Gun Seizures Could Lead to Civil War
by James Bovard
February 3, 2020
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” declared “Beto” O’Rourke at a Democratic party presidential candidate debate in September. Compelling Americans to surrender their so-called assault weapons is “the newest purity test” for Democratic presidential candidates, according to the Washington Post. O’Rourke and other Democratic presidential candidates, including Cory Booker, Kristin Gillibrand, and Bill de Blasio (now withdrawn from the race, as are Gillibrand and O’Rourke) have all endorsed mandatory buy-backs of assault weapons. Though such proposals are momentarily politically profitable, they could start a cascade of public-policy dominoes that ends in civil war.
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As much as I deplore violence and, as a pro-lifer, the deaths that will come from another “civil war”, certain rights are worth fighting for.
The RIGHT to keep and bear arms, enshrined in the Constitution, is all that keeps the Gooferment in check.
Classic example is the trains loaded for the Nazi death camps were preceded by the disarming the sheep by the Weimar “republic”. “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn
For all those, who say “We, The Sheeple” can not stand up to the Gooferment in an armed rebellion, I point to Afghanistan where the locals armed with 1900’s vintage rifles defeated the English, Russians, and the USA. When you’re fighting for the “homeland” and you can blend in with the local population, that represents a new generation of asymmetrical warfare. Conventional generals fighting the last war can’t possibly win.
While I pray for the peaceful separation of the USA, just like the USSR, I KNOW that any attempt to disarm “We, The Sheeple” will result in bloodshed.
“From my cold dead hands” is more than a bumpersticker. But it does summarize how gun owners and patriots feel. “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Remember Churchill’s quote: “…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.
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