Rest In Peace Otis McDonald
Otis McDonald, the man solely responsible for the SCOTUS ruling that forced the City of Chicago to end its 28 year ban on handguns died last Friday. First, we want to extend our condolences to Otis’ family and close friends. While I never met the guy, I revered and respected him, and you should too. It wasn’t just handguns in Chicago Otis helped with. His case was the watershed moment when Illinoisans went after their CCW rights as well.
Seeing the landmark case: McDonald v. Chicago, the gun rights community saw an opportunity to go a step further and end Illinois’ reign as the last hold out in concealed carry rights. Yes, my friends, Mr. Otis McDonald is a hero, and should be so, to every person in our country who values his/her god given rights as denoted in our Bill of Rights. For decades Illinois trampled those rights through ideologically driven hysteria about mass killings, and violent crime-most of which is committed by criminals who illegally possess firearms.
Today, we have a CCW law in Illinois that is acceptable, as it finally allows us to carry our firearms, after two days of intensive training, and the City of Chicago can no longer force its residents to be sitting ducks for home invaders and gang bangers. But its more important than that. The Second Amendment is not for self defense. It is for the defense of all of our other God Given Rights. And with the Second becoming more talked about, it is becoming more solidly engrained in the minds of those who didn’t give it much thought before. And that is the best outcome of Mr. McDonald’s tireless work on behalf of his fellow Chicagoans and Illinoisans. Where the Second Amendment is not honored, no other civil rights are safe. That my friends makes Otis McDonald my personal hero. So, I say to Otis McDonald, rest in peace. And thank you for giving me the ability to rest comfortably at night, knowing my family are safe from illegal gun owners, because I am a legal gun owner/carrier.
Many of the gun-grabbers have attacked the Second Amendment for various reasons. They show up each time there is a mass shooting, or gang shooting, or when Piers Morgan opens his mouth. Often it is the entertainment industry, and usually the ones therein who have body guards 24/7. Otis inspired me to write about this issue a long time ago. Here is my retort to Eddie Vedder, the singer of “Pearl Jam” who believes we should all be disarmed. I pull no punches with these folks, as they are the most ignorant of our laws, our Constitution, and ironically will lose everything if the Second Amendment is gone, as the first thing that goes when a people are disarmed, is their free speech.
by: Matthew S. Harrison
First, I would like to thank Eddie. On the day my divorce from my first wife was final, I bumped into he and Dennis Rodman, at a place where a guy who just got divorced, a Rock Star, and a Basketball Star might all be found…a strip club! My friend John took me to “Crazy Horse Too” in Chicago. It was a strange and fun day. While getting into the “VIP section, after John gave a pile of dough to the monstrous bouncer, we sat with the only other two people in the VIP section at 2:00 PM on a Monday afternoon-Rodman and Vedder. It was surreal. Furthermore, they bought us Champagne and wished me well on my new journey of bachelorhood. They sent us dancers for a couple hours. We got drunk. We went home. So, thank you Eddie, for making a difficult day a little easier, and a lot drunker!
Now, on to the reason for this piece: I am never surprised when a person of liberal leaning wants to take my guns away. It stopped surprising me a long time ago. But, I always am a little surprised with the level of ignorance of folks like Eddie, like Jim Carrey, and others who think that gun control is the answer to idiots leaving guns out where their kids can get them, or to gangbangers killing themselves. At the end of the day, we have a mighty military, and those guns on the streets are the only thing between us and tyranny. Oh, I know, the lefties will cry foul over that statement. But, those folks who disagree should take a look at The United Kingdom, who disarmed their people a decade ago, and now regularly jail them for speech the government deems “indecent.” They should also look at countries around the world who routinely execute sorcerers, witches, and those who speak out against their governments ( China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, many African nations and Russia). Those are just a few places where there is strict gun control. Add to that, the fact that in the nations where guns have been outlawed in the West, like Australia, UK, and others, violent crime did not fall. Murders by gun may have, but overall violent crime stayed steady. One can also look at statistics for home invasion, and other personal attack types and see that there has been an increase-why? Because people have been disarmed.
