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The Ratliff Report

Keep your powder dry, but keep your powder

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02

Do us patriotic right-wing whacks really have a right to own guns? Let's take a hard look at the eyesore of liberals (No, not a publicly displayed Christmas tree, although they hate that now too): the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Well then! That's more blunt and clear than basic mathematics. So, why is Ratliff lifting his bony finger in the air to blab on about this? Can't people own guns without a bother? Who cares? What's the big deal? My friends, I'll tell you what the big deal is. The big deal is, there is a big government trying to give you a bad deal. This is the poop-filled diaper they are selling you: "You don't need guns, and there is no need to soil yourself. Just trust us and we'll cover your rear." Let me say it plainly: liberals within our government want to shoot down your gun rights. That sounds silly, huh? You don't believe me do you? Well that's OK, because you don't have to take my word for it. All you silly gooses are welcome to have a gander at some comments made by donkeys in our government:

"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans..." (Bill Clinton, USA Today, 3/11/1993).

"We're here to tell the NRA their nightmare is true! We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We're going to beat guns into submission!" (U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, NBC Nightly News, 11/30/93).

"The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian populace." (former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, 1991 B'nai B'rith address).

"No, we're not looking at how to control criminals... We're talking about banning the AK-47 and semi-automatic guns." (former U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum).

"Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe." (U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Associated Press, 11/18/93).

Just out of curiosity, would any of you feel any safer if someone broke into your house and you had to fend them off with a copy of TNH instead of a gun? To the contrary, I would feel fundamentally unsafe. Or, how about the Metzenbaum strategy? Where we just ban certain guns without giving a hoot if it'll curb criminal behavior? Beating guns into submission, eh? What would have happened if this guy was in charge during the Revolutionary War? Speaking of war, don't firearms create the breeding ground for war and violence? Gee whiz! Wouldn't a nation be better off with a national populous that bans guns? Fair enough! Lets see what someone who grew up in such a social culture has to say about gun ownership and its relation to war.

"Many, many times before Adolph Hitler came to power there was a black market in firearms, but the German people had been so conditioned to be law abiding, that they would never consider buying an unregistered gun. The German people really believed that only hoodlums owned such guns. What fools we were! It truly frightens me to see how the government, media and some police groups in America are pushing for the same mindset. In my opinion, the people of America had better start asking and demanding answers to some hard questions about firearms ownership. Especially if the government does not trust me to own firearms, why or how can the people be expected to trust the government? There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the people were not "brainwashed" about gun ownership and had been well armed. Hitler's thugs and goons were not very brave when confronted by a gun. Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half-starved group of Jews took up 10 handguns and made assess out of the Nazis." (Theodore Haas, a former prisoner of the Dachau concentration camp). I would like to add a few last words. First, if you or someone you know has been a victim of gun violence, is it my sincere hope that the guilty person(s) responsible have been justly and harshly punished, because they deserve neither sympathy nor relaxed penalty. Although I am a gun owner, I am enraged at individuals who commit violent crimes with guns. Simply, my message contained herein for this column can be summed up with the following quotation from the late and legendary Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

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