Recalling the early roots of gun control ACT 3-19-13
A fascinating twist of gun control is recalling that the Democratic Party started gun control as part of racist Jim Crow laws passed after the Civil War to control freed slaves. The Democrats understood that guns in the hands of freed slaves allowed them to fight back and protect themselves. They prohibited people of color from owning guns or ammunition. We have good reason to distrust them. The Ku Klux Klan was the militant arm of the Democratic Party. Research this dark history lesson. We must support the “freedom” to keep and bear arms in America. Nationwide gun control and “registration” is on the table. Do not be confused by the discussion of safety or “registration.” Certain people have fought for decades to take away our “freedom” to keep and bear arms. They call it many names including Jim Crow, registration, assault weapon, qualification and safety. Gun controls have been enforced against “people of color” in the past and now to be imposed on everyone. The Democratic Party favored gun control — then and now. Call Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and President Obama to let them know how you feel about their gun control ideas.
Lynda Bennett, Maggie Valley
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.