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More Guns....Less Freedom

By The Reverend Published: December 20, 2012

Fear of Muslims....fear of Obama taking guns away....fear of an imminent economic collapse in the U.S.....fear of big gubmint.....has led those who are afraid....to buy more guns. With this subset of Americans, the proper response to fear, or tragedy, is to introduce more guns.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)....

“I wish to God she had an M-4 in her office locked up so when she heard gunfire she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids,” Gohmert said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Virginia GOP Governor, Bob McDonnell....

"If people were armed, not just a police officer, but other school officials that were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would be an opportunity to stop an individual trying to get into the school," McDonnell said on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" show Tuesday.

Virginia GOP State Delegate, Robert Marshall....

Del. Robert G. Marshall is proposing a bill that would require some teachers or other school staff to carry concealed weapons in schools.

Marshall (R-Prince William) requested that the bill be drafted in response to the mass shooting last week at a Connecticut elementary school.

Tennessee GOP State Senator, Stacey Campfield....

A Tennessee state lawmaker is renewing his bill to allow teachers to carry their weapons in classrooms. Senator Stacey Campfield has had similar bills in the past, but he feels there now has been a "wake up call" with the Connecticut shootings. 

Every time the nation experiences a tragedy where semi-automatic weapons are used to slaughter other citizens.....this call goes out from gun enthusiasts: the solution to semi-automatic weapon massacres is to have more guns present at the scene of the crime. Every time.

Joe Zamudio was armed the day Jared Loughner opened fire in Arizona.....

"I came out of that store, I clicked the safety off, and I was ready," he explained on Fox and Friends. "I had my hand on my gun. I had it in my jacket pocket here. And I came around the corner like this." Zamudio demonstrated how his shooting hand was wrapped around the weapon, poised to draw and fire. As he rounded the corner, he saw a man holding a gun. "And that's who I at first thought was the shooter," Zamudio recalled. "I told him to 'Drop it, drop it!' "

But the man with the gun wasn't the shooter. He had wrested the gun away from the shooter. "Had you shot that guy, it would have been a big, fat mess," the interviewer pointed out.

.....one reason why Zamudio didn't pull out his own weapon was that "he didn't want to be confused as a second gunman."

Simply adding more guns to a tense and chaotic scene of violence is no end-all, cure-all.

Instead, adding more and more guns into every gathering place of our society, multiplying the number of concealed weapons carried in public places, only restricts our individual freedom....

An armed society is polite, by (the NRA's) thinking, precisely because guns would compel everyone to tamp down eccentric behavior, and refrain from actions that might seem threatening. The suggestion is that guns liberally interspersed throughout society would cause us all to walk gingerly — not make any sudden, unexpected moves — and watch what we say, how we act, whom we might offend.

As our Constitution provides, however, liberty entails precisely the freedom to be reckless, within limits, also the freedom to insult and offend as the case may be. The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld our right to experiment in offensive language and ideas, and in some cases, offensive action and speech. Such experimentation is inherent to our freedom as such. But guns by their nature do not mix with this experiment — they don’t mix with taking offense. They are combustible ingredients in assembly and speech.

In other words, more guns in public places make us less free, not more. The intimidation factor present, if everyone in your public place is carrying a concealed weapon, stifles freedom. That is the very objective of adding more guns into the public. Not self-defense....but intimidation. Stopping others from speaking out.....intimidating others by making a routine trip to the grocery store or shopping mall a fearful adventure.

Inserting more and more guns into public places, allowing more and more citizens to carry concealed weapons in public places......restricts freedom. The more guns allowed in public places, concealed or otherwise, the more citizens will isolate themselves from those public places. That is the opposite of freedom and liberty.....but it's what many, many people on the gun-enthusiast right are advocating.

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