When the Left finally seizes power permanently - and they will if we keep on electing people like Obama - they will not honor and uphold our freedoms. They are trying to undermine them now.
This is going to be lengthy, but I hope comprehensive and addresses a few things.
Piers Morgan...Or as he's affectionally known in the popular satirical magazine here in the UK: Private Eye, Piers Moron.
Mr Morgan is in fact a highly educated and articulate individual. I think I'm right in saying he was at one time the youngest Editor of a daily newspaper in the UK. His copybook isn't entirely unblotted however. In his tenure he oversaw some quite deliberate and scathing attacks without foundation (pretty much like all British tabloid newspapers) and more recently his point blank refusal to appear in person at the Leveson enquiry, instead deigning to appear only via a video link; only the cynical of course would suggest that he was in fear he might face arrest on his landing at the airport with a view to being asked to answer questioons about alleged phone hacking that he'd earlier admitted to and later denied either being party to or sanctioning whilst being the said editor.
However that said, he like anyone else is allowed his opinion. (I understand that is the US 1st amendment?) You or I may or may not agree with him, but he has that right to his opinion. Just as you and I have. The strawman argument that there is no such thing as free speech is supreme and disingenuous irony. The fact that in some parts of the world that freedom is later curtailed or met with brutal retribution doesn't escape the fact the opinion is formed in the first place. How ironic that in a country that likes to preach it protects 'freedom' it would petition to remove someone who is excercising that freedom. A trait not disimilar to perhaps that used by Stalin, or in certain other less 'free' countries in the present day. Sure, Stalin made a road with the bones of those detractors, but the sentiment was the same; remove the opposition and we'll live in a one opinion state, wreaking retribution on those we simply don't like or look funny, or have a strange accent, or the wrong religion, or the wrong colour skin.....Orwell wasn't being ironic was he?
So sure, Morgan is British, and he's voiced his opinion, so what? He has a permit to work in the USA, or does that mean we extrapolate the concept of 'freespeech' to only those who are born in the host nation? The first 'modern' immigrants were not born in the USA, they were English, Irish, Italian, Scottish, Spanish..in fact many European settlers. The indigenous population were not European; they themselves were invaders to a continent that already had it's people thank you very much, who in turn had come from other parts of the world...
I actually agree with much of what Morgan has said; The NRA's answer or at least their patsy's answer is to remove violent video games.. Yeah...right. That will stop school massacres. Erm, no it won't. Some have suggested that schools have armed guards and that even teachers and other staff have bullet proof jackets or are in fact armed! And these people are being serious!
So to address the amed guards idea:Well, the NRA have outlined that they would finance and organise it. (Who finances and lobbies on behalf of the NRA? Yep...weapon and ammunition manufacturers)
Who are they to be? Someone who owns a rifle presumably...who vets them? Who vets the assessors? Are the guards drawn from the military and police? Or as is likely, those with little intelligence and aptitude who were not selected when they applied for the military or police? And how do you ensure they're not drawn from the 14% of the population who are essentially illiterate; have no mental illness or potential mental illness?
So, we have our guards in the school, all set up and ready to 'guard'.
Are they to stand on guard with weapons openly visible? Is that what you want your kids to see each day? That they live in a country that enjoys such 'freedom', it can't trust it's own population? And each day they hear the reporting of battles in far off countries that they'll never see or even find on a world map, where men carry weapons as a matter of course, but they're being persuaded to disarm, because it's a bad thing, and not something a 'civilised' society should be doing.
So the school days drift into weeks, and nothing happens. The guards being human, fall back into a more relaxed state of mind, they go to the bathroom and forget to tell their buddy at the other end of the school via radio. One day, their own neighbour who they know well enough to say good morning to comes through the gates, happy, smiling, cheery wave..and although it's an autumn morning, it isn't that
cold. Kids are still coming into school..This neighbour looks strange, but it isn't read by the guard...the coat..why is he wearing such a heavy coat?
