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The issue of gun control has raised its ugly head following shootings in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, and New York. Never mind that both of these shooting were committed by mentally ill individuals, who gained access to firearms even though people in their respective communities knew the perpetrators were mentally ill or felons. We hear the usual screaming about high capacity magazines and assault weapons, the founding fathers never conceived the invention of semi-automatic weapons, and hunters have no need of such weapons. Of course the 2nd amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunting or trap shooting, it has to do with our ability to remove tyrants from power.

THE ISSUE IS NOT HUNTING.

THE ISSUE IS: DO YOU TRUST THE GOVERNMENT?

Well, as an American Citizen and a Veteran I certainly do not. Is it your opinion that our government would never harm its citizens? Of course you can tell that to blacks who suffered for a century after the Civil War from Jim Crow Laws and the KKK. Those blacks now live in cities where they are still not allowed to protect themselves from criminals. After all, gun control started in this country to keep control of those uppity blacks. Maybe you should ask the Native Americans, or the children of the Japanese-Americans who were interred during World War II? Or how about the Veterans of the Bonus Army that was crushed by our government in 1932, if you even know what the Bonus Army was.

Would you trust a government that used its military personnel as guinea pigs to test the effects of nuclear weapons after World War II? Are you going to ask Vietnam Veterans who suffered the crippling effects of Agent Orange if they trust the government? How about Veterans who have suffered from Gulf War Syndrome or those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan who have been systematically denied medical care and benefits? Would you trust the government that used its own citizens to study the long-term effects of Syphilis in Tuskegee, Alabama? What about the government that sprayed biological agents on San Francisco during the Cold War simply to see what would happen?

You can always ask the victims of McCarthyism. Ask the family of Randy Weaver about what happened at Ruby Ridge at the hands of the FBI. How about the New York City Police Department that is allowed to stop and search you without cause, a police department that spent years spying on Muslim Americans? How do you feel about them? It is ironic that Michael Bloomberg is protected by police who carry guns but doesn’t want you to have them. Or maybe a Department of Homeland Security that can put you on a no fly list and doesn’t have to tell you why. Do you trust them? How about a government that can monitor your email and telephone, track your whereabouts through your EZPass or car computer, look at you with satellites and surveillance drones, and then arrest you and throw you in prison without due process through the powers granted them by the Patriot and National Defense Authorization Acts? Do you even know what the National Counter Terrorism Center is? Ask the families of victims who have lost their lives or spent decades in prison due to police and prosecutorial misconduct how they feel about our government. Do you trust a government that sold weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels as part of Operation Fast and Furious, that were then used to kill innocent Mexicans and Americans?

Of course we all know that governments don’t harm their own people after taking away their guns. After all, nobody died after the Communists rounded up all the firearms in the Soviet Union. The Nazis never killed anyone after they took all the guns away in Germany, and the holocaust is just a Zionist lie. Silly Jews. After all, those killing fields in Cambodia are just a myth, the Kmer Rouge were just misunderstood. All those people will blue bags over their heads were really using them as inexpensive hats. It turns out Chairman Mao was a pretty good guy, and never really meant for all those people to die during the Cultural Revolution, which is why the Chinese Government now recommends that our guns be taken away. Silly Americans, you don’t need guns! Dictators Ferdinand Marcos and Hugo Chavez moved pretty quickly to take away guns. Ask the people of Syria how they are doing this winter. Are you starting to see a trend? Is it starting to resemble a song by “The Who”? Was the last paragraph dripping with enough sarcasm?

We now live in a country with a massive and ever worsening budget deficit and national debt thanks to the utter incompetence of George Bush and Barack Obama, with our Congress playing the court jesters. Our incomes and financial security are steadily being eroded while the rich and powerful are getting even more richer and more powerful. That includes our Congressional Representatives, Senators, Presidents and Press Corps who are bought and paid for by banks and politically connected wealthy. All of those people are protected by police, private security firms, Secret Service and Federal Protective Service Agents, and Department of Homeland Security Personnel who wear body armor and carry military grade or "assault weapons" with high capacity magazines. Will they be subject to the same laws that you and I will have to follow? When the Greece hits the fan will your family be safe, or will they only protect themselves? Or will they be pointing those weapons at YOU?

What is the one thing they need to be afraid of? It is citizens with guns in their hands who can remove them from power by force of arms, and then hold them accountable. THAT is what the 2nd Amendment is about.

If you think gun control is about preventing another Newtown, quite frankly, you are a fool. It is about those who have wealth and power making sure that we have neither.
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MrPeanut;64710 Wrote:If you think gun control is about preventing another Newtown, quite frankly, you are a fool. It is about those who have wealth and power making sure that we have neither.

Very well said. Thank you.
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BobFromBucks;64913 Wrote:
MrPeanut;64710 Wrote:If you think gun control is about preventing another Newtown, quite frankly, you are a fool. It is about those who have wealth and power making sure that we have neither.

Very well said. Thank you.

Outstanding Mr. P rep inbound.
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#4
I was thinking of trying to get this published as an op-ed piece in a local paper.

I would appreciate suggestions, edits.
A gun rack in a pick-up is not for holding guns. Its a place for women to hold on to. Smile
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MrPeanut;65137 Wrote:I was thinking of trying to get this published as an op-ed piece in a local paper.

I would appreciate suggestions, edits.
I like it the way it is.
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#6
I'll see if the woman who edits my books, etc. can take a look this week. She is very pro 2A and ex police. I'll get back to you soon.
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Just got an email back from my editor. Here's what she said:

Happy to have a go at it. I can tell you right off the bat that the lead and tone will lead editors to consider it a gun advocate rant. I can make it provocative and interesting and more likely to be read. I'll do that and see what you/he think. Okay?

I knew from my experience that the lead had to change and agree with her. She knows what will get published and read and she also has quite a few connections to the media. I told her to go ahead and see what she comes up with. Back to you with her edits probably today.
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All done. I'm going to post what she said here as it applies to other letters and may help anyone thinking of sending off a letter to the editor or something else. Here's here words:

Op-Eds are best at 500 to 600 words unless it's a small paper who wants to fill up space. I suggest he blog the long version, send the 500+ word version. If he sends the long version they'll either edit it to make it weak and disjointed, or decline it. Look for publication guidelines as to word length. The perfect letter to the editor is a 250 - 300 word piece (also included). I know he wants to keep it all, it's a very well written piece by the way, but if he wants to get it published, better to send the short version. Or, send the long and when they ask him to shorten it, to send the short version!

So, I have four versions that she did for you. If you'll send me a PM, I will send you 4 Word files with the different versions. Give me a shout if you have any questions.
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BobFromBucks;65476 Wrote:So, I have four versions that she did for you. If you'll send me a PM, I will send you 4 Word files with the different versions. Give me a shout if you have any questions.

Mr. Peanut - Do you want these four edited copies of your article? I can paste them in here but that will take up a lot of room but happy to do that if you want. Or, I can set up a private Dropbox for you where you can retrieve the files. Or, lastly, as I mentioned yesterday, PM me with a private email and I'll attach the files and send them to you.

Please let me know what works for you. Thanks.
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Agree that it reads more like a rant. With nothing new that I have not read a thousand times before all over the place. Don't get me wrong - I 100% agree with what you wrote but I learned nothing new and fear those on the other side of the argument would not see enough to change their minds.
Dave, proudly annoying members of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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