Dennis Campbell
April 7, 2004
History's lesson: The defenseless are in peril
By Dennis Campbell

It has been 10 years since bloodthirsty Hutus in Rwanda massacred nearly one million rival Tutsis. Of course, someone might say, that was in Africa, renowned for its savagery, and could never happen in America.

And perhaps he would be right. We enjoy the many freedoms and rights and privileges that come with our tradition of Western civilization. Yes, that culture, propagated by those Dead White Males so despised by the inhabitants of the political left, that is routinely disparaged by the bozos, buffoons and bullies indoctrinating your kids whose college tuition is draining your bank account.

The proclivity of humans toward slaughtering those who are different culturally, religiously, politically is historically well-documented.

In December 1937, invading Japanese soldiers began the infamous Rape of Nanking, China, that ended with the death of more than 350,000 Chinese.

On November 9, 1938, Nazi Brownshirts in Adolf Hitler's Germany began a two-day rampage called Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, during which scores of German Jews were murdered, a thousand synagogues burned and tens of thousands Jews arrested and sent to concentration camps.

In 1915, Turkish Muslims (adherents to the "religion of peace") butchered between one million and two million Armenians.

More recently, hundreds of thousands of civilians in Bosnia and Croatia were killed in that region's notorious "ethnic cleansing."

This could go on ad infinitum, and the question arises, "What is the point?"

The point is this: The unfortunates cataloged above had no means of self-defense. In short, they had no guns.

Where I live, in the Southwestern portion of America, when a bad guy comes to take my home, kill me and my family and commit atrocities against us, he is likely to be dissuaded when confronted by the barrel of my 12-gauge shotgun.

But after Adolf Hitler disarmed Germans, how were they able to defend themselves? When unarmed Tutsis were attacked by Hutus, how were they to defend themselves? When helpless Chinese citizens were set upon by Japanese soldiers, how were they to defend themselves?

With this in mind, any American with the brains God gave a fruit fly should fight hammer and tong against the efforts by the left to disarm the populace.

We should fight against registering guns, because registered guns become confiscated guns.

We should fight against limits on magazine capacity, just as the Bedouin fights against the camel's nose under the tent.

This is a war, one that must be waged unrelentingly and with discernment.

The left will couch its rhetoric in emotion and misrepresentation.

We will be told that thousands of children die every year because of guns a lie and a bizarre manipulation of data that classifies a 24-year-old South Central Los Angeles gang member as a child.

We will be told that the higher the incidence of gun ownership, the higher the incidence of crime a lie that has been refuted by myriad studies definitively proving that high gun ownership means lower crime rates.

At the same time, we will be denied vital information by a leftist news media that uses its power to control the dissemination of information to influence an issue where it stands clearly in the wrong.

We will not be told that when guns were confiscated in England and Australia, violent crime increased dramatically.

We will not be told of the thousands of incidents in which a gun was used by a law-abiding citizen to thwart a crime.

We will not be told that our Founders, who wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing our right to bear arms, were solidly in favor of private gun ownership.

Why this relentless effort to disarm America? It has nothing to do with the safety of our children or the fight against crime. It has everything to do with a political philosophy that, contrary to the principles undergirding the founding of America, believes in less freedom for you and me, not more, and desires a citizenry that can be controlled and manipulated.

It is a philosophy that has overtaken a party that calls itself "Democratic," but is not, a party that is a twisted distortion of what it once was, unrecognizable to Democrats of a half-century ago.

The man who threatens me and the man who would disarm me have the same goal in mind: A desire to deprive me of life, liberty and property.

We should fear both, but there is a common-sense way to approach each of them: Shoot the former, and vote against the latter.

For freedom's sake.

© Dennis Campbell


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