CAN THEY BE SERIOUS?
by Bob Russell, ©2013, blogging at Conservative Daily News
(Feb. 3, 2013) — Will wonders never cease? The Department of Homeland Security has come out with a video telling We the People to attack a gunman with a pair of scissors if we can’t hide or run away. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/31/new-homeland-security-video-urges-americans-to-resist-shooters-with-scissors/ WOW!!! Why have I never come up with such an ingenious plan? That sounds really good to me!!!! I have several sets of scissors at my house though I don’t normally carry them with me when I am out in public. I am not sure how calm and collected I will be in such a circumstance but I would hope that I would be calm enough to stab the gunman without injuring any innocent bystanders or myself in the process. What about the possibility of a stray, panicked swing hurting an innocent child standing nearby?
I wonder why DHS doesn’t just demand the crazed criminal turn in his weapons so I don’t have to worry about it in the first place. As a matter of fact, why not just tell all the gang members and criminals to turn in their weapons, or face prison time? Wouldn’t that solve the whole firearms crime problem? They certainly want me to be disarmed and unable to return fire as a defensive method. I guess that banning all guns is the answer to this problem (see the murder rate in Chicago for reference), and apparently the answer is to carry concealed scissors.
Would I need a permit for concealed scissors? Who would issue that permit, if needed, and would I have to undergo extensive training to be eligible for such a permit? I don’t do well cutting out strings of shapes, so I would need that extensive training. Also, can I defend myself with pointed scissors or do I need to use the blunt-ended ones that first graders use, for my own protection?
I am a Special Forces veteran and have been handling guns since I was 5 years old. I am now 63, so I have 58 years of handling a variety of firearms, including military hardware such as M-2 .50 caliber machine guns, recoilless rifles, mortars, rocket launchers, grenade launchers, and everything from a Spanish/American War rifle to an M-16. I have managed to fire hundreds of thousands of rounds from over one hundred different weapons, including anti-tank weapons, without accidentally shooting anyone, nor have I ever committed a crime with a firearm. If I had known that a pair of scissors is the answer to the dangers of this world, I could have saved myself a lot of time and effort in learning how to handle firearms safely. It certainly would have been much easier to tote a pair of scissors through jungles and swamps instead of an eight-pound rifle and the accompanying ammunition.
I also find it odd that the same DHS that tells me to defend myself with scissors is buying 7,000 AR-15 carbines for the self-defense of their Gestapo, er, DHS, agents (like they will have semi-automatic fire only). Why is an AR-15 an “assault weapon” in my hands but a “personal defense weapon” in the hands of the Gestapo, er, DHS, agents? And why should I buy these weapons for them while being denied the same right myself? Can you spell HYPOCRISY???
Janet the Nappy Napolitano seems to think her minions need such firepower when I don’t. Why is that? Are they special or are the rest of us just so beneath her agents that only they have the right to self-defense? How about arming her agents with scissors if that is the answer to evil people intending to do harm to them!!! What is good for the goose should be good for the gander, but tyrants don’t look at things that way. They are more along the “do as I say not as I do” genre. Somehow “fairness” seems to be missing in their mission to render We the People defenseless before their Gestapo, er, DHS, agents.
Fairness is the mantra for everything they do until it comes to We the People being able to protect ourselves from murderers or Gestapo agents. Suddenly “fairness” isn’t so important. What is important is that We the People do not have the means to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government. One thing I know to be an indisputable fact is that the 2nd Amendment isn’t about hunting or target shooting. It is totally about protection from a tyrannical government. The founders were very clear in the Constitution, the Federalist papers, and other writings, that We the People should be able to defend ourselves from King George III and future tyrants.
The battles at Lexington and Concord started because British soldiers were on a mission to disarm We the People. I guess our founders didn’t take to the idea of being defenseless any more than the patriots of today. If only scissors would have been more readily available to the colonists!!!
Another thought to chew on; if scissors will solve the problems of illegal use of guns, why not just make “rock, paper, scissors” the law enforcement answer to solving every problem we face today. My ten-year-old granddaughter explained the way the game works yesterday, and I find it a refreshing way to resolve the issue of crazed gunmen or a tyrannical government and its Gestapo, er, DHS, agents. When no one has a gun, we can play this child’s game to resolve any disagreement and no one gets hurt; well, except for the poor unfortunate fool who chooses to defend himself with paper when facing a rock or a pair of scissors.
Once scissors are the weapon of the day, will we need to register each set of scissors and store them in a federal government-approved site? What class of scissors will be permitted to us peasants? Back to my earlier comment: Will pointed scissors be “deemed” too dangerous for possession by the general public, as in us peasants? Will we only be allowed the kindergarten-style blunt-nosed scissors “to protect us from ourselves”?
I not only find this video totally absurd, but also resent my tax money being used for another moronic propaganda scheme of the Gestapo, er, DHS. How much tax money did this video cost and how much are those 7,000 “personal defense weapons,” including high-capacity magazines and ammunition, going to cost those of us who will have to scrape to find the money to buy appropriate scissors for our own personal defense and then pay for the permits we will no doubt be required to possess in order to carry them concealed?