The NRA’s Failure

© Hugh A. Thomas  2013  All Rights Reserved

Open the National Rifle association’s website and you will see a fancy graphic of the American bald eagle superimposed over the flag.  Other NRA symbolic attempts over the years have been images reminiscent of an old and wise grandfather holding his grandson on his lap.  Behind them on the wall is an oil painting of the American flag waving over the fireplace and a stuffed duck on the mantle.  The grandfather is showing his grandson an expensive side-by-side 12 gauge with a burled walnut stock and fine engravings on the metal work.  All of this is of course rendered in a warm hue and soft focus.

This escape by the NRA into corn-ball symbolism is an obvious signature of intellectual bankruptcy. They have nothing.

The NRA has failed in doing anything of essential importance in regards to educating the public on the real reason the Founding Fathers were concerned about an unarmed citizenry:  the tendency of governments to drift towards dictatorship.

The bottom line is that the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so that the public could shoot back at the government if it resorts to violence against its own citizens.  There is no other significant reason.  The NRA has wasted valuable time and spent hundreds of millions of dollars corrupting the message that the Founders left for us.  What the NRA has created is a soft-focus ideological tapestry void of any meaning.

The NRA is very similar to the Republican party in that neither can formulate a meaningful, thoughtful and essential argument against intrusive government.

Moreover, the NRA opposed the lawsuit Parker v. District of Columbia.  The NRA wanted to derail the suit or dilute its meaning. This suit was eventually settled in favor of gun owners. Cato

In that case, two judges of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals divisively spelled-out the essentials of the Founders’ intent:

“To summarize, we conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government…”

See the decision in total:  decision

Your dictionary will show that the word “depredation,” means “plundering attack.”  The same dictionary will show that tyrannical means:  dictatorial, totalitarian, domineering, etc.

The court is saying the public has the right to bear arms so that when the government attacks, one can shoot back.  It is that clear.

You need to understand this simple fact:  The Founders wrote the Second Amendment so that one could shoot back when the government becomes tyrannical.

Question: Why hasn’t the NRA spent some of its millions in scholarly legal work to tease out the same meaning the DC court concluded and present these founding concepts to the public?

Note that 30 years ago most households concerned about self-defense kept a 12 gauge or a revolver at home.  In the last few decades, police forces around the country have been militarized and carry semi-auto rifles and pistols.  In response, the public has, and quite rightly, armed themselves in a similar fashion.  It is an arms race between the government and the people.  If the police would go back to revolvers, many citizens would feel perfectly safe with revolvers.

Another question:  Why has the NRA not used images of disarmed Jews being shot in the back of the head while kneeling on the edge of a death trench full of bodies? Where are the images of the Cambodian killing fields and the thousands of skulls of the disarmed and murdered victims?  Why do they not have video testimony of some of those who survived and witnessed these murders by government?

Why have they not gotten down to the basics of showing the public needs guns to protect their lives against government violence?

After decades of media saturation with an impotent message by the NRA, the public has been intellectually disarmed.

Many in the government want to take away your guns; the NRA already took away your brain.  I suggest you work on reacquiring it.




How You Became a Liberal

©  Hugh A. Thomas   All Rights Reserved

You hold or entertain at least some of the following ideas and traits.  It all started when you were young.

You heard your parents repeating the same things again and again.  “The big corporations are ripping us off.  If it weren’t for the union, we would be slaves.  The young, the old, the Mexicans, the homosexuals and the blacks are being discriminated against.  The government ought to give us healthcare.  Europe has the best system.  The greedy businessmen caused all the problems. We have chemicals in our food, the earth is being destroyed, they are cutting down all the trees…”

Throughout the culture, on the television, in magazines, in the newspapers, at school, everywhere you went America was despised.  “America is a rotten system,”  – you heard it a thousand times.  You absorbed all the propaganda.  You believed them when they said, “chemicals are bad,” but you never realized that your brain chemicals allow you to think in the first place.

You heard a lot about how bad parents are, how they wrecked your life in one way or the other.  They gave you mental problems, mental “hang-ups,” because they are of the old system, like America used to be.  “It all has to be changed,” was the theme running through the culture.

You learned to envy those who have more than you.  Your parents never warned you about this emotion, they just let you run with it.  After all, they envied others as well.  You envied the neighbor next door because he had richer parents.  You envied a classmate in high school because he had better clothes.  You learned to envy at a young age and never gave it a second thought.  In fact, you were pushed to develop an envious personality by those who complained about the rich businessmen who “cared nothing about poor people.”

You slowly developed a resentment against your own country.  You came to believe America was the biggest problem in the world, that America spewed chemicals into the atmosphere and was killing Mother Nature.  You are now a victim of this America and live in a cesspool of self-imposed victimhood.  Your brain chemicals are twisted into a distorted mass of animosity towards the system, the world.

You developed a laziness.  If you visited your uncle’s farm or you grandfather’s store, and the thought of using a shovel, bucking hay, digging a post hole or stocking shelves was repulsive to you.   Mowing your own parent’s lawn was revolting.  You hate physical work in general.  You are lazy.  You live with self pity.

You spent a great deal of your life watching television, surfing the web or playing video games.  In your mind, the importance of high school was equal to going to the mall where you could hang out with your friends.  Your mind became sloth-like.  You listen to mind numbing music hours upon hours everyday.

Your ideas became a soup of confusion.  You hold contradictory views of the world.  You want to be free from self-responsibility, intrusion and violence but you want others to be robbed by the government so that you can get the “free stuff.”

