Last week, I was down in the LA area, and got to hear the local media reports about the crazed man who started shooting people in Santa Monica. According to the media, and city officials who were making statements in LA, the gunman was able to build an AR-15 rifle by purchasing various parts from different sources. He was able to skirt the background check that would normally be required by purchasing an incomplete lower receiver, which he was then able to finish, and assemble the complete rifle.
[Hoplophobia is a neologism, originally coined to describe an "irrational aversion to weapons, as opposed to justified apprehension about those who may wield them." It is sometimes used more generally to describe the "fear of weapons" or the "highly salient danger of these weapons" or the "fear of armed citizens."]
Santa Monica authorities and the Los Angeles media reported on this as though it was some kind of hideous conspiracy, but the truth is that this practice isn't that uncommon. Partially completed lowers are out there and available for purchase. All it takes to complete one is a little know-how and the right tools. They provide a more affordable option for people who may not be able to afford a fully assembled rifle, but can purchase the parts a little at a time, and assemble the rifle themselves.
But it seems that where guns are concerned, our modern culture is more intent on instilling fear in the hearts of people than on understanding the important role guns can and do play as a stabilizing factor in much of our society. While the Right is often accused of being "anti-science," the gun-grabbers continue to ignore overwhelming statistical evidence showing that crime rates tend to decline in areas where more law-abiding citizens own guns.
The most disturbing trend to emerge in recent months have been the spate of over-reactions by teachers and administrators in American public schools. Students have been suspended, interrogated, and in some cases even arrested for such heinous acts as:
- Bringing a Lego gun the size of a quarter to school. Suspended
- Bringing Nerf guns to school, after being given permission to do so by a teacher, who was planning to use them as part of a class project. Suspended
- Pointing a toy gun at another student. Suspended
- Bringing a cap gun to school. Interrogated for 2 hours until he wet himself, then suspended and assigned a probation officer; told that if he had brought caps, he could have been arrested for being in possession of an explosive device
- Talking about a "Hello Kitty" toy bubble gun with another student. Suspended for making a "terroristic threat"
- Talking about a Nerf gun that was not brought to school. Suspended; the suspension was later overturned
- Eating a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. Suspended
- Building a toy gun out of Lego bricks. Threatened with suspension
- Pretending a pencil was a gun. Suspended
- Pointing a 'finger gun' at another student. Suspended
In some of these cases a punishment may have been justified ' most schools have rules against bringing toys to class. But all of these cases, taken both separately and as a whole, represent what is becoming a systematic indoctrination of American schoolchildren into a culture of hoplophobia ' an irrational fear of guns.
One Bay Area elementary school even went so far as to have a toy gun buyback program.
Many of these actions are so
ridiculous that they elicit little more than an eye-roll and a "What is this world coming to?" from citizens who find it difficult to believe that some of the most basic rights, written into our Constitution as the Bill of Rights in order to preserve our freedom, would be challenged in such ridiculous ways. In the education industry, they say that our schools need to teach children how to think, rather than teaching them what to think. But how are they supposed to do that if, as these examples prove, they themselves lack the flexibility and the ability to think outside of their politically-correct brain-box and their zero-tolerance policies.
Actress Katee Sackhoff
) recently kicked off a small controversy when she commented on a news story on Twitter. The news story was about a man who was accidentally shot and killed by his four-year-old son, when the boy found a loaded gun at the home of the man's former roommate, whom they were visiting unexpectedly. Sackhoff's message was non-political; she encouraged people to practice gun safety...but apparently saying anything but "BAN THE EVIL GUNS" just isn't enough for some people ' despite the fact that simple gun safety training such as the NRA's Eddie Eagle Program probably could have saved the man's life. Sackhoff lost around 100,000 Twitter followers overnight.
The truth is, if we were to start teaching children how to be responsible and safe around guns, rather than teaching them that guns are evil and should be feared, we would likely be safer as a society. Children should be taught early on that real guns are not toys, and that their actions can have very serious consequences. Unfortunately, that is not the society that we live in. We live in the society of litigation, of warning labels, of bans. If the politically-correct powers-that-be determine that a thing is bad, then it must be done away with, and we must give up our most basic liberty and security in order to do so, then so be it.
It is more important now than ever before for the people of America to stand up when they see this kind of outrageous indoctrination. While Leftist legislators across America continue to attempt to enact anti-Constitutional policies, it seems that there is another movement afoot - a movement that our current Attorney General, Eric Holder, alluded to several years ago: the engineered indoctrination of America's children and youth, geared toward teaching the next generation to avoid guns in much the same way that the government has indoctrinated people to avoid cigarettes.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
One of the unique things about the Second Amendment is the fact that our Founders went beyond explaining what
the right was - they explained why that right was important.
It seems that in the debate over the Second Amendment, everyone is either focused on the words "well regulated" or "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." But we do ourselves a disservice if we forget those words in the middle of the Second Amendment, which explain its importance, as well as the reason why we cannot afford to allow politically-correct politicians to degrade or attack our Second Amendment rights - and most especially, why we cannot allow our children to be indoctrinated into giving up their rights at some later date.
Because when it gets right down to it, there are only two sides in the debate over the Second Amendment: Freedom and Tyranny.