Monday, July 22, 2013

Hard Headedness

By Dave Dargo

I'm hard-headed. I'm obstinate. I have very strong and clear opinions about the difference between right and wrong. This doesn't mean I don't see shades of gray where it matters, it merely means I have very strong feelings about certain topics and feel there is no room for compromise.

Among those topics about which I am steadfast is the topic of our individual rights.

I am in unwavering support of the founding principles of our nation: limited government with the right of self governance, individual liberty and the free market.

There are those amongst us who would enact policy with complete disregard for those founding principles and claim that the United States needs to "change with the times".

I previously wrote in "Compromising and Common Sense" that the anti-gunners don't understand the words compromise and common sense. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia actually believes his universal background check bill is a reasonable compromise with gun owners.

David T Hardy recently wrote a good piece regarding the same subject and gives a good history of the anti-gunners tactics. In his piece he highlights the Brady Campaign's blueprint they proudly proclaimed in 1976:
We're going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. Right now, though, we'd be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to ten years. The problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns sold in this country. The second problem is to get them all registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition — except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors — totally illegal.
It should be of no surprise to you that the Brady Campaign wants to make all handguns and handgun ammunition illegal. You shouldn't be surprised that they also changed their target from handguns to guns.

Even if the gun-grabbers were to offer a true compromise I don't think I could accept it because one does not compromise away one's fundamental rights and gun ownership is a fundamental right.

Would you compromise away your children? Would you compromise away your health? Would you compromise away your right to speak your mind?

When the gun-grabbers ask us to compromise they are asking us to compromise away a right just as fundamental as the right to speak our minds or to protect our own lives and the lives of our families.

I challenge anyone to name a significant give-back the anti-gunners have ever delivered as a compromise. For decades their entire focus and mission has been to chip away at our fundamental rights and your right to defend your family.

The Obama administration is readying another gun-control push. Democrats in the U.S. Senate hope to re-ignite interest in "universal background checks". The media is complicit in its support of a false narrative regarding Trayvon Martin in order to roll back self-defense laws. Each of these is an attack upon our fundamental rights and responsibilities.

Are you going to allow the same governmental thought process that brought 58 minute 911 response times to the city of Detroit to disarm you and prevent you from defending yourself and your family?

The same statist elites will continue to attack your fundamental rights in order to increase the power of the collective. Don't let it happen.

Now is not the time for compromise. Now is the time for steadfast hard-headedness.

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