In the wake of the tragic shooting in Charleston South Carolina a fresh wave of fear mongering has been circulating among the gun owner crowd. Every time a politician even so much as hints at the need for increased gun control legislation the tactical community throws a veritable shit-fit. Blogs are posted on sites warning people of impending gun grabs, Youtube becomes awash in reactionary videos, and the masses of mentally competent gun owners are left shaking their heads in wonder as their more impassioned friends run out to buy a new load of gear and ammo. Listen, Obama isn’t coming to take your guns, so you can put the AK away for a second and relax.
If you’re one of the many people who fear having your door kicked in at any minute to have your precious guns stolen from you let me enlighten you with a few points to counter that fear.
#5- The number of gun owners has drastically increased since before the Obama administration even first started making statements regarding gun control. After Obama’s inception as president of the United States gun ownership went up by as much as 91 percent of what it was under Bush. I won’t bore you with a long string of statistics though, just ask your friends. How many of them owned guns during the Bush administration compared to now?
#4- The Second Amendment of The Constitution clearly states the time honored slogan “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Okay, so there are some examples of fairly draconian measures in some parts of the US that seem to sully this idea. Well, who’s at fault for that? It’s actually fairly simple. The voters in states that infringe on your right to bear arms. Folks in New York, California, and Illinois knew the stances of their candidates before they voted for them. Market demand dictates the laws in any given area, thus some places have stricter gun laws than others. What can be done about that? Well, nothing if you live in a different state, but then I must present a rhetorical question- do you respect a state’s sovereign right to legislate itself or do you feel the fed should be the divine authority? That’s a murky road that I’m not willing to go down. Vote in your jurisdiction for candidates that respect your right to bear arms and you will be afforded the ability to continue to do so.
#3- Police organizations themselves have professed to both the lack of effectiveness in gun control as well as their unwillingness to enforce confiscation measures. There are plenty of bad apples in the police force, that can’t be denied, however the majority of police are folks just like you. They do a challenging and dangerous job to try and protect the population from the bad guys, and most of them don’t believe that job will be any easier by stealing our guns from us. Cops don’t want to kick down your door and risk losing life and limb just to take your guns because someone told them to. If you don’t believe me just check this 2013 survey on police opinion regarding gun control- http://www.policeone.com/Gun-Legislation-Law-Enforcement/articles/6183787-PoliceOnes-Gun-Control-Survey-11-key-lessons-from-officers-perspectives/
#2- Since the issue of gun control has risen and fallen with media coverage regarding mass shootings, attempted bans on ammunition or weapons types, or even just statements by legislators professing their desire to control guns- every single time it has been met with overwhelming support of gun ownership from folks like you and I. The American voter is a very powerful force. If politicians constantly marched to their own drum they would face massive problems getting re-elected. Add huge organizations like the NRA and the National Gun Owner Association to the mix and it becomes nigh impossible in many places to actually pass harsh measures on gun ownership. On a federal scale this difficulty is expounded by orders of magnitude due to the Second Amendment and its support.
#1- The number one reason why our guns won’t be taken away is this- there are 300 million guns in America. “You cannot invade the mainland United States as there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” has become a popular quote in the gun crowd since its introduction. The quote may or may not have come from Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, but its connotation remains solid. Our government simply does not have the man power nor the technology to take our guns away from us on a mass scale and they know it. Apart from minor disarmament operations and isolated incidents the current administration would never attempt to follow through with a mass ban on weapons. There isn’t enough money in the treasury to support a buy back program, soldiers and police alike would largely ignore or directly oppose orders to disarm the populace, and the ruling class would be torn to shreds by the very people who protect them. It’s just not currently plausible that they would follow through with an action like that, and you can forget a NATO invasion. Do you really think European nations are so concerned with American gun owners that they’re willing to sacrifice tens of thousands of their men and women just to take our weapons from us? Think again. It was hard enough to get NATO involved with Iraq, imagine telling them to invade the most well armed and well trained nation on the planet. It just simply is not going to happen any time soon.
So, to sum it all up we can come to the conclusion that our guns are fairly safe for now. The security of gun ownership is well established due in part to the vigilance and assertiveness of the gun owner movement. Real patriots stand ready to defend the constitution at any turn, and it starts with the pen. Before you go rattling swords and making war plans always remember to exhaust every measure before taking such action, for the gravity of that action can not be reversed once initiated. The pen is mightier than the sword, but it helps to have a sword on your side when someone tries to steal your pen. What I’m saying is this- stay vigilant but don’t panic. When tragedies occur and the gun debate comes back into the conversation use your legislative power to your advantage. Vote for the right candidates, be a pillar of responsible gun ownership in your area, and maintain readiness in the unlikely event that someone does come to take your guns. Don’t fuel gun grabbers by exhibiting a paranoid, violent demeanor. Don’t terrorize people with loud, in your face measures like carrying rifles into fast food stores. Don’t spend away your family’s fortunes buying insane amounts of weapons and ammunition to stockpile and never take to the range. Be frugal, be responsible, be safe, and above all- be informed. These measures will continue to help prevent us losing our Second Amendment rights better than anything.
“Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum”– Tommy