This morning a liberal friend posted the following quote by Ronald Reagan:
I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense in a home.
Personally, I loved Ronald Reagan. He was president for most of my early childhood. And you have to admire the set on a guy who, after being shot himself, refuses to advocate the banning of handguns and other weapons typically used by law enforcement and private citizens for hunting and home defense. I also occasionally disagreed with his policies (in retrospect only – I was nine years old when he left office) and statements, the above included.
But it was the comments that followed the post that were telling. One lady, suffering from bad grammar and a horrible case of CAPSLOCK, claimed that the quote was a FAKE. She was quickly spanked by a link to snopes that verified it as true.
Another, and this is the one that struck me, made the following statement:
I personally believe it’s impossible to rid the world of guns. I would love to, but I can be realistic. I do believe, however, that no one outside of the military needs more than a handgun, shotgun or basic rifle for hunting or protection.
How many times have we heard that same argument from liberals or moderates? And when do we realize that it’s all part of their plan? The person who makes that statement is attempting to placate you by saying,
See? I can be reasonable. I’m not like all those other liberals who will just say you’re stupid and call it a day. I know we can’t ban ALL guns, we just ought to restrict whichever guns we can.
I guess my copy of the Constitution is missing the full text of the 2nd Amendment:
the right of the citizens to bear arms shall not be infringed – unless, of course, you can find a way to confiscate all of them from the bad guys as well.
citizens may keep and bear only the arms they need – oh, and the government is better equipped than the individual to evaluate said need.
Someone needs to break out the history books and remind these people that the 2nd Amendment was not written because the founders realized that ridding the nation of privately owned weapons was an unfortunate impossibility – rather, it was written to protect the citizenry from any government oppressive enough to make the attempt.