- Sadly, it's time for good Americans to get guns
- I'm right in the middle of a big change of attitude about
a very important subject. And I know a lot of my readers and listeners
to my radio program may be shocked. But people who have known me over time
know that I'm someone who evolves in public. That is, when I start changing
my mind about something or discover new information or some truth about
my own life or life in general, I'm usually pretty straightforward about
the process with my colleagues and my fans.
- The first event that caused me to rethink my position
on this topic was the shootings in Atlanta, where a man went into two office
buildings and gunned down total strangers, then killed himself in his car
later that day. I thought about the difference it might have made - lives
saved instead of lost - if someone in one of those offices had been armed.
The murderer might well have been foiled in his reign of terror before
so many innocent people died.
- That thought caused me to remember a time several years
ago when I felt completely safe in my hometown of Los Angeles. It was after
the major earthquake in 1994, and the National Guard was everywhere. There
they were, it seemed, on every corner - uniformed, armed, ammunition slung
across their chests, ready. As I recall, there was absolutely no crime
in Los Angeles at that time - no break-ins, no holdups, no car-jackings.
Nada. The bad guys obviously didn't want to risk getting shot.
- I went on the air then and said, "Gee, why can't
these guys just stay here?" and everyone freaked out. Now, I knew
then and know now that that's not what the National Guard is for, but it
was nice to feel so secure for those few weeks.
- In thinking about the difference an armed civilian or
security guard might have made in Atlanta, I thought back to my trip to
Israel this summer and how many people walking around, especially on the
West Bank, were armed out of a genuine and persistent need to protect themselves.
No one was shooting. There was no display of firepower or anything like
that. It was just taken for granted.
- I know that's a unique situation, because from its inception
Israel has been under constant attack by neighboring countries as well
as terrorists. So they have a demonstrable need for self-defense. We, on
the other hand, are self-destructing. We don't need an external force.
We are breeding our own evil here. Child killers, killer children, private
militias, home-grown and imported terrorists, to say nothing of old-fashioned,
garden variety psychopaths and criminals - all armed and dangerous and
now encouraged, educated in evil and joined in unholy conspiracy on the
World Wide Web.
- There are obviously lots and lots of reasons why our
society - once so revered and respected around the world - is unraveling
and degenerating. But one of them is the unbridled license of communication
on the Internet. I hear from so many people about the shock and despair
the Internet has brought into their homes.
- The Internet is the most recent and most powerful tool
to be commandeered by the sick evildoers in our midst. It spreads the virus
of hate and germs of pathology like wildfire around the world, infecting
more and more people, especially our neglected and vulnerable youth. Many
of the most recent horrendous crimes have been committed by jerks, scum,
low-life's and dim bulbs who hang around the Internet because they have
no life, fantasize about becoming heroes through hate, and are emboldened
to act out by others in cyberspace who support them.
- Even before the horror of the most recent attack on children
in a Los Angeles Jewish center near my home, I was in the process of making
up my mind to find a nice police officer or sheriff to teach me how to
responsibly fire a gun. I can hardly believe I'm saying this, because I
have been opposed to the idea that everyone should be free to bear arms.
But the unpredictability of where danger strikes next, coupled with the
frequency with which it happens, has led me to think that we "good
guys" need to have more of the mentality of the beleaguered Israelis.
And, of course, we need to have their attitude as well. No one is gun-happy
over there. They don't show off, do stupid things.
- I agree that everyone who carries a gun must be licensed
and that the regulations should be very strict. In order to be allowed
to carry a gun, I think we should have to pass a test to make sure we can
take it apart, put it back together again, clean it, load it, unload it,
etc. And we should have to pass a marksman's test to get the gun and periodic
tests to be allowed to keep it.
- To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought this all the
way through. It's just that I'm getting more and more concerned about the
direction in which our society is moving, and it's becoming clearer and
clearer that we need protection from ourselves.
- I know this shocks a whole lot of you. And I'm sorry.
- Please send correspondence to Dr. Laura in care of Universal
Press Syndicate, 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111. 1999 DR. LAURA
- From: ralph@TeamInfinity.com 10-4-99
- RKBA = Right to Keep and Bear Arms
- Look, I always thought Dr. Laura was an IDIOT, and I
still do, but sometimes even idiots sometimes get lucky and say something
right, even if for not all the right reasons. In typical skiziod fashion,
she seems to need to TRASH the internet to somehow balance her new position
on RKBA at the expense of patriots and strike a politically correct balance
to fend off critics of her new position by saying, look, at least I am
bashing the patriot community/militias, etc, and she then wraps herself
in the Jewish Flag of so called "Israel", and grovels at their
bravery for gun slinging in their stolen lands. [not that ours were not
stolen as well]. Then with patent passive aggressive style she blathers
her sorrow for having to come to this decision, as if apologizing is even
necessary to exercise your inate rights to prepare for self defense.
- So, all in all she deserves our appreciation for FINALLY
waking up to the obvious, but our rebuke for trashing the media [internet]
by which HER message/thoughts are in part spreading, as well as for trashing
those who are using the same media to share their ideas and voice their
opinions, thereby exercising their 1rst Amendment rights. It is amazing
how people wake up to the Bill of Rights even though these rights were
always here, and then the same people think it is all ala carte, pick and
- How pathetic. She seems to think it almost obligatory
to trash AMERICAN Patriots, but grovel to the hooligans of so called "Israel".
She offhandedly lumps militias in with psychopaths in her litany, supporting
the denigration of American Patriots in what seems to be becoming almost
obligatory and pavlovian for public leaders and commentators. As if only
the chosen hooligans of "Israel" deserve to possess weapons,
and only some chosen "ok" people in America deserve to possess
weapons, but certainly not those internet patriots, only "good"
people deserve to, not those who dont roll on their backs like the kicked
spaniel and grovel to so called "Israel".
- It has become a rite of passage to bash American Patriots,
and then espouse their very ideals, which is some of the grossest HYPOCRISY
I can imagine, and it almost makes me sick were it not for how obvious
it is. But putting things into perspective, I know that America really
is kind of a fiction and that all the founders were HYPOCRITES for the
most part, slave holding idiots, and masons to boot, I know all this, but
none of this effects what inate rights we all possess and always have,
and Dr. Laura's change of heart on self defense and the fact that she expressed
it publically is a 'net plus', pun intended, too bad she lacked the fortitude
to resist the disgusting hypocritcal trashing of other people and mediums
in the process. Our founders were hypocrits too, and at least they too
expressed our inate rights publically.