Because the classic book, How to lie with statistics by Darrell Huff, teaches us the tricks, it is best to take a look at the quantitative analysis of numbers and from them make our own deductions. The first graph shown here tells a story we might not realize is a reality in American neighborhoods. There are more gun shops in America than supermarkets. Wow! Somebody cares more about shooting than eating. The second one is just as alarming. Every time there is a mass shooting gun sales go up. Woe! It benefits somebody when there are mass shootings! Finally, the third one has the stats for the number of guns reported stolen. It’s preoccupying how the greater the number of guns on the streets, the higher the number reported stolen. I’m just saying: there is Food for Thought with these numbers. It’s very honorable to value the rights of people to arm themselves. However, I understand that there is no gun big enough to protect us from tyranny nowadays. In the old day of muskets and gunpowder, we could get together and form a guerilla against the oppressors. But we need much bigger guns than regular assault weapons and machine guns, given the advance in weapon technologies these days. Besides, the real and only chance we may have at being free from the oppressing powers that be is to KNOW and to SPEAK. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!
So now, we are living in the old Wild, Wild West at He Haw Junction! Still! Anyone with the right amount of dollars and a fake or valid ID, whether citizen or not, can get an assault rifle or two with plenty of ammunition with the intent to break into any personal individual’s house, any church or school, any public or private domain for whatever reason. As a matter of fact, these bandits’ rights to arm themselves with the purpose of slashing the right to life kill with impunity and are above the RIGHT TO LIFE of an individual. Arms void the Right to Life! No other Right is greater.
Mass shootings occur in the US more than once daily without previous warning of time, place, or victim. The perpetrators’ motivation may be to have fun and actually live the images in their heads acquired throughout their lives by means of the media’s prolific choices including news, film, and video games. Perhaps they are society’s failure to educate with compassion and instill human values. Perhaps the assassins are bandits aiming to take away an INDIVIDUAL’s freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom to think in own way. Perhaps they are politically affiliated with the populist fascists of America and the EU, including Russia, or any Drug Cartel; and unless the INDIVIDUAL is readily armed and able to respond to fire with even greater fire without previous warning, or time to get ready for battle, there will be NO JUSTICE. Human loss of life and impunity upon the bandits will be bestowed to the exclusion of the INDIVIDUAL’s RIGHTS to LIFE, FREEDOM AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
Yes, the Constitution has an Amendment allowing INDIVIDUALS to arm themselves against the State. I guess we should also allow grenades, and other explosives, tanks, fighter jets, or DIY kits (homemade molotovs); the internet provides ease of information with directions on how to acquire and even assemble arms and explosives. With all the arsenal individual people can store in their place of residence, they may be able to defend their individual rights as human beings.
Wait a minute. I thought that individual safety and security was guaranteed! Is it true that in a democratic society, where the government is for the people by the people and there is Rule of Law, the government shall create bodies of authority or law enforcement whose goal is to PROTECT the RIGHTS of individuals against bandits who lawlessly abolish those Rights given by the Magna Carta and ratified and expanded in the Constitution? Whereas, there are also International Laws and Organizations safeguarding Human Rights of individuals where they reside at any given time.
In America, today, people need to arm themselves at home, in their place of worship, in public institutions, on the streets, and at work. They need to be ready to protect their individual HUMAN RIGHTS against armed individual bandits who threaten the right to LIFE of others. However, we are allowed and encouraged to be armed against tyranny and anarchy. The sale of arms has risen constantly with every new assault as more and more people take it upon themselves to protect their lives.
Since our HUMAN RIGHTS are not able to be protected by law enforcement agencies unless we have one assigned per person, if we are not armed and ready at any given time anywhere in the US to protect our lives against armed foe of any kind, the government can not guarantee the people’s right to life and liberty. That is anarchy!
This article honors the memory of a Human Rights activist who saw the big picture in her time, Sojourner Truth. When we as individuals speak out for the betterment of humanity, we are Sojourner Truth. I am Sojourner Truth! She was a teacher to us whose voice is as loud and clear as ever. #neveragain