Firearms And Liberty - Shade's Landing Inc. Carry Permit MN

Where Conservatives Gather

On Conservatism...

No comments

I was recently questioned "What is a conservative". I thought the answer should be evident: It is someone who believes in individual liberty and in limited government.

Government exists as a slave to the people, not the other way around. Mark Levine writes in his excellent book "Liberty and Tyranny, a Conservative Manifesto", that conservatism is a "way of understanding life, society, and governance." Very eloquent and very much to the point.

As a conservative, I believe in the individual's ability to achieve. I also believe in limited government, and as Levine calls it in his book, a society based on "ordered liberty" (hence the need for limited government). I cringe at terms used in today's politico such as "redistribution of wealth" or "for the greater good" or being "politically correct". This to a conservative is code speak for socialism and not capitalism, for conformity rather than individualism.

In our firearm classes we discuss briefly, the political sense of the 2nd Amendment. For most who take our classes (nearly 5,000 since 2003), they understand that an amendment born out of a revolution is very much (as are the others) not only a fundamental human right, but also a political right. If you do not exercise that right, if you are not vigilant about guarding that right, you will loose the right to a tyrannical government one day.

However, on occasion in our classes, we have had someone who does not understand that 1) our company is a family run, Christian faith based, and conservative organization and that 2) we discuss the 2nd Amendment in terms of our friends and foes who are in Washington and the legislature here in Minnesota. We had such a person in our class recently.

The question then becomes, should we forgo the discussion (and it really is a brief three slide discussion) of our most anti-gun administration that we have ever elected, or should we not have the discussion because it may "upset" someone. I don't like the idea of trading my values for valuables. I never have and hopefully I never will.

When legislation is introduced by those in power such as HR 45 where all US handgun owners would be registered, or in California where the recently passed CA962 was signed into law requiring fingerprinting for ammunition purchases, we must speak up. Legislation such as the Ammunition Accountability Act was debated in 18 states this past year and would require SERIALIZED bullets if it ever became law, we must speak up.

When in their own words they say things like Eric Holder said earlier this year in regard to another assault weapons ban: "As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," (Feb 25th 2009). He set off a firestorm.

Or when Diane Feinstien lamented when the original ban expired in 2004, she said on the television show CBS 60 Minutes: "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them -- Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in -- I would have done it." The threat to gun owners becomes very real and a call to action must be made.

Is it political? Absolutely. Is it unexpected rhetoric in a firearm class? It should not be.

Most conservative Americans are just now waking up to the fact that we are in a fight for the future direction of America. Do we remain silent or allow ourselves to be silenced by this administration, or not discuss the issues because it might offend someone? Or do we take a stand on those values we hold so dear? My choice is to take a stand and not trade our values for valuables. I hope that is your choice also.

Written by Gary

Thursday 05 November 2009 at 10:21 am

Posted in News & Editorials

No comments

Comments are not enabled

(optional field)
(optional field)
Sorry but this question reduces our spam in the comments.

Comment moderation is enabled on this site. This means that your comment will not be visible until it has been approved by an editor.

Remember personal info?
Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.