Somewhere in Carneys Point, New Jersey, resides a boy whose picture was posted on Facebook, showing him holding a new birthday present. Millions of people daily post pictures of themselves with newly acquired items and in less turbulent times, outside of family and friends, these postings are not “news worthy.” But, in the insane and paranoid world of the United States, the picture caused an outrageous response because the present was a .22 caliber rifle that the boy’s father gave him for his 11th birthday.
Apparently, someone called an anonymous child abuse hotline to report the picture. The State responded with child welfare workers and four policemen asking to open the family gun safe and inspect the firearms. The father, in contact with an attorney on his phone, asked for a search warrant, which the police did not have, so they left the home.
Whether or not the official investigation is complete and the incident closed, remains to be seen, but regardless of the outcome there is the question: What is there about a picture of a boy holding an inanimate object and posing no threat to anyone that requires a “raid” by child welfare workers and four policemen? If the aforementioned elements of insanity and paranoia are omitted from the equation, the answer is nothing.
However, when the insanity or paranoia of those that misuse firearms are met with insanity and paranoia, the result will be ever-spreading insanity and paranoia. It is a fact that when people’s emotions are controlled by fear and illogic, their actions will be radical and irrational. This is happening in America, today. To believe that anyone who owns a firearm is a potential threat to society is just as irrational and paranoid as are those who misuse firearms.
Aside from the written Word of God, perhaps, the most rational documents written by men are the Constitution of the United States and the attached Bill of Rights. All have served our nation well, particularly, in times of fear and human illogic; despite that there have always been people denying the freedoms they document. The important issue in Carneys Point and in the rest of the United States is not “gun control.” So called “gun control” is a symptom of the real problem. The real problem is that we are allowing our own insanity and paranoia to disavow the very documents written to guide us in times of insanity and paranoia. The only possible result is the dearth of individual freedom to “life, liberty and the pursuits of happiness.”