Concepts like honor and duty seem to have fled the scene as crisis actors rush to fill the void and further denigrate what’s left of civilization. “Gun control,” they scream when we should all be screaming, “personal responsibility.” Where did it go? More importantly, what is the root issue of gun control? Criminals clearly do not give a damn for the law, so law breakers will not be affected. Who will? Law abiding citizens; those not shooting up our fellow countrymen in the first place. This conclusion is obvious, so we are left wondering about the end game of the gun control advocate.
Our second amendment was written to arm Americans against even the possibility of a tyrannical government. In other words, and to the point, guns in the hands of citizens enable revolution. As our government oversteps its bounds to the point of Olympian gymnastics, one must conclude that rebellion is feared and so the gun grab commences. Every time a mass shooting occurs no one blames the (p)harmaceutical companies who wrecked the shooters’ mind. No one blames the outright degeneracy of society enabled by the same fools screaming for gun control. Only indirectly is blame placed on the violence rampant on our countless flickering screens or on the parents who allow those screens to raise their children. Maybe for a second or two blame is directed at a rock star. The shooter is partially blamed, as if he existed in a vacuum, but all the more pointedly, the gun is always blamed.
This is foolish to the point of absurdity. The only beneficiaries to gun prohibition would be criminals, and our government has been tripping over itself to fall into that category for some time now. Is this truly the same United States that threw off royal oppression in a revolution that started the grandest experiment in freedom this world has ever known? Yes, and the experiment is failing. As citizens it is our right – no, our DUTY – to salvage this Republic. Not to do so is to be complicit with failure.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence states that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.”
Of course, nay-sayers chime in with doomsday scenarios about the strength of the US Military and how we could never hope to rival such a beast. It is my contention that we will not have to, at least not in its entirety. How many current or former servicemen have you met who are disgruntled at best with the current course of American politics? My experience has been unanimous – those in uniform will never condone any sort of gun grab or any overstated encroachment to our freedoms.
And yet, the creeping despotism continues. We are all likely to miss the tip-toe of the alphabet agencies as they undermine one line of the Constitution at a time – and they know this well, and so they proceed inch by inch. What if we were to meet them foot by foot, one step at a time, one ballot a time, one resounding NO at a time? The powers-that-should-not-be may deem the risk to their walled estates too great and shrug, “let them have guns.” Will they give up? No. Neither will We the People.
What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
– Thomas Jefferson