More mass shootings…. Sigh… Second Amendment or much tighter controls? Can we have both?
If you’ve come here looking for answers, you can stop reading right now because I don’t have them. This isn’t going to be a debate about guns and gun control. I just happen to be beginning this writing at a time when there are more reports in the news about yet another mass shooting. What causes a person to care so little for innocent life that he chooses to go on a shooting rampage? I understand that there is sickness and I understand anger and evil. But to buy automatic weapons and then to use them against a bunch of men, women and children who are simply going about their own daily lives? I don’t get it.
No, this isn’t a story about gun control. Instead, today’s short story is about a time when I hoped to see the local police show up quickly at our doorstep. But first, a word or two about gun ownership – I own them and know how to use them.
Have any of you out there ever wondered how Switzerland managed to stay out of both of the great World Wars? Do any of you really think Hitler was afraid of mountains and a little cold weather? Ha! Just ask the Russians. Hitler’s generals knew they could not successfully occupy the country because it is estimated that it requires a minimum of 6 troops for every single guerrilla.
What’s that have to do with Switzerland, you ask?
Did you know that in that country a man joined the militia when he is 20 and remained until 50? They were trained, equipped and ready for guerrilla operations at all times. Now, quickly do the math since the Swiss had 850,000 militia in WWII. The Italians and Germans would have needed more than 5 million troops just to successfully occupy the country. With 850,000 snipers, it’s no wonder the German generals decided they’d never get out of Switzerland alive. Nothing strikes terror more in the hearts of generals than the thought of having to invade a country full of snipers. Just think if the US were to switch to the Swiss method of protection and neutrality – you’d need more than 300 million troops to hold us! And our boys would not be sent to die in pointless wars that protect American “interests”, (whatever those are – I couldn’t find a definition for the word interests in our Constitution).
Now let’s move on to the second amendment. Our forefathers wanted to protect our rights to have guns not only for invaders. No, it was also to protect against persons within our own government; people who might use the power of the military to rule our own lands and the American citizens. Our forefathers had come into this new world with an understanding of an historical past that included many coups and the best way to prevent one was to arm the citizenry.
So yes, I’m a fan of the 2nd amendment. We own guns. I own guns, my wife owns a gun, my boys own guns and we all know how to use them. But with all this freedom, it seems to also bring a whole bunch of additional risk. America is a great experiment. Perhaps one day history will write these terrible shootings as part of that experiment?
But I digress……
I’m a fan of the local police. They put their lives on the line while they’re on duty. Today I live a baseball’s throw from our city’s police station. Day in and day out I see cruisers coming in and out of the compound and driving past my house, giving me the feeling of safety. I hope that I never have to call upon their services but I feel lucky to be their neighbor.
So I guess we’ve been lucky to have never had to use a handgun in the house or to have had the need for a policeman’s expertise. But there was this one time I did call for the police. We had been living in California only a couple of years. My sister was in town for a visit when early on a Sunday morning I awoke to the sound of a car screech and a loud crash of metal against wood.
Our bedroom was on the second floor on one corner of the house, facing the front. The shower had a small window that could be looked out to see many of the houses in the neighborhood as the land sloped down in the direction of the noise. When I heard the crash, I jumped up out from my sleep and quickly headed to the shower window and that’s when I saw a car crashed into a neighbor’s garage door and a man disappearing along the side of that house, headed in a direction that would possibly take him out of our subdivision and to one of the main streets.
The fastest way I thought of to get the attention of the police was to hit the emergency button on the Brink’s house alarm. The response was immediate. A Brink’s representative called and we confirmed an incident needing police attention.
Even though I had quickly explained to Brinks what was going on, I guess the message that they passed onto the Sheriff’s department was that we had an intruder. In nothing flat, I mean in about only four minutes, there appeared maybe 5-6 sheriff cars in front of our house. I quickly went outside to greet and explain what I witnessed and was confronted by a wild eyed officer with his hand on his gun.
“Where’s he at?”
“Their car’s right over there and I saw someone running over there on the side of that house.”
The officer was certainly ready for action. I had no doubt that had I made any kind of wrong move, I might have been asked to get uncomfortably familiar with the concrete (or worse). I made sure that my hands were raised away from my body and plainly visible with no sudden movements. The officer, and the others, quickly assessed the situation and started moving in a concerted way.
As things turned out, we later heard that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood and that there were weapons found in the trunk of the car. Given that the thieves had abandoned their own vehicle, it made for a pretty easy-to-solve effort to find the owner.
After that incident, the neighborhood was relatively quiet. We always left our bedroom balcony door open at night and often times we’d hear a sheriff helicopter circling, providing air spotlight support for something going on somewhere out on the main roads. Other than that, we’ve not had a need for the expertise provided by the local police. We value the police, we love the police…we hope to never have a need for the police.
Tonight as I finish this story, familiar heavy winds are blowing outside, threatening to deliver a seasonal Arizona monsoon rain or dust storm. I stepped out my front door to feel the wind and was greeted by a cruiser making the turn to drive by our house. I waved and the driver blinked the cruiser’s lights. My thoughts tonight are with those who mourn the recent deaths. It’s time for bed; time to go to sleep in the comfort and safety of my own bed. (Kids – note that I’m going in for a unique surgery to try to correct a damaged phrenic nerve. If you don’t hear from me ever again it means things did not go very well….but my hopes are always high, glass is always full…see you again in a couple of months).
Uncle Eric Books
Republican, a Democrat or Libertarian; I don’t like the labels or the stereotypes that come along with these terms. Richard Maybury
penned the term ‘Juris Naturalist’ which is a term he uses to describe the viewpoints of many of America’s founders. Among several topics, he explores the difference between America and USG (US Government) as they are not one in the same.
Mr. Maybury bases his work on common law, namely:
Do all you have agreed to do.
Do not encroach on other persons or their property.
(Taken from Wikipedia) The first law is related to contract law. A contract is an agreement between two or more parties, in which they promise to perform certain actions for and recognize certain rights of the other parties. The second law is related to some criminal law and tort law. Violators of these types of laws have committed acts like theft or violence against other people. (When referencing these two laws, Maybury has at times requested they be known as “Maybury’s Laws,” and stated exactly as above.) He has also mentioned that there may be an other (or others) undiscovered law related to the subjects of law that the two he shows don’t cover.
In the “Uncle Eric” series, Maybury also does a great job of explaining the American political evolution, including the involvement in wars. Included is a fantastic, easy to understand, explanation of money and economics. As I read through his explanations of money supply and the history of money and fiat currency, (and the difference between the two), I was struck with how easy it is to understand when explained in this method. I doubt highly that our politicians would like us all to understand how the system really works.
If these topics interest you or if you’d just like an easy to understand method of learning more about economics and how the government controls the economy via money supply, I VERY HIGHLY recommend getting a set of the Uncle Eric books.