Gene’s Nickle: Independence

19 November, 2012

Last week’s Nickle discussed the therapeutic aspects of Butter Brickle ice cream.  However, a couple of readers let me know that there is another satisfying form of catharsis:

“Ice cream?  I bought more ammunition!”

Now, this brings to mind a few questions.  First, are they talking about target practice?  I am sure that they enjoy the challenge that comes from putting small holes in a piece of paper over a known distance.  Personally, I know that there is a great deal of satisfaction in displaying the talent of putting several rounds into a small group from a distance of 100 yards or further.

The second question is one of protection.  Are they of the opinion that with the reelection of President Obama, that their possessions, families, and persons are more likely to be taken or endangered?  Without question they do!  If my estimation is correct, and the bulk of Obama’s support came from citizens who believe they are entitled to goods and services just because they want them. There is every reason to believe that those folks won’t be satisfied with only government hand-outs, they will covet the possessions of private citizens as well.

The third question is about the sanctity of the Second Amendment.  There is considerable concern from gun owners that President Obama may try something similar to the Fast and Furious fiasco.  Fast and Furious was intended to “prove” that additional gun control laws were necessary.  Couple that with the movement in the United Nations to make the possession of guns an international crime, and you have genuine angst.

My friends are just a few of the millions of Americans who were prepared to hit the gun stores the day after the election.  According to Nick Allen of the Daily Telegraph:

“Owners of guns have been stocking up because they are concerned about a potential tightening of regulations on assault weapons in the president’s second term.  In October the number of background checks on people applying to buy guns, an indicator of future sales, increased by 18.4 per cent.”

My friends understand that the human race has an innate longing for Independence.  They understand that Independence carries with it responsibility.  Independent citizens have the responsibility to provide for their own protection and safety as well as that of their families.

They understand that abrogating their responsibility to someone else or to a government entity is a step toward enslavement.

Scottish philosopher and politician Andrew Fletcher said in 1698:

“Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave.”

Citizens who trade their Independence and personal responsibility for security and a hand-out become dependents lest they lose that hand-out.  Effectively, the citizens become serfs!

Benjamin Franklin was a little more convicting:

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

So, mothers teach your babies Independence; to not only live their beliefs but to defend those beliefs as well.

That’s my nickle

Gene Brown