The alternative to a gun ban

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By ART BOBROWITZ

Finally, the outcry from the media, entertainment industry and elected officials regarding the banning of guns merits a reply. Whatever legislation is passed will be both significant and hopefully well thought out. The beauty of this issue is it will open the door for serious talks about cutting some potentially unnecessary jobs.

Here is how we can do it:  We could eliminate guns and gun ownership. That would also mean no movies from Hollywood or other segments of the media or entertainment industry. They would not be able to show any movie or program that displayed any type of firearm. This would also apply to all cable networks, up to and including all local and national news channels and networks. Also included would be the display of any weapon in any form of print media including magazines, newspapers and advertising. The ban would also encompass all plastic or any simulated toy that looks like a gun. The new legislation could include video games that display or show the usage of any type of firearm. The key ingredient would be the cost savings through job elimination for the taxpayer. Because guns would be banned, we could then examine the current level of law enforcement. This would include the numbers needed for school resource officers, city, county, state and federal agencies.

It might also be appropriate to limit suggestive words in the English language that relate to guns and could now be classified as hurtful. They would be; gun, barrel, stock, trigger, target, ammunition, pistol, shell, semi-automatic, casing, revolver, bull’s-eye, down-range, shotgun, rifle, holster, magnum, scope, magazine, and saving the best for last; we would no longer be able to say “Second Amendment.”

So what do you think? If we eventually eliminate guns and the right to bear arms, then all citizens, agencies, businesses and industries would also be more efficient and everyone will surely feel safer and want to get along with one another. Wouldn’t you feel safer in your home, workplace or shopping mall? If we play our cards right we might even get Clint Eastwood to make a new series of movies based on a politically correct social service investigator that has to deal with angry clients. We could call him “Helpful Harry.” Realistically, promoting these ideas and the feel-good notion as a social solution clearly defines the absurd.

The Second Amendment has been a beacon for the average citizen to defend themselves, their families and homes. The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that weapon for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Moreover, this right applies not just to the federal government, but to states and municipalities as well.

What many in our culture have failed to realize and accept is evil does exist in the world. Evil has no conscience, does not respect boundaries, and could care less about any law or whether you, I and our families live or die. Yet we continue to bargain with evil through pseudo-social change.  No amount of good intentions, ill-conceived legislation, grief counselors or safe rooms will make a difference. We are in this situation because all too often we have become apathetic and let others speak or make our decisions for us.

Our country has been a world leader for individual rights. That thinking has also been championed through state, county and local organizations. It would be unconscionable to abdicate that right to include the last and most important aspect and that is the right to personal self-defense. It is time for lawful citizens to speak up for their right to possess firearms for lawful purposes that includes defending themselves, their families and their homes. One of the great thinkers of the 20th century said it best.

“God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.”
— Albert Einstein

(Art Bobrowitz lives in Keizer.)

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