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Our Rights Vs. Their Rights

Monday, April 27, 2015 — If America was Utopia, we’d all agree on just about anything and everything. But, being American, none of us really want that. Americans love choices. Americans love being different. General George S. (you know who he was) plainly said, “Americans love to fight. No dumb bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won the war by making the other dumb bastard die for his country.”

And, thus, the division over gun rights and gun control will forever be the bullseye at the center of America’s most ostentatious political target. The truth is that gun control has lost time and again at the national level because politicians must cater to the majority ideology of their constituents. And they’re never quite sure what part of their constituency is safely within the majority. So we have red states and blue states, with a handful of purple states mixed in. You know who you are. Thanks to the NRA’s efforts and red states’ mindset, we profess for gun rights, often referred to as independence, i.e., self-protection under the law. The blue states’ mindset consists mainly of collectivism: someone else will take care of them because of the law.

Gun control groups, having seen their own weaknesses at the federal level are now trying again at the state level, one state, then another. It surely is a battle but, as the general said, “Americans love the sting of battle.” Carry on.

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