Illiteracy and the assault on gun rights

When talking with advocates of gun control I try and find a way to have an intelligent and impactful discussion. Unfortunately, the results of those conversations have little to do with how respectful and even-toned the communication.

Over the years I have found gun control advocates tend to fall into several categories.

Frankly speaking, the most dangerous of these advocates are the people for whom gun control is really just a vehicle to impose government control on the population. These are the totalitarians and the statists for whom an armed citizenry represents a real threat to their desire to control people’s lives. Gun violence is merely a convenient topic to use as an excuse to enfeeble the citizenry in their pursuit of power and plunder. These are evil people. Evil.  And history is full of them.

Then there are the camp-followers. These are the people who feel the need to appear main stream. They are those most susceptible to the information regularly spewed out by the mass media. They hear it so often that they just assume it must be right and end up regurgitating the talking points they have memorized. Given enough time and conversation these folks can be reached with logic and reason. But it takes time for camp-followers to muster up the courage to change their thinking. ( or lack there of ).

Then there are those who have suffered personal tragedy as a result of firearm violence. For these people, the trauma of their loss is so great, gun control is a means to assuage their pain by lashing out and punishing someone or something. Unfortunately, these highly emotive people never attack the person truly responsible for their loss… the criminal. They always vent their anger against convenient third parties. Amazingly, these people truly believe that engaging in a personal vendetta on a third party is some great moral crusade.   One thing is certain: you will never see this person on the front lines to defend someone else’s life when they are  threatened by a criminal. They are too busy attending meetings and rallies or writing letters to the editor from the safety of their gated communities.

I find one group of gun control advocates however especially challenging. These are the illiterates. The people who either lack reading comprehension skills or find it too difficult to think things through. Like the camp followers, these people can be brought up to speed, but it often takes a very long time.

For example, these are the people who can not distinguish between the dependent clause and the independent clause within the 2nd Amendment.

The Second Amendment reads: ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Within the Second Amendment, the independent clause is:” .. the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. ” The statement stands on it’s own merits. It is a complete sentence in and of itself. It needs no further  explanation to understand.

The dependent clause is: ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state.. “. This section does not stand on it’s own merits. It requires something else to explain why it is relevant. In fact, the dependent clause merely gives further information about the independent clause. It does not dominate the independent clause. It does not have preeminence over the independent clause. It dilutes it in no way.  It merely embellishes what is being addressed.

Also, illiterate gun control advocates  are forever confused by the order of words in the Second Amendment.  They think that words at the start of a sentence have pre-eminence over those that  follow. In the  Second Amendment  this simply is not  true. The statement about a militia only verifies an importance related  to the right. Illiterate advocates simply do not understand grammar and the meaning presented.

Illiterate gun control advocates also find themselves confused by the phrase
” well regulated “.

They ignore the fact that the thing that the thing being regulated is the militia…. not firearms… and definitely not the people. This is another example of their failing to understand grammar.

They further do not understand the meaning of the phrase ”  well regulated ” as it relates to the militia.  Accordingly, an illiterate assumes that any regulation regarding firearms is perfectly legitimate under the guidelines of the Second Amendment.   A well regulated militia is a group of armed men who have been trained and drilled so as to operate as a cohesive military force. They have been trained to act as a unit, to follow orders, to shoot accurately, etc.  This is the basis of why in  modern times we say that  someone is part of the ” regular army ”  and not a  militia.

The illiterate is  also often blind to the word  ” shall “.  Shall is a mandate.  An absolute.  It is not subject to debate.  The Second Amendment  clearly mandates that this right is an absolute right.  It is not subject to dilution by over-regulation by the government.  It is subject to strict scrutiny.

Finally,  the illiterate completely misses that  fact that the right enumerated is a  right of the people,  not the militia.

While I often find having a  discussion with a gun-control advocate a challenge,   it is a challenge that  must be met.  And it is an effort I will continue to pursue.   Failing to do so will be a failing of the oath of obligation I took more than 30 years ago:  ” .. to preserve, protect and defend, the Constitution of the United States of America .”

 

 

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GS2AC Meeting Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7 PM

Don’t miss the next meeting of the GS2AC!

Updates regarding the status of lawsuits to reverse Gunmageddon legislation. Some important news regarding the California gun roster.

ALSO Mesquite and Skeet BBQ tickets go on sale! Get yours now…. you could win TWO GUNS.

This and more!

GS2AC meetings are held at Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave in San Jose.

No host dinner starts at 6PM…. meeting at 7PM

Directions: From Hwy 280, take the Saratoga Ave exit….. go two blocks north …. and Harry’s is on the right!

