Ralph Higgins

Ralph Higgins
color pencil sketch by Gayle Higgins

Quotes I Like

"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools."

– Plato


Monday, April 22, 2013

Too Close for Comfort

     It must be obvious by now that I’m Second Amendment guy.  If that isn’t scary enough, I’m also politically conservative with a libertarian bias and I admire Ronald Reagan.  In spite of my political orientation, I’m still allowed to move openly in broad daylight and drink from public water fountains.   

            I believe in freedom and I don’t consider big government “my friend.”  That’s it in a nutshell.  Here are a couple of recent items that I found somewhat encouraging, but also too close for comfort.

            The Toomey-Manchin gun registration bill went down in defeat by a 54 to 46 vote in the U. S. Senate last week.  The thing that amazed me was that Toomey had an A rating with the NRA.  Gayle and I got to know Pat Toomey and his wife before he was a Senator and I was very happy to see him replace Arlen Specter.  Pat Toomey is a nice guy in person and a strong conservative.  He’s certainly not anti-gun, but I’m afraid this bill hurt him politically.

            Back here in California, the Assembly Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 134 that is meant to block the release of personal information of concealed carry license holders in California.  CCW license holders are a rare breed in California, but they have been thoroughly vetted by community leaders, local law enforcement officials, and the FBI.  They are “squeaky” clean, trained and qualified in the use of guns and are an effective deterrent to crime. 

            So far 38 states have laws protecting the privacy and safety of permit holders, but in New York an “anti-gun” newspaper published the names and addresses of concealed carry (CCW) permit holders and registered gun owners.  So much for privacy.  This Assembly Bill is important to protect the law-abiding gun owners in California.  But, of course, this is California

            California is now considered the state with the least freedom and the highest taxes and regulations in the nation.  It’s a mess.  And the sheeple elected Governor “Moonbeam” twice, which is mind-boggling.  But California’s insanity is contagious.

            How many people know that in mid-April the U.S. Senate narrowly passed a measure that prevented the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which was pushed by the Obama administration?  Essentially, this would have given the United Nations authority over our Constitution.  Can you believe that 46 Senators were in favor of this?  It’s worth noting that all 46 were democrats.

            We were just four votes away from surrendering our Second Amendment rights to that “august” body of morons at the United Nations and setting a dangerous precedent.  Was the public informed of this or was the media focused on some kid drawing a picture of a gun?

            We are at a tipping point. With the public resistance to gun control legislation, it will be interesting to see how the President bypasses Congress and the will of the people through Executive Order or fiat, moving us further from our Constitutional foundation. Watch for it.

            I had a problem with the NRA when they backed Harry Reid in the last election and I registered my complaint by phone and in writing.  I’m not a hunter, but the NRA is the only formidable force holding back the complete destruction of our Second Amendment.  If this issue is important to you, join the NRA.  Gayle and I are both members.  The Second Amendment wasn’t written for hunters.  It was written for American citizens as a defense against government tyranny. 

            As I’ve said before, our Second Amendment rights are being eroded incrementally and insidiously.  Think about this. Half the Senate and the President are willing to turn our constitutional protections over to the United Nations, starting with gun control. 

            Patriotic Americans need to inform the uninformed and stand up to those who would turn us from citizens into subjects.  Too many have died to give us freedom.


  1. Informing others is a fine idea, however most of the people I've informed just shrug their shoulders and change the subject. Society is getting way to complacent. People are more concerned with their Starbucks and Spandex. Just my opinion.

  2. Ralph - I gather that "true landwellers" probably aren't meant to mingle with creatures of the sea. Too bad you didn't first check with your good friend Rick Tegeler beforehand, 'cause he may have advised you to "take some lessons"...