Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Response to Ms. Karvunidis

She wrote the follwing reacting to the Ohio school shooting.  And I just couldn't let it go unchallenged...  Read away!

Ohio school shooting: Time to ban handguns, guys

Ms. Karvunidis,

I would like to thank you for sharing your feelings about the latest horror caused by guns.  I too am horrified by the actions of another sick or wicked child in men’s clothing.

Your vision of a gun free world is hard to grasp.  How do you propose to rid the US of 2-3 million guns?  The UN?  They are working on a small arms treaty to ban private ownership of guns on a worldwide basis.  It’s destined to fail even if passed.  Again, how do you rid the world of guns?  I would feel safe in estimating that there are far more than 1,000,000,000 guns in existence across the globe.  How do you suppose they are planning on getting their hands on all those weapons?

If you had a plan, and a realistic one at that, then I might actually listen to you.  Since all you did is react from your feelings rather than using logic to take this issue apart, you really aren’t in a position to intelligently discuss the issue of “gun” violence.  But, in a sense of friendliness, let me lay out a few things you might want to think about and apply some logic to.

1. You cannot find a single instance of a firearm loading itself and willfully killing someone without a human hand controlling it.  This is the old saying, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  That psycho kid loaded the gun and he pulled the trigger.  He also willfully got a gun he shouldn’t have had access to.  And he chose to use it to kill other humans.  The gun made no decisions, had no voice and performed no independent actions in this event.

2. You have heard it before but here it is again, “If you take the guns from the law abiding, the criminals will still have guns.”  Criminals are criminals BECAUSE they will break laws.  Any laws.  Even laws banning guns on school property.  And those laws banning minors from possession of firearms.  And laws making it illegal to kill other humans.  They will even create guns out of pipe and wood if none exist due to a “successful” world-wide gun ban.

3. And this is the most important fact in my book, by Natural Law (look it up) I have a Right to protect my self and my family from anyone bent on doing them harm.  The Bill of Rights (look it up) codifies and protects my preexisting Right to protect myself and my family with violence if necessary.  Today that is done through the lawful use of firearms.  I don’t hunt.  I don’t shoot for sport.  I carry a gun every day because of kids like this psycho.

I do own a couple of those billion guns and if no one else had one, and that fact could be proven to me, I would still keep mine.  Gun beats bat.  Gun beats knife.  Gun beats mob.  I plan on keeping mine.

So, with that said, let’s say you and your ilk manage to get a nationwide gun ban in effect.  How do you plan on getting those guns?  Let me tell you now, I am unwilling to walk to the local police department and surrender my firearms.  Will you send your kids or your husband to get my guns?  Not likely, that would be dangerous.  Will you bravely come and ask for them?  Nope.  You will send the police.  To force me.  And if I resist they should kill me?  Of course.  Oh you sweet and glossy idiot.  You are touching something very dangerous here and I don’t think you grasp the import of your foolish words.

Your best bet is getting some of your teachers armed to protect your kids.  That is a far better solution to school shootings than starting a huge war on the streets of your nation with your attempt to get the guns away from the wicked and insane. 

If having guns in the hands of the crazy among us is the problem, then the issue to deal with needs to be the effective and viable treatment of the insane.  If the wicked are using guns to harm people, then the wicked must be opposed by equal force and removed from society, either to jail or the morgue.

It is just that simple.  Not perfect but simple.

Yours in Freedom,
Mark Borgeson

Kennewick, Washington

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gotta Start Somewhere...

Well, nothing to do but start. 

I’ve been doing much thinking over the last year on the situation we Americans are in and I am left deeply troubled.  So much has transpired so quickly that it is more than a single man can grasp.  What I do see is the last inches of water in the tub, swirling down the drain.  Faster and faster the spiral moves, dragging down the water next to the drain but all the water in the tub is moving that way and will eventually end up down the drain.

We have a swirling sucking hole in our nation but it’s much less of a place and far more of a mindset.  Americans are not stupid.  They are not lazy as some suggest.  Most of these folks are not even uneducated.  Based on my survey of the people I meet, we are simply ignorant. 

Now I’m a stickler for definitions of words and to help us understand, let’s see what that inflammatory word ignorant actually means...

ig·no·rant  adjective
1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.
3. uninformed; unaware.
4. due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.  

I have highlighted items 2 and 3 because they closely describe the issue at hand.  The people I meet and talk with are lacking in any real understanding of the civics of this nation. 

“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
― George Washington

Based on the personal experience of passing through a public school system and talking to literally hundreds of Americans who also darkened the halls of a public school, I can safely say that we, as a nation, are failing to follow his sage advice.  Most folks cannot answer simple civics questions; I.e. What is the form of government of the United States?  Or what is the difference between a republic and a democracy?  I could go on but I will resist.

So, in an effort to move folks towards a competency in their own government, I am going to be writing here, sharing what I have learned and engaging in discussion on the facts of our current situation.  I challenge you to question what I say, do your own research, read dusty old books and avoid wacky websites.  As they said on the X-Files, “The truth is out there…”

Now, I don’t see myself as either an expert or a trained scholar when it comes to these things, it’s just my passion.  I want my children to live in a land that is freer than the one we live in today.  Helping my fellow humans understand the way all this is supposed to work may help this nation wake up and move back towards the intent of the Framers.  If are educated in the civics of how this works and willing to be painfully honest with themselves about how it is and how it got here, then we have a chance of saving this nation from tyranny in a somewhat peaceful manner.  If not, then we are left with a horrible choice: live as a slave or fight to be free.  It’s just that simple.

More to follow…
Oh, yes, please direct your friends and even your enemies here.  More learning is good for us all.