Author: Jay R. VanOrman
I do not own a gun. Yet I think this God given right is so important that I am a lifetime member of the NRA. I think there are already too many restrictions on gun owners. And too many lives are lost in cities where gun control is the law of the land.
Trying to make safe spaces for some, leads to no safe places for anyone. I think instead of trying to take away our rights, I think the gun control nuts should work on overcoming their fear.
I do not plan on writing anything that is a defense of the second amendment. The whole point of the constitution for the United States is to limit the power of the federal government, not to tell the citizens what rights the government allows. I think the founding fathers left things deliberately a bit on the ambiguous side, because they weren’t all lawyers, like everyone in congress today seems to be. Legislative lawyers, journalistic lawyers, lawyers in every courtroom, lawyers behind every PR firm; 450,000 in America alone, 1 out of 7 attorneys on earth are American lawyers. And look at what their combined legal brilliance has brought to US. You couldn’t make US crazier if you tried.
Because the writers and signers of the constitution were not all lawyers, they left room for common sense to be applied to all situations pertaining to citizens and the government they create. They allowed for people to be people, imperfect and incomplete, but responsible for their own thoughts and actions. Now, if you have enough money or political connections, you may be able to avoid any repercussions of your misdeeds, or so it seems from here.
Too much legislation gets passed into law that only serves to make lawmakers feel good. I’ll use Oregon ban of phosphate in dishwashing and laundry compounds as an example. My mother was elected as a state representative, and I argued with her about the uselessness of the bill. But she acted as she always does, she knows more than I, even if she has nowhere near the college science credits to her name as I have. I tried to teach her that phosphate is a rock cycle agricultural nutrient, not a water cycle nutrient like nitrogen or potassium. I tried to tell her that any phosphate that goes to a septic tank will stay in the ground near the drain field. That it will be used by the bacteria of a water treatment plant, before being discharged into any waterways. Did that make any difference? Not at all, she was going to vote to make herself feel good, and she did. So now I have a bag of trisodium phosphate that I add to my wash, when things get really dirty and stained.
Feel good legislators should really think about the law of unintended consequences before they even think of proposing any knee jerk reaction legislation. But I am sure that more than anything, it is just a tool to get campaign donations flowing to their re-election war chest. Let them throw money around like drunken sailors. It only matters when it gets to legislation or to the courts.
We have already done the best we could by electing Donald Trump president. He is appointing constitutional judges for every open seat he can. The only thing we can do now, is support him, and to be aware that George Soros will be trying to buy district attorney positions through the ballot next year, all across America. It’s the Das who decide who goes to trial, and who does not get prosecuted, even if you thought only James Comey could keep people from going to jail who need to be in jail.
Really, all we need to do now is stand our ground. It is the law of the land, and will only be different if we decide it is not in our interests any longer. I cannot imagine it will ever not be in our interest to give up our right to bear arms.
Author: Jay R. VanOrman
I earned a bachelor’s degree in English shortly before my 50th birthday. I have enough science credits, that if they gave them, I could have had a BS in English. I try to play well with others, but I aim to be a good man, not a nice man. I normally think outside the box. I’m a Navy veteran, and I do for a living what they once trained me to do.