Some years ago I had the opportunity of walking through a number of fields with a game warden to help in the process of counting pheasants. I thought at the time that this had to be a rather unscientific way of counting birds. Quite frankly we didn’t see or hear that many. This is what I learned however. The warden told me that for every pheasant he saw or heard, he multiplied by nine. He advised me that they had been able to prove their method over many years of trying to establish correct numbers of pheasants.
significance of this counting method comes into play when one attempts
to discover just how many guns are in the hands of US citizens.
According to an article in “The Christian Science Monitor” dated January
3, 2013, the total number of guns last counted in 2009 was 310 million.
That means essentially one for every man, woman, and child in the US.
Now does anyone really think that everyone who owns guns actually
reported to the pollsters exactly what and how many they had? If you
believe that, I have some great, recently filled in, swamp land to sell
you. I think a much more accurate count should be 310 million multiplied
by a number like say, nine. I know of people who have rooms full of
both guns and ammunition.
is the significance of this information. If anyone in Washington
actually thinks that issuing an order, Presidential, executive, or any
other, ending gun ownership in this country would result in gun owners
actually turning in their guns, they need to have their collective heads
examined. It ain’t gonna happen, period. First of all, nobody really
has any idea of the actual number of guns in this country. Secondly, any
such order would be illegal. We are guaranteed by the Second Amendment
to the US Constitution the right to own and bear arms. And, may I add,
the primary reason for this amendment is to prevent any government,
foreign or domestic from illegal acts such as this.
you just imagine being one of the agents assigned to go out and collect
the guns? I think I would rather gather up rattlesnakes barehanded.
That would be much easier.
is a clear reason why no foreign country has ever tried to invade
America. The Commander in Chief of the Japanese Imperial Navy Isoroku
Yamamoto during WWII is reported to have warned against an invasion of
the US because there was probably a gun behind every blade of grass.
Those guns are indeed there and they are there to protect this country
from invaders from foreign countries as well as from our own government.
When the second amendment was written it was already clearly understood
that American citizens could and should be armed. This amendment was
never about granting citizens the right to own and bear arms. The
purpose of the amendment was only to codify that right.
wrote recently that the noise was only going to get louder and louder.
That for a certainty is happening. I can only hope that calmer heads
prevail. All Members of Congress need to take heed. There is much more
at stake here than just your job in Washington. Messing around with
American citizen’s basic rights would rile up an already unhappy
majority. I believe that is the last thing you want or need right now.
Ron Scarbro January 23, 2013
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