Special to the Cape Charles Mirror by Paul Plante
No, it is not a frivolous question, people, and what makes it not a frivolous question but instead a serious question is the source of the question, which comes to us from a GULF NEWS story out of Dubai entitled “School shooting survivors call for US gun control at Dubai forum – Three seniors from Florida school recall devastating day to highlight gun laws at GESF 2018” by Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter, published March 17, 2018, where we were informed as follows concerning the subject of who should be allowed to own guns of any sort in this nation:
Dubai: Students who survived last month’s deadly school shooting in Florida, which killed 17 people, called for tighter gun control at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai on Saturday.
Three schoolmates — Suzanna Barna, Lewis Mizen and Kevin Trejos — from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke about the shooting and urged delegates to support stricter gun regulation.
It is, of course, of interest that our future as citizens of this nation is being put up for some kind of vote over in the Middle East where Dubai is located, but such is the global nature of the world we live in today, that what our rights should be in this country are now subject to vote by other nations on the planet.
As to Dubai itself, in a story in the British publication The Independent entitled “Johann Hari: A morally bankrupt dictatorship built by slave labour” on Friday 27 November 2009, we are told as follows:
Dubai is finally financially bankrupt – but it has been morally bankrupt all along.
The idea that Dubai is an oasis of freedom on the Arabian peninsula is one of the great lies of our time.
Yes, it has Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts and the Gucci styles, but beneath these accoutrements, there is a dictatorship built by slaves.
If you go there with your eyes open – as I did earlier this year – the truth is hidden in plain view.
The tour books and the bragging Emiratis will tell you the city was built by Sheikh Mohammed, the country’s hereditary ruler.
It is untrue.
The people who really built the city can be seen in long chain-gangs by the side of the road, or toiling all day at the top of the tallest buildings in the world, in heat that Westerners are told not to stay in for more than 10 minutes.
They were conned into coming, and trapped into staying.
In their home country – Bangladesh or the Philippines or India – these workers are told they can earn a fortune in Dubai if they pay a large upfront fee.
When they arrive, their passports are taken from them, and they are told their wages are a tenth of the rate they were promised.
They end up working in extremely dangerous conditions for years, just to pay back their initial debt.
They are ringed-off in filthy tent-cities outside Dubai, where they sleep in weeping heat, next to open sewage.
They have no way to go home.
And if they try to strike for better conditions, they are beaten by the police.
Human Rights Watch calls this system “slavery.”
Yet the Westerners who have flocked to Dubai brag that they “love” the city, because they don’t have to pay any taxes, and they have domestic slaves to do all the hard work.
They train themselves not to see the pain.
Now, doesn’t it give everyone over here a warm and squishy feeling inside knowing that these are the same people these American high school students from the ritzy, upscale community of Parkland, Florida are entrusting our future to?
Getting back to the Gulf News article, it continues as follows:
The three schoolmates — all seniors — and others have been campaigning for curbs on the kind of guns and ammo that can be purchased legally, reducing the legal buying age, stricter background checks, and other measures.
The teens told GESF delegates gun control was a difficult and decisive issue in the US, in part because the Second Amendment to the US Constitution gives people the right to bear arms.
Trejos said “it’s practically impossible” to ban guns outright in the US, but called to “limit access to guns for criminals and potential criminals … and make it difficult to fire indiscriminately”.
Now, there is the part that caught my attention – his call to limit access to guns for potential criminals.
What, pray tell, in the United States of America under, our Constitution and our set of laws, is a “potential criminal?”
Where is this Parkland, Florida high school senior Kevin Trejos getting that classification from?
Who is teaching him that in the United States of America today, somebody can be labeled a “potential criminal” so that the person can then be denied access to guns?
By what mechanism under our Constitution and system of laws is a person to now be classified min some criminal justice system computer as a “potential criminal?”
Who is it that makes that determination?
Some Emir from Dubai?
Or the high school students themselves?
And is this something we as adults in this country should be at all concerned about – high school students in America calling for Americans to be branded as “potential criminals” so as to deny them access to guns?
Or should we just trust that these high school students really do know better than us about these things?
The candid world would like to know.