It is sad and so regrettable that once again someone chose to inflict harm with a gun. But again, we must realize that the people that were slaughtered were innocent, unarmed, and unable to protect themselves because of the climate of surrealistic deniability of reality by the "anti-gun" crowd making gun and gun safety so taboo that more and more choose to make themselves the sheep for the wolves. What is even more lacking of integrity in this debate, as if there is any intelligent debate, is that the "anti-gun" folk use outright lies to further mislead and confuse people on what the issues are and what the root causes are. People then feel like they cannot or should not be armed, as though the evil people that commit these acts will not prey upon them, when the opposite is the reality.
This unethical and disingenuous paradigm of lies goes all the way to the President of the United States. I am sure we have all heard it by now, as President Obama clearly stated in the press conference after the recent shootings at the Charleston AME church, "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." In fact, countries that have extremely stringent laws preventing average citizens from acquiring guns are scenes of senseless slaughter of the innocents regularly.
Just to name a few:
April 26, 2002 - GERMANY - In Erfurt, a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at a school, killing 12 teachers, a secretary, two students and a policeman before killing himself.
September 23, 2008 - FINLAND - A student opened fire in a vocational school in Kauhajoki in northwest Finland, killing nine students and one staff member, then killed himself.
March 11, 2009 - GERMANY - A 17-year-old gunman killed nine students, three teachers at a school near Stuttgart, and killed one other person at a nearby clinic.
June 2, 2010 - BRITAIN - A gunman opened fire on people in towns across the rural county of Cumbria. Twelve people were killed and 11 injured.
July 22, 2011 - NORWAY - A gunman blew up a government building in Oslo and then opened fire at a youth summer camp of Norway's ruling political party, on the holiday island of Utoeya, killing 77 people, and wounding over 200.
There are numerous examples, but the point is, the president lied, and the "anti-gun" movement builds all their arguments on lies. Until we start dealing in facts, looking at the realities, telling the truth, and respecting each other's Rights we cannot frame a discussion on what in the hell is really wrong with our nation creating the atmosphere that is conducive tor such senseless violence. But, one thing I am sure of, more than anything in this world, is that disarming people does not prepare them for the day when they need to stop the Dylann Roof's of the world, whether they be in Germany, Britain, Norway, or the U.S.A. I don't need to be a historian or sociologist to figure that out. So, I know not what course others may choose from this point, but my family and I choose to continue defending ourselves, for Liberty, instead of death. And, as always, we are willing to discuss this with anyone that is willing to deal in facts, reality, and actual historical example.
-Bobby W Schmidt
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