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 8, 2013

What Second Amendment??

     The government has pushed the issue of gun control in our face to the point that it can no longer be avoided.  In America a frontal assault to confiscate guns would not work, so disarming the public must be done incrementally.  But now a "shotgun" approach of incrementalism is being applied.

      There are so many issues hitting us at the same time that the gun grabbers are certain to get some restrictions past the guards.  Among many issues being pushed on us are limited magazines, semi-autos, shotguns and rifles with hand grips , assault weapons (sticks and stones are excluded), bullets, and deceptively benign gun registration.

     Thomas Jefferson was one of the most intelligent men in our history.  Check his biography.  His brilliant mind and achievements will blow you away.

     During a gathering of his cabinet and government leaders, John F. Kennedy said, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."  The obvious implication is that Jefferson was smarter than all of them combined.

     Jefferson said, "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny in government."  He also said, "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."  Gun control is not about guns.  It's about control.

     One of the first things dictators have done throughout history is to confiscate guns from the citizens, which turns free people into subjects.  (See the quote above.)

     Without going into detail, look at some nations that have established gun control and the number of people exterminated as a result.  Between the Soviet Union, Turkey, China, Guatemala, Uganda, and Cambodia, these countries have exterminated over 43 million people after establishing gun control.  This doesn't even count Germany under Hitler when gun control was established in 1938.  This resulted in 13 million people exterminated.  And there are other examples.  This is typical of tyrannical governments.

     Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.  We can handle rust, but does anyone trust politicians?  Do our leaders really think that criminals obey laws?  Isn't registration a necessary precursor to confiscation?  That would never happen here, right?

     But it happened in Australia, England, and, closer to home, in Canada.  Precipitated by a tragedy, these governments rode the emotional wave to implement confiscation.  People lined up like sheep turning in collectables, heirlooms, and guns of all kinds.  Do American politicians really believe that gang members, drug cartel associates, and other criminals will stand in line with the law-abiding citizens to register their weapons?

     Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York have the most restrictive gun laws and the most crime and gun violence.  Compare that to Switzerland where everyone carries.

     Because of the NRA and other such groups standing on the Second Amendment, the process in America has been slowed and forced to become more insidious and palatable for the naive.  Based on the last two elections, half of the country can be described charitably as naive.

     Maybe a push-back is coming.  A growing group of County Sheriffs, including our own County Sheriff, are refusing to enforce federal or state laws that conflict with the Constitution.  Many firearm and firearm-related companies have stated that they will no longer sell products to states, counties, cities, and municipalities that restrict their citizens the right to own firearms.

     On the other hand, some companies, such as Marlin, may be closing their doors.  Have you noticed the millions of high caliber hollow point rounds the Department of Homeland Security is purchasing and the empty shelves in the ammo department of stores?

     These are just a few of the ominous moves by the government and those who seek to disarm the law-abiding public.  Now the U.N. wants to insert itself into the process and override our Constitution establishing universal gun laws.  Research on this subject will reveal many more pieces of the mosaic that will present the real picture for those with eyes to see.

     William Henry Harrison, in his inaugural address back in 1841, said, "It is in periods like this that it behooves the people to be most watchful of those to whom they have entrusted power."  That's good advice for us today - if it's not too late.




    Ralph, you need to send this What Second Amendment Writing to all the Senators, Congressmen, Legislators, etc., listed in the phone book white pages.

    Do these elected officials listen? NO. But do they want to be re-electd. YES

    However, some, not a lot, but some, need help from citizens that have intelligence.

    Some of them are on our side like Doug LaMafa, and Jim Nelson.

    Sitting still does nothing. But remember, it is beter to try and fail, than to never try at all.

    Ralph, I think what you have written, including the quotes, says what many feel, and needs to be heard.

    My Hat off to YOU. BRAVO

    1. Thanks, Sharon. Readers are welcome to send copies of any of my articles to anyone, including members of Congress. I've received many emails from people with positive responses and many stats that go well beyond the info in my post. Unfortunately most of the general public are uninformed.

  2. Tough subject to get on the right and just side. One thing occurred today in NY state. Erie County served a resident with notice that his health under NY law was such that he was to turn in his guns. He did so, even tho he had no idea what was their reason. The latest NY law allows them to do this if a persons health is determined to be a threat to themselves or others the state can confiscate their weapons.
    Well alright. You could make a case as to why this would be a help in preventing events like Sandy Hook. Well when the resident and his attorney contacted the County and the state, guess what? they said, oops, we made a mistake and it really wasn't you we wanted.

    They are suing the state and the county, as they should and as the government deserves. It would seem they could hardly wait to get those nasty guns away from a citizen, even if it was the wrong one.

    Based on this and the amount of weirdos and crime in our area (DFW Metroplex) I think I may just get at least one gun for protection! That is really a shift in my thinking.

    1. Malcolm -

      I just got off the phone with a Canadian friend who told me about this case in NY. I hadn't heard about it yet, but evidently any drug you may be on for stress, anti-depression, etc. could qualify you as a potential risk as a gun owner.

      You're not the first person who contacted me saying they plan to or have purchased their first gun after seeing what is happening.

      As I said, it's an incremental process. The latest Toomey-Manchin compromise bill seems benign, but it's a small step in the wrong direction. Gayle and I spent time with Pat Toomey and his wife prior to his becoming a Senator and he is a good man, but I'm wary of any compromise. I sent him a note today, referencing my latest post.

      I think the "shift" in your thinking makes a lot of sense. It's better to be tried by a dozen of your fellow citizens than be carried by half a dozen pall bearers.

  3. We all know by now that most bureucrats are full of gas!!
    Living in their climate makes me ill!