- Posted January 15, 2013 by
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Gun control debate: Background checks
You can have My Bullets First
Well I think we have gotten to the point where you can't call gun owners paranoid that the government, or at least the Liberals and Democrats in government want your guns.
It's becoming rather obvious don't you think?
Feinstein's legislation and now with what is happening in New York sends us not just slipping down the slope, but seems to be putting us on the toboggan run and we will probably be picking up speed fast.
High Capacity Magazines are sold out, I read where one manufacturer was not taking backorders as they had 1 million high capacity magazines on backorder. The gun that the media has dubbed an "assault weapon" which is a made up political term as opposed to assault rifle which is a military weapon is sold out across the nation.
People in masse did not run away from buying these weapons when talk of the ban and possible confiscation came up, they went to the stores in droves to buy them, to buy every large capacity magazine that they could find. Many types of ammunition is getting scarce as it is also being bought in large quantities.
The media can (and does) demonize gun owners but really now we are talking about 80 million people in the United States (who vote) that own 300 million guns. That is no small number of people (or guns). There are divisions within gun owners as to the types of guns they prefer and which sports within that group of gun owners that they take part in.
There has been an attempt by politicians and media to exploit that division by placing a wedge in between gun owners that was working very well for a bit. Pit the shooters who like to go to the range and practice with a Military style rifle against duck hunters and other game hunters.
The Democrats had the juice to push through some reforms, they could have fully funded Mental Health Services, increased school funding, put real counselors available to children in the school setting. Teachers have always been very very good at identifying kids that need help, there just has not been much support or many resources for them to follow through with.
Instead of putting the focus on things that would actually make a difference in peoples lives they opted to ban a firearm in New York that is used in committing a murder in a fraction of cases so small that a hammer is used to murder a person 10 times more than the gun they would ban.
Its not about safety, it never was, gun control was and always has been about control. Are there paranoid "gun nuts" as the gun grabbers like to call them? Most certainly there are those that do not trust the government. As long as the government is on its Constitutional leash I don't fear it any more that I would a rabid dog, off the leash, well that might be another story.
So where are we going with this as a Nation, one that wanted to save lives? Well which lives did you want to save? The road we are on will lead to a loss of more lives, more Ruby Ridges, more Wacos, more often in more neighborhoods.
Gun owners are being demonized in general, being objectified, being treated as less than human, as those who do not deserve Constitutional protections. Everybody has their soft spot, they have their line in the sand. The Second Amendment Bear is being poked, prodded, kicked, spit on and taunted.
Is it any wonder that you see postings in forums and social networks across the country where people are saying "from my cold dead hands" or "they can have my bullets first."
Are we going to wage a war on guns now? We will treat law abiding gun owners they way we treated addicts in the war on drugs?
The problem with the War on Drugs is that it was a war on people who happened to be our parents, our children, our spouses, friends, families, and neighbors. What happens when we look into the eyes of our (purported) enemy and we see ourselves looking back?
Even if only 5% of gun owners follow through on resisting a gun confiscation attempt (that is 4 million people) Who will stop them? In 1994 there was a survey at 29 Palms of 300 Marines and the question was asked, would they shoot Americans resisting government gun confiscation? 75% said NO. The conclusion was that command structure would break down. Many law enforcement officers as well as active duty military are saying that they too would not confiscate weapons or fire upon Americans.
So what now? Where do we go from here? You can call me crazy for suggesting a conspiracy theory but my greatest fear today is that some nut with a gun or a government spook on a grassy knoll is going to take a potshot at a (another) politician. If it happened today it would trigger a tsunami of violence against law abiding gun owners.
Political action and organizing is and always has been our best tactic to address those efforts to restrict the second amendment and the one supported by all law abiding gun owners.
There are many gun rights organizations fighting legislation on all fronts, a lot of talk and a lot of action to protect second amendment rights. The Liberty Web Project at http://uslibertyweb.org seeks to organize information and facilitate networking amongst gun rights supporters from the local township and county level up.
Linking and networking people and groups on the ground in all 3,077 counties in the United States from the grassroots up is a little different than campaigns run from National Organizations down.
I would ask any law abiding gun owner interested in organizing, networking, and working on pro second amendment issues and gun rights to consider being involved in the organization of a local group and maintaining a web presence for their own county or state to get involved.
The National Groups can and do a lot to champion the cause, I for one believe in the ability of the man or woman on the street to make the most impact. The media would have you believe that gun owners are dealing in death. The truth is we are marketing a product, and that product is freedom.
The only thing that our legislators should be getting from us are letters, calls, and support to stand against constitutional assaults. I understand the emotions behind the battle cry "from my cold dead hands." I believe that the road we need to be firmly on is one of political action and the one that our time is best spent working on. I know where I stand, I hope for the best, I plan for the worst and in the meantime I work on the problem. Where do you stand?