Not everybody is hunky dory with the current president. M.D. Harmon, a retired journalist and military officer, is one of them. As a free-lance writer and speaker, he could always be counted on for sage advice contra the policies of out-going President Barack Obama. Here is some commentary from last June:
Harmon: Gun owners unjustly under fire
Restricting firearm sales won’t prevent crime.
Why is it that when a man motivated by a foreign ideology attacks a group of Americans, many of us ignore the perpetrator and attack each other instead?
It’s been more than a little sickening to see commentators, celebrities and politicians from our top national leadership on down (all of whom seem to lack an effective strategy for defeating jihadists, “homegrown” or otherwise) blame gun owners, traditional Christians, Republicans and conservatives in general because a U.S.-born son of immigrants from Afghanistan killed dozens and wounded many more in a vicious attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
And Mr. Harmon had a lot of other things to say. He touched on additional concerns, such as baking cakes for gay couples and people holding onto biblical moral standards on sexual issues. But, the gist of the June posting had to do with the value of maintaining an armed populace. His remarks included the following:
So I will offer my expertise instead. As a retired Army officer (and Vietnam vet) who has fired everything the Army has to offer, up to and including a 105 mm tank cannon, I will consult for free with first-time gun buyers, male or female, gay or straight, who want to acquire a weapon for self-defense.
I can also put people in touch with range officials and firearms instructors who can teach them how to shoot safely and also maintain their firearms, both critical components of their use.
And here’s a special bonus: For the first five people who contact me and prove they have acquired a gun since the Orlando attack, I will buy them a standard-sized box of ammunition.
That’s strong stuff. If ever there were a champion for the Second Amendment, here was that person. Harmon, as you might expect, was one of many glad to see the back side of President Obama as he sidles out of office tomorrow. As it turned out, Mr. Harmon did, indeed, have the very last word:
M.D. Harmon: Obama flounces out of office as Democrats ponder much-diminished prospects
Donald Trump’s election is what’s offering ‘hope and change’ these days, as the outgoing president’s U.N. inaction puts Mideast peace even further out of reach.
President Obama’s last few days in office (writing those words is one of life’s simple joys) illustrate the lyrics of the old country song: “How can we miss you if you won’t go away?”
Oh, he’ll depart the Oval Office soon, but because Hillary Clinton’s defeat meant his policies will get no “third term,” he has become like a spiteful ex-spouse smashing as much furniture as he can before the door slams and the lock clicks behind him.
And that was, in fact, the very last word. I neglected to include in the above a note added by the editors of the Portland Press Herald. Here is the omitted note:
Editor’s note: M.D. Harmon filed this column earlier this week for publication Friday. A longtime columnist and former Maine Sunday Telegram and Press Herald editor, Harmon died late Wednesday.
Died on Wednesday. Died on Wednesday? Really? Totally no sense of irony. What the editors of the Press Herald linked to but did not print along with Harmon’s very last posting was this:
As the Press Herald itself reports, the 71-year-old Harmon was showing off one of his guns to a 16-year-old boy in his home in Sanford, Maine, on Wednesday. Harmon apparently let the teenager handle the weapon, which went off while the boy was holding it.
Both the teenager and his father were visiting Harmon for undisclosed reasons, and Harmon’s wife has called the shooting an “accidental tragedy.”
Yes, well this brings us around to the supposed Benjamin Franklin quote featured above. I covered this previously:
I did a quick search of Franklin quotes. There may be one, but I couldn’t find any related to this, so let’s consider this a made-up case. Somebody created this to make a point, and the point is not explicit, only implied. I will state the point: “Disarming innocent people does not protect innocent people.”
Let’s go back to M.D. Harmon’s headline from last June:
Restricting firearm sales won’t prevent crime.
For the record, the purpose of gun control laws is not to prevent crime. Most crime is committed without the use of firearms. My own experience is that most homicides by firearms are not committed by criminals. That is, at least in most cases the killers are not criminals up until the time the point a gun at a person and pull the trigger.
This is number 42 of this series of postings, and there is going to be one every week while my fingers remain able to work a keyboard. Keep reading.
And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.