If guns are so dangerous, then — as many online posters have asked — shouldn’t politicians and their minders also be unarmed? After all, everyone wants safety and security. Or so goes the gun control argument.
Perhaps the lives of politicians are simply more important than those of the people who elected them to public service.
Two prominent Democrats describe the sense of security that packing a piece brings. In 1995, California’s US Senator Dianne Feinstein said (emphases mine):
I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.
Today, Feinstein is one of the nation’s legislators putting together gun control legislation. Those who have been to busy to read the news lately might be surprised to find that the proposed bill would exempt government workers. You might read this as those who guard politicians. Additionally, you might also read this as government agencies allowing their employees to interact — armed — with the public. Potentially, that could include the HUD (housing) and the IRS (tax). That should give every American — and Westerner (because such a policy could be implemented in other ‘free’ countries) — pause for thought.
In 2010, the US Senator from Nevada, Harry Reid, opened the state’s Clark County Shooting Park by stating that he’d carried a gun with him because
There were a lot of bad people after me.
In this video of the park’s opening, he goes on to say that he has fond memories of hunting with his brothers as a youth and roasting the birds they shot over a campfire. See the first minute or so:
Politicians are understandably fond of their armed protection. (Isn’t everyone?) Charles Hurt of the Washington Times describes what everyone in the US capital endures on a daily basis:
Living here in the shadow of our nation’s great Capitol in this fine Federal City, my neighbors and I enjoy the peace and serenity of a tightly enforced “no-fly” zone. By “peace” and “serenity” I mean that we are under near-constant assault by helicopters everywhere whapping just over our rooftops.
Sometimes they are orange, sometimes green, sometimes they are blue with an orange stripe. And, yes, sometimes they are even actual black helicopters flying just overhead. I have even seen them ride over my little house with a guy tricked out in tactical gear hanging out the door holding a machine gun, scanning the neighborhood as if searching for someone to shoot.
This also being a “gun-free zone,” we are mostly disarmed and defenseless. On one particularly busy day earlier this month, I counted 42 flyovers buzzing Capitol Hill rooftops.
They disturb dinner, rattle dishes and windows, shake pictures off the wall, startle children awake from naps and make it impossible to talk on the telephone. They fly in great yawning arcs across the neighborhood before circling back to fly right back overhead. They are not going anywhere. Just circling aimlessly overhead. Because they can …
There is a good lesson here these days with so many politicians making political hay out of 20 young children and six educators gunned down in an elementary school last month. They want to use that horror to advance their own political agenda of disarming law-abiding citizens.
But it is important to remember that while they are talking about disarming you and me, they are not talking about disarming themselves. They will still be coddled in their fortresses. The closer you get to the Capitol, the more armed guards there are. Up close, there are bombproof guard shacks, literally, on every street corner. Squads of machine-gun carrying guards dot the magnificent marble buildingscape at all times.
Leaders in Congress ride around with escorts of huge armed men. Is that because what they do every day is more dangerous than what you and I do every day? Is that because their safety is more important than our safety? Or is it because they have figured out a way for suckers like you and me to pay for their security and so they don’t much care anymore about ours?
These are important questions for every freedom-loving citizen to consider.
America’s politicians are telling the people whom they notionally serve: ‘For me, but not for thee’.
Tomorrow: Aerial military-police manoeuvres over America’s cities