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Had a delightful conversation over sturdy coffee and huevos rancheros in Old Town ABQ with a good friend a day or so ago. Presently the conversation came around to firearms and freedom. He explained that his country had thousands of years of history and accordingly firearms are tightly regulated. America is different, he explained.....
The gun culture in America was born of an inherent distrust of government that manifests itself to this day.
America's distrust of government has eroded mightily over the last century and, although we have squandered the better part of our birthright on the notion that more taxes will solve everything, there is still an undercurrent of readily apparent dissatisfaction with all things political. Thank God for small favors.
One day, a long, long time ago, a bunch of dead white males came up with something unique. Something appalling. Something that cost most of them whatever was dear to them. Something that doesn't exist most other places. Something that has been abused, debased, stretched, twisted, and warped by subsequent generations, but none-the-less, it is our unique American birthright.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these
ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to
institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely
to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate
that Governments long established should not be changed for light and
transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that
mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to
right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably
the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.