Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks once more to The Other McCain, If You Are Left You Ain’t Right, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time, and Flappr for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Sometimes it’s mildly interesting to see what the rest of the world thinks about us, especially where guns are concerned.  The Second Amendment is kind of unique in the nations of the world, after all.  So here are a few insights.  An example:

The legalization of gun possession in the United States has brought mostly atrocity to its citizens.”

First, it’s a right. There is no “legalization” because the right to keep and bear arms has always been legal here to some degree or another.

Then we have the claim that gun possession in the United states has “brought mostly atrocity to its citizens.”

No, it hasn’t.

Depending on which estimate you favor, there are at least hundreds of thousands to millions of people who defend their lives with a firearm each and every year here. Is that an atrocity, too? I’d personally say it’s not. Especially as the estimates of defensive gun uses far outstrips the number of people whose lives are taken with a firearm.

Guns Not for Sale.

That’s all well and good, and by all means read the entire article (full disclosure; Bearing Arms is part of the Townhall Media Group and therefore the author, Tom Knighton, is a colleague of mine.)  But as I’ve said many times, while things like the number of defensive uses of firearms are great arguments, this is all the argument we need:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

That’s it. End of story. It’s all we need. It’s in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has upheld it, end of discussion.  We have this right because we are citizens, not subjects, and Europe and all the other nations of the world can, on this topic and others, fuck right off if they don’t agree.

We’re Americans. We’re keeping our guns.