This is a guest post written by Jarhead Survivor
I recently saw on M.D.’s site that he was looking for a little help in the writing department, so I asked if he’d like me to do a guest post or two and he said sure. This isn’t an entry in a contest, just one friend helping out another.
On to the post!
Over the years I’ve watched the rights of citizens eroding away and have been appalled at the reaction by the masses. For example: the searches at airports have become more and more invasive, yet many comments I read in response to this loss of privacy is, “Thank God. I don’t want to be on an airplane when someone pulls a gun and hijacks us,” or some such.
Ok, I’ll give you that, but I used to travel extensively around the country by air and the only time I was ever scared was in a big storm flying back home to Portland, Maine. I literally flew two to four times a week for over two years and not once did I experience or talk to anyone that saw or heard of a person trying to cause injury on an airplane.
But security, on the other hand, became much more invasive after 9/11. I remember at one small airport in Pennsylvania I got searched three times within the space off 100 meters. Maybe this wouldn’t have been a big deal, except that all three stations were within sight of one another and one of the guards on the third station watched me get searched when I went through the second station and still pulled me aside at the third one to search me again!
I got a little belligerent at that point and started asking questions like, “Didn’t you see me just get searched back there? Don’t you trust the guy that just patted me down and ran me through metal detector?” I have a little bit of a short fuse sometimes and I’m lucky my mouth didn’t land me behind bars.
Needless to say I don’t have much use for airport security and what it’s become over the last ten years.
Homeland security is yet another area where we as citizens have given up our rights – or had them stripped away as the case may be. I won’t go into details that you all probably already know so well about the Homeland Security Act. Suffice it to say that as government control grows stronger our rights as citizens keep eroding away one by one.
Now here’s the thing that blows me away. A lot of people that I’ve talked to are all for it. They have totally bought into the story being told by the government about doing this to protect our rights as citizens. To protect us.
Have we as a nation become so weak that we give up all our rights and responsibilities to protect ourselves? We’ve placed our protection in the hands of the government now.
How many times in the past year have there been stories of people pulling out guns and blazing away and killing three, or five, or ten people before they kill themselves or are shot down by police? Just a thought, but what would happen if more people in the malls or wherever were carrying guns when some shooter opened up? I’d be willing to bet he wouldn’t get too far before he was filled full of holes.
I’m not calling for the wild west here, but I am hoping that at some point we as American citizens take the responsibility of our protection personally instead of farming it out to Uncle Sam. Should every person have the right to carry a firearm? Certainly not, but if more responsible people did carry we might have fewer incidents where multiple people are killed in a shooting simply because their only protection was to hide or run.
What do you think? Should the government be able to tap our electronic communications and use drones on home soil for our protection? Should we take more responsibility for our own protection? Has crazy ol’ Jarhead finally slipped off the deep end?
Sound off below!