Handguns - A Moral Imperative

Written by Kathryn A. Graham

You’ve been lied to, friends and neighbors. You’ve been lied to by some ofrepparttar slickest and most dangerous conmen you will ever encounter. The lies have been coming thick and furious for so many years that you have trouble seeingrepparttar 126053 truth – in spite of all your brains and good, old-fashioned common sense.

You’ve been told violence is a terrible thing. You’ve been told that folks are killing each other all overrepparttar 126054 world, and they will certainly stop if we can just control this terrible flood of weapons and keep them inrepparttar 126055 hands ofrepparttar 126056 officials who should properly have them. Most recently,repparttar 126057 U.N. is trying desperately to improve everybody’s life by getting firearms offrepparttar 126058 open market. The world will be a safer and kinder place if they can just manage it.

If you truly believe that, my friends, please allow me to sell you some oceanfront property in Utah.

Is violence a terrible thing? Yes, it most certainly is. Is violence morally wrong? Of course. Will it go away? Not before Hell freezes colder than a well digger’s backside in January! It isrepparttar 126059 human condition.

Well, then, should we contribute to violence by allowing firearms to be sold?

This isrepparttar 126060 trickiest question of all. You see, firearms do not contribute to violence. Only people can do that. And taking firearms offrepparttar 126061 general market will have appalling sociological consequences.

That’s right. You heard me correctly. I said “appalling consequences.”

I know you’ve all heardrepparttar 126062 argument that if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns, so I won’t talk about that today. Let’s play a little game instead. Let’s pretend that every single gun on this planet can be destroyed. Let’s pretend that enterprising souls won’t make any zip guns in their garages. Firearms are completely gone – history. Not so much as a slingshot left. It’s over.

This would berepparttar 126063 end of a terrible chapter in human history, wouldn’t it?

Oh, no. It wouldn’t berepparttar 126064 end of Hell. It would berepparttar 126065 beginning!

It would be Mayhem. You, your wives, your kids, and your friends – you would all be atrepparttar 126066 mercy of every gorilla with a knife, a club, a set of brass knuckles, or even a good-sized rock. No one alive today remembers when might was right, but we’d learn about it again in very short order. Pool cues and fire pokers would berepparttar 126067 order ofrepparttar 126068 day. No woman would be safe, ever again, and damned few men. You’d stop carrying a wallet and shift to a money belt, and then it would just be a question of time before everything you own was taken from you, and probably your life as well.

Fiction Imitates Life

Written by Kathryn A. Graham

When I wrote my recently released science fiction novel, Flight From Eden, I truly believed that I was writing a work of mere science fiction. I thought it was trashy, purely commercial adventure, bearing no relation whatever to reality.

Now I'm not so sure. The subconscious mind works in mysterious ways. Even 'way back in 1994, when I finishedrepparttar original first draft of Flight From Eden, I'd already seen our federal government's appalling abuse of military and police power near Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and in Waco, Texas -repparttar 126052 latter being fairly close to home for me.

I was not a political activist back in those days. I was just a mousy writer and computer nerd who sat very still, very quietly and hoped thatrepparttar 126053 nasty three-letter Feds would stay far, far away from me. But I am sure those television scenes were working on me at some subliminal level while I was writing Flight From Eden - because even in those days, had someone burst into my second floor bedroom at night, already shooting,repparttar 126054 way we all saw ATF do that awful night at Mt. Carmel, this very law-abiding lady would have done her absolute damnedest to send them straight to Hell in a pine box. Would that have been a crime? Not in my opinion, although I do suspect that several three-letter federal organizations would have a very different opinion.

In any event, I probably wouldn't have survived such an event long enough for my opinion to have mattered. You see,repparttar 126055 only tool I had to defend myself in those days was a little five-shot Chief, with one little five-shot re-loader. A simple mathematical matter of insufficient ammunition. I've considerably more (and considerably bigger) ammo these days - although I doubt that any individual is going to be able to matchrepparttar 126056 firepower of SWAT orrepparttar 126057 Feds - butrepparttar 126058 carnage would certainly be memorable.

If my government wants a word with me, let me gently point out that it really is much simpler and pleasanter to knock. I am much milder of manner than poor, dead David Koresh, and I am quite sure even he would have offered coffee and conversation while your three-letter thugs tossed Mt. Carmel. Hell, I might pass out some pretty decent cookies while you toss my house. Be a real shame to pass those up.

But don't - I repeat here for absolute clarity, do NOT - come through my door or window shooting. The result will be much too ghastly to contemplate for every single party concerned, no doubt including me.

Are we in a police state right now? That's an interesting question. I believe we are, although I'd be hard pressed to prove it as yet. But that isrepparttar 126059 problem with police states. They never happen all at once. They happen very gradually, over lots and lots of time, and most folks never even notice until it is far, far too late. My stepfather is a Holocaust survivor - a damned lucky one - who was a fifteen year old kid actually living in Vienna onrepparttar 126060 night of Hitler's invasion. Did his family see it coming? Of course not! They were uneasy, but if they had really known what was coming, they would have hauled ass long before they did.

Well, I'm uneasy now, right here in these United States. Very, very uneasy. And getting more so.

Flight From Eden is about a religious dictatorship, andrepparttar 126061 real life United States has separation of Church and State - or does it? Can anyone name for me one single public address made by President Bush that does not mention God more than once? What? Not even one?

How aboutrepparttar 126062 man who is to enforce all these wonderful new laws, Attorney General John Ashcroft? C'mon, guys, just one speech. That's all I ask.

Hell, Ashcroft is such a complete religious nutcase, he's offended by a giant brass teat!

So am I going to "haul ass" out ofrepparttar 126063 United States? No! My stepfather's family was already disarmed and helpless when they became uneasy aboutrepparttar 126064 Nazis. I am sure as Hell not disarmed, and "helpless" is a state of mind I refuse to acknowledge. This is my country, and I love it, and I'm going to get it back, come Hell or high water. But I am just a little pressed for time. You see, if we are to get our country back using non-violent means - "non-violent" meaning words andrepparttar 126065 political process - we are definitely running out of time. History has shown that these police state things always reach a kind of critical mass sooner or later. Once that happens, only blood will end it.

We can't afford to let that happen!

I can't speak for my readers, but I am definitely not anxious to take up a new career as a member of some rebel militia. Even if I did not have a moral and ethical reluctance to kill save inrepparttar 126066 last extremity of self-defense,repparttar 126067 retirement benefits really, really suck.

On top of which, if only one person, or two or three, or ten, startsrepparttar 126068 shooting,repparttar 126069 three-letter Feds will use it as an excuse to try to disarm us. The operative word here being "try."

If that happens, blood will run ankle deep inrepparttar 126070 streets of every city and town inrepparttar 126071 United States! I guarantee it!

To be honest, I am afraid that is exactly what is going to happen. I'm no crazier thanrepparttar 126072 next gal. I certainly don't want it to happen! I don't want to spendrepparttar 126073 last miserable days of my life killing young cops and/or soldiers, running and hiding from government troops, and burying my friends. But if we are going to prevent that nightmare, we do need to act now, and we need to act together.

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