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The gun safety debate is filled with the requisite amount of scary disinformation – “Senator Feinstein told 60 Minutes she intended to confiscate all guns,” except she didn’t. When you boil away the gullible repetition of deliberate deception, the arguments of anti-restriction advocates boil down to two. The government will be strong or the government will be weak, which, I suppose, covers the bases.
That the government will be strong supposes a Nazi like “Amerika” that will oppress real patriots. Armament is needed to fight the onrushing tyranny. The coming conservative revolution that is destined to overthrow the United State government will require weapons sufficient to destroy US military personnel and local police. For example:
I disagree with Mr. Deming that it boils down to whether a shooter has to reload after 6 shots or after 60. It boils down to whether We The People will retain our God-given right to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government when it becomes necessary to do so.
Under the tyrant Obama, our Bill of Rights is being steadily eroded, and the loss of the 2nd Amendment, even in a small way, diminishes our ability to defend the rest of them.
And Obama knows it.
This is what I see as an oppressive violation of human rights.
The government is uncaring and callous if it provides inadequate protection for the future right to carry out the massive killings that will be needed to carry out the revolution.
The movie fantasy of mowing down the military minions of a future oppressive authority is not always confined to the juvenile right wing. Some conservatives, while they do not share the revolutionary zeal of their brethren (“I am not advocating nor anticipating having to engage in armed conflict against our government”), nevertheless introduce into the assault weapon debate an historical analysis that abuts the coming overthrow:
While America today is not like Nazi Germany of the 1930’s, there are increasingly similar circumstance that are developing … That said, if there are lots of like-minded people with such firearms, the possibility of survival is definitely improved.
In our household, we are certainly comforted by the thought that some conservatives see the killing of dozens of little kids at a time as an undesirable, but necessary, risk. The more important objective is the killing of multiple members of the of US Marines, infantry, and other military personnel in the coming armed insurrection. The target, we are assured, is not a classroom of children, but rather our own young Marine.
The other argument is that our government is too weak, and we must be prepared to take the law into our own hands when the inevitable anarchy comes upon us. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre envisions the second term of the Obama administration: “terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.”
Statistics may show illegal immigration at a low with increased Obama-ordered border law enforcement. FBI data may show that states along our southern border have the lowest crime rates. That is to be disregarded. Civil disorder during natural disasters is almost unheard of. Mr. LaPierre is unswayed. International terrorism against the United States is suffering one hammer blow after another as President Obama subjects al Qaeda and associated terrorists to deadly force. We are all missing the point.
Mere facts do not overrule principle.
Government will collapse under the Obama administration. Hurricanes, earthquakes, massive terror attacks, illegal immigrants roaming the streets hunting for any patriots not huddled fearfully out of sight:
Gun owners are not buying firearms because they anticipate a confrontation with the government. Rather, we anticipate confrontations where the government isn’t there — or simply doesn’t show up in time.
The Not-Too-Filling vs Tastes-Great factions join in the mirror arguments, reflections of each other. Because the government is too strong/weak the coming revolution/collapse into tyranny/anarchy requires real patriots to stockpile, and defend at all costs, military grade weapons.
There is no certain stopping point here. If freedom requires patriots to carry surface-to-air missiles toward airport runways, government must not interfere.
The giving up on civil society, the tossing aside of social norms, the assumption of roles we used to entrust to police and military, is also reflected in other, less lethal, rhetoric. Calhoun-style nullification, secession, rejection of democracy itself in voter suppression laws, the manipulation of electoral laws and legislative procedures to thwart the majority are lesser effects of the same reasoning.
The new insurgency has been brewing for a while. This fringe of conservatism pits itself against the rest of America. As they see it, the American majority has let them down.
They turn on the America that has turned on them.
Article originally published at FairandUNbalanced.com.
Hat tip to John Myste.