Saturday, September 8, 2012

It's All Fun and Games Until...

I typically find humor in what I see as irony.  So the other night when I viewed a clip from "The Daily Show" with people "reporting" from the Democratic Nation Convention about that party being the party of inclusion, I found it humorous (view clip here).  In this clip there is some mockery of gun owners, which is fine. This is America and people have the First Amendment right to say what they wish.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I LOVE period dramas. Tonight's pick was "The Patriot". If you are unfamiliar with this film, it is set during the Revolutionary War and prominently features the militia. As I thought about the militia that fought against the British, I marveled that farmers with hunting rifles could help take down the world's strongest army of the time.

I then thought back to a conversation I had a few years ago with a friend from India. I remarked how both the United States and India had both been British colonies at one time. I asked why she thought there was almost a 200 year difference in the independence of our countries. She remarked, "You had guns, we did not." My friend's remark chills me to the bone to this day.

As I thought about my friend's remark as I watched "The Patriot", I thought once again of the comments made on "The Daily Show". While I understand that "The Daily Show" is about humor, I began to get angry. Not because of what was said per se, but because there are people who truly believe the premise of their mock report.

I believe that our Constitution is an awesome document that gives us freedoms and opportunities that no one else has.  Over 200 years later, people still flock to our shores because of the freedoms and liberties it grants. The First Amendment gives you the right to say what ever you wish. No matter how disgusting or vile your comment is, I will defend it, as it is your right. I do not have to agree with you to defend your right to free speech.

Please understand however, that your First Amendment rights are backed up by the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms).  When America declared her independence, she did not have a standing army to go up against the British. She only had militia. Our founding fathers knew this lesson well, which is why we have the Second Amendment. Let's look at what a few founding fathers said in their own words.

Thomas Jefferson who is credited as being one of the authors of The Declaration of Independence said:
"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."

James Madison, along with Jefferson, is credited in the writing of our Constitution. He said: 
"A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best, most natural defense of a free country."

James Madison also said:
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." 

You don't have to like guns. I'm not trying to convert anyone. However, if you are one of my fellow Americans who does not like them, please respect the right of others to bear them. It's not funny, it's not something to be made fun of. The right to bear arms is what keeps tyranny at bay. I'm all for making jokes and being silly, but freedom is no laughing matter. It's all fun and games until someone takes your rights away.

Until Tomorrow - Melissa



  1. The logical arguments against every nut in America owning a gun can be found in your quote-A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best, most natural defense of a free country.

    Random rednecks with Uzis can hardly be called 'well regulated.'

    There are no requirements that anyone be trained in the use of a weapon that accidentally kills hundreds of people a year.

    When was the last time the United States needed defense where people who privately owned guns mattered? That would be the Civil War, correct?

    I fully agree with the Founding Father's decision to give every able bodied man in the 13 Colonies a black powder rifle to fight off the Husseins. I'm not so sure they foresaw machine guns, armor piercing rounds, and the modern cellar dweller with a stockpile of hundreds of weapons and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammo.

    BTW, the Obama administration has done nothing to restrict gun ownership and supported every law that has come up to make gun ownership easier.

    One of my favorite books is The Far Pavillions, about the last days of the British Raj, in which the general idea is put forth that India didn't care much about independence until the British brought their troublesome wives over. And I don't recall a lot of photos of Gandhi holding up an AK-47.

    On the other hand, my favorite movie is The Matrix and I grew up watching Westerns where the good guys shot someone by the end of every episdoe. As Captain Kirk might have said-We come in peace, shoot to kill!

  2. Descartes, I would first like to address your question of when we needed a defense. Do you buy homeowners insurance when your house is on fire or before? Should we be prepared or do something after the fact? And while we might not have needed a militia on a national level in sometime, we still have needed them locally.

    I will take you to 9/11. My father belongs to the New York State militia. Not the national guard, the state militia. It is made up of older military men still looking to serve. It is a WWII holdover. When terrorists attacked NY that day, the governor called the national guard up. Who takes over the armories when the national guard leaves? The state militia. My father was in Albany for over a month after 9/11 while the younger men were called up.

    My father (as he is an area commander) is in charge of an engineering team. When not needed for state defense, they fix or build items that are needed at the military bases around the state. A few summers ago, my father and his men built a roof over a shoot house so the army could use it to train no mater the weather.

    The whole point of this blog was to show that while you are free to make fun of the cellar dwellers as you call them, it may be the cellar dwellers who save us. No one can possibly predict who may want to harm us or in what form. I personally feel better knowing there are people out there who are willing to defend us if the need should arise. When push comes to shove, I doubt those who attack us will be willing to back down because we claim to be more civilized or evolved.

  3. For more on what the NY militia does, please see an article from this summer.

  4. 9/11 is a perfect example of how the times have changed since the good old days of 1776. How many people saw the second plane coming? How effective would shooting it with a gun have been? When the revolution comes and we are down to boards with nails in them, I think we will be beyond all hope.

    Of course, The US Government is the only ones that have stealth bombers and unmanned drones and all that good stuff, that's the insurance policy I have my faith in.

    Sorry about getting carried away, this is just one of a handful of topics I tend to go all talk radio over. :)