Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- The Colonel and the daughter decided to go to New York City (NYC) over Christmas break.
They went last year, stayed in the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard & Airmen’s Club, Inc (ssmaclub.org) in downtown New York and had a great time. So they had to go back again. Only this time it did not go so well.
The first day out the Colonel tripped in the middle of Canal St. and landed on her already damaged shoulder. This led to a new NYC experience, visiting one of the city’s notorious zoos called an emergency room. The attending physician after examining her and reading an X-ray alleged she did not break anything, sending her on her way. So the Colonel wore a sling walking around NYC for five days while the daughter, a second year nursing major, attentively cared and watched over her mother.
The Colonel gets home, we have a follow-on visit at a Navy hospital and low and behold the arm is broken. On both of these trips I was invited to go with the women folk but I declined. I worked my way through college on what I called the Amtrak scholarship. I was one of the first white Pullman porters that Amtrak hired back in the early 1970s. I made that trip from Chicago to New York more times than I care to remember enduring a lay-over in NYC.
I know people love to go there. America’s women watch the re-runs of Sex in the City and get ideas of the great life in that city. The character Carrie never gets shot, mugged or raped in any of the episodes.
Now her and her three friends may give it away to some guy in each episode but that does not count since no one used deadly force, except maybe the lies they tell to themselves to rationalize their demonstrated bad behavior.
I am sorry I digress; this column is about my Second Amendment Right not about the sleazy actions of some Americans. New York State passed some of the most restrictive guns laws in the Nation yesterday (15 Jan 2013) and they are a direct attack on the US Constitution, but I can only assume the citizens of New York do not care what has just happened to them.
They gladly elected the state politicians who are now obstructing their 2nd Amendment Right. I keep hearing the mantra that we need rational and well meaning controls on our 2nd Amendment Right and if all these illegal controls can save just one child’s life it will be worth the effort. What if we applied the liberal anti 2nd Amendment logic to the 13th and 21st Amendments?
Let me state up front that I do not in any way want to repel or amend those two Amendments, but how about some progressive thought, rational and well meaning controls on those two?
If we could save just one child’s life that lives in the often violent culture of some of the Americans who have benefited from the 13th Amendment, would not all the money and enforcement actions be worth it? What about the 21st Amendment? It is said that the firearms industry is what drives the “right” in encouraging lawful Americans to cling to their guns.
Do you think that perhaps the liquor industry spends a lot of money to promote its ability to thrive under the 21st Amendment?
I live in a state that has the most lax liquor control laws on the books, a lot of citizens suffer because of this. In the scope of full disclosure, I do not drink alcohol and personally would love to see it gone from our society. 30 plus years in law enforcement has shown me that alcohol does more damage to Americans than any other substance or object (read guns). I am however smart enough to understand that liquor is never going to go away, the country already tried that.
New York State has set a very dangerous president for this country. The Colonel and daughter want me to take a road trip with them to New York and the New England states. I am not going. I cannot take a gun with me into most of those states. I will not volunteer to be disarmed by state governments that insist when I enter their state, that I must leave my 2nd Amendment Right at the border.
It is time to stop supporting New York. It is time to stop going there and more importantly stop spending money there. But this will hurt the good citizens of New York State. So be it, they elected their leaders let them live with the outcome.Major Van Harl USAF Ret
About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:
Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing. [email protected]