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Gun Violence and the American Dream

My heart is heavy as I write this post. In the news: “One man shot, another arrested in argument over a handicap parking spot.”(1) I live in a suburb of Houston, Texas, and the recent news is troubling: a 1 year-old shot in the leg in a drive-by shooting, several young people shot outside a nightclub, an argument between neighbors, road rage and more. What is most troubling is that this is an almost daily occurrence, and not just here, but all across our country.

I’m not talking about the defensive use of firearms to thwart robberies, car-jackings and home invasions; I’m talking about the stupid and irresponsible use of firearms by people who might otherwise be law-abiding citizens.
So that there is no misunderstanding, , as a former Federal Special Agent, Police Officer and Firearms instructor, I fully believe that, while such defensive tools like stun guns, Tasers, and pepper spray have their place in personal defense, the firearm is still the most effective tool against a violent attacker.

And, contrary to the gun-control crowd’s claims, America is not the most violent country in the world. In fact, not even in the top 5. (2)

And yes, the Founding Fathers intended, and the Supreme Court has affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right (as opposed to a right only conferred upon state militias or National Guards).

BUT….

And this is a big but – our Founding Fathers also envisioned America as a country comprised of “citizen soldiers” ordinary Americans familiar with, trained in and expert with firearms. This vision was based on the Swiss model, where firearm ownership is widespread, and training is encouraged and military rifles are kept at home. (3)

That is the genesis of the prefatory phrase of the Second Amendment “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State……….” (4)

That being said, (and there’s a whole lot more to be said), both the Second Amendment suggests and the Supreme Court have held that certain regulations are permissible and Constitutional. I’m not a lawyer, and I won’t go into the nuances here.

But what I DO know, is that every right guaranteed by our Constitution carries with it a responsibility. For example, the First Amendment right of free speech does not allow one to yell “fire” in a crowded theater, nor does it allow for libel, slander, or sedition.

Which Brings Me to My Point……

The most effective weapon (pun intended) against otherwise intelligent people doing stupid things is education and information. So, from this day forward, I will be dedicating this website to products and information to keep good people from doing bad things, and to keep bad people from doing bad things to good people.
Hopefully the information and products I recommend will be owned or tested by me; in any event, they will be vetted by me.

And, full disclosure, as an affiliate, I may get a small commission for recommending them. That helps keep this website going.

This Post’s Recommendation and Review…….

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Except One…

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Till then, Stay Safe,

Frank

P.S. As always, I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions. Just post them below.

  1. khou.com, 6/1/17
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate
  3. http://world.time.com/2012/12/20/the-swiss-difference-a-gun-culture-that-works/
  4. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/second_amendment

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