I'm going to try to tell this story in a manner that isn't as convoluted as reality, but bear with me in case it starts to go sideways...
So yesterday morning I get an email from my buddy Semper Fi, 0321. It has a link to an article that I think should be required reading by everyone that considers themselves to be a Patriot. The article is pretty dang long and you can read it at the link above, but here are some of the high points for me...
Consider: The TSA was born in the panicked backwash of 9/11, which is understandable given the events of that day, when Muslim maniacs screaming allahu akbar murdered 3,000 Americans and others in the name of Islamic global jihad. But a decade after 9/11, due entirely to political correctness, it’s completely out of the question to profile Mohammed at the airport yet absolutely necessary for that bloated agency to “randomly” select your pre-teen or teenage daughter for a body search performed by a government matron in a TSA uniform. This frequently under-the-clothes and against-the-skin complete body search may done in full public view, or in a hidden back room, solely at the discretion of the TSA agents involved.
Meanwhile, Mom and Dad stand off to the side where they have been directed to wait, saying nothing, scarcely moving, avoiding random eye contact lest a TSA security agent catch a wayward smirk or utterance of protest. To pull out a cell phone camera at this time would surely invite arrest. To walk over and grab the matron by the arm is out of the question. Defending your child from the indignity would lead only to your being Tasered and handcuffed on the cold airport floor. After that, your entire family may wind up in some TSA airport detention cells, conveniently located right on your concourse and unknown to you until then. Better to stew in silence, let the incident pass, and try to forget it.
These two paragraphs mean a lot to me. Having two teenaged daughters, I would absolutely go ballistic if one of these tsa molester thugs, make or female, put their hands on my child. How does feeling up my lily white, teen aged daughters, or my 90 year old grandmother, or my (if I had one) 5 year old, wheel chair bound son make us safer as a Nation? It doesn't. Historically, none of the classes of people I mentioned above commit terrorist acts. Could it happen? Sure. Is it likely to happen? No. Historically acts of terror are carried out by middle eastern men typically between the ages of 18 and 40. That is the description of every one of the 9/11 scumbags. So why do the rest of us have to completely abandon our 4th Amendment right in order to get on an airplane?
And now in the wake of yet another disgusting example of the worst human depravity, this time in an elementary school in New England, we are told by the government that some firearms are simply too dangerous for citizens to possess. We are told that limiting or removing these firearms from private hands will increase the general public safety. We are told that it is a small thing to give up semi-automatic rifles, which the political and cooperating media elites will dutifully call “assault weapons,” even though nobody can quite define the term. In any case, we are told, nobody needs an “assault weapon” with a thirty-round magazine.
Well, actually, almost nobody needs them.
Apparently, Mr. Security Agent and his comrades need them, lots of them. Tens of thousands of new “assault weapons,” enough to shoot all of the billions (with a “b”) of .223 and .40 caliber hollow-point bullets recently purchased by our federal law enforcement agencies in unprecedented new acquisitions. Are we suddenly expecting a foreign invasion I missed reading about? Wouldn’t that be the job of the military? Why do our federal law enforcement agencies suddenly need tens of thousands of “assault weapons” and billions of new hollow-point (not training) bullets, many times more than in previous years?
What difference does it make if I "need" and "assault" rifle? I don't recall the 2nd Amendment saying anything about wants or needs. And it also doesn't say anything about the government giving me permission to own this or that. Look, as long as I am a law abiding citizen, what difference does it make what I own? And how is it any business of any newspaper, my next door neighbor, that thug obama or janet napolitano? it's not. It's my business and I intend to keep it that way.
As far as the department of homeland security buying over 1 BILLION rounds of hollow point ammunition, from what I remember it is against the Geneva convention to use that shit in a war, so you figure it out. The federal government is planning on an uprising of some sort and that ammo will be used on us.
So at the historical moment that our nation is turning into a police state, with no expectation of privacy, even of our private parts in public airports or on public highways, we are commanded to grant even greater trust in our government’s perpetual future benevolence, to have blind faith that at no point in the future will our government turn tyrannical.
But in the year 2013, has the government already earned our trust, or our disgust, with its current abuses of its police powers? In this environment of steadily creeping tyranny, should we comply with government demands for our increasing disarmament?
In short, the answer to the question above is... NO. How has the government earned our trust? They lie when it would be easier to tell the truth. They promise transparency and then conduct all their meetings in secret. They use the resources our tax dollars provide to do things like allow GUNS TO MAKE THEIR WAY ILLEGALLY INTO OTHER COUNTRIES, in the name of stricter gun laws in this Country. That makes good sense doesn't it? They cover up, they violate the Constitution, and they are just crooked scumbags all the way around. No, there is no reason for trust.
So anyway, the article goes on from there to talk about times in history when populations have been convinced that gun registration is a good idea. Germany in the 1920's, for example. Hitler later used those registries for confiscation and then for annihilation. Funny how that works. it seems to be a pattern of behavior in dictators. But, that could never happen here. That's exactly what the people of Germany said...
After reading this, I asked a friend, who retired from 35 years in law enforcement a few years ago, if he were still on the job, and he were tasked with rounding up guns, would he do it. His answer was yes.
Holy crap. I never would have expected that. Never.
I asked him if he realized that rounding up people's guns would be a violation of the oath he swore to protect the Constitution. He said not if it were a law. I asked him if he realized that a law that violates the Constitution is unlawful. He said that would be for the courts to figure out.
I asked him if it was something that he was willing to give his life to do. He didn't get it.
I told him that not everyone that owns guns is a mall ninja type person. I reminded him that there are a lot of former Marines, Navy SEAL's and Army Special Forces people that he would never even see before they put a bullet in his head. I don't know that he had ever even considered that.
I figured that was enough of that for one day.
This morning I sent him this same article and asked him to read it. Later I asked him if he did. He told me he couldn't. He started and it pissed him off.
He said he feels like it is attacking law enforcement folks. Maybe it is, to a certain degree. But these people have to understand what is at stake if they decide to accept a lawful order and try to confiscate weapons. How many cops are the people is charge willing to lose in this thing?
You know, I hope this is all just a stupid exercise in futility and we will let cooler heads figure this thing out in a year or so. Trying to make a decision about something as complex as our 2nd Amendment rights so soon after a tragedy isn't wise. I can understand why obama and the gun grabbers are in such a hurry. The wounds are still fresh and it's easy to lash out, even if you strike out at the wrong person. But, like so many other things these liberals do, they don't think about the consequences of their actions. Registration and/or confiscation isn't going to work like they envision it. It will get ugly. Real ugly. Real quick. Are they ready for that? Maybe they are. If you consider obama has armed almost every federal agency there is and they have purchased MILIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of rounds of ammunition, maybe they are ready. Maybe they have thought it through and maybe they are ready for the next civil war.
It's about to get real interesting around here. I would say what I always say, stock up on ammo, but that shit is all sold out...