Finally. Many thanks to the NRA for their tireless efforts in ushering through the courts the lawsuit regarding American’s right to keep and bear arms. They represented the majority of our legal population and I’m still puzzled why it even came to lawsuits. Hopefully this will put-to-bed any further holistic discussion of the issue.
But that’s all merely pollyannaish thinking. There is a perfect storm brewing in the U.S. and I can see it unfolding. Frankly I’ll be surprised if we don’t eventually cross this bridge. The avalanche of chorus and cry from the citizenry over the illegal immigration issue will not go away and the Supreme Court just inadvertently empowered clueless Americans to take the law into their own hands. Don’t misinterpret my words; I’m in no way condoning violence from Joe Citizen towards illegal immigrants. And yes, I’m fully aware that Arizona and other border states already have armed constituents. I’m not the least bit concerned with responsible gun owners. My concern centers on the ignorant and unfortunately we can’t legislate against imbeciles.
To the casual or ‘headline only’ observers the press coverage is screaming “It’s OK America –arm yourselves against the invaders” when in reality that is far from the intention of our Supreme Court. It’s a timing perspective. The court simply affirmed what our founding fathers incorporated into our constitutional rights which simply are as Americans we are entitled to possess firearms for self-defense.
Listening to Michael Berry on his radio show this afternoon we just allocated $135 million for additional border security in Arizona. Here’s the rub ~ We’re giving Mexico $300 million to secure their side of the border. Isn’t that the equivalent of hiring the fox to guard the hen house? The leadership (I use the term very loosely) of Mexico is all but encouraging their tired, poor and criminal to break our laws and take up residency in our country. We’d be better off just building a damn bridge and posting signs that state “Come on in – We’re open” Maybe I’m incredibly naïve and there is a real need for the Mexicans to stop a mass exodus of Americans into their country like a stampede of Old West outlaws.
And maybe that’s just what our government is anticipating; Americans fleeing our country to escape prosecution for defending ourselves against the criminal element. Make no mistake whatsoever; the illegal immigrants are criminals in the U.S. the moment they step across our border. Some, criminals in their homeland already and none too few that are mules for the drug trade. Mark my words that there will be some misguided fellow Americans that see the headlines and infer that it’s ‘open season’ on illegals. This is a recipe for an unmitigated disaster and the Brady nuts will seize even the slightest of toeholds and scream “I told you so” before the smoke clears.
I sincerely hope I’m wrong and I feel for the folks that are less fortunate but if Mexicans can’t stay in their own country and affect change what benefit are they going to bring here? We don’t need more followers we need more leaders. Moreover, we need to lead with brains and not the business end of a firearm. Please don’t tell me I’m not a compassionate person. Tell that to the friends and family of Robert Krentz and see where that gets you.
July 1, 2010 update. Obama announced today immigration measures are coming. So if you live south of the border do you wait – or cross before reform? Perfect storm.
“We must Americanize in every way, in speech, in political ideas and principles, and in their way of looking at relations between church and state. We welcome the German and the Irishman who becomes an American. We have no use for the German or Irishman who remains such… He must revere only our flag, not only must it come first, but no other flag should even come second.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt