- Posted February 1, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Gun Debate? Reality:
Based on the heightened social tension surrounding this subject, I thought it appropriate to discuss what expectations we should have if new regulatory right infringements are enacted into law.
While we can discount the preposterous and ridiculous notions of insurrection or revolution, if Feinstein’s bill were passed in its entirety, one could expect our government to follow the Australian gun confiscation model. First a gun buyback program, then door to door confiscation through force.
Australians were forced by their law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms by compliance or violence. While many deaths occurred in the confiscation (police on citizen violence), the Australian government was successful in implementing their policy.
Turn the page to America. There are estimated to be 310,000,000 weapons in circulation in the United States in the hands of the citizenry. In reality this figure is a very low estimate. There are other estimates in the 400 – 500 million range. Since 2008 there has been an incredible and almost insatiable demand for the weapon classified incorrectly by our media as the ‘assault weapon’. Estimates of as many as 13,000,000 to 18,000,000 of these semi-automatic weapons are in circulation today. In addition, many of these owners are active reloaders (make their own ammo). Most of the owners of these weapons have 1,000+ rounds on hand with some reaching the 10k – 20k range.
Given the nature of our culture, heritage and the number of gun owners in this country, it is safe to say that if our government comes for the guns, it will not be as easy and as neat as Australia. This should be a foregone conclusion by anyone with common sense.
In my opinion, it would be best to leave this subject alone, back off the legislation and stop talking about it. The only thing that will slow the demand for weapons and ammo is the government and media backing down from the rhetoric.
If semi-automatic weapons were banned and confiscation attempted, our government does not have the military or law enforcement personnel to withstand the carnage of enforcement in my opinion. The American people would not have the stomach to suffer through pain of such a conflict. We could barely stomach a low level incursion into Iraq.
Our government going door to door to confiscate weapons would be a catastrophe of epic proportion. I hope that our government officials come to their senses and understand that the pro-2A American people are not in the frame of mind to give any ground at this time in our history and no amount of rhetoric will change that view.
It would be unreasonable and foolish to ignore the facts and risk widespread social chaos in my opinion. I think we need to make this legislation go away for now and discuss it again when tensions are lower.