Do You Have A Line In Your Sand?

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I am not an American. I am a Canadian living in Australia but I do understand that the guns in America and the push back by the American people is not as much about the guns as it is a symbol of their freedoms. I know many people in the rest of the world do not understand but I think sometimes we jump into the idea that all those who speak English are pretty much the same. You have to understand the American culture is different than even Canada. You have to be willing to see this from their eyes and accept it is not the same as it is in your country (wherever that is). This is their line in the sand. Do I wish they had rallied behind something else in the constitution like maybe equality? Yes. But they are rallying. It is their fight and I sense that for many, although there are those who are everyone’s worst nightmare about gun crazy hoodlums, they are more committed to the principle of keeping their dad’s old gun in the dusty cupboard in the basement than they are for the actual need for usage.

I also understand that there are those who feel they need their guns for legitimate reasons. I am not going to comment on the validity of those reasons just because I do not share them. This is what freedom allows, the right for all of us to determine what we want/need for whatever reasons we have. It is not a democracy when it comes to any of those choices for an individual.

I am not a fan of making laws based on unhappy circumstances and situations. I think that is the worst time to make laws – when people are upset, emotional, wanting revenge, afraid … I don’t think we should ever make laws under those circumstances. We need to think about what we are doing. We need to make sure we are seeing the whole picture and considering all the options and the consequences.

I look at what is going on around the world and the need for people to stand up against their corrupt governments. I am not sure how you get to middle age in this life without beginning to understand that things are not black and white. “We” are not all good guys anymore than “they ” are all bad guys. There are extremists in every group. Corruption does not favour certain countries while avoiding others. Every group has its share of deviants. Every human being has the potential towards life affirming conduct and conduct that would destroy life. Wake up. Look at your own situation and worry about it before you begin pointing at others.

Is it even wise for anyone to give away their own sense of self, trusting a religion, an institution, or a government? Disarming ourselves is not going to cause those that would harm us to lay down their weapons or to temper their intended treatment of us.

Every country is fighting their own demons. I am not sure any other possible outcome was available when we put before ourselves THINGS and appearances over any real substance. Once we preferred the beautiful sinner to the ugly saint, we signed up for all of this. Where do people go who are so broken that they have no hope? How do men with little self esteem or real abilities turn to get their fast cars and women? How do you get more so you can stay on top? What do you do with the anger of watching the world pass you by because the only thing that matters is how big your TV set is comparison to everyone else and there is no work?

You can’t ignore people or try to eliminate them with wars, lack of jobs and medical help. People are going to fight back. When there is nothing left to lose, there you have the scariest of armies. The middle class is disappearing in the United States. You have those that have everything and those that have very little. For those that have already lost so much, you cannot tell them that things are not that bad yet. Their lives are not a graph that shows we have a way to go before we really need to panic. You are either eating or you are not. You either have a job or you do not. THAT is indeed black and white.

And finally you have the people who have watched the injustices of law. People who have seen first hand how people are ignored, endangered, injured and maybe even killed because police and armies have weapons they will not hesitate to use. You have innocent people who have died. Their deaths are no less tragic than the child who gets caught in the spray of bullets in a drive-by with warring gangs, or the homeowner who gets shot in a robbery. We have to stop pitting our own stories against one another as if one matters more than the other and look to the greater concern. We are not each other’s enemies here. We have power we are not using. We can still vote. We can insist our politicians no longer be the rich guy, whose parents groomed them for office and who come from a long line of men who have held office. So what??? We want real men, real women . . . people who know what their countries need and want and are not afraid to do what is right. We need to be the ones coming up with the answers for our own lives and not some committee of privileged people who have never even known what it is like to try and make $20 last for a whole week when you need to feed a family of 4.

Stop watching the housewives of Beverly Hills and look around you at the housewives in your neighbourhood. There is the reality. What do you need? What can you do?

Lately I keep thinking about how so many people, after WWI wanted to know how the German people could have stood by and let such things happen. It is easy. We are all somewhat like the frog in the water, gently heated until boiling. We are slowly deadened to the reality of our situation. Get comfortable enough, look away enough … it is a step by step painless process until it is way too late. It is almost like we are all convinced if we just close our eyes tight and click our heels, we will be back home and all will be well.

It isn’t well.

So draw your line in the sand over whatever it is that finally gets your attention, but draw a damn line and hope for the support of other people, who will have other lines, and may not completely understand or support yours, but will understand the lines are all we have.

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6 thoughts on “Do You Have A Line In Your Sand?

  1. “I look at what is going on around the world and the need for people to stand up against their corrupt governments.”

    I read somewhere the other day that some of the folks overthrowing the regime in the Ukraine would like to create their own version of the 2nd Amendment. Nothing like real tyranny to teach the truth. That is part of what is happening in America today – Leftist tyranny is becoming more apparent every day.

    regards,

    lwk

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  2. Great post and thank you. It is nice to see someone who may not agree with our view supporting our right to have that view.

    This is their line in the sand. Do I wish they had rallied behind something else in the constitution like maybe equality? Yes. But they are rallying.

    I would invite you to get to know more gun owners in America. I think you’ll find a lot more people who are concerned about equality then you imagine.
    We may support that goal differently but I don’t know many gun owners — and as Membership Secretary for a 2,400 member gun club, I know a few — that don’t support the concept of equality.
    Like many people, I disagree with the idea we can legislate equality into existence. We don’t believe that we can enact a law and make people change. We really need to slowly, steadily and with reason change the culture. But that change has to incorporate all the various subcultures in America; not just being targeted at one — usually ‘white people’. Or Christians, etc.