The guard isn't anywhere near quick enough, and gets the first double tap. And on..and on...The TV crews get there before the ambulances....
It's worth remembering that even in school and college campuses where there have been armed guards, the armed guards didn't prevent the shootings. In the last shooting at the school in Connecticut, the legally owned guns were licensed to the mother, a teacher
! Why on earth did she need a semi automatic weapon?
Can I just say at this point, I was taught many years ago to shoot a rifle. I was taught by military trained personel, in the UK. At 14 I was a marksman at 100 yards, five round grouping. One thing we had drilled into us over and over again. NEVER point a weapon unless you intend to use it. I had a very healthy respect for the damage it could do.
I will not be denied my right to buy what I want. If the gov't decides otherwise, looks like I'll be placing my order sooner rather than later, and buying bulk ammunition (maybe a few thousand rounds).
From HAL9000 above...Who exactly are you intending to use the 'few thousand rounds on'? Or is it (and your almost salacious grandiosing over the weapons pictured) egotistical posturing? You're da man eh? It pretty much makes the argument for
gun control! I'm not singling you out of course, and frighteningly, there are many hundreds of thousends of your fellow country men and women with the same attitude.
In the UK we don't have a universally armed police force. This comes as a surprise to many from other countries; we do have specialist armed response units, each and every police force in every major city has them. I actually met a retired instructor from such a unit a few years ago; I only knew he was because a friend of mine who knew him well told me, and he only knew because he was an ex Royal Marine and spotted something about the guy that they both understood. When I got into a private conversation with the guy, he told me he used to be a quantity surveyor! Unassuming, almost shy in many ways. But the look in his eyes was the give away. He watched and took in everything going on around us. Now, I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to have that guy than someone who blows it out of his ass, and thinks he's Rambo on steriods.
Last count that is verified we had 51 deaths from guns in one year here in the UK. In a population of 70 million. The USA has just over 300 Million, with over 10 000 gun deaths, not including suicides, which I understand are nearly 20000..
One proposal is that more people should be armed...so it's clearly acceptable to have 30 000 deaths a year from guns, and indeed, perhaps not enough. The reason being, is that more guns will reduce deaths?...Not by a long way.
Just when do you reach the tipping point where you have enough schools visited with mass killings? Another 10? 20? Your kids? You? And please please don't trot out the 'Bad guys with guns haven't met a good guy with a gun' crap..And also don't trot out the 'blame cars for drunk driving deaths'...It simply has no credibility in an argument.
Oh, and I know about Switzerland and it's weapon ownership. Other than it's neutrality determining it's malitia policy it is also a culturally completely different place to the USA. For one, gun crime is almost unheard of, they have very little crime of any description, because fundamentally they're law abiding and also don't feel the need to show how big their egos are.
I was asked by an Alex Jones disciple on another site (not infowars I hasten to add) in relation to the school teacher and her weapons hoard; "How would you defend yourself if you were asleep and shot in the face with your own gun?" (It might be worth mentioning he dropped 'liberal' 'douchebag' and 'bleeding heart' into his diatribe to substantiate
his argument); He said he owned guns too...Nice to see he's level headed, and won't one day take out his frustrations on innocents, we live in hope.
In answer to his question:
Easy: I don't have any weapons to be shot in the face or any other part of my body with. If a kid in the school is throwing stones at the other kids, what do you do? Take away the stones or give stones to the other kids? I know some would say the latter, I just know it.
I have several American friends, I've been there myself. I actually like the USA. But as a society, you really need to get out of adolescence and mature, and stop living in the past.
One last point: I read it often that Obama is left wing...erm, no he isn't...he really isn't. He's far more right wing than any UK Prime Minister that has ever been. And some think our current one is a right wing twat. The problem in the USA is you have a political landscape that is essentailly a race to the right, and any deviation is seen as being 'liberal'..And you don't even have a definition of that, that you can agree on! Maybe you need a new
centre ground 'Liberal fascism'?