Showing posts with label Firefighters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Firefighters. Show all posts

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Constitutional Position in Support of Limited Gun Control

OK, I have had enough of the silly argument that assault weapons and large ammunition clips are necessary to insure that some future tyrannical government will not subvert the freedoms of the people.

The preamble of the constitution clearly states its intent.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Where is the tranquility, justice, common defense, general welfare and liberty of our citizens served by allowing these weapons on our streets? Surly the 20 children, six adults and two firefighters recently gunned down enjoyed no such “rights.”

This is not a post about taking everyone’s guns away. At one time we had an assault weapon ban, and yet, the second Amendment stands. The people have the right to have guns, (all types of guns is another matter).  This is about having a reasonable and responsible discussion about violence.

Those who put false concern about the Second Amendment above the right of our children to not be murdered are acting against the interests of our country, our children and our security.

 It is time we tear the flags they keep waving from their hands and state clearly how their actions dishonor every American who is concerned enough to consider what needs to be accomplished to make American families safe.

They are not patriots, their actions reveal them as fear mongers acting in self-interest.

The author of this post is a career Firefighter/EMT who has responded to gun violence. He is currently serves as a command staff officer on a federal all risk incident management team. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Department of Paranoia - 911 Remembered

As a firefighter the anniversary of the attacks on our country hold special meaning for me. On this day my brother and sister Firefighters exemplified the ethic that all Firefighters hold dear. Lives were lost, lives were saved and in the end American heroes were entombed within the wreckage. My heart aches for these like spirits, their families and all Americans who lost loved ones on this infamous day.

Yes, heroes with a small h, these men and woman were doing what Firefighters across this country do every day, risking their lives in providing service to the community. If they were able to speak, I know they would not respond to the title Hero, only smile and express their appreciation at having the opportunity to be a Firefighter in service to their community.

I have spent much time contemplating their sacrifice and am greatly concerned that the memory of their honorable actions is being distorted to support an American obsession with security that leans toward paranoia. In our desperate attempt to insure that such an event never happens again our nation has created a security infrastructure that transcends even the internal security efforts of totalitarian countries. As the Department of Homeland Security (Department of Paranoia), continues to frighten Americans each year on this date we sink deeper and deeper into an abyss of fear driven restrictions on civil rights.

These brave men and women died in service to the “Land of the Free” It is my hope that should I be called as a Firefighter to make a similar sacrifice there will be a “Land of the Free” left to make that sacrifice for.