free2beinamerica (unless it’s his way)

Imagine my surprise this morning to discover that a blogger had decided to write a blog and my blog! You can read it here.

It is very interesting to me that this blogger, free2beinamerica, quickly (and perhaps poorly) runs to defend the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but on that run he tramples his way over the 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech. One can almost imagine he is some type of Christian who picks and chooses what part of the Bible best suit him and his views. I don’t want to assume though since we all know what assuming does.

Speaking of making assumptions, that blogger certainly made some about me:

First he said:

“Based on his picture linked on his WordPress site I would guess he is probably a lot more competent with a cell phone than any sort of firearm.”

It is safe to say I am not texing on my cell phone or playing Angry Birds. I actually enjoy going to the gun range from time to time.

He then went on to say:

“He writes:

Bombs are illegal and guns are legal… but both kill people. Guns are readily accessible and easily attainable. Bombs aren’t.

It would seem that the facts we know so far about the Boston Marathon Bombing tell a different story. The bomb was made from readily available components: a pressure cooker, nails, ball bearings, bits of metal, etc. It is true that you can’t easily go into a hardware or sporting goods store and purchase a ready made bomb with a money back guarantee, but since the publication of the Anarchist Cookbook in 1971 information about making homemade bombs or IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) is readily available. This particular type of “pressure cooker” bomb has been used extensively in the mideast by Muslim terrorists.”

Notice the section that I put in bold. That was exactly my point. Thank you for making it for me when I already did. I am very well aware of the all the information out there in making a bomb. I am also aware that a motivated person could go out there and make a bomb if he or she chose to. But bombing is not the leading cause in violent deaths in this country. Guns are. When people have psychotic breaks, they don’t stop and build a bomb. They find a ready made gun and shoot down people.

He continues on with this:

“He continues:

We do have the 2nd Amendment right allowing us to bear arms. I do not believe that anyone has the right to take away that away from us. 

Based on a cartoon here it would appear that Valdet’s idea of the arms that one is guaranteed to be able to “bear” in the 2nd Amendment are single shot muzzle loaders which were current technology in 1776?”

At any point during my blog post did I state we could only bear arms with a musket? I never stated any specific gun. The Constitution and it’s Amendments were broadly stated and left open for interpretation so it could account for the changing times. Do I have my thoughts on what we should be allowed to carry? Sure I do. Just like you have your thoughts on what we should be allowed to carry.

free2beinamerica (lwk4231) went on to make this statement: “The point is that the 2nd Amendment was specifically designed to protect a right to own weapons with functional military utility.”

Really? Show me where the 2nd Amendment says that. If it’s there I will believe it. Until then, I don’t believe our Founding Fathers had your type of guns in mind. At all. Since they didn’t exist.

I have to laugh because this blogger continues to “shoot down” my 1st Amendment right to free speech. He wrote this about me:

“Again, based on Valdet’s picture cuddling his smart phone, I suspect his actual knowledge of weapons, “military style,” or otherwise is limited to video games and movies. But the idea that some weapons, based on their looks, are more “military” than others is largely an illusion of those who know little or nothing about guns.”

I don’t have to be a gun expert to know that when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School, he fired off over a 100 bullets in an incredibly small amount of time. Had his mother not collected guns out of her grade, these kids and their heroes wouldn’t be dead.

And when it comes to self defense he took my rhetorical question and “answered” it:

“Valdet again:

Or is someone going to tell me that in order to defend their home/self from an intruder/attacker that they need an assault rifle to do it?

Yes, an AR-15 carbine with a 30 round clip is a nearly ideal weapon for home defense. I defend that proposition in my first post on this blog, Who Needs An Assault Rifle.”

You are telling me that a 30 round clip is a nearly idea weapon for home defense? Says who? You? Your opinion? I read your post mentioned above and you didn’t offer anything convincing. I don’t believe that you should own a gun nearly identical to the Bushmaster used in the Newtown, Connecticut shootings any more than the killer’s mother did. You even said yourself:

“I fully understand the horror of the tragedy that happened in Newtown. I have had young kids too. I know the horror of thinking something may have happened to them (but the relief of finding out that it had not).  I fully understand what these guns are capable of. They are capable in the hands of some people, like that murderer, of inflicting unspeakable horror.

I understand that.

If you don't want this in your neighborhood, then ask your politicians to let responsible people have guns in schools to protect children. Connecticut has a lot of gun control laws. What it did not have was an armed principal or teacher to stop the killing before it started.

