The Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution is seen as controversial for some. Take former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has invested millions of his personal wealth to defeat the simple right Americans have to keep and bear arms — a right that shall not be infringed.There have been attempts to go after magazine size, tax bullets, and even create ammunition shortages. After the tragic shooting at Newtown, CT, the progressive socialist left resurrected the issue and it seemed they had a full blast of wind at their backs — or so it seemed.
According to the Washington Times, “Support for gun rights is higher than it’s been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting.
“Pew found that 52 percent of Americans say Second Amendment rights are more important than gun control — up 7 percentage points from just after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 schoolchildren and six faculty dead. That’s the highest approval rating in two decades, and it’s being driven in part by changing attitudes among black Americans, who are increasingly likely to view guns as good for public safety.”
“Pew found 54 percent of blacks now say firearms protect people from being victims of crimes, compared to 41 percent who say they are a public safety risk. Just two years ago, only 29 percent of blacks said guns were a public safety boon.“Over the past two years, blacks’ views on this measure have changed dramatically,” Pew researchers said.”
You know I have pondered, how many of these “protestors” out shouting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “I can’t breathe,” and “black lives matter” actually reside in an urban black community rampant with crime and violence?
How many remember that it was a black man, a senior, who challenged the Chicago gun ban because he feared for his safety? And recently, I believe it was in Newark, NJ that residents asked for more police coverage in their neighborhood. It’s becoming obvious to some that you can’t carry a police officer. Personal protection is indeed a personal responsibility.Perhaps gun rights is yet another issue where conservatives can find kindred unity in the black community – along with better education choices, entrepreneurial economic opportunity, restoration of the black family, and self-reliance.Without a doubt the progressive socialist left has repeatedly taken policy stances in contrast to those aforementioned positions — and truly to the detriment of those who live in the black community.
You might have heard of gun enthusiast, Mr. Colion Noir, now an official spokesman for the NRA. He puts it pretty succinctly here.
However, I do not expect the far left to raise the white flag of surrender.
According to the Times report, “President Obama called for major new restrictions on gun rights in the wake of the shooting, asking Congress to enact a bill to subject more gun purchases to background checks and to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style rifles. But gun rights supporters rallied, blocking those efforts in the Senate and leaving the matter stalled. Some states acted in lieu of federal action — and in Colorado it costs some State Senators their seats — but Democrats on Capitol Hill said Wednesday they remain committed to imposing new restrictions. “It is imperative that we act,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at an event to commemorate the Newtown shooting. “We must stick with this.”
“Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said Pew’s findings reflect a sharp partisan divide on the issue, but also said the wording of the survey might have influenced the results. The survey asked whether it was more important to “control gun ownership” or “protect the right of Americans to own guns.” “The notion of having ‘rights’ is certainly going to be more appealing than the notion of being ‘controlled,’ no matter what topic you are asking respondents about,” he said in an email. “We’d be curious to see how the polling would look if Pew Research asked respondents if they believed they had ‘a right to be free from gun violence in their communities through the enactment of sensible gun legislation.’”
Well, Ladd, my lad, let me clarify something for you. Taking away the individual right to own a gun does not result in a “right to be free from gun violence” — that is an absurd policy statement. It relies on the benevolence of others, i.e. criminals, to respect the established “gun free zone” when we know the exact opposite occurs. This flawed logic by the progressive left that controlling our Second Amendment rights will lead to less gun violence instead leads to making the American people subjects, not citizens.
When posed a choice between supporting gun rights or gun controls, men and women, old and young, white and black and Republican and Democrat all saw their preference for Second Amendment rights increase over the last two years.
Here is a simple quote that expresses the intent and meaning of the Second Amendment:
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them” It was written by George Mason Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution in 1788.
Is that the real objective of people like Ladd Everitt? There is astonishing hypocrisy when Michael Bloomberg, Barack Obama, and Nancy Pelosi, who are surrounded by armed security, believe they should determine how Americans protect themselves. But then again, that is the essence of progressive socialism. They know better for you than you do.
The fight for the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms presses on and at no time should we, the people let down our guard. I am honored to welcome more members of the black community to this ideological battle.