How frightening is the reality of people who believe what Mr. Littiken believes?
Incorrect interpretation of our laws and twisted reports of who-said-what has become the poison being used against us. A large percentage of people are not inclined to read or research an article trying to understand it's source, intent or importance. People have been brainwashed by those who would like to impose their own idea of law and order, checks and balances, right and wrong on others worried about being taken over by the government. Private citizens, i.e.the Koch brothers, who have all to gain by fostering such nonsense, have been silently building their fearful, hate-based membership. We must continue to point out benefits of the laws that govern us and we must allow our democratic process to continue to assess,eliminate or amend laws that need such action and initiate new laws that comply with our constitutional beliefs concurrent with the conditions of our world in real time.
The Founding Fathers did indeed believe that civilians had the right to bear arms....but one must remember that over 200 years ago we didn't have semi-automatics to mass murder our neighbors for personal revenge. Recent historic novels are excellent factual accounts as our country was forming.....1776, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, The Course of American History, and more. Reading them gives insight into the reasons for our constitutional rights, specifically the right to bear arms. It might sound elementary but when invoking the amendment, we often forget that the militia was comprised of the men of each small, newly settled town. They rode on horseback and fought together against the empirical insurgents. That is not the case today, centuries later, when the insurgents aren't tyrannical oppressors of another country or when today, technology has given us inventions and circumstances that the Founding Fathers couldn't even imagine....things like the machines to mass produce weapons and artillery to supply an organized police force that patrol, not on horseback but in mtorized vehicles, to protect not just hundreds but millions of citizens and enforce the law. In the 1700's, citizens WERE the police force protecting one another not preying on one another. Today the need to bear arms isn't for the same cause. The argument regarding the Founding Fathers is just not relevant in it's original sense.
Our government is not going to become a socialist republic...not in our lifetimes. To believe that the government is out to get you and me is a manufactured concept that keeps people afraid of the exact governance that they themselves have elected to protect people and property, both personal and as a country. Greed driven governance is no guarantee that you and I will be any safer or more personally insulated against the evils of society. It is,in reality, much more frightening when we see wealthy people like the Koch brothers for what they truly are....benefactors of their own design and for their own gain who are lawfully able thru their own invention (AFP) and thru the activation of SuperPACS to literally and enthusiastically buy off America by financing political outcomes that guarantee seats in all levels of our government, including the highest level, the presidency.
That buying off is much more frightening than a perceived take-over of governmental/democratic jurisprudence because it does have real consequences. It not only can happen but is happening. Creating laws thru our democratic system takes years of bi-partisan effort. Legally buying off a select faction of a nation's politicians and placing them in power with vehicles like SuperPACS takes one voting cycle. Now THAT's scary.
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