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So a few weeks ago, my daughter and I bought a car for her. Well, she bought it and actually dickered pretty well too (made a man proud to be a father), but let me tell you — that was the easy part. The hoops that you need to jump through just to own and operate a motor vehicle are mind numbing and this is in a state like Utah! I can only imagine what it’s like in California or New York.Anyway, it got me thinking. What good does all this training, licensure, registration and insuring do for me as Mr. John Q. Public?

I mean why is it all so necessary?

The common answer is, “For the greater good.” People must be trained to operate safely operate a motor vehicle and provide proof that they have this training in the form of a driver’s license. Furthermore, they must carry insurance if they or someone else who may be driving their car causes damage to another’s person or property.

Seems logical right?

Have you driven in Utah lately?

If so, you’d probably be as far stretched in believing this bull-pucky as I am. In my 30 years of licensed driving (and I say “licensed driving” because I have been driving since I could reach the pedals), I have only been unfortunate enough to receive any kind of moving violation two times, and I’ve never caused a wreck, yet I have been involved in multiple accidents.

Most of these accidents were caused by unlicensed, uninsured drivers, meaning even though I wasn’t responsible for the accidents, I had to pay for the damages to myself as well as to my car.

And my point is that all these regulations, these training requirements, these fees and insurance mandates have done nothing to protect me and make the roads safer in any way. However, there have been considerable unintended consequences that have impacted me and my ability to live life as I see fit — and I’m not okay with it.

First, this proof of competency we call a driver’s license — how often do any of us really use it for this reason? The simple answer is never. If I asked you why it was necessary to have a driver’s license, how many of you would say, “To prove you know how to drive a car” as a first response?

How many would say, “To prove your identity”?

My point exactly.

So where am I going with all of this? Well, far be it from me to hold back, so here it is.

The other day, one of my lifelong friends posted this banner on Facebook.

…and his post went something like this:
I respect this particular friend a lot, and because I know him and understand where he’s coming from, this type of rhetoric is not too intimidating to me. However, there are a few things I see that are VERY wrong with this kind of logic, and here is why.First, what is the definition of “reasonable,” and who is in charge of defining it? To me and you and pretty much every other normal person, a .50 caliber revolver strapped in a holster and tied to your leg is in no way, shape or form reasonable for self-defense. Right?Now ask that same question to someone who lives in the Montana Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area or pretty much anywhere in Alaska, and their response will be, “What else are you going to use when a 1000-pound grizzly bear is charging at you and you only get one shot to either stop the bear or become its lunch?”The point is, reasonable is always circumstantial.Second, driving a car is and has been defined by the courts as a “privilege,” and as such can and should be regulated by the government. Owning a firearm is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Period. If enough of the American people disagree with this right, there are provisions put in place to change it. The problem is that it’s too hard to do it that way, so everyone is searching for what we simple folk call the end around.To them I say, “Be careful what you wish for — it may come with unintended consequences.” There is a reason the framers made things as difficult to change as they did. Seriously, has anyone been paying attention to all of the seemingly never-ending executive orders going on lately?

If you are not following me, just look at the fact that although the last time we were declared “at war” was during WWII, the United States has been in a war the entire time. (There was a 6-month hiatus in 1990 when the Eastern Bloc fell.)

So you see, executive orders have gone from an easy way for the executive branch to establish schedules and to help White House staff carry out their duties to a means by which presidents can avoid constitutional checks and balances to get what they want.

Third, there is no evidence that registration, licensure, and insurance requirements actually make driving safer. In fact, here’s a statistic that will either make you cringe if you support this means of gun control or grin if you don’t.

Total Injured (2013)

Total Fatalities (2013)

Total Amount in Circulation

Cars

1,634,000

33,804

250 million

Guns

84,258

33,169

262–310 million

 

 

 

 

What this data shows is that even though we regulate, register and tax automobiles, owning and operating a car is far more dangerous and deadly than owning and operating a firearm, even though there are about 50 million more firearms than there are cars. Obviously, government regulation works and is working well. Not!

And lastly, there’s that little thing called the 4th Amendment, also known as the right to privacy. Now, I know that nowhere in the text does the 4th Amendment guarantee privacy. However, it does guarantee that we won’t be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures.

This compounded with the 5th Amendment, which ensures that we do not have to self-incriminate, essentially leaves us with two options:

  1. Either we cower and voluntarily give up our right to own and bear arms (Hint: this isn’t an option)

…or…

  1. We say nothing and subject ourselves to the possibility of having to submit to an illegal search and seizure.  Then there is always the possibly of property forfeiture.  Right?  This is a common practice in law enforcement.  Tie the real property to the crime and the department gets a new fleet of cruisers.  I’m okay with this as it relates to drug cartels but not gun owners.  Then, if that weren’t enough there is the very real possibility of having to forfeit freedom if found guilty of a crime.

Again if comparing to what happens to folks who drive with out insurance…it’s a very real possibility if the same were applied to gun ownership.

Look, at the end of the day this is not really about gun control and gun rights. It’s about the ability of a lawful citizen to do what they want, free from persecution and/or threat to liberty.

It is about the ability of a citizenry to control the chains imposed on their person(s) by their appointed leaders.

According to this study, one of the most effective ways for a government to control its people is by stripping them of their privacy with an explanation that usually starts with, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you should have nothing to worry about.”

Anytime I hear that statement, I counter with “Next time you are using the bathroom, go ahead and leave the door open.” After all, we all have to do it, so there shouldn’t be anything wrong with it. Right?

Wrong.

The take-home from all of this is that we have become far too timid when it comes to preserving the rights spelled out in our constitution in the name of “national security.” However, I would maintain that this gradual degradation of our rights has had the exact opposite effect. We are less secure both militarily and economically than we have ever been. Because of our inability (or just lack of motivation) to preserve our rights and responsibilities, there is precious little we can do about it anymore.

Precious littlebut not nothing.

What we can do is send a clear message to those who would take our rights that we won’t allow it! Prove to them that we are self-sufficient and that it is them who should be depending on us for their security and not the other way around by being active and getting involved. By preparing ourselves for the worst, we are not only ready, but willing to step up and take our country back.

Let me know what you think.

Stay safe, be prepared and clean your guns today so that they operate properly tomorrow.

Your friend,
Jax Finn

 

P.S. So I finished up here, and in my mind, all I could hear is y’all saying, “Where’s the Deal?”

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