    I am a Canadian living in Australia

    i would be interested in hearing your view of how life, how crime, how people changed after Australia implemented their draconian gun control laws.

    Bob S.
    3 Boxes of BS

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    • thanks for your comment and insights. I have a couple of things in reply.

      If my post read that I was suggesting gun owners were of a certain ilk that was not my intent at all. I think people have guns for a whole variety of reasons and as I stated (obviously not well enough :)) no group is all bad or all good. I certainly was not suggesting they were not for equality, I was just picking something that the is “politically correct” and more people would have supported when I said I wish it had been equality (meaning all Americans) because I think American gun owners are given a bad rap that is not deserved.

      As for the difference in Australia. When I got here the first thing I noticed was the lack of sirens – ambulance and police. Then I noticed how few – like maybe one a month – murders were committed. That was over 8 years ago, it has changed since as the number of murders now seems to be a weekly thing but the sirens are still strangely quiet :). As for the gun laws, I discussed with my husband whose career involved gun usage. We have both traveled extensively, him more than me – he has been around the world 5 times. We have been through every state in the US – extensively and know and love the “real” American people. We both agreed about the cultural differences between the US and Australia and considered the vast difference in population. The US is the 4th largest country in the world, Australia the 6th. You have 10 times the population we have and that population is more evenly distributed across the whole while ours is basically coastal. When the gun changes came in, those that did not really need their guns (inherited them etc) handed them in. The criminal element tried to hide theirs and those who legitimately needed their guns for the farm, career or sports, registered theirs and enjoy and use them as intended. You can get a gun permit without too much hassle. Most Australians are not big on guns. However, some of the Australians that immigrate here, who come from cultures where guns are prominent, may struggle with that idea a bit more. It is pretty much a non issue for most of us which leads to them not having a whole lot of understanding about America. When all you see of the US is Disneyland and then the TV shows and the glorified news of all the killings, it is easy to think the answer is to eliminate the guns. I have had a lot of conversations with people here trying to explain the US is not Disneyland or television and to explain the differences with government, attitudes, culture etc. I just think we need to educate ourselves, talk more, and be open to accepting and supporting our individual struggles in our own lives.

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  3. If my post read that I was suggesting gun owners were of a certain ilk that was not my intent at all.

    Thank you for that. All too often, as you mention, gun owners are stereotyped into intolerant red neck types as Barack Obama said “bitterly clinging to their guns and religion”.

    was just picking something that the is “politically correct”
    This is what confuses me. Gun owners want everyone to be able to decide how they live,how they protect themselves, how they interact; and yet that aspect of our lives often makes us ‘less than politically correct’ in the views of some.
    Meanwhile the anti-rights cultists aka Gun control groups; are often the same people who want to dictate “acceptable speech”, the right diets (no sodium, no sugar), dictate tolerance — for everyone except those yucky conservative gun owners, etc.

    Then I noticed how few – like maybe one a month – murders were committed. That was over 8 years ago, it has changed since as the number of murders now seems to be a weekly thing

    Given the stats from the national agency reporting homicide rates down; is this a local issue or something the press hasn’t caught up with yet?

    I just think we need to educate ourselves, talk more, and be open to accepting and supporting our individual struggles in our own lives.

    I think that gun owners are finally wising up to the need to not only educate others but to be open and share their stories. The internet, especially blogging, has changed that ability. We can present more of our story, show the good side of firearms ( on my site I talk about the Youth Day event we have each year for example) — and show people we are just your friends, your co-worker, your dentist or retail clerk that you know.

    I also think the internet is helping us share the stories of where we draw the line in the sand — trying to get back to your original premise. We are better able to communicate that it is the whole package; liberty and justice for all that we want. We are tired of being pushed back, marginalized and stereotyped. I think there is a strong push back toward the center / toward more liberty. Of course some see this as rejection of the individual (Obama), as a class warfare (we supposedly hate the poor), or a rejection of federalism (governmental over reach is still wrong regardless of the level).

    Bob S.

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    • A couple of things have happened that may be contributing to a recent decline in the murders – one is that the Queensland Government declared war on the bikies. Basically they had taken over the Gold Cost to the point that it was beginning to look like the most dangerous place in Australia to live despite the affluence and big tourist draw. They were involved in an all out war. I am not up to date on all the details, but the police have all this power now with the bikies, they are not allowed to display any colours, if they are arrested all their property can be taken etc. So suddenly there are not that many home invasions and drive bys etc. As for crime going down, that surprises me and sounds like a government spin because I swear if I heard of someone being found dead, it wasn’t even confirmed murder, when I first got here. Now it seems to have exploded with all kinds of things, normal for north america things. Maybe the media is just reporting it and sensationalizing it more but I doubt it. The government here is upset with the ABC for reporting unfavourably against them LOL … nevermind that it is the truth ,.. . it makes them look bad. The other worrying thing is they have decided to “not provide” some information to us anymore like the details or even the statistics concerning the boat people and what is happening to them.

      I agree with the internet being a big help and I do sense a shift with people not being so quick to judge, or being willing to listen, or even standing up for other people and stepping in when discussions go from a topic to personal attacks. There seems to be a growing trend of “common sense” coming back into discussions. I have always believed in the power of people to control their own destiny and not needing, as you said earlier, to have everything legislated. Man has to control himself. Laws are not going to compel him to be honest. That is our job, to teach our children, to conduct ourselves as examples and to do the right thing because we are vested in the outcome of this world. I don’t need a law to tell me those things.

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