by William B. Blair
Special to TLE
With the subject of "evil assault weapons" once again surfacing in
the media, with the President claiming that no citizen has the right
to purchase such weapons because they serve "no sporting purpose," I
must remind everyone that the 2nd Amendment is not about duck
hunting. It's about the ultimate self-defense of the individual from
tyrannical government. A number of our founding fathers and authors
of the Constitution stated this through personnel correspondence and
in other printed media. There is no need to debate in a vacuum the
intended meaning of this Amendment. Its authors have already
interpreted it for us.
In any case, the root of the crime problem in this country has little
to do with guns of any kind, as our government would want us to
believe. The crime problem in this country has everything to do with
huge, incredibly expensive government programs that have failed
miserably and dangerously. See if you can determine the ultimate
effect on our nation when the results of a failed government program
are combined with results of a failed government policy in the
Once upon a time, a government established a program called "welfare"
that encouraged out-of-wedlock births among young girls since
benefits from this program could be received only if the resulting
child was fatherless. Our main character, a teenage girl, is from an
nth-generation welfare family. There is no work or achievement ethic
instilled in her by her single parent, her mother, nor are good
grades in school demanded of her. She goes to a government daycare
prison called a "public school" where others like her disrupt the
classes taught by disillusioned teachers who may have been, at one
time long ago, idealistic enough to believe that they could actually
"make a difference" against these long odds.
With no real education, she can realistically choose from only two
career paths. She can get a miserable, minimum wage job at a fast
food joint or she can have a child out of wedlock, get on welfare
(like mom) and receive: food stamps, free food for her baby under
another government program, free medical care for her and her baby,
massively subsidized housing, massively subsidized day care, etc. In
9 U.S. states, when all of the tax-free benefits under welfare are
taken into account, welfare pays more than the average first-year,
after-tax salary for a teacher. In 29 states it pays more than the
average starting salary for a secretary. In 47 states welfare pays
more than a janitor earns. In the 6 most generous states, benefits
exceed the entry-level salary for a computer programmer. Minimum
wage? Work? Are you crazy?
Years go by and her male baby grows to adolescence. He is surrounded
by many others of his age who are also products of this failed
government program. He has no father. He needs male bonding,
protection, and the feeling that he is important to someone, anyone.
He joins a gang.
The gang finds that it's easy to acquire huge sums of money selling
illegal drugs and difficult to accumulate even meager amounts through
honest, hard work. Why pay attention in school? That's difficult and
boring and graduation, if it comes, is years away. Drugs are far more
profitable and the rewards of dealing them are received immediately.
Outside the ghetto, out in "middle America," the same people who have
failed to research the root causes of our nation's problems (problems
like gun-related violence) have demanded that their government fight
Prohibition Part II (a.k.a. "The War on Drugs"). Multi-billion dollar
federal and state government agencies with vested interests in
Prohibition Part II are more than willing to comply with and even
encourage this way of thinking. The average American voter doesn't
seem to remember any history beyond last night's football score. He
doesn't remember the catastrophic Prohibition Part I which resulted
in: gang warfare, drive-by shootings with 1920s era "assault
weapons," bombings, robberies, extortion, murder, widespread
corruption of politicians and policemen, and the placing of many
billions of 1997 equivalent dollars into the hands of criminal
elements, causing the rapid growth of crime from small, localized
problems into a massive, national one under the control of organized
Sound familiar? Today, modern gangs conduct drug turf wars and carry
out drive-by shootings with guns, the extremely high cost of drugs
results in robberies (sometimes involving guns) to support expensive
drug habits/addictions, the extreme profit margins make it well worth
the risk to sell drugs to your children no matter what the penalty
for doing so, policemen and politicians are corrupted with drug money
or killed because of it, and your constitutional rights under your
Bill of Rights are violated by court decisions made in the interest
of fighting a totally hopeless Prohibition Part II.
How many liquor store owners shoot up their competition these days?
How many liquor store owners risk their legal businesses to recruit
booze "pushers" in your local grade school? How many alcoholics break
into your home to steal something when they can easily support their
habit with the income earned from the most menial of jobs or even
through begging? How many politicians or policemen are corrupted by
or killed over "booze money?"
A federal prison is a place guarded by armed personnel using
spotlights, cameras, police K-9s, guard towers, and high double
fences festooned with razor wire. A federal prison is, also, a place
where drugs are trivially easy to obtain. If one extrapolates this to
our nations' War on Drugs, it means that we could convert this entire
nation into a high security prison, far beyond a total police
state... and we'd still have drugs. Prohibition Part II is failing as
miserably as Part I while having an equally catastrophic effect on
this nation's crime rate. We need to explore other solutions to this
Back to our story. The boy becomes an adult. His continued drug sales
or use result in his eventual imprisonment. Mandatory minimum
sentences set by government for drug-related offenses put him away
for a longer time for a non-violent, consensual crime than someone
imprisoned for a violent, gun-related crime. Since 1989, more people
have been incarcerated for drug offenses than for all violent crimes
combined, and drug offenders account for 60 percent of the federal
prison population. With the prison overcrowding resulting from this
mass incarceration, we now have to parole violent offenders from
prisons to make room for the non-violent. We allow violent criminals
to plea-bargain so we can make room in our courts and prisons for
non-violent drug offenders. We then wonder why we have so much
violence in our streets? It's because of guns, right? Wrong!
FAILED GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS & POLICIES = CRIME.
Your government tells you: GUNS = CRIME. What a convenient
scapegoat ... and you continue to believe it.
TREASON, TREASON, TREASON!
"I sympathize with the agonizing dilemma faced by President
Roosevelt. He was forced to find circuitous means to persuade an
isolationist America to join in a fight for freedom. ... It is easier
to take a critical view of this policy a half century removed than to
understand fully what went on in Roosevelt's mind in the year prior
to Pearl Harbor."
-- Robert Stinnett, in his book
Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor,
in which he asserts that the monster Roosevelt II
deliberately precipitated America's entry into World War II over the
brutally blasted or horribly drowned bodies of thousands of American
servicemen. Stinnett, in spite of his research and conclusions, still
finds that being a sheeple is preferable to thinking ill of the feral