Posted by: johnhourihan | March 1, 2014

John Wayne, the 2nd ammendment, and lawless cities

I am re-posting this for some friends of mine.

When I think about someone curtailing the second amendment right to bear arms, I think of the tradition of John Wayne and the American Western movie. I think of our heritage as Americans.
I was brought up on them and loved them. It was how we tamed the Old West.
It’s about time some politicians take a close hard look at our heritage before we are no longer America.
Our constitutional rights come into play every time a politician tries to ban handguns from say, Detroit or Washington DC, or assault weapons are  fired into a crowd because some gang banger decided someone “disrespected” him or some mentally deranged miscreant shoots up a school or a theater.
Every time a senseless killing happens, such as Columbine, or the Aurora movie theater or the beltway sniper, politicians take sides.
It is important we actually know which side our “leaders” are on.
This time it is the President, Barrack Obama, who says he feels we have to honor our 2nd amendment rights but use common sense and let state make their own laws concerning guns, since each state is a little different geographically and each has its own cultural identity. And he also wants a partial ban on assault weapons and handguns at least from troubled cities.
And there is Mitt Romney who believes the status quo is fine; let everyone have guns but enforce the laws against illegal use more stringently. Of course that is only this week. Not long ago in Massachusetts Mr. Romney called assault  weapons “instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.” But that seems to be OK with him now as long as he gets the NRA vote.
I look at the common sense of the six-gun, the rifle, the Gatling gun and the law of the Old West.
Every cowboy had the right to carry a handgun to protect himself from coyotes and other varmints. (It was his constitutional right). Most ranchers had rifles above their doors to protect their families from bears and mountain lions and hostiles and bad guys. (It was necessary and  their constitutional right.) And everyone knows there was a constitutionally protected shotgun behind the bar.
This was our way of life then. It should be now.
Now I remember the first movie I ever saw where someone used a Gatling gun (common sense tells you that was an assault weapon.) It was used to mow down a sheriff and an entire posse from the back of a buck board. The result was that outlaw gang and a permissive politician took over an entire town, and it took lawmen from several towns to bring the community out of its chaos.
I think everyone in the town agreed that a Gatling gun was better served for war not for home ownership. I think most of us still agree on that.
Then there was the idea of the cities, like Dodge City or Something Gulch or Tombstone, Arizona: When the cities got out of hand the governor stepped in and sent the likes of Matt Dillon or Wyatt Earp or the Texas Rangers to town with badges. In order to clean up the cities, so law-abiding citizens could live in peace, the first thing the law always did was to ban guns from town. Now, you know that’s true.
“Sorry boys,” they would say when they met the cowboys out beyond the livery stable an the blacksmith shop, “You’ll have to leave your guns with my deputies here before you go into town.” These lawmen knew about the constitution, but they would be dammed if they were going to let these hopped up drunks shoot up the town and the good people and innocent bystanders who were only trying to live and work there.
It seems to have worked.
Civilization was brought to the Old West and law-abiding citizens could again live in peace and harmony, and no one complained that the gun ban in the cities was unconstitutional.
John Wayne or James Arness or Cleavon Little rode off into the sunset.
Whether we are for curtailing gun ownership or for the status quo, let the chips and bullets fall where they may but preserve our 2nd amendment at any cost, we all know that there are too many handguns in the cities and that it has to be cleaned up just like we cleaned up the Old West.
A gun ban in a city is not an affront our constitutional rights. It is a way to allow us to enjoy our other rights such as freedom to assemble without be being mowed down by an assault weapon; freedom of religion without being the victim of a drive-by shooting in front of the church; Freedom of the press, free even from someone shooting the editor or running him out of town because he wrote something true about the crooked politician or the gang leader.
In this upcoming election if we want to adhere to our heritage, to our American traditions, we have to ask ourselves just who is the good American who wants to help clean up the cities while preserving our constitutional rights, and who just wants to wash his hands of the situation as long as he gets elected.
What is more American than an old Western movie?
If you are for our heritage and the American way of life I believe the nod goes to Barrack Obama



  1. Sad it still needs to be said.

    • Neil, I am amazed at how many people have teh gift of speech but not the gift of intelligence. They all know we had to do this and it needs to be done again but they want to scream 2nd amendment because they think it makes them sound as if they know what is in the constitution. Some are calling for a country where the more taxes you pay the more votes you get. I think it should be you shouldn’t be able to vote unless you are paying attention to what is happening.

      • A test like before you get a drivers license. Written to get a learners permit first. When you show you can perform this task safely you get a license to vote.

      • Did you ever stop in one of those highway rest stops with the fast food and the bathroom and take a look at the people who are driving on the roads and it scares the hell out of you? Well, they are allowed to have guns too.

      • “You shouldn’t be able to vote unless you are paying attention to what is happening.” Careful what you wish for.

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