Feeling froggy yet, Lefty?
Liberals love to fantasize about confiscating every gun in America. It may be their most beautiful dream. Liberals get control of the Supreme Court and ignore the Second Amendment; Washington makes gun ownership illegal; almost all the guns come pouring in or are destroyed; a few hapless Jim Bobs who won’t get in line get shot up by the cops and then the government is free to do anything it wants and if people don’t like it, well, what are they going to do about it without guns?
Let me suggest a less happy, but probably more accurate version of how an attempt at gun confiscation would likely go. Liberals get control of the Supreme Court and ignore the Second Amendment followed by Washington making gun ownership illegal. So far, so good, right? Then the vast majority of police departments across the country refuse to do more than accept weapons that are turned in and, of course, very few citizens actually hand over their weapons. At this point, D.C. would have no choice other than to accept that gun confiscation is impossible, which would be the most likely outcome.
Oh, I don’t see things going THAT way at all. Yes, there are certainly a very large number of cops who will drag their feet in any way they can if ordered to implement such a tyrannous edict. There are plenty of others who will openly and straightforwardly refuse to cooperate at all, including some who have already sworn publicly to it; I know some of both stripes in my own neck of the woods personally, in fact. I know a good few cops, a handful of them for many years, but I couldn’t name a single one who anticipates such a development with anything but dread, horror, and revulsion.
But it must also be acknowledged that some of them will go along with it, and those who don’t will probably be looking for other employment shortly thereafter. And the idea that Lefty will ever accept that gun confiscation is impossible is, frankly, laughable. It ain’t. Gonna. Happen. If we should have learned anything at all about Progressivists by now, it is that they NEVER give up, they NEVER abandon their totalitarian ambitions, they NEVER stop digging into the foundation of American liberty in hopes of toppling it at last. Never. Any moves they make seeming to accept such a thing are nothing more nor less than deception, a hudna.
To get rid of guns on a scale widespread enough to matter in the United States, you’d need to go house to house and search because most people would claim their weapons were stolen or lost. Doing that with millions of up-to-that-point law-abiding citizens would be considered tyrannical and it would produce a violent backlash that hasn’t been seen in this country since the Civil War. If you want to turn ordinary American citizens into “freedom fighters” against an abusive government, try to take their guns and it will work about as well as anything else you can imagine.
I still say, as I have all along, that there is no other issue, no other Leftist transgression, that would be more likely to spark a revolt against them culminating in Civil War 2.0 than the 2A issue. I hasten to add that I don’t consider it all that likely, and I certainly don’t consider it desirable. But if Leftists continue to delude themselves about their ability to pull off gun confiscation without catastrophic consequences, for them and for all of us, that’s how it will happen.
Which brings us round to this old but evergreen blast from Charles Cooke—who, as completely misguided as he is about Trump, always was one of our best and brightest on 2A issues.
When the likes of Rob Delaney and Bill Maher and Keith Ellison say that we need to get rid of the Second Amendment, they are not speaking in a vacuum but reflecting the views of a small but vocal portion of the American population. And they mean it.
That being so, here’s the million-dollar question: What the hell are they waiting for? Go on, chaps. Bloody well do it.
Seriously, try it. Start the process. Stop whining about it on Twitter, and on HBO, and at the Daily Kos. Stop playing with some Thomas Jefferson quote you found on Google. Stop jumping on the news cycle and watching the retweets and viral shares rack up. Go out there and begin the movement in earnest. Don’t fall back on excuses. Don’t play cheap motte-and-bailey games. And don’t pretend that you’re okay with the Second Amendment in theory, but you’re just appalled by the Heller decision. You’re not. Heller recognized what was obvious to the amendment’s drafters, to the people who debated it, and to the jurists of their era and beyond: That “right of the people” means “right of the people,” as it does everywhere else in both the Bill of Rights and in the common law that preceded it. A Second Amendment without the supposedly pernicious Heller“interpretation” wouldn’t be any impediment to regulation at all. It would be a dead letter. It would be an effective repeal. It would be the end of the right itself. In other words, it would be exactly what you want! Man up. Put together a plan, and take those words out of the Constitution.
