Every villain wants the same thing: control

Our family just enjoyed a weekend in Disneyland. We love the Happiest Place on Earth and the opportunity to be lighthearted, spend time together, and play with our granddaughters. On this particular trip, I found myself thinking about how fairy tale storytelling compares to real life.

Does art imitate life, or does life follow art?

One thing that kept coming to my mind is that the villain in every Disney story is seeking to, in some way, control others. The Evil Queen from Snow White wants to take the lives of those who simply want to enjoy the beauty of love, freedom, and happiness. The Wicked Sorcerer wants to enslave or kill those who are simply living their lives. Some of the villains are male, some are female, and others are dragons or even snakes.

Regardless of their form, the one thing they have in common is their desire to control and take something from someone, doing them no harm. I couldn’t help but reflect on how I’ve felt this way at times as a Responsibly Armed Citizen who simply wants to protect and defend what I love.

The people who want to chip away at our freedom to keep and bear arms seek what feels like a similar type of control over your life and mine. Oftentimes, it comes with a “pretty face” or dressed up in some fashion that makes it challenging to disagree. They call it “smart gun laws” or “common sense gun control” and tell you it is “for the children.”  

In the world of Disney and fairytales, the antagonists and adversaries often cast their spells using cleverly worded phrases and rhetoric to trick well-meaning people into mindlessly nodding their heads in agreement. In the same way, those who attempt to restrict gun ownership are like modern-day pied pipers. They siren call their way into the words that spew from the mouths of our favorite Hollywood actors and feisty young politicians. And those of us who haven’t fallen under the spell are oftentimes painted with the brush of being small-minded social outcasts who love our guns more than our children.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, over 2.5 million times each year, lives are saved by people who are responsibly armed. I own and carry firearms for the express purpose of protecting my life and the lives of those I love. In this battle of wits and wills, what are we, the keepers of the truth, to do so that we, too, don’t willingly tie on our own puppet strings and become one of the Rights Restrictors’ bobble-headed marionettes? How do we save our children and our children’s children from drinking the poison of distorted history and protect this generation and the next from climbing down the steep staircase to the dungeon of gun-control lies

To break the spell, simply keep asking (and answering) one little word. “Why?” Why do we have a Constitution? Why did our Founding Fathers include a Bill of Rights? Why do the 27 Words of the Second Amendment include the clause “shall not be infringed”? Why did the very first gun control laws come about? And why are the loudest voices that are trying to restrict your rights to self-protection coming from the very people who have armed security protecting them and their children 24 hours a day? Why, if guns are bad, do these people rely on guns to protect them? Just keep asking why, and you will soon see the smoke and mirrors, half-truths, emotional manipulation, and outright lies begin to vaporize as the phantoms they really are. 

You and I simply want to live the American hope of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We want to build our little cottage, snip off the puppet strings, and live out the promise of a future filled with freedom. It is important to keep our eyes on the North Star of truth so that we, too, do not fall prey to the spells of those who want us to fall into the deep sleep of apathy and who seek to enslave us under their heavy boot of tyranny. We must know the truth and constantly plant the seeds of truth. We must every day take up our shield of wisdom and teach the next generation how to use the sword of truth because the villains are many, the villains are loud, and because every villain wants the same thing: control.

Second Amendment activist Cheryl Todd is a visiting fellow emeritus at the Independent Women’s Forum. Read more about her here.


8 thoughts on “Every villain wants the same thing: control”

  1. That is an amazing article. Very eloquent and well thought out. We do need to ask ALL of our politicians, what makes them so much more important than us law abiding citizens that they can have armed security, yet we have to continuously fight for our rights clearly set forth in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. I suggest that we take away their armed security (that we pay for) and let them walk in our shoes ans see how they like it.


    The second amendment was written to keep the Government from taking over our right. We the people need to keep the Government from taking that right away from us. Let’s remind them that they work for us and not the other way around. Shall not be infringed!

  3. Very well put. People don’t understand it is a 2nd Amendment. I saw in an earlier post about gun control there was a lot of trolls on there.MLG obviously doesn’t acknowledge the Federal Government. She purposely went against Roe vs. Wade. and promised kill zones across the state. It funny how she went to St.Mikes claims to be Catholic. It’s funny during her speech she said “God Bless” she so twisted. God does not allow people into Heaven who have no remorse for killing innocent babies up to birth. I have gone to Church for more than 20yrs go to Bible study and understand you have to give yourself to Jesus. When is the last time she went to Church.

  4. Michael J Sindelar

    The content of this article is spot on….. spending your money supporting the Dark Kingdom of Disney is something else, but that is what makes America great…. choice.

  5. All here. If these gun grabs go through many of us will ignore them. Start spreading the word about JURY NULLIFICATION. If you are on a jury where the State is prosecuting someone for having an AR15 “illegally” just say ‘not guilty’ no matter what. It is legal to do it. It will hang the jury. That is what Democrats are doing. They use the system to destroy it. I would rather have no courts or police than the corrupt system we have now. No system: No control;

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