Our Rights as Americans – They’re Not Just About Guns!

In my first blog (well, that’s not true, it was just my 1st blog on www.wordpress.com – I have prior blogs on Myspace, but nobody uses THAT any more), I stated that my next blog would be about my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.  However, this wordpress.com blog will NOT be about the #Steelers.  Whoa!!!  I think Obi Wan Kenobi just got flustered when he heard all those voices ’round the world cry out in sorrow…and then go silent!  Get used to it, I may make an assertion of what I plan to do, but I may not actually do it.  Yeah…get used to it!  HA!  It was a busy summer, I had my 3 kids in my custody, was trying to get up to speed at a relatively new job, and had a 2.5 hour commute…each way.  Needless to say, I didn’t have a lot of time to blog about my #1 blog subject (#Steelers), much less anything else.  Here’s your consolation:  Go to http://www.myspace.com/markalban, or look me up, and check out my blogs there.  Some pretty riveting Steelers blogs there, I must say.

ENOUGH!  Now to the point.  With all the recent gun control hysteria going on around the good ol’ USA since the Sandy Hook tragedy, and so many people’s opinions being influenced by highly emotional tugs of war on their hearts, it’s high time to break down the GUN CONTROL ARGUMENT.

Has anyone in this country (the USA, that is) ever read a history book???  Someone???  Anyone???  And did you pay attention?  Do you know what happens to people who cannot defend themselves???  Let me give you a brief history lesson (brief in terms of thousands of years of recorded history versus a few minutes of reading what follows).

History lesson number one:  Most appropriately concerning gun control, there once was a guy named Adolph something (no, this is not a limerick)…what was his name again?  OH YEAH, it was HITLER!!!!!!  DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER WHAT THAT MONSTER DID AND HOW HELPLESS GERMANY WAS TO STOP HIM?????  If you don’t know, type his name in your search engine and find out more – what he did and how he did it.  Here’s a start for you:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler.  He nearly took over the entire world, using his country’s military for his own personal purposes, using torture, coercion and fear, to make anyone within his reach completely under his control.  Anne Frank had to live behind a wall because of her family’s religion, and Adolph Hitler persecuted people of that religion!  Please type her name in your search engine or try the following link if you don’t know who she was:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Frank.

Why?  Why was Germany so ill-prepared to stop Adolph Hitler?

The answer comes later, for those of you who have the power to think rationally, even when your emotions may be tugging you to think irrationally.

OK, History lesson number two:  Let’s use Pearl Harbor.  It was the one time that we in this mighty country had been attacked on our own shores by foreign troops, and was the closest we came to being occupied by an alien invader (no, not alien as in:  “outer space”, alien as in:  “not from our country”).  Why do you think the Japanese were unsuccessful in overthrowing the USA during World War II, when the USA was so busy, with so many of its resources in Europe, fighting a war against Hitler and the Axis powers?

The answer to history lesson number two is:  We were prepared.  We had been making plenty of guns and other instruments of war (I know, because my grandfather was an engineer who contributed his mental capabilities toward the war effort – OK, he helped engineer guns, rockets, planes, bombs, missiles, etc. during the war).  So even though the majority of our resources were allocated to Europe, including most of our assault rifles and most of our troops, fortunately we had armories (look that up if you don’t know what it means:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armory_(military) ), AND we had these people who were part-time soldiers and who kind of waited around just in case they were needed to defend the homeland.  They were called the reserves and national guard.  These people are also known as the militia (and PLEASE look that up if you don’t know what that means, because you WILL see that word again in this very blog).  Here are some links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militia_(United_States).

Why then were the Germans unsuccessful in preventing Hitler from commandeering their country, aside from the fact that he was their appointed leader?  That answer comes later, because if you read this far into this blog, you can probably figure out the answer yourself…but read on, it gets better.

So now we come to brief history lesson number three.  This is will take a little more space than the first two, because there’s a little more information you’ll need to know.  There was this thing, an idea written on piece of paper created when our brilliantly intelligent forefathers founded this country.  What was that thingamajig called again???  OH YEAH, IT WAS CALLED A CONSTITUTION!!!