You’re going to need a plan. A state-by-state, county-by-county, street-by-street, door-to door plan. A detailed roadmap to abolition that involves the military and the police and a whole host of informants — and, probably, a hell of a lot of blood, too. Sure, the ACLU won’t like it, especially when you start going around poorer neighborhoods. Sure, there are probably between 20 and 30 million Americans who would rather fight a civil war than let you into their houses. Sure, there is no historical precedent in America for the mass confiscation of a commonly owned item — let alone one that was until recently constitutionally protected. Sure, it’s slightly odd that you think that we can’t deport 11 million people but we can search 123 million homes. But that’s just the price we have to pay. Times have changed. It has to be done: For the children; for America; for the future. Hey hey, ho ho, the Second Amendment has to go. Let’s do this thing.
When do you get started?
“When” indeed (via AP):
Political cowardice involves failing to act on what you believe is right because of political concerns.
An example of that is the decision among Democrats to hold no votes on gun control between 2009 and 2011 when they had huge majorities in Congress and held the White House.
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) February 15, 2018
Why, in light of this, it almost seems as if the Democrat Socialists are playing this issue in the exact same fashion their Vichy GOPe/Uniparty junior partners did Obamacare: as one they can raise a great base-energizing hue and cry over (along with plenty of campaign contributions), but that they have no real intention of ever trying to actually do something about.
All of which brings us right round in turn to the greatest damned song ever written about all this:
Pay special attention to that first verse; it’s a killer, and really does say it all.
Update! Aesop takes a good, hard look:
The Second Amendment only constrains government (and we see how well that’s working, 30,000 deliberate infringements later) by design, from interfering in any wise with a natural law right to self-defense, and its means by the most practical current expedients. It’s an unalienable right. That means it’s irrevocable, untouchable, and baked into your DNA, in perpetuity. It predates the US Constitution by millenia, is wholly untouched and unconstrained by it, and entirely and permanently beyond the jurisdiction of such paltry authorities (by contrast) as the President, Congress, or the Supreme Court to touch, alter, grant, revoke, or deny.
Game. Set. Match.
You can repeal the entire US Constitution, beginning to end, and it still doesn’t mean I have to give up my guns. Not even any one of them.
But the attempt, let alone the actual accomplishment, to repeal the amendment would have a very beneficial effect: it identifies the would-be repealers as unmitigated tyrants, and leaves me a clear conscience henceforth when I undertake to send them to Hell, on a shutter.
Its accomplishment, should such somehow come to pass, immediately nullifies any notional claim to legitimacy on the part of the US government, rendering such claim not only spurious but, to wit, actionable. In fact, it’s not only rendered actionable, either; as flatly stated in the Declaration of Independence, action is demanded of any people presuming to call themselves free men under a just and legitimate government. The Founders, bless them, were quite specific and unequivocal about what action is demanded too, both in their deathless words and in their own ensuing deeds. They left exactly ZERO margin for error, anyplace you preening pinheads can bring yourselves to look.
I’m all in with Aesop: you liberal-fascist sons of bitches will never get mine, and I don’t give a good God damn how many fucking laws you pass. Period, full stop, end of story. At the end of the day, it comes down to this: the right safeguarded by the 2A is one I’m willing to die to retain. So tell me: are YOU dimestore dictators willing to die taking it from me? Because the moment you decide you are, come and take them, you slope-shouldered, diaper-dragging, snot-nosed little eunuchs.
Unless and until such time arrives, do us all a favor and shut your fucking yaps about it. Your empty sniveling may go over big with your base, but it’s a good bit less than impressive to the rest of us.
Your latest round of bug-eyed hysteria demanding we relinquish our unalienable rights—after YOUR precious Almighty State stumblebums failed utterly to put so much as a speed bump in the path of a damaged psychopath created by YOUR witless social engineering—has lifted the veil once and for all. We know who you really are. We know what you really want. You aren’t going to get it. Not without a fight you ain’t—a fight that’s going to leave you with way worse than just a few bumps and bruises. Count on it. Period fucking dot.
Aesop has plenty more, by the way, all of it every bit as bang-on good.