For decades I have waffled on the issue of gun control.
I’m not a hunter, and I think sport hunting is pathetic and ridiculous. If you want fresh meat, Kroger already has it waiting in the cooler.
However, possessing guns for protection is an entirely different matter. And it — unlike hunting — makes sense.
I just read a magazine article about Switzerland that has knocked me off my long straddle of the gun-control fence.
Switzerland maintains a tiny military. They take up the slack by arming citizens.
About 420,000 fully automatic assault rifles are kept in homes all over Switzerland. Fully automatic means these are submachine guns, not their semi-auto, lookalike cousins that are often legal in the United States and get some folks so lathered up in spite of their rarely being used in murders.
Little Switzerland is, of course, a neutral nation in all things military, and one way it enforces that point is by arming its citizenry to the proverbial teeth.
The Swiss government subsidizes the purchase of both arms and ammo.
With a population of 8 million, Switzerland has about 50 murders a year.
Chicago, with a population of 2.7 million, had over 500 murders last year. The city has gun-control laws so stringent that “replica” air guns are verboten.
Yes, some forms of BB guns. Ain’t that silly?
What does this all tell you? Guns don’t kill people. Cultures kill people. The Swiss are an orderly, law-abiding, mostly moral folk who run tight banks, eat cheese and mind their own business.
America, on the other hand, is a culture gone berserk. The elites — the Ivy League spawn of the ’60s — disdain religion, normal families, morals and most types of judgment. This has been going on for decades, and it shows.
Here are some of America’s (often contradictory) precepts:
All people are equal at all times in all circumstances.
America is evil.
All cultures deserve respect (except America’s).
Almost everybody is some sort of victim and merits recompense.
Christianity is for rednecks.*
Islamism is okay due to being from a different culture.
Morals are relative.
Judgments are unseemly (except for rednecks).
Terrorists are not terrorists (except when they’re rednecks).
Do your own thing.
No one must ever be offended (except for rednecks).
A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
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— No wonder the illegitimacy rate is soaring.
— That profanity is the norm.
— That prisons are packed.
— That Iran comes closer every day to a nuclear weapon.
— That popular entertainment flows with guts and blood, and is available to everyone, including children who, yes, are impressionable.
— That, with ever-increasing frequency, some raving lunatic, who cannot be institutionalized because he has his rights, ya know, picks up a firearm and kills everybody in sight. If they’re in kindergarten, all the better.
The sizable chunk of still responsible citizenry (rednecks) remaining in the United States now needs arms and ammo more than ever.
Guns don’t kill people. Spoiled, clueless cultures kill people.
America started down a path in the 1960s. There was a fork, and it walked not toward the love of Woodstock but toward the mayhem of Altamont.
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* Redneck definition: Anyone who did not vote for Obama.
(The book to read is Slouching Towards Gomorrah by the recently departed Robert H. Bork.)
(Note: Mexico has harsh gun laws. This keeps firearms away from honest citizens. I would like a Glock, but I cannot get one legally. The “El Chapo” Guzmans, however, get guns with ease. They even get help from the Obama administration which applies its redistributive efforts to this goal. See Eric Holder.)