ASRPA Banquet Fundraiser

Last weekend, Nancy and I attended a fundraiser banquet for the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association (ASRPA). We enjoyed listening to the guest speakers, especially Nick Adams, an Australian who explained that he could possibly be living our future in Australia if we don’t defend our 2nd amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Nick explained that in Australia there are so many laws and regulations, it has become very difficult to own a gun legally. About 35 years ago, the government in Australia started a buy-back program that encouraged law abiding citizens to turn in their firearms. If they choose to keep them, they would have to follow a difficult process including, but not limited to: buy a gun safe, have the safe inspected by an official, pay to have a code engraved on the gun, pay to take a special training class & buy a gun permit.

I know that my view about guns has made me unpopular with some of my close friends and family. If I wanted to please everyone I probably wouldn’t say anything at all about politics out of fear, but I don’t let fear control my life. There are some issues that need to be addressed, even if it makes people upset.

One time, a former employer told me how great England is because there are no guns there. I told him that there would be a problem with doing that here in the U.S. because of the 2nd amendment. He said, “That’s the problem with our constitution, we have the 2nd amendment!”

Everyone knows that we need to do something to reduce crime. I really do believe that people who support gun control think that they are saving thousands of lives, however, they are trying to solve the problem in the wrong way if they think taking guns away from law abiding citizens will reduce the crime problem. This kind of thinking comes from Europe. Most Europeans believe that the world can be perfected by imposing a large government authority and that society is destined to break laws unless the government stops them.

Out of all the people I met at the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, none of them wanted to promote gun ownership because they wanted to increase crime. They wanted to promote self defense. Thieves, predators, terrorists, a government gone bad, even invasion from other countries are a few examples of who they desiring to defend themselves from. If it were true that we could create a utopian society if all guns were confiscated by the government from law abiding citizens, then that would have happened a long time ago in other countries.

Why do so many peaceful animals have horns? It’s so they can defend themselves.