$60,000 Fine For Selling Cigarette Lighter

Remember when we were kids and we wanted the toy guns that looked real. Just like the ones used in the western shows and movies that our hero’s would carry like Roy Rogers or the Lone Ranger. We weren’t worried about being shot by the police. I thought all boys played with toy guns and trucks and sticks and rocks. It was just normal life. When I was seven my brother and I were allowed to save our money and by a BB gun and it looked just like a real rifle. Mine was a pump and my brothers was a lever-action. We would roam the neighborhood shooting at cans and bottles and the occasional sparrow. It never alarmed the neighbors and the police never objected. The police were our friends or at least that is what my parents said.

What happened to America in the last 50 years? Now we have a primary school kid being expelled from school for chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun. Another child was expelled and arrested after wearing a shirt with a gun on it. Another child expelled for pointing his finger at other kids, like when we would play cowboys and indians but didn’t have a toy gun. Are these actions really any worse than playing World At War or some of the other video games that are currently in use by children today. Today I read a news article about a merchant who sold cigarette lighters that look like real guns and was fined $60,000. Really, is this where we are as a society? The article said that if the lighters had been a color such as blue or green, they would not have been a problem. Have they not seen the pink revolvers that are being sold to women in this country?

How about lets stop the paranoia about guns? Guns have been a part of our society since day one. If people are not threatening others with their gun, they should be left alone. We actually do have the right to bear arms just like it says in the Constitution. The militia was never part of the standing army in America. It was just armed citizens who banded together to help protect our home from tyranny. The reason we have the second amendment, is so we can protect our families and our homes from all enemies, even tyrants like King George or gang bangers that take over neighborhoods where police are helpless to stop them. In places where people have the right to bear arms, that kinda crap don’t happen near as often. Yet in places like Chicago where guns are all but illegal, street wars have been going on for decades with gang bangers fighting over turf that they didn’t buy, and terrorizing the disarmed citizens who bought homes or businesses and now can’t sell them because of the violence. The police seem helpless to stop this total disregard for law and justice, and a disarmed public is at the heart of the problem. When people aren’t allowed to defend themselves they become victims to those who are stronger or more numerous. Like the saying goes ” When seconds count, the police are only minutes away”. When victims fight back, violent crime decreases.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/smoking_gun_nets_fine_mULOkpw09uyrCdvzFwsFqL

Randy Johnson

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