Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I’m going to take a counter point of view here, that is to say there is actually an opportunity here for gun owners to do something magnanimous. This doesn’t mean you have to trade your rights away. It doesn’t mean you have to go along with Dianne Feinstein or anything of the sort. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: Next up is Richard in Kentucky. How you doing?
Caller Richard: Good morning, Mike? How you doing? It’s a beautiful morning. I just want to make three quick comments. First off, I hope all of Congress — I know the gun control debate is going to be brought back up, it already has. I hope after the recall election in Colorado, I hope all the congressmen definitely think twice about any gun control. We’ve shown what can happen if you go against what the people say.
Caller Richard: Colorado is a perfect example. They told their congressmen: No, we don’t want these gun control laws. They went ahead and pushed them and passed them and they got recalled and basically got fired. I hope the rest of Congress listens, because that should make them really nervous because it shows —
Mike: I’m going to take a counter point of view here, that is to say there is actually an opportunity here for gun owners to do something magnanimous. This doesn’t mean you have to trade your rights away. It doesn’t mean you have to go along with Dianne Feinstein or anything of the sort. There is actually an opportunity here for those that are enthusiasts, sportsmen and practitioners of self-defense, militiamen, however you find yourself with weapons — I don’t mean this to be disparaging in any way, shape or form. There is a chance for magnanimity here inasmuch as I think responsible gun owners should say: Look, we would love to help you figure out a way to keep weapons out of the hands of lunatics like Aaron Alexis. Number one, the Feds can’t do it because of the Second Amendment. We’re going to have to figure out another way to do this.
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One of the things that used to occur when someone would be reported for some manner of psychiatric ill behavior is that maybe a psychiatrist would be called in. This was done usually by the state or police department to undertake the task at the urgency or the pleading of someone in the citizenry. People have valid concerns about people’s civil liberties being eviscerated and people’s civil liberties being eroded. You don’t want the government authorities going door to door and asking whether or not there’s a nut inside that owns guns. That’s not the point here.
There is a point to be made, I think, that you can say: Look, no one wants blind people and the mentally disabled owning weapons of that caliber that can be used to take human or any kind of life. No one wants that. How we get to trying to work together to prevent it is something we’re going to have to work out amongst ourselves in the several states. One of the things you probably would be able to call upon to do this would be the old sense of community and of knowing your neighbors and knowing who your neighbors are or were, and whether or not some of them may be in need of some mental assistance. This doesn’t require that you pass any laws. It just requires that you be a vigilant citizens and a person that is actually practicing some Christian faith and humility in trying to assist people that seem to have maybe gotten off onto an incorrect path or path of destruction.
I don’t have the answer to the query. I cannot answer my won question. It’s a rhetorical question for me to pose, but I do think there’s an opportunity there. It’s going to make it that much more difficult for the Dianne Feinsteins of the world to paint those of us that are weapons owners or arms owners. Even if we say: Look, we own arms because the Second Amendment says we ought to have a militia and someday the militia is going to be brought back, and until it is, I’m my own one-man militia and I don’t care whether you like it or not. Most of your states you have the right to prepare yourself as if you are a member of the first-to-be-called-out militia. We should, number one, stop being dishonest, if we are being, about why we have the arms and why we wish to keep them and bear them.
Number two, be a little more humble in spirit when someone starts talking about the danger a firearm poses. I know some of you guys out there that participate in teaching children how to handle weapons. This is great stuff and you should. What you’re saying then — I’ve heard some very prolific gun owners and enthusiasts say we ought to be teaching our kids how to handle a weapon and teach them utmost and utter respect for it. Maybe if someone like Aaron Alexis — I don’t know that he did not. I can’t say that. Perhaps he didn’t. Maybe if someone like that had undergone that sort of training or counseling: This thing is extraordinarily dangerous. This weapon here is very good at what it does. It is very good at damaging animal tissue. Whether it’s human or animal, it’s really good at it. Don’t ever point that thing at anybody unless you intend to use it.
There is also the issue, where was the respect for or the empathy for the fellow citizens or humans or souls that Mr. Alexis took the lives of? That’s one of the things that no one ever, it seems to me, tried to get to. He was a Buddhist. Okay, what do you know about Buddhism? I don’t know much about it. Was he a devout Buddhist? Was he a backsliding Buddhist? What was he before he was a Buddhist? Was he Baptist? Was he a Catholic? Was he a Muslim? Oh, don’t say that, Mike, you’ll get in real big trouble. I don’t know the answers to those questions. I think the story is still emerging here.
My point is, folks, if you’re wondering, we, proponents, promoters of the RTKBA, the right to keep and bear arms, right to our militias and the human right of self-defense can be as magnanimous and as concerned about the abuse of that privilege and how weapons can be abused as they can be. Don’t surrender the high ground. You know why they’re doing it. It has nothing to do with concern over the loss of human life. It’s all politics, all conquests, and all power. You know why they’re doing it. On the other hand, we can occupy the opposite ground and say we agree there is an issue and we’d like to address it, although we’re not going to address it in the manner that you’re trying to address it.
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