Thursday, January 12, 2006

I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!

That's how I feel, just like in the 1976 movie Network, in which the character Howard Beale says " So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"

I'm mad as hell and sick and tired of pro-gun groups being strictly reactionary in nature. I'm tired of being on the defense. Once in a while, the defense should be able to trot off to the sidelines and take a breather.

If you play defense on the New England Patriots, (go Pats), when Tom Brady takes the ball, you know that you'll be able to catch your breath and watch some brilliantly played offense for a change.

I feel the same way about us pro-gunners. I'm getting fed up with playing defense all the time. I hate having to react to idiotic and dangerous bans on handguns. (San Francisco will soon find out why handgun bans are dangerous.) Just watch rates of robbery, rape and murder rise after San Francisco residents turn in their handguns...

I'm eager to begin a new philosophy and a brand new and more confident attitude toward being a law abiding gun owner and concealed handgun carrier. I want to see a bold new look for the pro-Second Amendment patriots in the United States.

In order for this new philosophy to have a snowball's chance in hell, more gun owners have get off their collective behinds and get active. More than one hundred million (100,000,000) Americans have some kind of ready access to lawful firearms in their homes by my estimate. Yet only about four million (4,000,000) are members of the National Rifle Association.

Maybe a million (1,000,000) more are active pro-gunners and are not members of the NRA. That's still only 5% of America's gun owners. It's maddening to me that so many of us gun owners are doing nearly nothing to help.

Join the NRA today if you haven't already. Give a membership as a gift to your spouse or child as well. I'm an NRA Membership Recruiter and I made a Web page to tell you all about the many benefits of membership in the NRA.

The law, the Constitution, the Founding Fathers and U.S. history are on our side. The Second Amendment very clearly protects the American public from unlawful and unreasonable regulation and confiscation of firearms.

The United States Department of Justice issued a conclusive stand on the meaning of the Second Amendment. I've posted it on my Web site.

It's a very long read and I hope you make time to get through it.

But I digress.

I want to begin an audacious, forward looking and shockingly defiant move for law abiding gun owners to go on the offense for a change. We have good reason to be bold and courageous.

Rates of violent crime are way down. The traditional violent crimes of rape, robbery and murder are at forty (40) year lows. This is occurring all the while firearm ownership and concealed handgun carry among lawful, honest and upright gun owners are all at all-time highs.

We have a right to be intrepid and undaunted. We're winning the battle for freedom. The idiots who blame violent crime upon firearms alone are losing and rightly so.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman philosopher born around 4 B.C. and died around 65 A.D. said "Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit,occidentis telum _est". This translates to "A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands".

It's really not that difficult to understand. I think that even the most devoted liberal mind can grasp the concept and understand it fully.

A firearm is merely an inanimate object that is designed to launch a small piece of metal at very high speed. It's not a new device either. I'll bet that a very small percentage of people reading this blog would know that the firearm was first invented before the year 1300.

Anyway, getting back to my point again. The battle really rests in the hearts and minds of the American people. The best way to win that battle is through the media and the Internet.

Since I fully realize that a completely truthful and unbiased discussion of the issue won't be seen on ABC, NBC, CBS or especially the now traitorous New York Times, we must rely upon the Internet and blogs like this one to make a difference.

Let's be bold and courageous. Let's go on the offense for a change and not be so reactionary anymore. We've worked hard and we deserve a breather once in a while.

By going on the offense, I mean let's put some scores on the board instead of just keeping the opponent from scoring. Remember that the battle we must fight is in the hearts and minds of the American people.

The weapon that we wield is simply the truth. The unvarnished truth about both guns and lawful gun owners is our weapon of choice. The authenticated and naked truth is our ammunition. Now let's get out there and fight.

Now that you're motivated, send me a contribution to help me keep fighting the battle for truth and justice.

Thank you for listening.

Marc Richardson