Out On A Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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February 5, 2013
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Guns are best way to defend ourselves against violence

"We have met the enemy and they are us." We should have been paying attention to Pogo, because that statement was incredibly insightful.

There are many things to get fired up about, but I can't deal with them all. There's the multi trillion dollar debt, the Benghazi attack, the proliferation of executive orders and women in combat, to name a few.

I think this time I will stick to gun rights.

The Second Amendment states that the right to bear arms will not be infringed.

Infringement is defined by Webster as "an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege." In other words, an encroachment would be any action to modify, diminish or limit that expressed privilege.

All elected government officials are sworn into office by pledging to uphold the Constitution. If they were really required to uphold that oath or be dismissed from office, there would be a lot of vacancies.

The whole drive against guns is so disingenuous.

For instance, our entertainment is so full of violence.

The average child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and around 200,000 acts of violence by the time they reach 18 years. Now there is a new movie out called "Bullet to the Head." Also, consider the fact that the Fort Hood shooter was a registered Democrat and Islamic.

The Columbine shooters were too young to vote and both came from families of registered Democrats and progressive liberals. The Virginia Tech shooter was a Bush hater and a registered Democrat.

The Colorado theater shooter was not only a Democrat and progressive liberal but he was a staff worker on the Obama campaign and an Occupy Wall Street participant. The Connecticut school shooter was a Christian hater and a registered Democrat.

Why don't the media tell us this information? What is their real agenda? Maybe we're after the wrong bunch.

After the Connecticut school shooting, President Obama declared that children are our most valuable resource. If that is true, why does he support the so-called right to choose that has killed over 5 million children before they took their first breath?

Why do we have gun-carrying people guarding our president, our courthouses, our power plants, our airports and many other people and facilities, and yet we won't allow protection for "our most valuable resource"?

Does it really make sense that the only resistance to evil is a lone unarmed school principal left to surrender her life to shield the children in her care?

I really believe that my children and grandchildren are precious and a great resource.

I believe every school should have a meeting with administrators, parents, teachers and local authorities to plan and put in place a zone of protection around the kids that we've entrusted to the school's care.

The newspaper that published gun permit holders took a lot of heat and certainly with some justification. They maybe should provide signs for all the anti-gun people to put in their yards proclaiming, "We are defenseless."

And by the way, just because someone doesn't have a concealed weapon permit doesn't mean that they are totally unarmed. They might have a shotgun or some other unconcealed firearms.

The concealed carry permit also means that the holder has no criminal record. Criminals can't get permits, but they can get guns.

Do you really believe that a sign in front of your child's school saying, "No weapons allowed on campus" will protect them, or would it just mean, "We are defenseless"?

We need some common sense. Many people die from automobiles. Should we outlaw them? Does the good outweigh the bad? How about bicycles? How many kids are injured or killed by riding bicycles?

If guns are outlawed, only the criminals will have guns. When seconds count, police are only minutes away.

Criminals also can use Molotov cocktails, fertilizer, as in Oklahoma, car bombs and other devices.

I am not a government official, but I vow to uphold the Constitution.

"Out On A Limb" appears on the first Tuesday of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.


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