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Sell Your Cloak, Buy A Sword

In 1991, former President Reagan threw his support behind the Brady Bill – a relapse on his Mulford Act stance which disallowed Californians from carrying guns in cars, or public places.  It was George H.W. Bush who banned the import of assault weapons and paid homage to the 1968 Gun Control Act which stated that guns must “be generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.” 

Reagan’s conversion to gun control may have had something to do with his being shot by Hinckley or because his press secretary Jim Brady (for whom the bill is named) was shot beside him.  Originally the idea was that if Hinckley had been forced to go through a background check prior to buying his gun, the psychological red flags would have prevented the sale.  The Brady Bill eventually led to all kinds of weapons bans, but ironically not  the .22 caliber Rohm RG-14 revolver, the model used to shoot Reagan and Brady. 

It’s not surprising that the Brady Campaign has used this Arizona tragedy to gain some momentum, perhaps most pathetic is their attack on business.  See the video below: 

The Brady Campaign has tried the federal route, and for the most part they haven’t been very effective.  In 1997 the SCOTUS ruled in Printz v. United States that local law enforcement background checks were violations of the 10th Amendment.  In 2004, the assault weapons ban, that prohibited the sale of things like bayonet mounts, folding stocks, certain detachable magazines, large magazines, and barrel shrouds, expired.  These failures have led them to fight on different fronts – we’ve seen the attack on businesses, the other front is local. 

The Brady Campaign is going after state and city legislatures.  Arizona is “in the crosshairs” right now.  Last week on “Morning Joe”, Tom Brokaw put his two cents in saying,

“In Arizona they have a wide open system. I would be nervous about going into a bar or restaurant in Arizona on a Saturday night where people can carry concealed without permits.”

To quote the always eloquent Greg Gutfeld, “That’s the point, Tom.”  Greg goes on to point out that a major factor in the number of people harmed in these rare incidents is the amount of time it takes for someone with a gun to arrive.  Of course, the Brady Campaign expects that to come from authorities alone.  They blame this massacre not on the failure of their federal background check system to catch a nut, but on the state’s recent passage of the open carry law. 

The whole debate could have been forever changed if it weren’t for a package of cigarettes.  The fact is that Loughner opened fire on a defenseless people.  It wasn’t’ until he finished his clip that brave individuals were able to swarm and disarm him.  Had Joseph Zamudio not stopped to get cigarettes on his way to the event, he would have been able to shoot Loughner with his concealed weapon.  How would the media have reacted in this scenario?  The size of his clip, the accuracy of his gun, and even (heaven forbid) the hostility of his rhetoric wouldn’t matter if there had been just one concealed carrier in the crowd.  Alas, there was not. 

That is what the left doesn’t understand; good citizens buy and carry guns to protect themselves and others.  My best friend’s dad, Don Lewis, used to laugh at the “no guns” sticker outside of a local grocery store.  He was always packing heat.  One day the store owner confronted him and asked him to leave the gun outside.  He mocked him asking, “Do you have security?”  When the owner responded to the negative Don countered, “Consider my services free of charge.”  That’s true citizenry; looking out for those around you – especially those who think a sign is the truest form of protection.  Don never wanted to use it, but he never wanted to find himself with a cloak and no sword.

Gun ownership is a right that can be found well defended in our Constitution.  It isn’t a made up right like public education, internet access, or health care.  Unfortunately, fear is trumping our rights.  There is no right to live fear free in this nation.  One person’s fear of someone holding a gun in a public place doesn’t displace another’s right to hold it – yet the best of us can fall victim to fear…even Reagan.



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  • Colin January 17, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    I have a good anecdote about a co-worker of mine a few years back. We worked in Fredericksburg, VA at the time, and he was an open-carry kind of guy, packing a .357 Magnum on his hip almost everywhere he went. One day he was in a convenience store picking up a soda when three suspicious looking fellows came in and started lingering around the cash register. My friend got a little suspicious and moved up to the front of the store to get a better look. The three would be robbers started approaching the guy behind the counter, one of them reaching for something he had hidden behind his back. My buddy made an “Ahem!” noise, and when they looked over, he lifted his untucked shirt to reveal the huge revolver sitting on his hip. Apparently just the sight of the hand-cannon was scary enough, because the hoods left like the building was on fire.

