Sunday, April 16, 2006

RE: Gun advocates ignore lessons of Columbine...

The following is in response to the article on, Sunday, April 16, 2006.
As found on Keep and Bear Arms

Heidi Yewman,

It is not my intention to appear to be callous or hard-hearted. But, to put it as gently as possible, you need to get over it. Matters, such as the one on which you contend, always have various angles from which to view them.

Let us move the camera, if you will, and approach the subject from a different point of view. Suppose that any of the people at the school that day, had been armed as is/was constitutionally intended? There would have been a far better chance that Harris and Klebold would have been stopped, and quickly.

I contend that it is, in fact, you that needs to learn the true ‘lesson’ of Columbine.

How many people have died, because of being illegally disarmed or prevented from arming themselves for defense? As a direct result of the shrill cries of people like you who call for perverse governmental controls? Which cries, provides the plausible excuse for government to cross the bounds imposed on it to begin with. It is people like you who dismiss the facts and hold out supposition as truth. You only examine the surface, and neglect the deeper underlying scope of the subject.

One of the main reasons the Framers of the United States Constitution included the enumeration of the Second Amendment Right. Was specifically to enable citizens to deal with such situations as Columbine. And, even more importantly, to be able to ward off a government that has become corrupted and is usurping its authority. For you see, the Founders of our country had directly experienced the tyranny from a corrupt government. And they were keenly aware that absolute power corrupts absolutely. It was the desire of the Framers to ensure that future generations would be able to meet ANY threat to their Freedom and Liberty. From whatever source it may arise!

To illustrate;

"The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Whenever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction." - St. George Tucker, Blackstone's Commentaries

It is indisputable fact that, far more people have died at the hands of corrupt governments, than by incidents such as Columbine. Estimates of the total are as high as 170 million, in the last century alone.

The contention, such as that offered by people such as Heidi, are in fact much more of a danger than Harris and Klebold. That type of supposition will be far more deadly than either of them ever could have possibly imagined. Would highly advise that you consider these type matters in a more in depth fashion. For such reasoning, can be a grave error that can lead to very deadly consequences.


E. David Quammen


Jay said...


You hit the nail on the head. The Columbine shooting was a tragedy, and far too many people want to point out the REAL truth behind the entire mess.

Good job.

E. David Quammen said...

Good to see you again, General! It has been a while.

It would have been much better had such an article never been necessary of being written.

But, so many people forget about the inherent evil found in man. They take it personally and refuse to accept the fact.

This condition, is what I'm convinced is the direct contributor to the willful ignorance so prevalent today. It is a failure to acknowledge the Truth. And in effect calls The Lord Himself a liar. For He did say;

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" - Matthew 7:11

And this through no fault of our own. Rather we are born into it, due to the transgression of Adam and Eve. It's in the blood. And one won't seek a cure, if one refuses to admit that they are sick.

The Framers of the Constitution were acutely aware of the true state of nature of man. And implanted the means of keeping it in check. We relinquish it at our own peril.

That many did not learn this crucial lesson from Hitler, Mao and Stalin. Is amazing to me.

Take it easy, Jay!