After decades of statist policies, ostensibly to make us "safer" (offensively misnamed "Patriot Act," anyone?), the United States is far less the beacon of liberty than it once was. And yet, given the sad state of much of the rest of the world, the U.S. is still about the best place in the world for a freedom loving individual.
Gun-hating Americans are working hard to change that, with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) going so far as trying to sell the public on her forcible citizen disarmament agenda by pointing out that tyrannical countries would respect us more if we, too, were rendered disarmed and helpless to resist government excesses.
Of course, many who have lived under such oppressive governments, but are now American citizens, enjoying the Constitutional guarantee of their fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms, would beg to differ. Or no--scratch that--they know that they are now in no position to have to beg for anything.
Henson Ong, born abroad, but now "an American by choice," as he refers to himself, is such an individual. At the "Gun Violence" Prevention Working Group public hearing in Hartford, Connecticut Monday, Mr. Ong delivered a powerful, moving, and extremely lucid argument against restrictive gun laws. The video of his speech (see sidebar video) is about five minutes long, and is well worth the time.