You drifted through high school and go to collage.  Your liberal professors subtly push you in the direction of magical thinking and the avoidance of critical thought.  You most likely major in a fluff subject.  Photography, history, English, social studies, art history, anthropology, social work, counseling.  You get a degree that has nothing to do with the real world of farming, manufacturing, engineering, accounting or science.  What you do get is a college education that deals with getting a job as a teacher in public school so that the propaganda can be perpetuated.  You look for a teaching job but can’t find one.  You go to work in a coffee shop. You resent the coffee shop manager because he only has a high school diploma and worked his way to the top. He is an asshole who constantly worries about making the company money.

You now have huge student loan payments but the real world that produces the things you consume and the products that keep you alive, the free market place, sees zero value in your education.  You are again a victim of the rotten American system.  You have a majestic sense of self-worth because you have a great education, you know the real facts about America.  You believe that your education is top quality.  It ought to be top quality, you have spent 19 of your 28 years being taught by the government.

You now have your magical thinking cap on at all times.  You have a super grandiose sense of self-worth but you are a victim that most people just don’t understand – they can’t see your real value.  You look down on the guy who digs post holes, the guy who dropped out of high school or college.  After all, you have a Master’s degree in Art History from Intergalactic University and you really have the knowledge and sophistication that counts.  In the landscape of an America that perpetuates the ills of the world, your education matters.

You spend a good deal of time thinking about how you appear to others. You worry about your image.  You probably get tattoos or wear the clothes that make you look alternative.  Alternative to what?  Well, the alternative to the real world of production, the world of the free market and self-responsibility. You get a nose ring and think from time to how stupid your uncle the framer is.  You play the part of the victimized, highly educated art historian while you steam the milk in the coffee shop.

Your uncle knows you better than you know yourself.  He sees your sullen attitude and the earphones that never come out of your ears.  He sees your slackness and mental laziness.  He knows you are incompetent to function in the real world.  He sees through your false sense of self.  He knows art history is bullshit.  He knows you have never learned to grow a tomato or dig a potato.  He notices you never asked him how his tractor works.  He knows men like himself and tractors like his feed the world and keep you alive on a daily basis but he knows you don’t give a shit about all of that.   He has a vague feeling that someday you will come to him for food or help.  He stares at your nose ring.

You have evolved.  Just a few years ago you were a lazy kid with liberal ideas.  Now, you are a radical leftist.  You have been a victim so long that it is becoming intolerable.   Your envy is racking your brain.   Everything is unjust.  You are tormented by the system around you.  You want a revolution.  You secretly want blood in the streets.  You want the greedy businessmen to pay with their lives.  You want your slice of the pie, the pie you never produced and the pie you know nothing about.







School Shootings and the Second Amendment

© Hugh A. Thomas  All Rights Reserved

Let us put the recent school shootings in context and in a larger historical perspective.

From 1917 till 1990, Communist dictatorships mass murdered over 120,000,000 people. These murders were not deaths by war, but rather political murders driven by left wing communist ideology.

Mao killed 50-70 million.  His techniques often involved sending the army into villages and slaughtering thousands of people on a daily basis.  Babies, women, children – everyone was suspect.  Children were forced to kill their own parents.  There was forced cannibalism in the villages, where villagers were compelled by the threat of death to eat their neighbors and family members.

There were forced famines.  The Chinese army looted thousands of villages, took the food supplies and left the people to starve. The disarmed farmers fought the Chinese army with rakes and shovels. Millions of peaceful farmers were murdered.

Upwards of 30,000 public executions were held in Beijing alone.  People were shot in the streets and their brains sprayed into the crowds.

Over 50,000,000 were murdered by similar means in communist Russia and the Soviet Union.

On the Nazi side of murder, Hitler came into power promising equality, preaching egalitarianism, and proposing retaliation against the ‘greedy business class,’ many of which were Jews.  His death toll is well over 10,000,000.  These are not the deaths caused by his war, but rather the deaths caused by his political sociopathy.

In all of these dictatorships, guns were taken from the public.

Now, let us place the recent school shooting in context. Suppose there were 100 of these school shootings per day, everyday, seven days per week for 100 years.   Assuming 26 deaths per school, this would equate 2600 deaths per day.  After 100 years, 95,000,000 people would be murdered.  This is a massive number and surely a horrific thought.  However, this number is about thirty five million less murders than the communist and Nazi governments committed during the twentieth century!

Given that the founding fathers deemed it wise to give the people the means of self-defense against dictatorship, does tampering with the public’s means of defense against a possible brutal dictatorship seem prudent?  Not hardly.  The facts are that these school shootings are just a grain of sand when placed in context to the mountains of mass murders of the unarmed public by pathological governments.

It’s like shooting fish in a barrel

In compulsory education, children are taken prisoner for 7-8 hours per day, fed government designed propaganda, held by law in concentrated groups and stuffed into rooms with only one way out.  Here they can be easily gunned down by any sociopath.

Notice too, that in these public schools, little is taught about the real mass murders in history, that is, murder by leftist governments.   

Possibly the greatest news story in the history of the human race was the horrific murders committed by the twentieth century dictators.  Public schools teach little of this history.  After all, public schools are government schools and to teach that government is capable of such atrocities would counter their propaganda, propaganda that implies:  “A government’s role is to enhance your life.”

The Founders put the second amendment in the Constitution for a good reason.  Notice there is nothing in the Constitution about “the right to a public education.”

If school shootings are a problem, then we should think about ending forced public education.  The free market can protect and educate children far better.