The issue of gun rights / or How to See Right thru a politician!

Why Did it Have to be ... Guns?
by L. Neil Smith

Over the past 30 years, I've been paid to write almost two million words, every one of which, sooner or later, came back to the issue of guns and gun-ownership. Naturally, I've thought about the issue a lot, and it has always determined the way I vote.

People accuse me of being a single-issue writer, a single- issue thinker, and a single- issue voter, but it isn't true. What I've chosen, in a world where there's never enough time and energy, is to focus on the one political issue which most clearly and unmistakably demonstrates what any politician—or political philosophy—is made of, right down to the creamy liquid center.

Make no mistake: all politicians—even those ostensibly on the side of guns and gun ownership—hate the issue and anyone, like me, who insists on bringing it up. They hate it because it's an X-ray machine. It's a Vulcan mind-meld. It's the ultimate test to which any politician—or political philosophy—can be put.

If a politician isn't perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash—for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn't your friend no matter what he tells you.

If he isn't genuinely enthusiastic about his average constituent stuffing that weapon into a purse or pocket or tucking it under a coat and walking home without asking anybody's permission, he's a four-flusher, no matter what he claims.

What his attitude—toward your ownership and use of weapons—conveys is his real attitude about you. And if he doesn't trust you, then why in the name of John Moses Browning should you trust him?

Read the rest of this excellent essay here.


Sparky said...

Wow, that IS a well written article! And may I add, have you noticed that gun ownership is not about "single-issue" discussions. All this [pay attention here commie's] gun ownership rights discussion is tied in with "allowing" us to own property, keep our money, vote our consciences, and generally walk down the street unmolested by Baddies. Huh! Prove me wrong!! Can't ... can ya. "An armed society is a polite society".

idahobob said...

Gotta love L. Neil!

Sweet and to the point.


GunRights4US said...

I have a young city councilman here who has been a pretty good concilman so far. I've voted for him a couple of times but recently the local Tea Party sent him an issues questionaire and I was shocked to his response on the 2A. He basically tried to come down on both sides of the issue; something like "I support the 2A BUT I think common sense regulation is needed". Well the moment I read this particular essay I thought of that young councilman, so I sent him a copy of him and challenged him to respond. If he does - I will post it here.

Ken said...

...damn fine read Brother,thanx fer the linx.