[LEGALLY ARMED AMERICA] I just walked into my air conditioned house, grabbed a cold drink from the fridge, turned on a color television set, and sat in a soft chair to cool off and relax after working on a few 1911 handguns out in my shop. These are all things I take for granted on a daily basis. I never worry about losing the ability to do these simple things nor do I usually give much thought as to how we came to be able to do all these wonderful things that our Constitution allows us to.
It’s not our President (definitely not in this case!) or our legislators (except those who served) who all so quickly leap to grab credit for allowing us to do all the things we do. No, our freedoms were fought for and protected on battlefields all around the world by the hard-working, heroic men and women of all the branches of the U.S. military. They are who provide us the freedoms we have today, in many cases in spite of the efforts of our President and Congress.
As with all other Americans who actually work for a living, my schedule is busy on a daily basis and I for one can say how embarrassing it is that I sometimes need a special holiday like Memorial Day to remind me of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms as well as those who survived past conflicts. And we cannot forget those men and women who continue to serve our great country at this very moment.
If you see a past or present military member, stop them and thank them for their service. They, more than anyone, are aware of how many of us pass them daily without thinking of what they did or what they do and that we take them for granted. Let’s show them the respect they deserve. Because without them, we’d have been speaking German for 90 years and would be in the process of learning Arabic or risking losing our heads – literally. Not to mention that you wouldn’t miss the right to own a weapon because you would have never experienced it!