HONOLULU, January 20, 2013 — Do you think the Second Amendment is a relic of another age? Do you think in our civilized world that self-defense is a ridiculous anachronism?
An unpleasant thing happened to me on Saturday: My mountain bike was stolen in broad daylight from the back porch of my house. But this is only one of many egregious criminal raids on my property over the years here in Hawaii, not the least of which includes my car being stolen from my driveway at eleven o’clock on a weekday morning.
I do not live in what one would consider a ghetto or high crime neighborhood. I like to think of my town and Hawaii in general as a safe, happy place where people can live, thrive and make their dreams come true. The economy here in Hawaii could be better, but as challenging as circumstances may be, it is not bad enough to require acts of desperation for basic survival.
That said, the theft of my bike from my porch underscores the fact that criminals are opportunists who unlike law abiding citizens do not engage in self-restraint to an honor code or submission to the rule of law, however lax or stringent it may be. When an opportunity is available, criminals will strike. And if during this so-called “economic recovery” criminals act with impunity against the property and person of law abiding citizens, just imagine what crime will be like when the inevitable collapse of our economic system comes.
Already state and municipal governments all across America are struggling with the two-fold challenges of dilating expenses as a result of dollar inflation, and razor-thin revenue streams that often necessitate matching federal funding just to stay out of the red. Funding to even vital, essential government services such as fire and police is no longer guaranteed, and even major cities have had to make infrastructure and operations cuts in this area. If something should happen that disrupts world markets or America’s credit, you would see a crisis overnight that directly dries up the funding for law enforcement and public safety.
What would Americans do next? If Americans enter into an economic disaster disarmed and stripped of their Second Amendment rights, criminals would exploit the absence of law enforcement coverage as a free for all to engage in wanton thuggery.
There is another threat to consider. President Obama’s ongoing drone and commando war across the world has been justified by the claim by policymakers and think tanks that terrorists, insurgents and drug lords are running rampant abroad. If this is truly a problem requiring a level of vigilance and fiscal expenditure so high that Congress must take a backseat to Obama’s war, when the money runs out for our military, what is to stop the people “over there” from attacking on American soil?
What happens in an America overpowered by criminals and terrorists armed to the teeth with illegally acquired weaponry? What happens when the day comes that no one is around to answer a 911 call? As it is, all across America people have called the police in times of crisis and been met with busy signals.
On September 11, 2001 at the height of our post-Cold War military power, even the military couldn’t respond to terrorist controlled planes attacking the supposedly secure New York City and Washington D.C. airspaces. What happens in the future when our economy collapses and the money for our already woefully whittled down military and law enforcement run out? Every second counts when your life or property is at risk. If during this “economic recovery” people experience busy signals and slow law enforcement reaction time, what will happen during an economic crash?
Americans need the Second Amendment for self-defense and protection of their private property. Criminals and terrorists alike need to know that the citizens of the United States of America are equipped and prepared to defend what matters most to them. What would happen in an Invasion U.S.A. or Red Dawn-like scenario? Would private American citizens be disarmed and forced to submit to criminals, terrorists, bandits … or even, God forbid, foreign armies?
The Roman Empire was nibbled to death by criminals, bandits and foreign armies, destroyed by forces both within and without. Will the United States be next to emulate this path to the ash heap of history?
I’m reminded of the words found in an old copy of the Defense Department’s The U.S. Fighting Man’s Code (PAM 1-16):
“Every American citizen – whether in or out of uniform – must share the responsibility for preserving our freedom and our way of life … The mental and moral weapons are supplied by the strength, will and minds of the American people. So long as the weapons, whatever they be, are wielded by men of honor and integrity, who believe in – and practice – the principles upon which this Nation was founded, so long will our Nation be free and invincible.”
Let us take these words to heart. Our elected officials need to be on the side of the pro-civilization elements of law abiding citizens and private property owners. The decline of America’s economy and her place in the world leaves our private citizens woefully exposed to foreign and domestic threats. Don’t disarm America. Give Americans the tools to be responsible and proactive in defending their property and their families against crime and evil.
Danny de Gracia is a political scientist who lives in Hawaii. For more articles, interviews and to find out more about Danny, follow him on his official blog!
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