That fact that you get that, but still champion for those guns is concerning. Owning that type of gun doesn’t tell me you are just looking to defend your home. You want to kill someone. That is seriously jacked up.

Then he ends his post, or rant about me, with this:

“I would like to further propose that a Generation-X (or Y, or whatever) metrosexual is probably not qualified to tell someone what they need, or do not need to defend their home, their families, and in circumstances of disaster, their neighborhood from looters and vandals.”

Do not presume that you know anything about me. If you even had an inkling of who I was you would’ve been right at least once when writing about me.

Just to be clear, I am a bordeline Generation X/Y. I am not a metrosexual. I am a homosexual.

From what I have gathered, you haven’t offered anything that shows you are qualified to tell people how they should defend their homes or telling people what they need.

If you have a problem with all of the Amendments and rights granted to us as America citizens then you need to re-evaluate yourself. I have the right to voice my opinions and thoughts just as much as you do. It is a legally protected right, as is your right to bear arms.

Thank you,


8 thoughts on “free2beinamerica (unless it’s his way)”

  • I just started following you earlier this week so I don’t even know you (yet!) but this pisses me off to no end!!! How dare some stranger write a post like that!

    • I thought he was a little absurd. I am all for voicing your opinions and practicing (non-harmful) freedom of speech, but he just attacked me and made stupid assumptions. The truth is, we can’t let everyone with a keyboard piss us off. Don’t sweat him. He views the world one way and I another.

      • Well I commented on his site asking if I as a white 43 year old single mom am worthy of an opinion, and then pointed out that per his thinking not a man in the world is entitled to have a voice in the discussion re pro choice. Its one thing to criticize a post but to make it personal? Classless.

  • You wrote:

    “That fact that you get that, but still champion for those guns is concerning.”

    The fact is that guns are used for good and evil. Some people are focused on the good, and some on the evil. Guns are used to kill people in violent criminal acts, but guns are also used to defend innocent life. The latter use, by all scientific statistics,far overshadows the former.

    So yes, kids may get killed by these weapons, but lives are also saved. It is not a perfect world, and people who want to ban these weapons will not make it a better world. The Gun Free School Zone Act has made our schools targets for psychotics. What is wrong with responsible adults protecting kids in schools with guns?

    Did you fully read my “Who Needs An Assault Rifle?


  • “Really? Show me where the 2nd Amendment says that. If it’s there I will believe it.”

    You will need to read The Federalist Papers and other comments by the Founders to fully understand their intent. For example:

    Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it.
    —James Madison,The Federalist Papers, No. 46.

    The debates and comments during the debate over adopting the Constitution clearly demonstrate that the Founders contrived of the idea of an armed populace as a check against tyranny. How well that would work today is anyone’s guess, but in their day an armed populace could have easily overthrown the government if they were united in purpose (as they were in the Revolution).

    You can find more quotes here:

    Quotes from the Framers and Their Contemporaries

  • “I have to laugh because this blogger continues to “shoot down” my 1st Amendment right to free speech.”

    That is really not true, although I am sure you may feel that it is. The 1st Amendment guarantees a right to free speech. But that same right guarantees another person’s right to ridicule what you say (which is what I did – I thought your post won the “stupidest WordPress of the day award” on the 2nd Amendment – my main motivation for commenting on it).

    Saw the video of you shooting a gun on your page. Looked to be some sort of revolver. Hope you own it and didn’t rent it from the range. As to my expertise on firearms I give you this. Nearly 50 years experience, bought my first hunting rifle when I was 16, have rebarreled rifles, carved stocks from a blank of wood, made numerous parts on lathes and milling machines, refinished, reblued, chambered, headspaced, made precision parts by hand, loaded thousands of rounds of ammo, and shot Highpower Rifle competition that goes out to 600 yards. Oh, and also a Vietnam Veteran and my son is currently serving in the Marines. Concealed carry license too.

    Just FYI. My opinions on the AR-15 as a good weapon for home defense didn’t come from reading comic books. 🙂

    BTW, I actually do like some of your posts, even though a wide gulf of age and culture probably separates us.


    • Rather than ridicule my thoughts, you could have done what I did when I read your posts. I silently disagreed. Those are your views and I respect them, even if they do not fall in line with mine. I didn’t dedicate a whole blog post to you, which is what I ended up doing as a response. I do not think my post was stupid and nor did I, and still do not, appreciate some of the assumptions you are making about me.

      In all honesty, I agree with some points that you make in your posts.

      You are right. We are definitely separated by a wide gulf of range and culture. I respect you and your son for serving this country.

      Let’s agree to disagree and move on.


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