Bloomberg’s money is already being spent in the Palmetto State. Attempting to exploit the Charleston tragedy, true to form for the tasteless style Progressives adopt to effect “change”, they staged a propaganda event at the College of Charleston under the cover of another “public health” initiative.
A perfect combination for mischief here – special interests groups galore with money to burn and an effete collection of intellectuals. Paul Johnson said it best: “. . . beware intellectuals. Not merely should they be kept well away from the levers of power, they should also be objects of suspicion when they seek to offer collective advice.”
Of course, all of this taps in heavily to the Charleston shooting by a maniacal disturbed young man, Dylann Roof. Replicating countless other entities, such as Gun Sense Vermont, we now have a cousin organization which boorishly plays on the Charleston shooting in appeals on its website.
GSSC claims that “nine out of every ten South Carolinians who want background checks on all gun purchases”. Really? Ask yourself – if you inherit your father’s shotgun or if you give your son his first deer rifle, do you want a law that requires you to go to a Federal Firearms Licencee (“FFL”) or face fines and jail time?
You see, the polls that these characters cite really ask little more than whether people want to stop criminals from obtaining guns, not whether voters actually favor universal background checks. Morever, the surveys are conducted by organizations paid by the gun control advocates – so the outcome is never in question.
What they don’t tell you is that the poll questions emphasize claimed benefits from background checks while leaving out the necessity of a gun registry, the fees imposed on gun transfers, and that such rules more often end up barring firearms transfers by law abiding citizens because of bureaucratic errors.
As Thomas Sowell notes “[n]ot since the days of the divine right of kings has there been such a presumption of a right to direct others and constrain their decisions, largely through expanded powers of government.” Yet, people of common sense know better. We are not so quick to abandon the Second Amendment, and for that matter, the Bill of Rights that the Progressives want to subvert.
A story from history. It was March 5, 1836. Spring comes early in southern Texas and signs of new life were everywhere. But this day found men at the Alamo, some of them quite young, facing the winter of their life.
Col. William Barrett Travis called his men together.
His words were succinct. “We must die – our business is not to make a fruitless effort to save our lives, but to choose the manner of our death.”
The story goes that Travis drew his sword and slowly marked a line in the dirt. “I now want every man who is determined to stay here and die with me to come across this line.”
This is the quality of energy and courage needed to defend liberty in our great State. Unlike the men at the Alamo, we do not face certain death at the hands of our enemy. Instead, we fact the slow but sure degradation of our liberties until all that remains is a portion of shared misery.
Mark Twain reputedly said that a lie travels around the globe while the truth is putting on its shoes. Many sensational lies are being circulated to take away your rights, both under the federal and our State constitution.
Join South Carolina Carry (www.sccarry.org) and work to protect your liberty and that of the generations to come.