Saturday, February 16, 2013

When They Come for My Guns

     (Author's note, February 2013: I wrote this about six weeks ago.  I did not put it out for public consumption because I'd recently applied for a concealed carry permit and didn't want to affect my consideration for approval.  However, the more I've thought about it, I feel like if I toe the line and not say what I believe so I can be "granted" a license by the government to carry a weapon, that makes me part of the problem.  I'd rather be part of the solution.  But our First and Second Amendment rights as a U.S. citizens are already so eroded and watered down that it may already be too late.)

By John P. Smith
Freelance Writer

     When they come for my guns; I’m saying no.

     According to an article in Forbes online, the United States has about 80 million documented gun owners and approximately 270 million guns.  That’s right: Probably one-third of all the guns on the planet are owned by private individuals in this country.  That’s documented gun owners.  Estimates of undocumented guns and owners vary depending on the source.  But that’s a lot of guns and owners.

     Making a rough estimate of undocumented gun owners at 20 million, we can say there are an estimated 100 million gun owners in this country.  The government fields and about 1.5 million active, 1.5 million reserve military members and 800,000 police officers.  Let’s just make that a nice round total of about 3 million people available to come to your house and ask for your guns. I round down because many of the military and police won’t ever leave their offices to try to take my guns.  In addition, some may not agree with the government policy and refuse to participate in a roundup of guns from citizens in clear violation of the Constitution they've sworn to protect.

     Remember:  Our military is not sworn to protect the government.  When we swear in, it is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.  That Constitution still affords us the right to bear arms.  Believe you me, the cowards lobbying for “gun control” and the government absolutely hate that.  And I believe that should it come down to it, we as citizens, have not only a right, but a responsibility to protect our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.  The right to own firearms is the Second amendment to he Constitution.  Second only to our right to free speech, press and religion.  Does it seem like the framers had a premonition that the Second would be necessary to ensure the First?  (A First which is rapidly deteriorating: Our government-run schools are now so retarded that a child can't point his finger and say "bang" without being suspended.)

     Rest assured, if we turn our guns over to the government, we will sooner, rather than later, be forced to comply to some kind of persecution when they’re the only ones who have weapons.  Once they have all the weapons, they can pretty much decide what they want us to do.  And when they say, “they’ll do it because we told them to,” they will be correct.  How many times do we have to see this happen before we will believe it?   If there’s anything we should have learned from the invention of the firearm, it is that those who have the guns, have the power.  Take a look at a hundred other governments around the world and see just who gets the short end of the stick when only the government can have guns.

     I found this on the internet while researching this article.  It makes some valid points. 

  • In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
  • In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
  • China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
  • Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

     For those who fear the coming of the soldiers or police to confiscate your firearms, the solution is simple:  Just say no.  We must take a stand.  Don’t be afraid.   I’m 49 years old.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s enough.  Imagine 100 years ago; 49 was an old man.  Every day I continue to live is a gift.

     So when they come for my weapons, I’m taking one of them with me.  That’s all.  At least one.  More if I can, but at least one.  Why?  Because if just one of every 100 gun owners believes as I do, the rest of you will get to keep your weapons because there won’t be anybody to take them away.  Do I feel bad for the poor enlisted puke I may have to kill to fulfill my part of this bargain?  Yes I do.  Afterall, I was once one of those enlisted grunts.  He’s just doing his job, as he’s ordered to do.  I don’t want to ever have to kill anybody.  However, on the other side of the coin is the question of exactly why he’s with them.  When any military person comes down on the side of the government and not the side of the Constitution, maybe he’s just another bad guy.

     What if they single us out?  For instance, if the government makes it impossible for gun owners to buy food?  Would our government starve our families because we refuse to give up our weapons?  Of course they will.   Will that work?  Only if we let it work.  I can’t imagine the government really wanting to deal with millions of hungry, angry people with guns.   We can take our weapons and march to where the food is and demand our share.  But, wouldn’t that be civil war?  Yep.  It sure would.  And let’s face it; nobody wants civil war.  Especially a government outnumbered 100 to 1.

     So the next logical step would be to threaten our families:  Do you really believe our government would hold our families hostage to force us to give up our weapons?  Damn right they would.  As in any war, sacrifices will have to be made.  You can count on your government using every dirty trick in the book to force compliance.  We will be starved, threatened, held hostage, have our utilities cut off, refused service by businesses, refused medical treatment and access to medicine, not only for us, but also for our families.  This sounds somewhat fatalistic, but let’s face it, any or all of it can happen.  And when the time comes, it will happen.  

    Still, if the government actually tries to take our firearms, they really can’t do it unless we let them.  Once we’ve killed a million of them and they’ve killed a million of us, you can bet those tasked with the job of picking up our guns will have noticed that the odds really aren’t in their favor, seeing how one-third of them is already dead and the population still has 200 million weapons.

    Seriously.  Think about it.  There’s no way in hell the government can take our weapons if we decide they don’t have the right -- which they don’t.  The key is, we have to decide not to let them and we have to decide right now.   Let the gun control lobby whine about how awful and evil and criminal guns are; these people are such cowards, they can’t see beyond their own fear.  I say let them blubber and snivel from their hiding places. Let them cower in fear and hatred of those of us who are not afraid. 

     I reiterate: If we don’t want to give up our guns, we don’t have to.  We have to take a stand.  When my time comes, I will take a stand.  I will say, “No, you may not have my weapons.”  And then I will do whatever becomes necessary to back up my conviction.  And undoubtedly, I will lose.  I will lose one small battle.  But every time someone else takes a stand and fights back, we will all be one step closer to winning the war. 

     When your time comes; take a stand.   It’s a small price to pay for our children to live in a country where the government fears the people rather than the other way around.