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Honest question. Do you have the right to live? If an evil and violent person picks you as their next victim - do you have the right to live? Or is it your duty to our society to simply open your arms and allow yourself to be beaten, stabbed, choked or shot to death? Do you have a duty to surrender - with the responsibility for your defense fully ensconced in whoever answers your 911 call?

The response to my frustrated post on the Texas school killings has been illustrative. Many people understand that our society is "frayed" at the very least or perhaps it is simply lying in tatters on our nation's "floor". The truth is probably somewhere in between. And in the halls of Congress - with an election in the offing - our President has decided that 9mm handguns - that can "blow your lung out" - along with all ARs need to be banned as the final solution to our nation's violence. Now!! Today!! This moment!!! Leaving folks, in many cases, defenseless in their homes or as they conduct their daily business. Making me wonder does the President and "Da Left" see it as your duty as an American to simply surrender to your attacker and die peacefully? Without fuss??

I had one respondent indicate that if attacked in a parking lot at night by evil doers with machetes - and affirming that she would never be found to have a gun on her - she would simply call 911 and call the store that owned the parking lot to inform them that they had evil malcontents getting ready to do her harm in their parking lot. I assume she believes in her heart of heart that da cops will arrive in time to save her - perhaps forgetting that the single slash of a machete is all it takes to - well - kill her. Dead. Dead, dead, dead. In fact, in a popular shooting drill, it is demonstrated that a person with a knife can attack from around 7 yards away in about 2 seconds. So even an armed individual only has 2 seconds to draw their defensive firearm and engage their lethal threat. Just what is the response time to a 911 call in today's world? Where I live, should the deputy be in the south end of the county, that may be as long as 30-45 minutes. Do you see a problem here?

In the news today - drilling down on the whole "call 911 for help" theme - a county in Michigan announced that they would NOT BE RESPONDING to all 911 calls because they were - wait for it . . . wait for it . . . out of money to buy gas so they were rationing it for only the "most urgent" calls. I suspect anyone calling 911 for a violent attack would view that as "urgent" . . . .but perhaps not so much with the 911 operator.

So, this brings me back to my original question - do you, as a citizen, have a "duty to die" to reduce the number of firearms in our nation? I assume you are a law-abiding citizen. And if the guns are banned that far too many of you will simply surrender them leaving all the firearms in the hands of actual criminals. If - when - that happens . . . will you "go willingly into the dark" and surrender to your attackers? If two or three break into your home with baseball bats, knives, or guns will you simply spread your arms and accept your fate? When the Declaration speaks of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and the Constitution speaks of "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" do you think our Founders meant "unless you're under attack by a criminal - then you have a duty to die!!"?

During very recent hearings on gun rights and the individual Constitutional rights of citizens, Democrat Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island said "So spare me the bulls*** about constitutional rights" - Seems pretty clear - at least to that member of congress that we, as citizens, simply have no protection under the Constitution.

I find it very illustrative that rather than enforcing the over 20,000+ gun laws that are already on the books, rather than finding and correcting the mistakes that were made in Texas and fixing them in the schools across the nation, rather than taking the "broken window" approach to begin bending the trend on rising crime in the US, rather than putting real effort in reconstituting the mental health care system of our country . . . the automatic solution is to disarm law abiding citizens - and leave the arms in the hands of our nation's criminals. How does that old saying go??? "What does a country do to its citizens if they are fully disarmed?? Anything it wants."

To me it is obvious - "they" - "the left" - the Democrat party of our nation would much rather you die - than to be armed in such a way that you can mount a strong defense of yourself, your family or your neighbors should the need arise.

This simply is wrong and should be fought against in the strongest possible means!


Sincerely,

Bill Keller

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Jill Struve June 9, 2022, 8:13 pm I do not know what guns are the semi-automatic vs. automatic etc. but my concern is that once one type of gun is taken, will "they" want to get rid of other types of guns that "can kill" until they are all gone leaving citizens unarmed?
Food for thought:
“Those who trade liberty for security have neither. An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject.” — John Adams

Gun control is not about controlling guns, it’s about controlling those who use the guns! Assault is a behavior, not a device.

Notice every communist country in the world has disarmed its people. The Soviet Union established gun control, and 1.5 million people unable to defend themselves were exterminated.

Germany established gun control and 13 million people unable to defend themselves were exterminated.

China established gun control and 20 million people unable to defend themselves were exterminated.
Gerald Bates June 10, 2022, 7:05 am Excellent point Jill. Thank you.
Bill Keller June 10, 2022, 7:27 am I like Ben Franklin's quote a bit better . . .

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."


We get the government we deserve - and if our Representatives and Senators willing disarm our nation . . . we will have but a single recourse remaining to resist. I pray we're smart enough to know that governments have an unending thirst for power and control. If we surrender - and join the company of the victims of Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin . . . there will be no remaining place of freedom on the planet. That would be truly sad.


BTW the difference between a "fully automatic" and a "semi-automatic" is its rate of fire. An M-16 - the true military version of what we call an AR today, is fully automatic. When you press and hold the trigger down it will continue to fire until the magazine is empty at about the rate of 750 rounds per minute. The AR is a Semi-Automatic and will only fire one round each time you press the trigger.
Norma Gould June 10, 2022, 5:26 pm Seriously Bill, you have the nerve to say the left wants you to die because you, poor baby, won't have a gun? I am sure you have more guns than just assault weapons so use one of the other guns you have and for God's sake try to tell the truth.

The problem is you have to make it sound as bad as you can so you can scare people into believing you.

This country has become extremely racist and violent and unless you know how to get rid of those attitudes things are not going to change. The only hope our children have is to do something about assault weapons. I have a feeling you will have plenty of guns to protect yourself. In response to the parking lot story I would call the store to inform them who was in the parking lot so they could lock their doors. I would be in my car driving away as I made the calls. You didn't indicate before that I was being attached just that we were all in the parking lot. I will never carry a gun, I would still rely on the police.

As far as the 911 calls in Michigan, I am sure the dispatcher will know if something is an emergency. 911 gets a lot of calls that aren't an emergency.

Norma Gould
Anthony Bopp June 10, 2022, 8:14 pm I think I have the right to not be threatened with death by any deranged person that the government allows to buy a gun.
John Stiegelmeyer June 10, 2022, 8:35 pm Bill,
You could not be more clear. Are we sheep, wolves, or sheepdogs?
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