The government cannot take away our guns. This is not to say it hasn’t tried by means of several thousand laws concerning gun ownership, the right to carry a concealed weapon, and the demand that we undergo background checks to own one.
What I mean is that the act of trying to take our guns would be futile and, were it attempted, would result in an all-out insurrection.
From well before the nation’s independence, won by gun owning militias and a standing army, Americans have always been armed. In the early years of the nation’s history you surely were not going to put meat on the table without one.
Our Founding Fathers were unanimous in their belief that Americans should have the right to bear arms and it is no accident that it is the Second Amendment that guarantees the rights expressed in the First. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
One of the greatest tyrannies, one well known in nations where tyranny is “the law of the land”, is to deprive citizens of gun ownership. It is instructive that the sales of firearms have increased dramatically since Obama was first elected President in 2008. A November 9th CNN news article following his reelection began by noting “Gun sales are up in the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection on Tuesday, driven by fears of tighter regulations under a Democratic president, especially for firearms that might be classified as assault weapons.”
It is no accident that gun sales are up, nor that the most outspoken opponents of gun ownership are Democrats/liberals. When Obama spoke at the Newtown, CT vigil for those killed, he said, “Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? If we are honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough, and we will have to change.” Americans have had four years of “change” under Obama and, despite his reelection by a slim margin, at least half of them don’t like it. The rest are going to like it even less after January 2, 2013.
Obama implied that the school massacre was the result of the many guns owned by Americans and asked if that “is somehow the price of our freedom?” The answer is yes! The constitutional scholar, Joseph Story (1779-1845) noted that “One of the ordinary modes by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance is by disarming the people and making it an offense to keep arms.”
As recently as October 2011, a Gallup poll revealed that “Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.” At 47%, reported gun ownership “is the highest it has been in nearly two decades—a finding that may be related to American’s dampened support for gun-control laws.”
So let President Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg try to exploit the Connecticut tragedy to get stronger gun control laws through Congress it’s not likely to happen. Nor has it been lost on many following the story that Connecticut’s current gun laws are among the nation’s strictest. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ranks the state as second behind California. Simply put, states that permit concealed carry have less rates of crime and homicides than those that do not.
Gun owners must besiege Congress with messages that banning assault weapons or any others will mean a vote against their legislator.
I began by saying that the government cannot take away American’s guns and one need only consider the numbers that own them. Recall the Gallup poll in which nearly half admitted to gun ownership.
James Sterba in his new book, “Nature Wars” about the reforestration of America and the subsequent increase in the numbers of animal species with which we share our suburbs and exburbs, points out that “Each fall some ten million Americans take to forest and field carrying rifles, shotguns, pistols, old-fashioned muzzle-loaded long guns, cross-bows, or long bows and arrows in a display of armed might that would send jittery potentates scrambling for the barricades in less stable parts of the world.”
“Here is an informal army equal to the manpower in the ten largest armed forces in the world—China, United States, India, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, and Vietnam—combined.”
“Pennsylvania alone fields a force of deer hunters twice the size of the U.S. Army.”
Hunters, city folk and suburbanites who legally own guns in America comprise an army that no President or Congress would want to engage and few legislators anywhere would want to arouse.
President Kennedy perhaps said it best, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
© Alan Caruba, 2012
As the experts say the gun control works as they kill millions to keep control of their ways.... and that is what the brotherhood or Obama want for the USA>...
Yes, Obama is taking America apart one step at a time and will continue until he calls martial law and then we're never going to get him out. It is really difficult to believe that our government elected officials are abiding with everything this Arab terrorist is doing. There should be someone willing to take him out.
This viewpoint represents all that is wrong with America. Look in the mirror; you are the evil one. Yes - you are free to dissent and voice your opinion and even protest. You may dislike this president but he is NOT an Arab. 'Someone willing to take him out'; what a sick person. You are the reason the tea party is becoming so marginalized. Where are the other voices around here???
I agree with you 100% William. What complete ignorance, and yet unfortunately there's a large group of insufficiently educated Americans who believe this kind of garbage. Dawn, do you even understand what an Arab is? Or what a terrorist is? And, as William says, people like you are the reason the Tea Party is in decline. Irrational, advocating violence, because you disagree with certain elected officials.
Thanks John. I believe in core values of the tea party and will always listen to a reasonable and rational argument. It is important to get on these 'un american' people that give us all a bad name. Merry Christmas to you.
Back in April a poll found that 50% of people said that the more they heard about the Tea Party, the less they liked it. I suspect that's because rage, factual distortions, and conspiratorial thinking turns them off, even if they would otherwise be receptive to the core values. I don't see the Tea Party growing under these circumstances, and I find that very sad.
What rage and factual distortions???
Nancy, check out "Delilah's" responses to other discussions (just click on her avatar) and tell me if you think she is a tea partier, or a troll plant. Yep, she's a troll!
With over 100 million known legal gun owners the lefties are looking at a short bloody revolution if they attempt to regulate or take away our guns. The Supreme Court has stated that any unconstitutinal law is null and void and can not be enforced. There are NO ifs, ands, or buts in the second Amendment. All gun laws are a violation of the second ammendment and the Constitution. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They can make it very difficult to purchase guns and ammunition for sure but taking our guns would be impossible to achieve. They need to work on the problem and it's not guns, should they be allowed to take your gun then what next take everybodies cars because drunk drivers kill people. Cigarettes kill people and yet they bring in millions of dollars for taxes and that's Ok. If we don't get back to our basic Laws and teach our kids the value of life, whether it be theirs or yours or mine then nothing will stop the endless stupidity. I love people and I can only imagine how painful it must be to have an idiot kill so many for no reason at all. I wish there had been at least one licensed consealed gun carrying sane person ther to stop this madness. We are losing our open society to the insane and it's just not right. You can take all the guns from everybody and the crooks will still have them. If they could make it safe and cecure then they could get rid of all the illegals and drugs as well. Not going to happen.
Please oh.... please........I beg of you.........don't throw us in that briar patch.
Question how long would it take for us to eliminate the infection of progressives and their ideology?