Monday, January 21, 2013

Ethnic, religious conflict at the root of gun hassle

Austin – The truth is, the only stocks and securities with guaranteed potential for growth in this miserable economy are those issued by arms manufacturers.

Look it up. It's the truth. In fact, the industry's biggest customer, the government, is buying all they can make, as quick as they can make it. Arms merchants at gun shows, in gun shops, sporting goods stores, and at pawn brokers, are hard pressed to keep merchandise on hand.

But the hard reality, the dirty little shame no one is talking about is simple enough.

At the root of the problem is the fear and loathing generated when people come into conflict over their ethnic heritage and their spiritual beliefs.

Ralph Patterson, GOP Chairman in Waco
You could hear it in the words of Ralph Patterson, the County Republican Chairman from the site of some of the worst gun violence perpetrated in the past decade.

Near the gritty industrial suburb of Bellmead, there occurred a massacre of women and little kids at a religious cult

It was a compound populated by multi-ethnic occupants, many of them negro, with very unpopular religious beliefs and a preacher with ongoing conflict with white men whose wives had abandoned them, and who wanted to take their kids back to the land down under in Australia and New Zealand.

They petitioned the government for help, offering information that Vernon Howell, the leader of the Branch Davidian faithful, was allegedly in violation of gun laws at his mail order business, The Mag Bag.

The government's gun regulators stepped in to serve a warrant of arrest and search, and when the killing was done, it left a nation sickened by the violent display, a small percentage of them vowing to exercise their freedom of self defense with firearms - by any means necessary.

It didn't happen in a political vacuum. That weekend in February of 1993, the state Legislature had voted out a concealed carry handgun license law, a measure Governor Ann Richards, a native of Lacy-Lakeview near Waco, had vowed to veto the moment it hit her desk.

She did veto the new law, and got the socks beat off her by challenger George W. Bush, who vowed he would make it his first act if elected to sign the new law.

President Obama's election set off a run on gun and ammo that lasted for months. His re-election has set off the same chain of events.

You can't find certain types of ammo, and reloading supplies are hard to come by.

Said brother Patterson to the Gun Appreciation Day rally put on by the Tea Party and an organization called Guns Across America.

“There were 30 million evangelical Christians who didn't go to the polls and vote in November. The President was elected by 10 million votes.”

Do the math. Mr. Patterson is the GOP official charged with getting out the vote in that quintessentially Baptist city on the Brazos, home of Baylor University.

The President is a man of mixed racial background whose mother was a white woman from Kansas, his father a black man from Kenya. His opponent in the election – Mitt Romney – is a Mormon whose religion's unconventional approach to Christianity rendered him speechless in any debate over the issue.

He declined to even discuss the matter. Evangelical Christians who previously swept Tea Party Republicans and fair-haired candidates such as Reagan and Bush into office by huge margins stayed away from the polls in droves.

Romney lost the election - big time.

Mark E. Gurgevitch, first generation son of a Serbian nationalist
At that same rally, Air Force veteran Mark E. Gurgevich spoke at length on mike about his family's struggle with their Christian roots in a republic dominated by the progeny of an Islamic conqueror, the Ottoman Turks.

His grandfather came to America seeking freedom – and found it, he emphasizes, in abundance.

He's a strong law and order man, a major friend of the cops in Corpus Christi, he says, speaking in a booming voice with plenty of macho preening and aggressive gestures to spare.

One recalls the ethnic cleansing that plagued that troubled country when the Soviets pulled out of Yugoslavia.

Serbian nationalist militiamen reportedly roamed the country, killing Islamic countrymen with anything handy, including golf clubs and large sticks the size of baseball bats. They didn't need guns to kill the men. They starved them to death.

In a particularly ugly scene, a self-described militiaman waded into a crowd of Hispanic kids waiting to tour the capitol building prior to a scheduled anti-gun rights rally scheduled Saturday on the opposite side of the building. He had an M-4 carbine slung across his back, it magazine absent.

The Hispanic kids took up combat stances all around him, eyes roving, standing in a barrio phalanx impossible to misinterpret. Sgt. Tommy Lyons stepped in and reasoned with the man, persuading him to go back to the other side of the buiding, where pro-gun rights activists gave him a much friendlier reception.

The Legislature has a chance to defuse the situation by passing the nullification bill introduced by Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands.
Called the Firearms Protection Act, it would make it a state felony crime for any federal official to attempt to enforce executive orders promulgated by Mr. Obama against assault weapons.

One thing for sure, such a measure would guarantee any qualified citizen the right to own and bear such a weapon, regardless of what he thinks of God, who his mama was, or how he votes.

That's why the Tenth Amendment was inserted into the Bill of Rights. It guarantees that any power not specifically granted by the U.S. Constitution is reserved to the states. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison knew they would get the Constitution ratified if they would make such a provision, and it aided in the approval of that mighty document among statesmen who feared an all-powerful central government, an organization top heavy with authority to lay and levy taxes, mint coin and make war.

Hey, when things get this ugly, what could it could possibly hurt? After all, no one is going to just walk in and take all those guns away from this bunch of hard-headed Texans. Not in this lifetime. Not without a hell of a gun fight.

Who needs it?

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