Vegas and history

By David Rogers

“Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” – Hillary Clinton Tweet, Oct.2nd

I despise any individual that abuses our Second Amendment rights. It goes beyond the pain and devastation that affects individual lives to the violation of precious rights and liberties under whose umbrella such carnage is possible. The history of modern firearms is indeed violent, but a great majority of that violence (at least in America) has been used to preserve and defend human rights, not destroy innocent human lives.

It is almost disingenuous for the media to parade the blood and tears of this incident before their viewers each day. It is equally despicable to have every leftist politician and media hack immediately leverage this incident into the shopworn clichés of requiring new national discussion on gun control and stricter gun laws. No new law or set of laws can prevent such a calamity, as much as we wish there could be some universal panacea. It is not the guns or the NRA at fault. When such ugliness is paraded before us it is my first instinct to let any such perpetrator’s name and deeds fade in infamy. My thoughts trend to another historically significant figure involving firearms. I think of John Moses Browning.

The Wikipedia summary of John Browning states he is “the greatest gun designer of all time.” John Browning was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1855. His father, Val Browning was an original Utah Pioneer. John served a mission to the Southern States beginning in 1887. His first gun design was perfected at the age of 13. Immediately after his mission he began working and innovating on a tremendous scale.

His first significant patented design was the Winchester Model 1892 Lever action rifle. He later went on to invent the Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol. Additional significant designs include the pump action shotgun, the semi-automatic shotgun, the Browning Automatic Rifle and the .30 caliber M1 and .50 caliber M2 machine guns still in use today by our military. The 1911 and Browning Hi Power created the blueprint for nearly every semi-automatic pistol in use today. It is rumored the famous M1 Garand plagiarized numerous Browning design touch points.

Why such a recitation of history? Because John Browning’s designs and many, many subsequent designs inspired by Browning, have defended liberty and basic human rights across this globe for over 100 years. John Browning’s weapons were in the woods in France in 1918 repelling invading German forces. They were in Normandy in 1944 seeking to free Europe from Nazi tyranny. They were in the Pacific freeing the Philippines in 1945 from Japanese rule as their forces sought to liquidate entire Filipino populations before the country was recaptured by the Allies. They were in Korea, seeking to preserve the entire peninsula from oppressive and deadly Communist rule. They remain today as a staple of military and civilian power to defend and preserve liberty and human life at all times and in all places.

John Browning provided such tools to defend the principles of liberty more than any man in the modern age. His designs serve humanity to this day when wielded for the benefit of correct principles of basic human rights. And the greatest of these principles is indeed the preservation of liberty, a rarer and more precious commodity with each passing day. I choose to think of the importance of the principles his genius has defended, rather than the fools and demons that would abuse such freedoms and destroy the lives and dreams of others.

The Las Vegas incident, like many others before it, has suspicious circumstances that scream false flag. The whole narrative is highly suspicious. But that is a discussion for another day. It is enough we must mourn with those who mourn. But equally tragic is the misguided political fallout that inevitably comes from these evil-doings. We should shelve such polarizing rhetoric and let our nation and the lives of so many involved heal.

Those who do not understand or do not support our liberties will cry that the cost is too much. They will say it is simply unbearable to allow someone to abuse their own personal rights to the detriment of others, liberties so valiantly fought for over the years, and thus such rights must be curtailed in the name of the greater peace and safety.  This argument is fatally flawed and no amount of legislation will ever make it right. Emotions run high on this, and in the heat of the moment we need to focus on principle, not on feelings. It behooves us all to remember the ongoing price of our liberties and why they are so important. And that cost is very dear on this tragic day.

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