I know it is easy for someone with $400 million in the bank to demand that there be total gun control and disarmament of civilians, because they have highly secured homes, homes in neighborhoods away from where the real violent crime takes place, and they have the ability on short notice, say when the government decides to put soldiers on the street, to jump in a Gulfstream 550 (which they own) and fly to safe haven-probably the same safe-haven where they keep their money! In fact, I’d venture a guess that Eddie and the band have dough stashed in various jurisdictions around the world, to avoid our ridiculous tax structure here in the states, and for just that crazy day when the feces hits the oscillating device here at home.
In the end, it’s easy to demand guns go away. It’s easy to see a shooting on the nightly news and say guns should be outlawed. But, for every violent crime where a gun is used, a violent crime is stopped with a gun-often times in the hands of a CCW holder, or a homeowner who stops a guy from killing his/her family who has broken in with the intent to do harm to them (70%+ of home invasions are done for the sake of committing violence, not burglary). In the end, guys like Eddie Vedder and Jim Carey have bevies of bodyguards who use firearms in the discharge of their personal protection duties, covering The Carey and Vedder families, wherever they go, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Furthermore, they (the Vedders and Careys) live in communities which have their own private armed security forces, security gates, and don’t have to rely on the police to respond at a moment’s notice when their families are in jeopardy (which cops don’t do anyway-try 30 minute response time on average nationwide).
I would ask Eddie and any other fabulously wealthy rock star, movie star, or limousine liberal politician, to go take a drive through some rough neighborhoods near their gated communities of castles most people don’t even dream about living in. When they get there, go walk around, without body guards. First, they won’t. That would be incredibly stupid and very dangerous. Then ask themselves if they would like to live there, without bodyguards, without gates and private armed security contractors, and lastly, with gangs threatening their wives, children, and neighbors, without being armed in any way shape or form, all the while knowing the bad guys all have guns. Additionally I would ask Eddie and others, what they think the government would be afraid of, were the 200+ million guns Americans now possess, suddenly gone. I would like to hear their answer as to whether or not lunatics like Harry Reid and John McCain could be trusted not to take more of our civil rights than they already have? Right now, the government can take you in the night, never to be heard from again. They need no warrant. They need no real reason, other than claiming you are dangerous to America. Right now, they can, with Obamacare in full swing, decide if you get the surgery you need to repair your heart, and if they want to bar you from traveling to another country. What’s to stop them? GUNS! That’s what. The American public has guns for a reason. To even the playing field. It’s only fair.
Eddie, if you think the government wouldn’t become an immediate danger to you and me, if guns were gone, then you haven’t studied much of the history of this crazy world we live in. Ask a Jew whose family was wiped out by Hitler. Ask an Armenian whose family was decimated by the Ottoman Empire if they would have had a chance if they weren’t disarmed. You can’t throw a dart at a world atlas and not hit a country where the citizens at one time were disarmed and destroyed. The United Kingdom easily invaded and stole India from its citizens with 10,000 men and long rifles Eddie. It doesn’t take more than an hour of reading history to know that gun control is maniacal ceding of all of your civil rights to the Government. I promise you, when your Second Amendment rights go away, so go your First Amendment rights. And while you have already made a fortune exercising your First Amendment rights, I don’t think you want to take that opportunity away from the young men and women with posters of you on their walls, and who have spent their allowance, their grocery bagging money, and their beer money to buy your records. As for the morons who leave their guns out for their kids to find and play with-they should be jailed. There needn’t be more gun control to accomplish that goal. And while firearms accidents will always be a part of a society who have guns, we have accidents in the military with them all the time, on police forces (very, very often in fact), and in the process of hunting. That doesn’t mean we take guns away from Marines and Cops. It just means that human beings make mistakes-and while it is tragic they do so with firearms, I see stories of dead kids on the news all the time, who fell out of windows that weren’t child proofed, who get run over by siblings who found their parents’ keys, and other terribly tragic stories that make me as a parent very angry. I don’t immediately demand cars, windows, snow mobiles, and kitchen knives get banned! I demand that my fellow Americans pull their heads out of their asses and take the job of parenting seriously. Demanding those things be banned would make me crazy Eddie-see my point? demagogueing gun control makes you look less than intellectual, and more like a hysterical leftist who is in on the con to turn this country socialist. And, given your vast wealth, I doubt you want that right? Right?