You can read more about it at:  http://uspolitics.about.com/od/usgovernment/a/bill_of_rights.htm

Let’s take the basic ideas from that link above regarding the Bill of Rights, and tie those ideas in to the gun control argument.  The Constitution of the United States of America gave authority to a centralized governmental system for the colonies to come together as one country.  However, the U.S. Constitution lacked the proper language to afford individual citizens their proper rights.  So to get the constitution passed, its supporters also needed to include a Bill of Rights, 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution which gave rights to the PEOPLE!  And how does the constitution begin???  Yes, it begins with, “We the People…”  Emphasis added by our forefathers when they capitalized the word “People” and printed those first three words in boldface and larger text!

Yes, We the People have rights.  Why did our forefathers go to such lengths to assure that We the People had certain rights?  That’s another history lesson, but you can take it from me (or research history yourself) that the “People’s” rights were being denied by the kings and queens of Europe, Asia and Africa throughout the course of history.  They needed to have their rights spelled out so that those rights could never be taken away…by anyone.  Not in 1776, not in 2013.  Never.  Ever.  Not by the king of England, not by Barack Obama.

NOT BY ANYONE!

EVER!

The whole reason this country was founded was because the “People” needed freedom from oppression, and they needed their rights as humans.  If those rights were taken away, this would no longer the country of the free.  This would be the country of the oppressed!

What was the most important right our forefathers believed in, so much so that they made it the first amendment to the constitution?  The right to freedom of religion, speech and assembly.  Basically the right to have the freedom to voice our opinions and the freedom to unite under those opinions.  How then, could those rights or any others be guaranteed???  By one piece of paper which begins, “We the People…”?  No, no, NO!

NO!  A piece of paper guarantees nothing!  It merely states what we deserve, it doesn’t fight the Hitlers of the world to preserve what we deserve, does it?  Hindsight is 20/20, we all know that.  In my first blog, I stated that any fool can learn from their own mistakes (20/20 hindsight), but the wise person learns from the mistakes of others (foresight).  Our brilliantly intelligent and WISE forefathers had the FORESIGHT to assure that the next most important constitutional amendment, amendment number two to the U.S. Constitution, would give us (We the People) the rights to protect our rights and liberty by the use of force, firearms and (here’s that word again) the Militia!

History Lesson Number One Learned:  Germany was not prepared with the proper armories available to their militia, if they even had armories or a militia.  They were a mighty military power at that time, one which could defend itself from any alien invader, but the PEOPLE could not defend themselves from the evil invader within.

The militia is a fundamental American belief.  In fact, the “native” Peoples who were inhabiting this continent prior to the Europeans, used the militia very effectively until germ warfare by the European settlers nearly eradicated all the Native Americans.  If we don’t have the right to bear arms or form a militia, we will cease to be American.  Take some time, if you don’t know, to look up Minutemen, made famous by the poem about Paul Revere, and research how the Minutemen were an effective militia in combating the Imperial British forces (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minutemen).  Had we not had a militia during the Revolutionary War, we might still be a colony or territory of England like Bermuda still is!  Ok, that’s a stretch, but we’d be a lot more similar to Canada than we are to the current United States of America.

Let’s be wise, like our founding fathers, and learn from the mistakes of others.  We are fortunate in this country.  We’ve been at peace for many, many years.  We have not been widely jailed under religious persecution, nor have we been widely persecuted or jailed simply for our opinions (1st amendment).  We have not had soldiers living in our houses, eating our food just because they’re soldiers (3rd amendment).  We do not have police legally barging into our houses to search for evidence whenever they feel – they must show cause and obtain a warrant ahead of time in order to legally enter our properties (4th amendment).  Any “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”  That is the 10th and final amendment.  Click the link above or search for the U.S. Constitution and its amendments and you can read them all for yourself.

But what guarantees us those rights afforded by the U.S. Constitution and its amendments???  The fundamental American right to bear arms, and to protect our rights by the use of force – by taking those arms out of their lockers (armories around the U.S. or the lockers in many Americans’ bedroom closets), loading them up, forming a militia and fighting like our very lives and our VERY PRECIOUS CHILDREN’S lives depend on it.  THAT IS A PRINCIPAL SO IMPORTANT TO OUR FOREFATHERS THAT IT IS THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION!

