This past Saturday I spoke at Defender Outdoors in Ft. Worth, Texas. It’s the largest indoor gun range in North Texas, and possibly one of the biggest in the entire state of Texas. Being a board member of the National Rifle Association, I wanted to convey to the audience there the importance of the NRA, the oldest civil rights group in America. After all, the Second Amendment is a vital individual right…unlike the fabricated rights of the left of owning a home, getting healthcare and same-sex marriage. There can be little debate that the Second Amendment is directly related to our unalienable individual rights, endowed by our Creator, of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I truly find it unconscionable that the Supreme Court would rule in creating a “new right” – marriage — and demand that same-sex marriage be the “law of the land.” How odd that our Second Amendment right, enshrined in our Constitution is not given such nationwide recognition.
While at Defender this past weekend, I purchased an F1 .223 carbine pistol. F1 is based out of Spring, Texas. This firearm goes well with my Spike Tactical, out of Apopka, Florida, the “Crusader” AR-15. And you know what? That’s what makes us unique as Americans, the ability of a law-abiding citizen to own firearms. It means we’re citizens of this Constitutional Republic, not subjects. And who are these chuckleheads like little Napoleon, Michael Bloomberg, who believe we don’t possess that right across our fair land? Hmm, something tells me that lil’ Mikey Bloomberg has plenty of armed security protecting him. Hypocrite.
But, there are others realizing how unique America is when it comes to our Second Amendment right.
As reported by USA Today, “Dickson Wong, a marksman with a deep interest in firearms, arranges tours for groups of other Chinese gun enthusiasts to travel to DeSoto County, Fla., so they can shoot at firing ranges.
That’s a long way to travel for target practice, but its exceedingly difficult to do that here in China where the restrictions on firearms are so severe that even possession of air rifles or toy guns can land you in jail for years. “It’s a place Chinese can go to experience real gun culture,” Wong, 38, said. “It’s impossible to shoot here.”
Wong estimates tens of thousands of wealthy Chinese now travel to the U.S. every year to shoot, and aims to capture some of that demand when he opens his own state-of-the-art gun club in 2019. He hopes to draw 5,000 Chinese tourists a year to his club with luxury accommodations and Chinese-speaking instructors.
A promotional video for the club highlights sumptuous steaks, open-air firing ranges and a wide selection of weapons. Gun tourism already is a growing business in the U.S. because of lax laws regulating firearms compared to other countries. For example, Honolulu attracts target shooters from Japan, which has stringent gun-control regulations, and Las Vegas has many firing ranges available for domestic and foreign visitors.
Although weapons control laws in China date back to the third century B.C., China was awash in firearms when the communists came to power in 1949 — the result of resistance to Japanese occupation and a protracted civil war. The government confiscated some arms in urban areas but allowed farmers to keep two rifles for hunting. Tighter controls were later imposed but they were largely ignored. After pro-democracy demonstrations on Tiananmen Square were crushed in 1989, the government moved to toughen enforcement and in 1996 passed a law that formally banned citizens from owning guns.”
I found it rather interesting that the USA Today writer chose to use the word “lax” in describing our firearms laws. I’d be interested to know if this writer owns a firearm? I don’t think it “lax” when I, a retired U.S. Army officer and former Member of Congress, must still go through a background check for the umpteenth time in order to purchase a firearm, as I did this past weekend. As well, in order to receive my Texas concealed carry permit, I had to undergo classroom training, and achieve a certified score at a range exhibiting my proficiency. Perhaps this USA Today writer prefers the restrictive actions of folks such as Rahm Emanuel in Chicago or Governor Cuomo in New York? And we “thought” we had a Second Amendment right in America, so how is it that the Supreme Court can rule that same-sex marriage is the law of the land, and our Second Amendment right is not?
How interesting that the restrictions on individual weapons ownership led many in the Asian world to develop the martial arts — remember we do have the right to personal protection. But what we all should pay attention to is the fact that it was the communists who took the first real step towards gun control in China. Funny, it was okay for the people to be armed in their resistance to the Japanese, but not to communist rule. And that premise revealed itself even more after the Tiananmen Square protests for individual rights, and democracy. It seems the communists didn’t appreciate the common folk standing up to their government structure. Therefore, within seven years, they passed a law banning individual gun ownership.
And so the Chinese, and others, travel to the United States to enjoy what we take for granted. Just like people come from other nations to enjoy other freedoms unique in this world. So, where do people go if the Bloombergs, Cuomos, de Blasios, and the gun control leftists win the day here in America?
Let’s ask ourselves, what separates this mentality in America from that of the communists in China, or elsewhere? Is there a common theme, a message?
“China’s government defends strict gun laws to guarantee public safety, but critics say the real reason is to prevent rebellions. “The Chinese government took away people’s guns to prevent them rising up,” said Zhou Xiaozheng, a sociologist at Renmin University. “Do you think they would be able to demolish peoples’ homes if they hadn’t?” he said, referring to the government’s broad right to seize private property.”
We must come to understand that our Second Amendment right is there to support our First Amendment rights. The ability of an individual American citizen to be able to bear arms is empowering; restricting that right is subjugating. The real reason we have gun tourism in America, is because there are people who want to feel empowered, that they can protect themselves. That is just another aspect of what makes America exceptional…but be on guard, the progressive socialists don’t want the empowerment of individuals, they prefer the submission of collectives.
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776