"Hang on to your guns folks. This great experiment called America might be coming to an end. Ronald Reagan warned us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extension. I am afraid the Gipper might have been right with this coming generation."
My parents were part of the greatest generation. My dad served in the Army during World War II. He was going through artillery officer training in Aberdeen, MD when he contracted a debilitating lung infection. His dream was to join the fight - be part of the solution to the world wide threat of tyranny. He was not able to live that dream as the lung infection made him unfit for duty. He was medically discharged and sent home.
My parents were always proud of being in the greatest generation. They had friends and relatives who were able to join the fight in either Europe or the Pacific. It was an epic battle to confront tyranny in its most brutal form. The allies finally won the day at a great cost. Our freedoms, as well as the free world, were saved. The brave men and women who fought the enemy of freedom, came back home, got married, found jobs, and produced the next generation - the one I am a part of.
Last night when I was channel surfing, I came across a town hall meeting on CNN. It was a large gathering of folks of all ages. They came to have their voices heard. It was suppose to be about finding solutions to gun violence in schools. Instead it was every gun grabbing organization in the area coming out to bash the NRA. After watching some of this theater, it hit me like a brick. I may be a slow learner, but the message finally got through.
Our rights, defined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, mean quite a bit to many in my generation. Why? We took history in high school and college. We also studied civics. We continue to study civics. Our generation is the last generation to learn true history. To learn about the Framer's intention in drafting our founding documents. In short, we learned that freedom is not free.
Listening to the young people yesterday as well as last night, a clear message was sent. They don't give a damn about Second Amendment rights. Not only do they not give a damn, they don't understand a damn thing why the Framer's insisted on having it in the Bill. Why some scholars say it is our most important right. For without that right, all our other rights become very vulnerable.
Young people today stand ready to cede as many of our natural rights as possible over to a growing and intrusive government. Their only solution to the rash of school shootings since Columbine, is to disarm everyone and disband the NRA. Problem solved.
Life members of the NRA (like myself) are looked upon by youth of today as nothing more than Troglodytes. We, not the shooters, are the real problem. The fact that 99% of the tens of millions of legal gun owners in this country are responsible and trained, has nothing to do with the price of tea in China. The fact that nobody wants these idiots who shoot innocents stopped more than the NRA, is irrelevant.
This morning, one of the tools on CNN told a Republican Representative from Florida that basically he did not know what he was talking about when explaining the Second Amendment. She tried to school him by saying that "The Framers, when they wanted a well regulated militia, had no idea that mags holding a hundred rounds would be legal." The Representative shot back at her when the First Amendment was penned, the Framers also had no idea we would end up with something like CNN. Touche'!
Our kids are so brainwashed these days by the "touchy-feely" Left, it would do no good to tell them the truth about our rights - and how easy it will be to lose them. No - we have done this to ourselves by allowing socialists to take over education. Allowing them to teach revisionist history. Allowing them to refer to the Holy Bible and Constitution as "dated historical documents". Suggesting those two great documents should be replaced with something which is living and breathing. Why? The teaching of "Originalism" went out with the dinosaurs.
Hang on to your guns folks. This great experiment called America might be coming to an end. Ronald Reagan warned us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extension. I am afraid the Gipper might have been right with this coming generation.