I am sure not many of you are surprised that Jose Rodriguez is against guns. As you likely know, Jose Rodriguez has recently been on the news media circuit advocating against guns on campuses. I am not going to argue for, or against guns because many, if not all, of the politically active voters have already made up (corrected typo at 14:28E) their minds and I am unlikely to change it.
However, I do have to point out that a gun is nothing more than a tool and like any tool it can be used to kill, or injure someone. I liken a gun to a hammer, which I am sure there are many on campuses all over the world. Both can kill or maim if used improperly.
However, I just want to point out an inconvenient truth.
An empowered citizenry is the last thing corruptors want in their communities. Those against guns cannot argue that the Constitution intended for citizens to be empowered in order to maintain their control over their government. Whether that included armed citizens is being debated ad nausea across the nation.
El Paso is a community with a very weakened citizenry, as evidenced by the lackluster voter participation and the numerous public corruption scandals that never seem to end.
As you think about Jose Rodriguez, it is important to remember that when he was the County Attorney, the county was as corrupt as any county could be. It is when most of the most recent public corruption scandals happened in the building he was working in. As the County Attorney, it was Jose Rodriguez’ job to protect the interests of the County, and by extension, the taxpayers.
Yet, corruption not only flourished but Jose Rodriguez never initiated a successful prosecution of any of the corruption. The federal government had to come in and prosecute two county judges, county commissioners and numerous other county officials who were jailed or are still in jail.
Jose Rodriguez sat silently by while corruption flourished in the community.
As you listen to Jose Rodriguez pontificate against guns keep in mind that limiting an empowered citizenry does nothing for curbing public abuse but instead, it allows it to consume the community because individuals, like Jose Rodriguez, can’t be trusted to safeguard the community against corruption.
If you still do not believe me, look at the most current controversy – the children’s hospital and ask yourself how many of its proponents are against allowing the citizenry the ability to empower themselves.
I believe the answer is obvious, regardless of your position on gun ownership.