“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

The title quote is from  George Santayana, and it remains the truth.  We are going through changes in America, changes which some people claim to be for the better.  Amongst these changes are the way our government no longer works.  We are often subjected to demagoguery, falsehoods, and even outright propaganda from our own government, not to mention the media.  Of these, the most intense and emotional debate has been over the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms under Second Amendment.

While the Second Amendment is not the highest priority problem we face, it certainly ranks near the top.  And, if nothing else, the debate raging over the Second Amendment is bringing the best and the worst in elected officials and the self-appointed elite.  Here are a few examples of the bad:
Of course there's good things happening in this debate as well.  Senator Ted Cruz was spot on during the Senate gun control hearing.  Then we had the House of Representatives dig into the corruption of "Fast & Furious", which allowed innocent Mexicans and American law enforcement agents to be murdered as a pretext for gun control.  And many gun companies are taking a moral stand against tyranny.

But we need to realize that many elected and appointed officials do not support our Constitutional rights.  Take our own state legislature as an example.  We are told that members of that elective body made a "mistake" or "did not understand" what they were agreeing to sponsor, notably HB1588 and SB5737.  These defenses have been proven wrong, and demonstrated to be disastrous for the same law abiding citizens that those elected officials claim to be protecting. 

On the high side, this is incompetence on their part.   On the low side, it's an outright attempt to deceive the voters to push agendas not of our liking.

There's no evidence that we were deliberately lied to. But hearing "Oops!" from elected officials on something this serious certainly doesn't instill a sense of confidence in voters.  "I'm too stupid to notice what I'm proposing" is disingenuous behavior.  At best. 

We need politicians who are honest about what they want.  Even if we don't like it.  Because then the dishonesty would be out in the open, and we could debate it honestly.

Which brings us to the point of this post.  If the sponsors of HB1588 and SB5737 actually want to impose draconian gun control laws on us, there are plenty of historical precedents on the matter.  Below the fold is a classic example of gun control, one that many people seem to have forgotten....and the results of that gun control effort.

"Similarly, as J.E. Simkin and Aaron Zelman document in their book "Gun Control": Gateway to Tyranny, in October 1918, the Council of People's Commissars (the Communist government) ordered citizens to surrender all firearms, ammunition, and sabres, having first mandated registration of all weapons six months earlier. Just like the Nazis, Communist Party members were exempt from the ban.
"A 1920 decree then imposed a minimum six month prison sentence for any non-Communist possessing a weapon. After the civil war, possession became punishable with three months hard labor plus fines. After Stalin came to power, he made possession of unlawful firearms a crime punishable by death.

"With Russians almost universally disarmed, Stalin was given free reign to carry out one of history's most brutal prolonged genocide, with tens of millions of people executed or starved to death in the three decades that followed, a model subsequently mimicked in China and Cambodia."
 Gun control advocates may believe that their intentions are good.  But the world has been down this path before.  And it's not a pleasant one.  Let's hope that the gun control advocates learn that lesson, and soon.