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Today, the 2%'ers have gone too far. Denver Post Live Blog on Senate committee hearings on Gun Control in Colorado

Been debating on whether to post this one or not. Pretty much lost patience with the ignorance of so many Americans it is.

Please, do not let this happen to Texas!

Lets address gun control, shall we?

We should begin by stating that those of us who own “guns” don’t call them “guns”, we refer to them as weapons. We refer to them as “weapons” because we have a reverent respect for the power and responsibility it takes to own a weapon. In a effort to maintain your attention and be clear in your language I will still refer to “gun control”.

We will start where anyone and everyone should start, unless you are retired Police Chief Norm Stamper who believes the Amendment II “should be repealed and replaced with legislation ‘that makes sense for today’s world, not the world that existed at the time of the drafting of the Constitution and certainly the Bill of Rights’.” If you haven’t already guessed, we shall start with the Constitution of the United States of America. You know, land of the free, home of the brave, that place.

We should start with Amendment I just as a reminder....

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Words, either printed or stated, mean things and the press has a responsibility to provide information not entertainment. More importantly we as Americans have the right and duty to PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE and to petition for a redress of our grievances. Before you do either of these..make sure you know what you are talking about with facts not provided by the press and solutions in hand that are not based on your emotions. Pepper spray burns! and not like getting a little jalapeno in the eye, I mean it burns! Not to beat a dead horse but people who get pepper sprayed are not looked at like heros...keep that in mind.

Amendment I pretty much lays the ground rules for healthy debate. It also means that I, like anyone else who has a Blog is subject to those rules. That being said, you should know that I am writing on my interpretation based on my experience not some research paper. I have job and this is just Blog without reference minus the Constitution of course. The objects you see in quotes are from articles I have stumbled on to make sure I’m not insane or bashing anyone who doesn’t deserve it. I don’t give them credit in the form of a reference because...I’m just a being lazy or see earlier comment about a job.

Amendment II “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Here is where, as I am sure you noticed, that things get sticky when we discus your “gun control”. Many people will focus on their emotions and state things like “this happens too often” when in reality it doesn’t. You, of course, could use the old adage “Once is too many” which I would whole heartedly agree with, however, that adage is based on very heavy emotions and not a realistic or representative view of the real world. I know that seems cold, actually it is cold but then so is the world and it gets colder if you don’t see things for what they actually are. Everything bad looks much worse when you take the rose colored glasses off. If you just stop wearing them, you see things for what they are and aren’t shocked when some douche bag shoots up a school. Not to mention...rose colored, really? The 70’s are over. Let it go.

It baffles me how some Americans can actually believe that this relates to hunting. Americans that are in congress no less! Some people even think this applies only to musket and black powder weapons...yes, because our fore fathers couldn’t see progress or weren’t smart enough to see the future of what America would become.....

I believe this was written because our fore fathers were in the midst of oppression by their current government as is outlined and with plenty of detail in the Declaration of Independence. They saw what could happen should a government, oh them selves and their people too many entitlements, or say... go against the written constitution or disarm the people much like Stalin, Hitler and few others did. They new it would come to where it is now. They knew that democracy, although the right thing to do, would be foiled by those who would fail to educate themselves and would rather “have the Government pay for it” than work for it themselves. They gave future Americans the benefit of the doubt and we did exactly what they said we would do....

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” -Benjamin Franklin “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816 “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to E. Carrington, May 27, 1788 Given all of that, high capacity magazines and assault rifles were exactly what our fore fathers had in mind. The same or equal that which it would take to subdue the people. Any legislation that limits this is unconstitutional. But when you have a Judicial branch that associates itself with a political party i.e. a republican judge versus a democratic judge, you run the very real risk of conflict of interest and diminish the loyalty to the law by replacing it with loyalty to a party. That’s a totally separate blog.

So how do we prevent things like school shootings? Well, its not going to be easy, and you’re not going to like it but I figure if you are torn up enough to disarm yourself you are willing to do what’s necessary to fix this problem. If you want to retain your freedoms it must begin with the individual and their personal responsibility. Blaming everything but the shooter is the wrong answer. You can always find out “why” the shooter acted the way they did but its still the choice of the shooter that ultimately resulted in any death and/or destruction. Society, mental illness, passion, call it what ever you want, its still the shooters fault as they made the choice to pull the trigger. Without the choice to pull the trigger a weapon is utterly ineffective and will not in fact, “guns” do NOT kill people. People, kill people, using weapons. Anyone not understand that? Its, basic physics best illustrated in a dialog between Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas from the movie The Legend of Zoro;

“Do you even know how to use that thing?” “Sure, the pointy end goes into the other man.”

When you own a weapon, you take personal responsibility for the use of that weapon regardless of who pulls the trigger. Moreover, if you lose it or its stolen you had better make sure you report it or you will be held responsible for the damage it causes regardless of your presence at the time of destruction. This is the essence of personal responsibility and a key ingredient in preventing any accident or incident. For that matter, personal responsibility cures many of society’s ills, but we don't teach that anymore. Its obviously not that important (SARCASM WARNING).

After taking personal responsibility for our actions, our children, and items that we can influence, our dilemma then lies with our education of the masses. I’m not referring to your local school system though we all know that’s nearly a complete failure as is evident by the lack of individuals who understand the Constitution. I’m referring to the parental and community responsibility of education which is alive in some communities in the form of Home School. Sounds like a bit of a back slide into the past doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it s. It turns works and has for a very long time. Home school works and it’s more natural to educate in this manner than to have one overarching, heavy handed, lowest common denominator entity running the education of the masses. Education is a privilege and should be treated as such. Doing so will strengthen the people. Taking personal responsibility for your individual education makes you even stronger.

A word on tolerance...there is too much of it. Somethings are incorrect and everyone knows it. I’m not talking about the obvious easy political issues, I’m talking about the little behaviors. The lack of respect we show our elders, your pants hanging half way down your crack etc. I once had an old Italian man berate me in public at a train station in Naples, Italy. He kept telling me “elleganz!, elleganz!” mixed with many words in Italian I didn’t understand. I kept telling him “non capisco! non capisco!” I later realized, after a bit of self evaluation, that my sitting on my duffle bag slouching in his elegant Italian train station was not going to be tolerated. That self reflection made everything he said easier to understand. I can only imagine a more elegant form of, “Your in public, pick your disgusting self up, stand up straight and look presentable! You’re are in Italy and we don’t tolerate such a lack of personal pride! Show some elegance!” He was right, I was stinking up the scenery and he was not going to tolerate it. I immediately fixed myself as best I could and remained standing until it was time for me to depart on the train.

Instead...we fear confrontation. We choose the easy wrong over the hard right. At times, I’m just as guilty.

Two small steps to fixing this now political issue that should not be political. I have plenty more but this supposed to be a short Blog that’s running long in the tooth and beginning to ramble. I’m sure you get the idea.

One final thought on the Constitution...

Amendment X “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

...or to the people. Our forefathers knew that democracy resides with the people. The smarter you are the harder it is to pull the wool over your eyes, the harder it is to tolerate ridiculous-ness. Educate and develop yourself so that you can stand up for your Constitution, yourself and humanity.

Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. – Thomas Paine

End, Part 1.