Do you hear what I’m saying?  Are you listening???  Think like our forefathers.  Have the foresight to know that while we live in peace, our children, their children or children generations from now may not.  Don’t mortgage our children’s future by taking away now their ability to defend themselves later.  We may not need assault rifles today, but years from now, when an Adam Lanza turns into an Adolph Hitler of America, our descendants will need to defend themselves, and we’ll be long gone.  We MUST ensure their ability to defend themselves WON’T be long gone.  Their suffering will be thousands of times worse than the handful of innocent children who died in Sandy Hook if our descendants don’t have the arms to defend themselves because someone took away that right simply because we live in times of peace.  And we won’t be able to produce those arms needed to defend ourselves because all the gun manufacturers will have gone out of business shortly after 2013 if we allow the esteemed President Barack Obama to eradicate or regulate the production and sale of military weapons without Congressional approval.

Would you leave your baby alone, in the middle of a busy highway?  Of course not.  The baby would have no way to protect itself.  Should we leave our great great grandchildren with no means to defend themselves from the next Adolph Hitler?  Just how badly would they suffer?  Ask Anne Frank.  She was the lucky one, but she didn’t know it.

I’ll leave you again with words of wisdom.  I implore you to think about what I’ve written above, and what words of wisdom I leave you with below.

“Any fool can learn from their own mistakes, but the wise person learns from the mistakes of others.”

Be wise.  DO NOT let our right to bear arms be taken away by anyone…

EVER.

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Hello world!

My first WordPress.com blog:  It’s early on Saturday morning, August 18, 2012…a dark and stormy night!!!  LOL. I plan to use this blog to provide a little information about me, and a lot about my PASSIONS in life.  My utmost passion is the professional American football club, THE Pittsburgh Steelers!  Don’t ask me why I’m so passionate about the #Steelers2012, it’s probably because I was young, impressionable, and fatherless in the 1970’s when the Steelers were the best team in the NFL, but ultimately my therapist will help me figure out why I’m such a diehard fan.  I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Steelers since I watched my first Super Bowl ever (at Al & Sandy Tuttle’s house), which was the Steelers’ second Super Bowl appearance:  they beat the Cowboys (thank God, otherwise I may have ended up a fan of THAT team), and the rest, as they say, is history.  OK, that was the first, but probably not the last cliché you’ll read (if anyone reads this at all).  I will keep the clichés to a minimum, but hey, it seems to work for Pitbull, so maybe I’ll just repeat every cliché that comes to mind and enjoy the success he enjoys!  I’ll sprinkle some originality into my blogs too!  LOL.

Tonight I’m spozed to take my kids to my mom’s house, but I had some deadlines at work which I wasn’t able to finish before I had to pick the kids up from the backup daycare center at my office in downtown NYC (btw, if you want to know more about me, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, so you can cyberstalk me there if you find me interesting).  As of today, I’m single (happily divorced), but in a budding relationship…but I’m not exactly sure where it’s going.  We have some things to work out:  age gap, differing socio-economic backgrounds, and I bring the divorce/kids baggage to the relationship, so we’ve been taking it slow.  OK enuf about that!!!  So I have this project to complete for work, but my mom doesn’t have internet, so I had to stay home this evening to finish the work.  Well, it’s almost 3 a.m. and I haven’t started!  Wow…I gotta go.  Need to be @ mom’s by 9:30 a.m. and it’s a 2 hour drive, so I have to leave by 7:30, which leaves me little less than 5 hours to finish my work, sleep, shower, eat and pack up 2 of my 3 kids for the ride…  If my work takes 2 hours, and my breakfast/shower takes 30 minutes, I’ll have 2 1/2 hrs sleep.  YIKES!

OK, my next blog will focus on the #STEELERS!  They play tomorrow night on NBC.  I’ll be celebrating a birthday tomorrow (no, not mine), so will have a LOT to blog about then.  I’ll try to recap the game as best as I can, but I want to do a positional analysis of the team.  I usually go to Latrobe, PA every summer to watch the team practice, but didn’t make it this year.  So I’ll be providing opinions based on what I know of the team from last season.  Ouch!  That could lead to some painfully WRONG predictions.  Not likely, but it’s a possibility.  Stay tuned and thank you for reading.  Good nite.  I’ll leave you with some words of wisdom:  “Any fool can learn from their own mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns from the mistakes of others.”  I don’t know who originally conceived that thought (maybe H.G. Wells, Winston Churchill or Confucius), but I attribute it to Rev. Al Sharpton.  I heard him say that on the radio station WBLS (107.5 in NYC) sometime around 1997.  While I don’t subscribe to his means of making his opinions known, and probably would subscribe to half of his views, I thought those were very powerful words.

I leave you with them (again).  Be wise.

“Any fool can learn from their own mistakes, but the wise person learns from the mistakes of others.”