex, over the counter drugs, driving, texting, talking on cell phones, showering, sleeping in a bed, sleeping, riding on trains, keeping an aquarium, eating, and a hundred other things.

Long Live the Constitution!

Taxes to steal freedom – Taxes on Ammo

Posted by Troy on 20th July 2011 in Current Events

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/bullet-tax-baltimore-mayoral-candidate-offers-unusual-crime-prevention-plan/

I have always said that we do not have to worry so much about gun bans.  What we need to worry about (at least initially) are exorbitant taxes on ammo.  And here we are!  One nice thing about it, it is easily reversible. 

This will be utterly ineffective on crime.  Do they think gangbangers buy 100 rounds and target practice to hone their skills?  They are shooting at under ten feet away, usually.  They don’t care about accuracy.  As long as they can afford a clip worth, they’re cool.  Also, don’t you think that bootleggers will just go to an ammo friendly state and sell the ammo for a profit in Baltimore?  This isn’t about crime.  It’s about control.

Long Live the Constitution!