3 Feb 15
“Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.”
George Jean Nathan
History will record that crime in America, violent crime in particular, hit an all-time high in the 1980s. It has been declining steadily ever since and is today, at least officially, at its lowest ebb since these statistics have had any real meaning. The invariant decline has spanned several administrations.
Statistics are, of course, routinely manipulated by politicians and police chiefs alike in an attempt to make themselves look good, or avoid looking bad. Even so, the above-mentioned decline has been relentless.
As you might imagine, there is no shortage of “studies” of this phenomenon. Politicians and bureaucrats alike, predictably wasting no time in heaping credit upon themselves, point out the unfailing wonderfulness of this program or that, and argue that their agency, and government in general, needs to expand exponentially in order to keep up the trend.
However, most Americans are concluding that ever-increasing restrictions on individual freedom and liberty, via a suffocating government, does not enhance personal safety. It never has!
Expansion of personal liberty does! That is the message of legal concealed carry, and private gun ownership in general.
Interesting that one reason for the decline, and the one that is most consistent throughout the period, is the movement toward legal concealed carry of weapons by citizens that has swept the nation over the past thirty years, along with LEOSA which has legally armed thousands of police officers, active and retired. These measures have been quietly signed into law, with absolutely no fanfare and scant attention from the media, by governors and presidents alike.
Would-be burglars, rapists, murderers, and now jehad terrorists are being shot, driven-off, and dissuaded by legally armed Americans far more than was the case back in the 1980s, and statistics reflect it.
Despite the consistent leftist theme of “learned helplessness,” promoted by unemployed mayors, even retired military leaders, decreasing numbers of even professing Democrats are buying into it!
Even they know the truth:
Free men bear arms!
In their deceitful cries for “sensible legislation” to end “gun violence,” they never get specific. Leftists never do! Their goal is the forced disarmament of all Americans, including police. But, they won’t say that out loud. And their credibility is ever tainted, because they want their new draconian laws to apply to everyone, except them (a dependable leftist signature). They don’t talk about that out loud either!
With Islamic jehadists now talking about attacking “soft” targets, “anywhere and everywhere,” Americans are in no mood to listen to these selfish, paranoid, leftist hypocrites.
We’re on our own, and we know it!
“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong,
… but that is always where the smart money goes!”