Yesterday, Thursday April 24th, was the day that Armenians and many others recognize the Armenian Genocide and all the horrors that took place. Unfortunately, Turkey who perpetrated the genocide rubs salt in the wound by refusing to acknowledge that it happened, so forgiveness becomes all that much harder.
One of president Obama’s campaign promises in 2008 that specifically regarded this subject made his then stance quite clear on the subject: “My firmly held conviction (is) that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence,” he said in a statement. “The facts are undeniable,” Obama wrote. “As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.“
Well, people – politicians specifically – change when they hold public office and the president’s position appears to have changed on the genocide and many others. The irony. Yesterday, the president called the Genocide, “one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.” but yet again like every year since his presidency started, he avoids using the word, “Genocide” and breaks his promise yet again. His reasons may be clear to some – he doesn’t want to offend Turkey, a NATO ally, that is key to our foreign policy in the Middle East. However, he has made it clear to all Armenians that our suffering isn’t as important as the truth and the simple justice of calling what happened to our ancestors in 1915 what they were – Genocide.
Learning from what happened to our Armenian ancestors is of vast importance – perhaps even more so that getting Turkey to acknowledge the genocide and for the president to call it what it is. One political hot issue – gun control – is something that we can look back to the genocide to get a very specific perspective on.
The “Young Turks” who controlled the Turkish Government mandated that all Armenians register their weapons with the state. Simple registration of the weapons was common sense, right? (Examine the book: Death by “Gun Control”) Well, the Turks then followed up that law by confiscating all those registered weapons before they put the Genocide into motion. A people who can’t defend themselves can be abused by those with immoral intentions, to put it somewhat kindly. Learn from the mistakes of our Armenian ancestors and don’t let politicians or “the majority” take away or enact “common sense” gun laws. An American government that is already so willing to trample on the rights of its people isn’t necessarily far off from further nefarious steps to deal with “domestic” terrorists and extremists.
Food for thought:
1. Many of the same people who vehemently support “common sense” gun control would never support “common sense” laws concerning abortion, so don’t settle for any less than they would.
2. The Second Amendment exists to not only be able to defend ourselves from criminals, but to defend ourselves from our government and I daresay – the police – in times where desperate measures are needed. (Ask any African American who lives in Chicago about that last part and read the book, “Dial 911 and Die“)