I recently read somewhere that this sort of post counts as nothing more than “chest-thumping”. Fair enough – everyone is entitled to their opinion. Now here’s my opinion.
As a lifelong gun enthusiast I’ve often heard the argument that it is suicidal to oppose the government forcefully. And many incidents demonstrate the apparent truth of that. Polemicists on both the left and right will tell you that any attempt to stand up to Leviathan will accomplish nothing more than to get you killed and your memory forever vilified. Let me try to make something very clear to you dear reader. Having an armed populace can accomplish the goal of restraining a potentially tyrannical government simply by demonstrating the WILLINGNESS to resist tyrannical acts. Government bureaucrats who KNOW that Americans won’t meekly bend over to take the government weenie are far less likely to even try [insert tyrannical act here].
There is an old story about the pre-war Japanese High Command contemplating the invasion of the American mainland. Someone reminded the generals that they would encounter a rifle behind every blade of grass. The American public never had to fight Japanese troops because they never attacked in the first place. It was enough for the generals to know what they would face if they did.
By the same token, if the American public would a) retain their evil black rifles in abundance, and b) continue to make it clear to Uncle Sugar and his minions that any attempt to take those EBRs will be bloody in the extreme, then Leviathan would be more likely to remain in its constitutionally mandated place.
Will some “chest thumpers” get killed? Undoubtedly. But if those chest thumpers were seen to number in the millions by the agents of Leviathan, then the likelihood that anyone need die for their rights would be diminished. So in essence, every time some limp wristed Fudd spouts the idea that we should all cower and cringe along with the rest of the Sheeple, then that Fudd has actually raised the chances that Obongo and company will make the ultimate grab. I am reminded of Alexander Solszenitsyn who talked of how they burned in the camps with the knowledge that had they only mustered the courage to resist, the entire Soviet revolution might have died in its cradle.
A few days ago I had lunch with a policeman I know. The conversation naturally went in the direction of the coming executive order concerning guns. He expressed real fear that the government would chose such a course because he realized that to do so would set the gun owning American public directly on a collision course with law enforcement. And he correctly deduced the inevitable deadly results of such a course. It is GOOD for liberty that law enforcement has such a fear!
I am so very glad that people in this country were once made of sterner stuff, and that the prevailing attitude was not one of cringing at the mention of potential government action. Imagine if Paul Revere’s wife said “Paul, don’t go out there and get your ass in trouble now”. What if Capt. Parker had stood on Lexington Green in 1775 and told his militia to disperse in the face of British power? Don’t you think he knew he might “get in trouble”? Pffffft
If given my choice, I would rather be a chest thumper than a pansy-assed jello spine. I know that one day I will die. If God answers prayer then perhaps I will give a good accounting of myself. But God forbid that I ever counsel my fellow liberty-minded Americans to hunker down and lay low! I piss on those who take such a tack.