If you aren’t blind, deaf or living under a rock somewhere, then it hasn’t escaped your attention lately that the debate over the 2nd amendment, our right to keep and bear arms, is under fire. This is an issue that is very important to me, and it should be very important to every single citizen of this country. Today is the very 1st Gun Appreciation Day, and it is my hope that it is the 1st of many. Our founding fathers were very wise, and when they wrote our Constitution, they included all of the rights and freedoms that the people had been denied when they had been living under the rule of an oppressive government. They were not free to speak freely, worship freely, and were in constant peril from tyrannical leadership. Without getting into a long and drawn out history lesson, the basics of the 2nd amendment are this:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right the keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
I found on Breitbart.com this simple and straight forward explanation: “Normally stressed in this amendment are the two obvious assertions: 1. We possess “the right to keep and bear arms” and, 2. That right “shall not be infringed.” But of crucial importance is the fact that this amendment is the only one which protects a right our Founders considered “necessary to the security of a free state.”
Obvious implications: No armed citizenry = no free state.”
As our “leaders” chip away at our freedoms, at the very rights bestowed upon us as human beings by our Creator, and the guarantees our Constitution makes to each of the citizens of this country, remember this . . . in all of the confusion, the rhetoric, the smoke screen – all of their reforms will do NOTHING to keep people safe. Nothing! The shootings that have happened with such horrifying consequences, these were done by criminals and/or insane people. They were done by people who had stolen the firearms used to commit the crimes. Not one single law abiding citizen was involved! When the law abiding citizens are stripped of their ability to protect themselves, only the criminals – who don’t abide by the law anyway (which is what makes them criminals) will have guns, and we – the law abiding public – will be the ones at risk. Sitting ducks. Statistically the cities and states in this country with the strictest gun control laws on their books, have the biggest crime problem. Bottom line is that a nation that cannot protect itself, is a nation that lives under tyranny, the very thing our Founding Fathers were working so hard to prevent from ever happening again.
Something else to remember . . . ANYTHING can be used as a weapon to kill someone. Statistically hammers, baseball bats, drunk drivers and doctors in hospitals kill more people than guns do each year. I don’t see anyone moving to strip our nation of these items – and it would be just as ridiculous to take those away as it is to take the guns away from the people who merely wish to protect themselves from criminals, and from tyranny. Gun Appreciation Day is a day to learn about these fine tools (a firearm is a tool, used for good, or for bad, depending on the intent of the individual) that are intended for sport, for hunting, for self-defense and to guarantee that we remain a free society. If you aren’t a shooter, take a class to learn what it is all about. Learning to appreciate how to use a tool, to respect it and properly operate it, takes away the fear, mystery and hopefully any prejudice or preconceived ideas gleaned by misinformation. Stand up for our 2nd amendment rights, as intended by our Founding Fathers by attending one of the many rallies, showing solidarity with other citizens who wish to send a message to our elected officials to keep their hands off of our guns, our rights, our freedoms and out of our decision making as individuals. I do not impose upon anyone who does not wish to own a gun, an order for them to get one; nor do I expect anyone to impose their decision not to have one on me, by attempting to force me to give it up. Being able to defend ourselves against those who would do us harm is one of our inalienable rights, a right that many have died to defend. I will not dishonor those who have gone on before by throwing it away.
On a completely different train of thought – today is National Popcorn Day. According to www.popcorn.org, even they don’t know when or why this day originated, but they are glad it did! There has been some debate about when the actual date of this celebration is – some say it is today, and some say it is whatever day Super Bowl lands on . . . I’ve never actually had popcorn on Super Bowl Sunday, so I’m going with today. Nothing to stop us from having popcorn today AND during the game, right? I was just thinking back to when I was a kid and my mother would make popcorn balls for us . . . she always got a wonderful gooey, thick coating of candy to go with the popcorn, and she would add a few drops of food coloring to the candy to dress them up a bit. They were always small enough to eat easily, and were very ooey, gooey, chewy and delicious. She made some for us a few weeks ago, and it brought back SO many memories. Each bite was heaven on the taste buds and I look forward to the day I am allowing myself sweet treats again (have some poundage to go before that happens), and I’ll ask her to make some more. I just can’t seem to get it right – no matter how hard I try! That’s ok, it’s a Mom specialty anyway.
And last . . . but not least??? . . . it is Tin Can Day, celebrating the day that the tin can was patented in 1810 by English inventor Peter Durand. Mr. Durand did not actually make any tin cans himself, but sold his patent. The buyers set up the first canned food production for the English military – and a new trend in long term food storage was born! It’s hard to imagine NOT having canned foods available and in our pantries, and thanks to Mr. Durand we don’t have to. So a big, and very belated, thank you for this fine invention.
Happy Saturday to everyone and may your celebrations be filled with new information, new experiences, and perhaps a new way at looking at the day. God bless you. I’ll see you tomorrow!