Bring a friend!

We will see you there!

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Chuck Michel CRPA/NRA Magazine Ban Lawsuit Updates

Chuck Michel (CRPA/NRA) also has Duncan v. Becerra filing information on the magazine ban.

Duncan v. Becerra

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CRITICAL: New filing in magazine ban lawsuit imminent

A little over a month ago, we filed the federal lawsuit Wiese v. Becerra to challenge California’s “Large Capacity” magazine ban scheme and Prop. 63’s total ban on even “grandfathered” magazines.
Now our lawyers will move to block enforcement of the law before the ban’s July 1 deadline.
This ultra-critical request could easily be the difference between you keeping your lawfully-owned firearm magazines or being forced out of possessing them forever….maybe even having to hand them over to the police without any payment for them whatsoever to avoid becoming a criminal overnight.
The time to go on the offensive is RIGHT NOW.
For Liberty,

Richard Thomson
2A Grassroots Director
Firearms Policy Coalition

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GS2AC Meeting Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7 PM

GS2AC Meeting!

Winning Strategies for Winning elections and BBQ! This Thursday, May 25th at 7pm.

Don’t miss the next meeting of the GS2AC!

We won’t stop the onslaught of one-party state tactics to kill your 2A rights in California until we start winning more local elections. Our featured guest speaker has extensive experience doing just that! Our very own Fred Hoot will be on hand to share the tactics he used on THREE presidential campaigns and numerous local campaigns to win.

ALSO Mesquite and Skeet BBQ tickets go on sale ! Get yours now…. you could win TWO GUNS.

This and more!

GS2AC meetings are held at Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave in San Jose.

No host dinner starts at 6PM…. meeting at 7PM

Directions: From Hwy 280, take the Saratoga Ave exit….. go two blocks north …. and Harry’s is on the right!

Bring a friend!

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Writers Tactical Workshop, August 11-12, 2017

If you are a writer and need real information about weapons and tactical fighting, this workshop is for you.

You will be trained one-on-one by experts (Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, current Law Enforcement and Fire professionals)on real firearms and even experience live fire exercises in a building!

Run by the BLACKSHOP, this workshop “will provide invaluable insight and information into all these worlds in order to provide writers with the authenticity they seek when writing stories and characters from any police or military discipline.”

Check out the Writers Tactical Workshop if you are serious about being accurate!
The next class is scheduled for August 11-12, 2017 in Milpitas, CA.

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GS2AC Meeting Thursday, April 27 at 7 PM

Exec Director Gun Owners California Speaking at the Next GS2AC Meeting! Thurs. April 27th 7 PM

Don’t miss the next meeting of the GS2AC!

Our featured guest speaker will be Sam Paredes… Executive Director for the Gun Owners of California. Sam has been fighting the fight for the Second Amendment in California for 30 years! If anyone has the inside information regarding the attacks on your gun rights at the state capitol… it is Sam!

No host dinner 6 PM Meeting starts at 7 PM.

GS2AC Meetings are held at Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave in San Jose.

Directions: From Hwy 280 take the Saratoga Ave exit, go two blocks north and Harry’s is on the right.

Bring a friend!

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CRPA Rolls Out Coalition of Local Gun Owners Project

The CRPA (California Rifle and Pistol Association) just rolled out the Coalition of Local Gun Owners Project (CLGO).

This is a convenient place to get California-specific firearms information and news. According to the CLGO site: Continue reading

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Stand and Fight California Website Has CRPA and NRA_ILA Partnership

The NRA-ILA (NRA Institute for Legislative Action and the CRPA (California Rifle & Pistol Association have launched a web site specifically to fight against the Draconian anti-gun legislation that has been and continues to be introduced.

Stand and Fight California is dedicated to state and local gun rights issues.

A lot of constantly-updated information is listed: State Legislation, Legal Updates, and California News. Both State and Local happenings and news are covered.

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GS2AC Meeting Thursday, March 30 at 7 PM

GS2AC Meeting! Attorney Don Kilmer Regarding Supreme Court Nominee And Updated 2A Legal Case

Don’t miss the next meeting of the GS2AC!

Attorney Don Kilmer will be on hand with his take on the Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination as well as updates regarding a variety of gun cases.

This and more!

GS2AC meetings are held at Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave in San Jose.

No host dinner starts at 6PM…. meeting at 7PM

Directions: From Hwy 280, take the Saratoga Ave exit….. go two blocks north …. and Harry’s is on the right!

Bring a friend!

We will see you there!

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