I’ve managed to fall ill again — thank you, third grader who lives in my house — and thus I am now the flu shot for next year. Hopefully, there are a few more strains floating out there for me to become infected with and therefore immune to, and then the CDC can draw my blood for its antiviral properties.
I’ve got my fingers crossed.
There is so much I want to say about the hysteria surrounding these gun bans and bills and whatnot. First of all, a local talk show host is doubling down on the “it’s the drugs, stupid” meme regarding the recent gun violence, crying from the rooftops that the anti-depressants made these shooters do it. To that I say, be careful what you wish for.
Ignoring the very obvious fact that these shooters were on psychiatric drugs because they were actually disturbed, blaming “Big Pharma” (as this guy so lamely puts it – so a decade ago) in lieu of guns is not a winning proposition. Soon, the government will be able to legally peep into your medical files, and if taking drugs becomes suspect, well then, you better pray you don’t have an anxiety disorder or need a little help when there’s a crisis, because you’ll be suspect too.
It’s not that easy. Anti-depressants have been shown to cause unpredictable reactions in adolescents, but beyond that, it’s inconclusive. Anytime you monkey around with the chemicals in your brain, you’ve got to be careful, and it often takes several different tries to get the drug combination right for someone who is severely off-kilter. Certain drugs affect people differently, because our chemistry is unique. I’d much rather have conservatives putting forth a solid, pro-Second Amendment argument than have some hysterical radio jockey spouting off about Big Pharma like he’s just got back from the Occupy WallStreet rally.
Secondly, let’s make sure we’ve got a good, solid understanding of the Constitution before we start arguing with people. Know your Second Amendment before engaging in any argument/debate with anyone. I don’t want to hear any one of you saying things like, “Well, I’ll agree with you on that…” We mustn’t. Why? Because this isn’t about how many bullets it takes to kill a deer, it’s about the fundamental right as put forth by the Framers for the general populace to arm itself. When your sister-in-law squawks “You’re saying that the 2nd Amendment was put in there to make sure we can arm ourselves against tyranny?!” You can look at her and say, “Yes. Simmer down, Lolly, the grown-ups are talking.”
Humans are always coming up with sweet new ways of killing each other, and while a semi-automatic assault rifle sounds super scary, it’s not. Semi-auto means you pull the trigger once and one bullet comes out. And one man’s assault rifle is another man’s legitimate hunting rifle. Are fully auto machine guns legal? Can you buy a bazooka at Sportsman’s Warehouse? I thought not.
This is about taking away your rights, nothing more. You give in on guns, and the rest is easy. This administration is manipulating you, playing on your emotions. Why wouldn’t politicians want you to have guns? Well, why wouldn’t the Crown want the Colonies to be armed? Why didn’t Hitler want his subjects armed. Think these things through to their logical outcome people. I;m not some conspiracy theorist, I’m just a pessimist. I’m cynical and I don’t trust politicians who tell me they’re going to save me from myself.
I’ve read the histories. I know how that goes.
Thirdly, just think for yourselves, people. Learn to take in facts in a somewhat analytical manner. Try to read between the lines. Study history because that is the only thing that will save us. And don’t be afraid to go against the current. We were made individuals; let’s embrace that.