Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Will Sheriffs Confiscate Guns?

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the Second Amendment. In case there is anyone who does not know what the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, here it is: “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.” 

The wording of the Second Amendment seems clear to me, but liberals have for years said that it does not say what it says. They have also said that they do not intend to confiscate guns, but Democratic presidential contender Robert “Beto” O’Rourke exposed their real intent at the Democratic debate in September. He said that if he is elected to be President of the United States that he will enact a “mandatory buyback” of all AR-15 and AK-47 rifles. “H___ yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

While being interviewed by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough last Wednesday, O’Rourke gave more details. He supposedly expects Americans to just hand over their guns if a law is passed. 

There have to be consequences…. In that case, I think there would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm and to make sure that it is purchased, bought back, so that it cannot potentially be used against somebody else.

            It is apparent that numerous sheriffs and other law enforcement officers are aware of the terrible crimes that take place against unarmed individuals. They also know the Constitution and their responsibilities under it. 

            Townhall interviewed sheriffs in New Mexico and Colorado about O’Rourke’s plan to take firearms from American citizens. San Juan County, New Mexico, Sheriff Shane Ferrari said, “Mr. O’Rourke is delusional in regards to his gun control ideas.” He said that law enforcement protects the rights of Americans, not take them away. He continued, “The biggest fear of any free society is the government at your door wanting to take away your rights by force. I do not see the men and women of law enforcement sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution doing this.”

            Another sheriff in New Mexico, Sheriff Mark Cage of Eddy County, agreed with Ferrari when he said that O’Rourke was wrong to think that local police would follow his rules.

I’m not sure whether his statements are naïve or just plain ignorant and arrogant. Maybe it’s all three….

The thought of anyone utilizing my sheriff’s office or any other law enforcement agency in this country as their personal Gestapo to go door to door violating citizen’s rights is disgusting, unrealistic and downright un-American.

I believe that O’Rourke is dreaming if he thinks Americans will give up their guns so easily. Americans are not dummies. Most of us know how gun confiscation works out for people who surrender their guns either voluntarily or by force. We have an example in our own nation of people giving up their guns and then being killed. 

On December 29, 1890, federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry entered the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. They went there to confiscate their guns “for their own safety and protection.” After most of the Sioux peacefully surrendered their firearms, the Cavalry began shooting. They murdered 297 Sioux with 200 of the 297 victims being women and children. The massacre supposedly started when a deaf Sioux did not understand what was happening and struggled with the officers, and his gun went off accidentally. The soldiers opened fired and kept shooting. This is still a sore spot for many people because it was not handled properly. 

            There are numerous examples of other governments taking guns from their citizens “for their own safety” and then killing them. The following information comes from this site

Turkey established gun control in 1911 and then murdered 1.5 million Christian Armenians (1915-1917).

The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929 and then murdered 20 million dissidents (1929-1953).

China established gun control in 1935 and then murdered 20 million political dissidents (1948-1952).

Germany established gun control in 1938 and then murdered 13million Jews, gypsies, and members of other groups (1939-1945). 

Cambodia established gun control in 1956 and then murdered 1 million educated people (1975-1977).

Guatemala established gun control in 1964 and then murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians (1971-1979).

Uganda established gun control in 1970 and then murdered 300,000 Christians (1971-1979).

These figures mean that 53 million people were killed during the 20th Century because their countries established gun control.

            Anyone who believes that Americans will give up their guns easily or voluntarily are not of sound mind. In addition, they do not understand the American love of freedom and independence. I believe that Americans would rather die than give up their guns. I am grateful to know of law enforcement officers who will not go against the Constitution and take Second Amendment rights away from Americans.           

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