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A recent Facebook post on an accidental death prompts me to set things straight on gun control. Gun related deaths are relatively few compared to other causes like hammers or swimming pools, the list goes on. So why the hype? What is so scary about guns? One can be killed as easily by a car or baseball bat, not to mention smoking and eating fatty foods. Yet, you don’t see many posts about hammer control. The answer is simple: Guns are a threat to the left, so they use fear and brainwashing to push their agenda. Are socialists afraid of being shot? Do they have a special sensitivity to gun deaths? No. They couldn’t care any more if someone died of a gunshot, accidental or not, or got fatally hit by a bus. Why would anyone? Both are preventable and accidents happen, especially around stupid or careless people, that will never change. The left is about taxation, and it is much harder to tax an armed population. What happened to the British in 1775 is a prime example. The only reason for gun control is the support of taxation and population control. It has nothing to do with reducing accidental gun deaths or shootings, nothing! If it was about saving lives, there are numerous more important causes that need support.

Keep Kids Safe

Keep Kids Safe

If you support gun control, ask yourself why. I mean, really, aren’t other things more important and more urgent? Why don’t you make a list of pressing issues with more victims than gun related ones? I suggest you make yourself a sandwich, get some water and go to the bathroom before you start, because it will take you a while before you get to guns. The truth is that by promoting gun control online you are promoting taxation and control, your taxation and the control of your life. While it might not be a noticeable issue yet in the United States, your future might be at stake. Don’t fall for the brainwashing and peer pressure, think for yourself. If you want to save lives, donate money to the NRA, they have wonderful gun safety programs. The solution is education, not control. Don’t be a sheep.
Self Defense is Baaad!

Self Defense is Baaad!

There is nothing you can do about guns. The cat is out of the bag. Guns exist and are not going away. Criminals have them and can always find them. The only people affected by gun laws are honest citizens. Many are your friends, even family members. They have children, love their wives. They go to family picnics with their kids, pay taxes and respect the speed limits. They just like shooting as a hobby, hunting or want to be able to protect their families and communities, you included.
1984

1984

If you have an irrational fear of guns, the best way to cure it is not by preventing others to own one. It won’t reduce your chances of being shot, on the contrary. You should go to a range and take a class. You will meet the nicest people imaginable, friendly and family oriented. They will be glad to help you discover a fun activity that might one day save your life. What more could you ask for?
Manhood

Manhood

The United States is still ahead of all others when it comes to freedom, and the best measure of it is the ability of honest citizens to own weapons. There is no better barometer of freedom, none.
Gun Monopoly.

Gun Monopoly.

I often wonder how seemingly intelligent people hold certain opinions that slap the face of logic. The fact is that we are to an extent the product of the groups we live or work in. The danger for anyone in a group, work or otherwise, is that ideas formed in those groups get bounced back and forth, and doing so, gather momentum, strength, whether they are right or not. Individuals in those groups stop questioning these ideas because they are accepted in the group. I am a libertarian, but I spend a lot of time with die-hard liberals, a few die-hard republicans, Christians and atheists. That keeps me in check when my thinking goes overboard, maybe I keep them in check too, sometimes. It also certainly sharpens my social skills, as far as not stepping on toes too hard goes. I do enjoy a good argument, but when emotions take over reason and logic, it can get ugly. That’s when I usually end the conversation, for then there is nothing for me to learn or teach. Exchanging ideas is great, forcing them on someone else, not so much.

I would suggest anyone in a group (which can be a college, family, church, office, etc.) to step outside of it on a regular basis, and “fraternize with the enemy.” Simply because group ideas will always be more extreme than necessary, if not outright wrong. That is probably how young muslim men end-up strapping themselves with explosives and blow themselves up. Nobody around them is there to keep them in check. Extreme ideas become more extreme, and what would have seemed crazy before now looks perfectly reasonable.. So, step out of your group, and go meet people who think differently than you do! Nobody around? Fine, read a book people around you totally disagree with..

Group interactions can become group brainwashing. Cults know this better than anyone. A cult member will be isolated from his/her family and friends and rather quickly accept the ideas of the group. We all want to belong, we are gregarious creatures. Don’t think it can’t happen to you.. The most intelligent people get trapped. When I hear the political opinions of students at New College in Sarasota for example (I call it the “People’s Republic of New College”), I can’t help but think of mass self brainwashing.. Not everyone there falls in, mind you. I know some very bright (smarter than me) students there who don’t conform. Unfortunately Socialism has taken hold of most colleges and universities. I won’t get started on the evils of Socialism here.. Just keep reading my blog.. It is interesting though to notice that the most extreme young liberals come from wealthy Republican parents..

I actually decided to write this post after suggesting my friends to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.”:


I was also directing them to two great articles:

‘Atlas Shrugged’: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years
Battling Obama by ‘Going Galt’

Most of them will probably make the same face they would have sucking on a bitter lime! However, consider part of the first article: “readers rated ‘Atlas’ as the second-most influential book in their lives, behind only the Bible.” I did read it many years ago, and it defined ideas I had for a long time, but never knew how to put together in a coherent form. For some people, it will be a turning point in their lives. Amazing how a book written in 1957 can be so timely, in light of the present economical situation.

But enough with politics. I just hate it when someone I know gets into a group and absorbs their ideas like a dry sponge thrown in a hot bath. Especially when those ideas are weird, extreme or even dangerous. There isn’t always someone close enough to shake you and say “snap out of it.” You have to check yourself. If a friend you’ve known for years gives you a weird look after a statement you made, ask yourself if you may have been influenced..