Gun Control (2000) by John A. Davison Dateline September 15, 2000. GUN CONTROL This is a beautiful example of the big lie technique in propaganda. You present an obviously impossible premise and then elaborate on it. It is also an example of that great liberal watchword - CONTROL. Liberals want to control everything - schools, land, growth of any kind. You name it, they want to control it. As for guns, not only can you not control them, but you can't control those who choose to use them for unlawful purposes. I had an interesting conversation with a retired police officer who was demonstrating water purifiers in Costgo the other day. He had been a cop in Washington D.C. a city with the toughest gun laws in the country. He said that on his beat alone he encountered a corpse per day on average. He agreed with me that the Brady Law had probably caused an increase in fatalities simply because if a criminal can not aquire a weapon by ordinary means, he will probably resort to violence to get one. I am also convinced that these safety locks will probably cause additional fatalities putting them on and taking them off the triggers. If all gun manufacture were to stop tomorrow, crime would skyrocket as crooks would steal other peoples weapons. The real issue is not gun control but crime control. The Second Amendment speaks of a "well regulated militia." Washington's army was a citizens army or militia. Our militia today is still the Citizens of this Nation. The National Guard which is a valuable component of the Armed Forces is another part of a Standing Army. But they are much too few in numbers to be able to control crime. In our society that is the province of the Police. Here is a model for crime control which I think is worthy of consideration. The nation of Switzerland is smaller than the State of Maine but has a population of about six million. They have a regular army of about 1500 commissioned and noncommissioned officers. They serve to train a citizens militia which numbers about 650 thousand men. In Switzerland all men bewteen 20 and 50 are subject to compulsory military service which means that they are trained in the use of all forms of weaponry. When they go home they take their weapons with them. I have not seen any crime statistics for Switzerland but I am willing to bet it is low, especially burglaries. Wouldn't you agree? The Swiss have also been able to avoid both World Wars. An agressor would be out of his mind to attack a mountain stronghold where every household is armed to the teeth. They also have their bridges mined and a state of the art modern air force. Remember what Theodore Roosevelt said - "Step softly and carry a big stick". It works! As I see it, the solution to our very high crime rate would be, using the Switzerland model, to ensure that every citizen is trained in the use of firearms, and to have access to those firearms. This is hardly the position of the liberal establishment. We have already made an important step in that direction here in Vermont with the Hunter Safety Program. I would like to see that elaborated and extended to a Citizens Firearms Training Program. Thank you. God Bless Vermont and God Bless America.
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