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Connecticut Massacre

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AJ’S CORNER

Anthony P. Joseph, Jr.

Connecticut Massacre

            No sense repeating what happen recently and what has been hashed and rehashed in the media.

            In the small sleepy town of Newton, Connecticut the unthinkable happened, the killing of 20 school children and 6 school personnel, in addition, the craze gunman killed his mother.  The shooting was caused, by what news reports have stated as a mentally disturbed individual. 

            As is expected, cries are for gun control.

            But, questions remain.   As tragic as the tragedy was, and I could assure you not a dry eye was in the nation that day, the rush is to ban firearms; assault weapons, rifles, handguns, and literally all types of “guns”. 

            But is the banning of guns really the answer? 

            Focus should be on the reasons for such a tragedy.  If the person was mentally challenged, why wasn’t there better control of the individual?   Why aren’t there guards at the schools? You know from time to time unruly parents/guardians enter the school.  Sometimes these individuals have to be restraint.  What about the students themselves and their sometime “violent” behavior in school, isn’t there a concern about this behavior? 

            What about the decaying of society in the U.S.?  Again, to reiterate the messages about violence everywhere; video games, violence on TV and in the movies, lyrics in some songs, and the list goes on.  Why you may even see “violence” at a sporting event.  

            How do you then meet the challenge of this violence, since violence seems to be all around us; as it has been throughout history? 

            Maybe you should focus on:

  1. Bring God back into the classroom
  2. Bring morality back into American Society
  3. Make accountable those you have entrusted to make the laws; rather than simply voting for the person because he/she is of the “party”.

Now, big corporations, government, and interest groups want to look good to the American people.  They all want gun control.  

But the real reason for the Second Amendment is----Do you know the reason?

 

            Later

            AJ

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MSgt. John DeLallo January 13, 2013 at 01:38 PM
AJ: As I prepare to walk out the door for our regular monthly meeting of my pro gun PAC www.foacpac.org I thought I'd give you the simple answer for the existence of the 2nd Amendment, as well as the much forgotten Third Amendment. The Founders, having just recently won a guerilla war against the British, with help from the French and their warships and frigates, realized that a huge standing Army was not necessary to the precepts of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Pennsylvania, in its Constitution, had very simply said the "right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned". As the Constitutional Convention went on, the Second Amendment was actually a compromise of Pennsylvania's Article I, Section XXI. Regardless, it was inserted NOT as a gift from the Government, but an assertion that by birthright, all citizens had a right to defend themselves through force of arms, and if called upon to do so, to defend themselves from tyrants. Those tyrants could be from some far off land, or from within, it simply did not matter. The Second Amendment, then, was in place in the unlikely event that an enemy of the Constitution, whether foreign or domestic, appeared and needed to be defeated. The right to keep and bear arms carries with it an awesome responsibility to answer the call of duty and service to the Republic, and in the strictest sense, all men should possess arms "suitable for military purposes". (con't)
MSgt. John DeLallo January 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM
part 2--Ah then, the 3rd Amendment, whereby the Government shall not quarter troops in your house or mine. Why? Because the British did precisely that; turn private citizens homes into barracks. Looking back at the intention to have the whole of the people defend the Republic, to keep the Armed Forces at a minimum in peacetime, its fairly easy to see why the 3rd Amendment was considered equal to the rest of the Bill of Rights. As an aside, it appears that Patriots all over the United States are reading the Second Amendment again. To say that sales of arms suitable for military purposes are brisk is an understatement. I went to a gun show yesterday, and watched a record crowd buy up everything that wasn't nailed down, so long as it was a magazine fed semi-automatic rifle. Magazine sales were off the chart. Prices? If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, be prepared to pay as much as a 110% premium price for arms, and 200% + for magazines. I'm going to be running for school board in my community in 2013, and I'll have lots to say about what impact our educational system, dictated by the Federal Nanny State, has done to students and teachers alike. Its not a pretty picture.
Mike January 15, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Instead of a Nanny State you're proposing a Nanny Religion. No thanks!
MSgt. John DeLallo January 16, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I hardly think that recognizing a Supreme Being, God (don't forget that the same deity is recognized by Islam, Jews, and Christians), Buddha, and offering a moment of recited or silent prayer is going to ruin the self esteem of students. "Congress shall establish no OFFICIAL religion, nor deny the free expression of any religion" or words to that effect are in the First Amendment. Bringing God back to the classroom is hardly establishing a Nanny Religion. Reminding students that morality can and should be the basis of contracts and the conduct of business won't hurt them as they move into the business world, and are hammered with Ethics training.
Mike January 16, 2013 at 03:01 PM
If you need a bearded figure wearing robes to dictate morality then that's a personal belief. Not everyone shares your belief. In fact, there are millions of variations to your personal concept of God. Which one of those variations should we teach the children? The Hindu faith predates Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Should that be taught as the primary religion? Should we explain to children that they should be good to avoid the wrath of Shiva? Religion is a construct of men. Morality is a construct of men. They are not mutually exclusive.
Mike January 16, 2013 at 03:03 PM
And what I mean by Nanny Religion is to tell children (or adults!) they have to follow rules or else a mystical being will punish them.
MSgt. John DeLallo January 16, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Mike: You said, and I agree, that "Religion is a construct of men. Morality is a construct of men. They are not mutually exclusive." The basis of morality, however, is grounded in the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the principles of Karma and reincarnation, and so forth. Actually, I think you are spot on when you suggest that students learn of the gods, whether Zeus and the Greek Gods, or the Roman Gods, or Hindu, Shinto, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, or dozens of other deities that have been worshipped over time and survive to this day. They all have a central core of morality, and even that morality moves around quite a bit, because, as you point out, it is a construct of man. When morality is forgotten, we get Sarbanes Oxley and other Federal regulation. Left to his own devices, it would appear that some men are not particularly moral. Look at Bernie Madoff or Jerry Sandusky, or Hitler, or Stalin, or Pol Pot or Mao. I don't think that teaching the children that a mystical bogeyman will sweep them away to some dungeon is in order. There's enough Federal and State prisons to accomodate those who wish to ignore morality. You see, you're not very far apart from me or AJ, who started this post.

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