So it was, that in April of 1139, at the 2nd Lateran Council, Pope Innocent the II banned the Crossbow. The armor piercing effects of this weapon gave way to the more devastating Longbow, which in turn was banned as a battlefield weapon by the Magna Carta in 1215.
The ecclesiastical efficacy of these bans from such holy quarters were sorely tested by Edward, the Black Prince at Crecy and Henry the 5th, The Scourge of God, at Agincourt. Laboring under no misconceptions of the strength of their foes, they employed these weapons in their efforts and won the day for God, King and St. George.
The latest mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, will trigger an expected wailing and gnashing of teeth from disingenuous politicians, media talking heads and Hollywood gadflies all eager to cement their power, authority and wallets at the expense of still more American freedoms. By way of desultory straw man arguments designed to fill the current vacuum in the Culture War. The passage of Gun Control Laws would criminalize the ever increasing population of citizens we already penalize with unenforceable social engineering legislation stemming from The War On Drugs.
Are you safe in the President’s home town of Chicago?
Every single weekend there the casualty list of wounded and dead approach and surpass the anomaly that was Aurora. Should concerned and law abiding citizens turn in their guns, in hopes that Crips, MS13, and Hells Angels will disarm and find Jesus?
Second City Cop doesn’t think so and he should know – he’s a cop in Chicago.
Arms control, writ large (see Nuclear Proliferation treaties) or small (there are 270 million guns in the US) is NEVER a Zero Sum Effort. Production is unceasing and incessant.
Criminals, by definition have already answered the Federal, State and Local request to turn in their firearms. The existentially resounding answer, coupled with the laughter up their sleeves, is “Fuck No, I ain’t bringing my gat in to the Po Po!!”
Given the ubiquity of ordnance and the variables aforementioned, there is a straight line reference from the dead and wounded in Aurora to the individual independence and power that is guaranteed by our Constitution to exist as a free and unfettered citizen in this country.
The argument for Gun Control is less about speaking for the dead, than the accumulation of political power on the Liberal Left.
The liberal narrative – a self inflicted American Takia – has us all ensconced safely in the suburbs, mouthing platitudes, talking points and singing Kumbaya while on the front lines of the culture war, walls that were built, manned and bought with blood by our fathers and grandfathers, crumble in the face of an American malaise brought on by the easy life and high times. The ones those same fathers and grandfathers fought and died for.
Law enforcement on the Federal, state and local level are now, reduced by political correctness, less and less effective every day. Demographic changes in America, initiated by those same Federal, state and local authorities, will continue to put you and your family at the risk of the ever increasing violence you see every day.
On February 14, 1929, the St. Valentines Day Massacre made news all over the world, but now it’s a quiet weekend in Chicago.
Simon Wiesenthal once said, “If someone says they want to kill you, you should believe them.” By January of 1943, the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto sure believed it. With some small arms, sticks, stones and guts, they held off German tanks for a month. They needed guns. Most governments are, or will go bad, Mr. Hitler. The power of the people, is grounded in their individual ability to defend themselves. That right of nature and man, to fight and oppose oppressors.
I personally have great respect for guns.
I was a gunner in the armed services from 1969 to 1973. Guns are by design, dangerous, but much needed tools for a Democratic society.
It just could be, that in the final analysis, it’s guns that keep us free, not good intentions.