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Guns in the News: You Are Not Alone

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It may seem that the world is against those of us who believe in the wholeness of the U.S. Constitution as amended. That is especially so when it comes to our Second Amendment and right to bear arms. After all, so much of the world proclaims that it is anti-gun.

Of course, “the world” is only anti-gun for average citizens. The rich and famous, politicians, actors and billionaire sheiks (none of whom would dirty their hands with guns and don’t comprehend their complexity, operation or use) employ professional armed guards who carry concealed. These very people rail against gun violence to stay in power, casually use guns in movies or use their billions of dollars to purchase social policy while living in fortified communities.

The Portland-Kiwi Connection

Recently, in an exchange of emails, a friend of 40 years wrote that “the world” feels America has “lost its moral compass.” He based his opinion on media reporting about social turmoil. This friend lives outside of Portland but spends half the year in New Zealand. His basis for the claim was an opinion piece with a photo of Portland rioters by ABC, picked up verbatim by BBC News and shared on and on: “UN issues warning to U.S. authorities as Black Lives Matter protesters continue to face off against police.”

Promoted by relentless 24-hour exposure, journalists now get everything wrong. They are no longer the unbiased professionals of a bygone era. They have become policy advocates, as the above continuously repeated headline suggests.

Unrest in the EU

It is not surprising that bureaucrats dominating the European Union want to ban lead hunting ammo and lead fishing weights. What is surprising is that the Czech Republic voted “No!” The little Czech Republic flying in the face of Germany’s powerful leader Angela Merkel. The Czechs said the definition of wetlands was overly broad, “a definition which could easily be interpreted to include dry land containing a rain puddle.”

In North America, lead ammo is attacked by everyone from Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to poor residents of Flint, Michigan, desperate for clean drinking water. And lead is banned in California except for pellet guns.

If Europe wants to ban lead ammo, politicians and bureaucrats should end their petty squabbling that only results in world wars. So, dear policymakers, my next vacation, I’m going to remember who my friends are and buy a ticket to the Czech Republic.


About Rick Sapp

After his stint in the U.S. Army, including time as an infantry platoon leader and working with West German KRIPO during the 1968 Soviet invasion, Rick Sapp returned home to earn a Ph.D. in social anthropology. Following his education from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Catholic University of America and the University of Florida, he moved to France for a year. Rick worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before turning to journalism and freelance writing, authoring more than 50 books for a variety of publishers.

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