What a whirlwind of a year. With just a few days remaining in 2018, looking back on this year makes me realize just how important the next couple of years really are. 2018 is going down as one of the top years for gun control measures. Numerous laws were passed in individual states, and potentially even at the federal level with the Trump Stock Ban.
To make matters even worse, those politicians who would love nothing more than to have the Second Amendment taken away have promised us that they would try to pass more gun control legislation to do just that.
Mark my words, 2019 is going to be a bumpy year.
How do I know? Because 2018 has been, largely, a bumpy year for us, and our opponents are feeling energized with, according to Giffords Law Center, 67 gun laws passed in 26 states and DC.
That is more than half the states for those of you worse at math than I am, and before you go and say that it all took place in historically anti-gun states like New Jersey, I urge you to reconsider that thought as Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee are also on that list.
Before I go any further for anyone who may be wondering, no I don't want school shootings, or any shooting for that matter, to happen. No, I'm not a fan of pshycopaths getting guns and killing people.
Just make NO mistake, the psychopath is going to kill someone if he has a gun, a knife, a car, a bat, or anything else that can be used to kill.
Why? Because that's what psychos do. They hurt people.
Someone who is hell-bent on killing is going to kill no matter what, the only thing that you'll do by taking away my guns, is put my family at further risk from said psychopath. Why? Because taking my guns away won't change the guy's attitude who is hell-bent on causing harm. If he wants to hurt someone he will find the means to do so.
I'm not saying we should do nothing. I'm all for doing something. I'm just not on board with my rights being taken away. The Second Amendment is, after all, a RIGHT. I'm an honest, responsible citizen who just happens to carry a gun for self-defense, and the Constitution guarantees that right no matter what any slimy politician has to say about it.
What can we do? Before we get there, we need to discuss what changed …
Kids used to be able to shoot target practice and bring guns to school. Old timers tell stories of the good old days where they used to show up to school with their gun rack in their trucks, filled with guns so they could go hunting after school, or wake up early to go beforehand.
Schools used to have gun clubs, and gun safety was taught along with the fundamentals of shooting. Today, those opposed (and ignorant) to guns will do anything they can to stop a kid from handling a gun that they'll even administer a toy gun buyback to get Nerf Guns and Super Soakers off the streets.
In the age of education, nobody wants to teach their kids about gun safety, or that guns can kill. Further, if you do handle a gun and it kills someone, they don't understand that there's no reset like in the video games. You don't get a second chance at life if you go on a killing spree like you'd see in a game like GTA.
If you go to a school and kill all your friends, it's permanent. Sadly, a lot of kids don't have the capacity to understand this permanency.
Then again, maybe that is the goal of some of these deranged little ones. And, there is research suggesting what's going on there, too.
The family is gone.
Everyone, in their selfish endeavors, just wants to be happy. They don't want to work for what's hard so parents get divorced and often times, the father is absent. According to this study, that's exactly what's wrong with confused young people. They grow up in a broken household with absent fathers and mom doing the best she can, only to have the kid grow up and take it out on the world, many times for the rest of his life.
Here are a few bullet points I pulled from the above linked study, in case you don't want to read through it:
- Sixty-three percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
- Ninety percent of all homeless and runaway youths are from fatherless homes.
- Eighty-five percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders are from fatherless homes.
- Seventy-one percent of high school dropouts are from fatherless homes.
- Seventy percent of youths in State institutions are from fatherless homes.
- Seventy-five percent of adolescent patients in substance abuse centers are from fatherless homes.
- Eighty-five percent of rapists motivated by displaced anger are from fatherless homes.
And here's a quote:
Without fathers as social and economic role models, many boys try to establish their manhood through sexually predatory behavior, aggressiveness, or violence … Many poor children who live apart from their fathers are prone to becoming court involved. Once these children become court involved, their records of arrest and conviction often block access to employment and training opportunities. Criminal histories often lock these young persons into the underground or illegal economies.
In other words, a broken, fatherless family is often the cause of crime among youths who never outgrow crime.
But the gun grabbers don't want to talk about this stuff. They don't like facts, and have no interest in fixing the thing that's actually broken. Instead there is an agenda in place which criminalizes law abiding citizens.
Taking anyone's guns away who doesn't deserve to have them taken away is just a band aid. It's a temporary fix to a problem and, at some point, the band aid falls off exposing the cut underneath. It's foolish to think that taking away everyone's guns will fix the deranged people out there.
Why? Because their fundamental issues weren't addressed to begin with. We have to fix those fundamental issues before trying anything else. Taking away rights from people who don't deserve to have them taken isn't the answer.
To fix THEM, you want to take away something that belongs to ME. If that doesn't sound asinine to you, I'm not sure what will.
After all, when a drunk kills someone with his car while intoxicated, you don't take away my truck, do you? No, because that would be ridiculous. Instead, you take away his privilege to drive.
Why do we even need to have this conversation? Isn't all this common sense?
I guess not. Which begs the question …
How do we fix it?
It's not going to be easy and it will take a long time–but it's well worth the effort we can all put forth.
First, we need a fundamental shift in the family unit. We need to show people that it's worth co-parenting. Both parents are needed in the family unit. If one of them isn't available, grandma or grandpa will help, so will uncle and aunt. We need to combat this delinquency where it starts.
Second, we need a program that actually teaches kids about guns and safety. Not just kids who have parents unafraid of the NRA and their massively successful Eddie Eagle program, but ALL kids, everywhere.
My old Korean and Vietnam era veteran friends tell me stories of yesteryear where everyone had guns and nobody got shot. That cannot be coincidence. Instead of sheltering our children from guns, we need to teach them more about firearms, safety, handling, fundamentals, etc.
And it has to start now. I don't even want to wait the few days to hit 2019. It has to be now.
Finally, and this goes against traditional thinking, more guns = less crime. I know it sounds crazy, but it's true. And, having armed guards in schools who are both willing and trained to engage violence as it happens is only going to help. Normal people and school staff don't want to hurt kids. Psychos do, and they are the first line of defense against an active shooter.
The schools need trained staff willing to put their lives on the line to protect our children. Some schools are making this common sense transition. It's time we brought this discussion into the limelight. Also, the crime rates in places like New Jersey, Maryland, and others, would go down if people were actually allowed to harden themselves as targets.
There are predators all across the world, both in the wild and the civilized culture. The difference, is the Zebra can protect itself from the lion:
Looking forward to 2019, and beyond.
2019 is going to be bumpy for us and we need to start putting forth arguments for change or our gun rights will continue to be attacked and withered down to the point of revolt. The gun grabbers have found a solution that seems to be working for them: Child activists.
And, I believe that they'll continue to exploit these kids for all they possibly can in the coming year, no matter what it does to them personally, or what kind of line is drawn in the sand between these kids. They'll use the kids because it's actually gaining ground. That should be concerning for us on many different levels.
Let's take action. It's time to stand together regardless of the gun you carry or your preferred ammunition. It's time to unite or 2019 is going to be rough.
Will you stand with me on this? Let me know in the comments below.