According to the Associated Press, June 27, 2008, "The number of civilians killed in fighting between insurgents and security forces in Afghanistan has soared by two-thirds in the first half of this year, to almost 700 people, a senior U.N. official said Sunday."
We have all seen pictures on TV of Afghan citizens walking the streets with AK-47's draped over their shoulders. And who can forget the Afghan weddings where hundreds of shots are fired in the air to celebrate the event. Every Afghan male who can afford a gun has one and, more often than not, they are assault rifles like the AK-47.
To the average Afghani, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the right to bear arms in your own home for self-defense must seem like a no-brainer. In fact, the Afghan people must be shaking their heads, trying to figure out why it is an issue at all. Only a decadent society, on its way to oblivion, would deny its people the right to self-defense.
Which brings me to the breathless quote from the AP above. Seven hundred deaths in a nation of 33 million people fighting a murderous clique like the Taliban is truly astounding--because the number of deaths are so low. For example, there were more than 700 violent deaths (homicides) in Chicago, L.A. and New York combined in the first six months of 2008. At the same time, Afghanistan's population is two to three times more than that of Chicago, L.A. and New York in total. And, of course, all three cities have strict gun control laws. That means U.S. citizens without the right to bear arms in defense of their families and property are more at risk of violent death than Afghan citizens in the middle of a war zone. Gang-bangers, murderers and thieves constitute the American Taliban and their reign of terror continues in the inner-cities--aided and abetted by liberal gun control policies.
As for Chicago's Mayor Daley, he did not take kindly to the High Court’s decision which struck down one of the strongest hand gun bans in the U.S. in Washington, D.C. Daley's response was, "Does this lead to everyone having a gun in our society?" To answer your question, Mr. Mayor, no, not everyone. Just those non-felon citizens who want to have one. Let parents decide whether a gun in the home is more dangerous to their children than the guns in the hands of the criminals roaming the streets of Chicago. I know it goes against your Democratic Party belief which asserts elitists, like you, know better than the citizen-electorate as to what is best for their families. We have the Bill of Rights to counter the rule of the few and the elite.
As for Reverend Jesse Jackson, he is going to lead a protest against gun shops in Chicago. This is certainly a safe option, since there are no gun shops in Chicago and little likelihood there will be any in the foreseeable future. A more meaningless gesture would be hard to imagine. Jackson is also going to lead a prayer vigil against a suburban Lake County business, DS Arms, to protest gun manufacturing. This despite the fact that DS Arms' customers are mainly police and military personnel and there is no record of any of their guns ever being used in a crime.
Facts show Reverend Jackson’s constituents in Chicago's inner-city would be safer in Afghanistan than their own neighborhoods. This despite the fact there are violent insurgents, including Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives, present in virtually every Afghani neighborhood, city or province. Yet there are gun shops in virtually every Afghan market place. I am surprised Jackson does not protest in front of the Afghan embassy in Washington, D.C. to complain about all the guns in Afghani civilian hands. That would make as much sense as what he is planning to do in Chicago--in front of gun shops that do not exist.
All this is more evidence that Jesse Jackson has become a caricature of an out of touch liberal elite. Only a complicit media could keep this man in the news.
The right to defend one's self and property is basic and so obvious the Constitution's Framers did not even address the issue in the U.S. Constitution. Afghans understand this implicitly; too bad Daley and Jackson don’t.
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