Posted by: nastylittletruths | July 7, 2009

Sheep With Teeth

I’ve argued the point many times that the TnT population is like sheep with a few wolves amongst us. The thing is, apart from a killer instinct, and possibly the reason they do have it, wolves have ‘teeth’ and sheep don’t. And the purpose of the analogy is because I am a gun lobbyist. Love it or hate it, I prefer to be armed in the killing fields rather than wait for the wolves to come with theirs and take what they want.

You’ve heard it all before, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, but do you really know the statistics? Firstly, in a developed country like the US, where the Second Amendment is the core basis to “bear arms”, children have a higher probability drowning in a pool than getting accidentally killed by a gun kept in the home. In Sweden, after joining the home guard and completing your military service you get to keep your automatic weapon, but they have one of the lowest gun crimes in the world. (Read Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner)

But let’s look at the other side of the coin and the ruthless efficiency of the illegal arms trade. Practically anyone can get a gun illegally once you have the money to pay for it, and for a ‘law-abiding’ citizen, the courage to do it. Our leaders, who are still in the mode of our past colonial masters, distrust the idea of too many ‘black’ people having guns. (See Gandhi’s quote below). Coupled with the fact that they can never get their act together and able to tell via computer records and traces if someone is responsible enough to own a weapon, it will remain an elusive goal in my lifetime at least. 

Gun buy-backs from criminals have never worked anywhere in the world and it’s not going to here. In countries where guns were bought back they turned out to be junkers and heirlooms that had no use. The $50 or $100 they got went back into buying more sophisticated weaponry. The fact is, the illegal supply of weapons will far surpass what the authorities can get off the streets. At one time our Police Service was outgunned by the high-tech weapons in the hands of the bandits…

Would love to hear your opinions on this one! And just for the record, I never had, do not have, nor will ever have a firearm unless it’s a legally obtained one from a licensed arms dealer with the requisite user’s licence.

Here’s an excerpt from a gun lobby site:

Very good gun quotes: Source – http://www.sightm1911.com/Care/Gun_Quotes.htm

Mohandas K. Gandhi: “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. If we want the Arms Act to be repealed, if we want to learn the use of arms, here is a golden opportunity. If the middle classes render voluntary help to Government in the hour of its trial, distrust will disappear, and the ban on possessing arms will be withdrawn.” Mohandas K. Gandhi, Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Chapter XXVII, Recruiting Campaign, Page 403, Dover paperback edition, 1983.

Admiral Yamamoto: “You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.” Advising Japan’s military leaders of the futility of an invasion of the mainland United States because of the widespread availability of guns. It has been theorized that this was a major contributing factor in Japan’s decision not to land on North America early in the war when they had vastly superior military strength. This delay gave our industrial infrastructure time to gear up for the conflict and was decisive in our later victory.

Adolf Hitler: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.” Adolf Hitler, dinner talk on April 11, 1942, quoted in Hitler’s Table Talk 1941-44: His Private Conversations, Second Edition (1973), Pg. 425-426. Translated by Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens.

John F. Kennedy: “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”

The Dalai Lama: “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” (May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times)

James Earl Jones: “The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.”

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