    Needless to say, my friend never had to draw down, but I am sure he would have if he needed to. He was understandably proud of the crime he prevented. Good stuff, and it shows the power of standing up to criminals – smart criminals don’t go after people that can defend themselves, because there are so many people out there who refuse to.
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  • Steve Dennis January 17, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    I love that quote from your friend’s fatther Don! That is perfect. What the media and the left have forgotten in the frenzy to capitalize on this tragedy with nre gun control laws is the fact that there was nobldy there to protect the people because nobody else in the crowd was carrying. They are focusing on the amount of rounds in the clip as being the problem, when someone could have stopped Loughner before that clip was emptied.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan January 17, 2011 at 8:06 AM

      Don is no longer with us, but he was the greatest of men. Much of who I am today is because of him. In many ways, he was the dad I never had. I’m glad that you liked the quote, it stuck with me too.

  • LD Jackson January 17, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    There is a reoccurring theme that we have to fight, ie. that guns are bad. Everywhere you look, someone is espousing the badness of guns, to the point that it is sickening. By proxy, they would like us all to believe that it is something unnatural or foreign for a person to own a gun, or feel the need to carry it in public. I will never understand their logic.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan January 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      A foreign exchange student from Finland came to my high school in NW Montana for a year. We felt an obligation to take her out shooting. She was hesitant, but we were persistent. Finally, she gave in and nervously accompanied us to an open area. She shot one of our pistols (I don’t remember what it was), but once it fired she dropped the weapon and ran into the car where she wouldn’t come out again. She was terrified. Finland has won the battle against guns in the minds of its citizens. “In Finland, only crazy people have guns.”

  • Bunkerville January 17, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    My point of view regarding the size of the clip.. don’t ever shoot if you don’t plan to kill. Single shot hits taken in the heat of the moment don’t have a great record. At least, that is the way I was taught.
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    RightHandMan January 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Yeah, hasn’t anyone ever watched “Unforgiven”?

  • John Carey January 17, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Great post RHM. The whole point of the right of a citizenry to bear arms is for the security of the individual. This security is from not only a lone madman, but an out control government. Thomas Jefferson knew this all to well when is stated; “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” That pretty much sums it up.
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  • RightHandMan
    RightHandMan January 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Indeed. I intended to hit more on the lie that guns are for sport alone…my intentions fell short. 🙂

  • Jim Gourdie January 17, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    For so many people the problem is always the gun and not the gunman. It’s ass backwards to me.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan January 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      The guns or the person who “caused” the nut to shoot… though I don’t remember Jody Foster getting this much flack after Reagan’s shooting.

  • Karen Howes January 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Great post, John! I have no stomach for anything attempting to restrict the Second Amendment (the one that ensures all others).

    I read recently that some want to ban firearms within a thousand feet of politicians or something. All I could think was, “That’ll work, because of course nutjobs and felons always obey laws.” This will just ensure that next time a Tucson happens, there won’t be any armed law-abiding citizens around to take them down.

    Giffords owns a Glock. Perhaps if she had had it with her that day…
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan January 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM

      The only people that would ever get in trouble if that 1000 yard law were passed were people who were guiltless (the guy who didn’t know a politician was nearby). Reactionary politics….*sigh*

  • Chris January 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I am a 2nd Amendment supporter, especially since it has been documented that the Japanese did not invade the U.S. Mainland (other than Alaska) due to the threat that every American household had a gun. On the other hand, a few passages after the one quoted in the title, Jesus admonished Peter for cutting off the ear with the very sword he told him to buy (actually he already had it) saying those who live by the sword die by the sword. There lies a paradox so it seems.

  • KingShamus January 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    I always find it hilarious when some leftist tool says, “Abortion is a constitutionally protected right.” Where in the Constitution is the right to abortion? “Right in the Feminist Good Intentions Clause of the Eleventieth Amendment.”

    Meanwhile, when you ask a liberal about the right to keep and bear arms, there’s lots of hemming and hawing, nervous fidgets and obfuscation.
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan January 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      I’m going to have to revisit my Constitution…I’ve probably just been skipping over that Eleventieth Amendment. 🙂 Seriously, that is the quote of the week…I’m posting it on my facebook (I’ll credit and link your site).

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  • Teresa January 18, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    I guess the MSM adheres to the saying, ignorance is bliss. Where there is gun control there are higher crime rates. So, obviously the criminals aren’t listening to the gun control crowd. Who woulda thunk that? Use of common sense from the left would be lovely.

    Good post!
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    • RightHandMan
      RightHandMan January 19, 2011 at 12:22 AM

      Thanks Teresa… and don’t hold your breath. Apnea before thought.

  • Trestin Meacham January 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Stock up now, because they are going to make it harder in the future.
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