This time old Phil is getting it right.
Tennessee Governer Phil Bredesen this week has indicated his support for measures in Tennessee disallowing the State to restrict the sale and movement of firearms during times of natural disasters. Following Hurricane Katrina we all remember the stories of violence and brutality as the only citizens allowed to be armed were street thugs, left to their hoarding.
This is just good natured common sense. Government can not be everywhere they are needed in times of major stresses. It is up to the individual to ensure the safety of those he or she holds dear, and if someone unwisely chooses to assault a legally armed citizen what is hard to understand?
They made a choice and will reap the consequences.
Bredesen’s stance sends a fantastic message to the rest of the nation as to how Tennesseans view the Constitution. The First Ammendment is the crown jewel of western philosophy. The Second Ammendment makes the entire Bill of Rights possible to keep with the people.
“I had a concern about chipping away the powers of a governor during an emergency. If you have an emergency, you want to make sure governors have got enough tools in their hands.” Bredesen said.
Any government that fears loss of power and therefore confiscates the power of citizens to defend themselves is despotic. There is nothing for any Governor to fear if they govern with humility and reverence for those who have given them office. Readers, remember who really is in charge here.
The scenes of chaos were enough to wake up many “gun control” advocates blindly calling for “scary looking gun bans” and the like. Even now, as citizens come back to New Orleans they walk the streets a little safer, and more aware.
I am fortunate enough to never have had the need to defend myself with lethal force. The thought does not excite me. Although I did grow up with guns. My father taught me to shoot at a young age, and doing so taught me responsibility, and awareness of how power is to be wielded. These lessons are good for all of us. I fear the day that no one knows them.
Between this and D.C. getting their guns back (as toothless as the ruling has been made at present) this has been way too good of a year already.