We, as Americans, are, unquestionably, loosing our right to an effective self defense. Even the act of defending our selves , and our property, regardless of the provocation, is being challenged. Actions are being taken to publicly threaten, and penalize, people who defend them selves, based on some slight or minor imperfection in how they did it in a moment of extreme stress or terror.
The underlying narrative to excuse this, is that we live in a modern age, where such a need no longer exists. But this is false, utterly and desperately false, and proof of that not only exists, but exists in abundance, in virtually every city and country where that right has been removed.
It is no surprise that, at the very same time, another right is being disabled. The right of free speech. The right to hold an opinion, and freely express that opinion. The right to be heard without retaliation, and without reprisals.
Necessarily, these two general rights, ( the right to bear arms, and the right to free speech ) must be removed together, at the same time, because they are mutually supporting rights that can protect each other. One can even be used to regain the other, so both must be rendered inert one way or another.
Like it or not, I believe the time has been thrust upon us to stand up and defend these rights, now, - right now, because if we do not take this last brief, and dimly lit opportunity to stop the confiscation of these rights, we will loose all but the illusion of them. And make no mistake, once they are lost,- once they become a few meaningless and ignored lines in a rejected constitution-, we will never get them back but with the very greatest of cost. A cost
few but our soldiers and police have ever experienced first hand.
I believe we can no longer wait. We must insist our election was fair, we must insist on truth, we must demand our free speech be honored, and we must face the fact that it will not be easy. We can not afford to be quiet any more. The peace we hoped to earn by letting the loud and angry have their way has earned us only more anger, more demands, and less peace than ever.
I have been a law abiding gun owner and shooter most all of my life, contributed to my community and country, and earned my way, taking nothing and paying my share, my taxes. But now I have to worry about what I own becoming illegal, have to buy insurance in case I ever have to defend my self, and I have to concern myself, a LOT, with any belief or opinion I have that is not correct in the eyes of the current political environment with it’s watch dogs who, in disregard for the law themselves, are free to punish me for having an opinion different from theirs. They don’t just change the channel or buy a different brand, they hit you, burn city blocks, and take your job, or worse.
Have I said anything that is not true? What does this sound like? Does this not sound like a situation that should be taken on urgently? It can still be words we do battle with if we address it now. Not that it will be at all easy, but, is it not time? Must we not face this now?
If not, then what am I missing? What do I not see that makes it ok to let 2020 end this way, unopposed and accepted, with no call to finally take our stand and face those angry, misunderstanding faces who would destroy all for their wants?
As angry and worked up as some of them are, I truly believe a great many of them have no idea of the truth, and there is no one in their sphere who is saying anything different than what they are being fed. They don’t even question it. There are those who would hear a clear, sensible argument, if there was anyone willing to risk giving one. More so if there were many voices doing the same.
This is the crisis I see, one that calls upon my duty-the duty to defend my rights, as everyone’s rights, and stand for the principals that made this country a special place. while it can yet be done.