Here. Do take the time to read the entire post; it’s well worth it. It’s also a great educational tool for children and adults on what ‘gun control’ is all about.
A Very Personal Opposition to Gun Control
Please forgive this foreword…
This is arguably the most important essay I’ve written thus far. If you like it, please share it. Gun control must be stopped, and I’ll indulge in ego to think I’ve created a compelling argument (at least, for those with open minds).
It was, interestingly, one of my “Red Pill” experiences that shifted my perspective on guns; related to guns and self-defense, I wrote about it in my essay, The Leftist Sense of Self:
A few weeks before the horrific school shooting in Florida I was talking with a fellow parent at a child’s birthday party. He is an American, but lived in Ukraine for several years with his wife; a veteran, he is leveraging his GI benefits and is applying to study for a PhD in Neuroscience at a local university.
With that revelation I brought up my take on the threat-recognition –> fear –> fight/flight survival response that is the key to survival – the apparent atrophy of which I believe is present in broad swaths of today’s modern society in Western nations and which I discussed in Civilizational Collapse and the Brain. I outlined my hypothesis to him:
THE CHANT OF THE SHEEPLE
The evidence of history is clear in this chart:
Whether from my relatives who lived through the Shoah, albeit in America, other American Jews, or just other people in general with whom a discussion has evolved to this subject, the reply – with, admittedly, a few exceptions – is almost always the same:
(Side note: My wife grew up in the former USSR; she has related, multiple times, that during its break-up there were months when they literally didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. I’m something of a prepper in general. A couple of years ago some of my in-laws visited, and they were all laughing at the “grocery store” I had in the basement. When I quizzed them about why they were amused, in light of their actual experience, guess what they said? “That can’t happen in America”. Sigh.)
Try to remember that Sarajevo once hosted an Olympics. Remember that Beirut used to be called “The Paris of the Middle East.” Remember that women used to wear lipstick and miniskirts in Tehran.
My generation in Iran should be seen as a lesson for the West. Almost every state (and non-state actors) underestimated the power that these Islamists could wield. Warning signs were overlooked. No one believed that such a massive change could occur and be enforced. Many underestimated the crimes that these Islamists were willing to commit to maintain their power once they came into control. To this day, they continue to prove that there are no limits to the cruelty and lack of humanity that they will engage in, such asconducting mass executions, executing children and pregnant women, stoning, amputations, public hanging,flogging, torture, and rape just to maintain this power.
I immigrated to the United States from a continent that had nearly destroyed itself in World War II. The war was the end product of the ascension to power of various egomaniacs, steeped in socialist-Marxist ideology, determined to amass all political power within their countries. Once elected to office, these despots began to centralize their authority and eliminate all individual freedoms and democratic institutions. As they lived in nations that historically did not allow unfettered gun ownership, the people were incapable of stopping the inexorable seizure of power, and many paid the price as nearly 40 million were killed and untold millions displaced during the war.
That certainly does not sound like a society that, despite a mild “environmental” anti-Semitism, was seething with genocidal ambitions. Multiple articles over the years have convinced me that that telling pre-WWI Germans that their country would be herding Jews (and others) into purpose-built death factories to be murdered by the millions would have been disbelieved utterly. Professor and author (and notable scholar in general) Walter E. Williamslikewise concludes his article, How to Assist Evil, with this sentence:
But isn’t that from a different era, you might ask, when people were running around with muskets? Hardly. In 1938, Hitler forbid all Germany’s Jews from having guns. We know where he went from there. Stalin and Mao, the two greatest mass murderers of history, controlled the weaponry in their societies. “Power,” Mao famously wrote in the Little Red Book, “comes from the barrel of a gun.
(HT to Professor Williams, link above)
One of the concepts of which I’ve become aware in the last year or so is the idea that the “common man” actually has strong inhibitors against mass murder in most societies – and overall, I believe it. Although there were, obviously, conscienceless persons who saw the enrichment and power opportunities and went for them whole-hog without regret *cough cough* George Soros *cough cough*, the vast majority of people – were a person in power to suddenly come out and announce an unprecedented pogrom against a specific demographic, or a sudden switch from an open government to a tyrannical one – would not accept this.
In the case of the Shoah in particular, though from my readings this seems to be a general pattern, there needs to be a years-long, perhaps even decades-long, drip-drip-drip of propaganda venom slowly turning that target from valued to pariah. For example, the Jews were changed from valued members of society to an evil that had to be eliminated. Once people believed that Jews were behind their Weimar-hyperinflation suffering (and, doubtless, myriad other “crimes against German people”), their elimination became seen as a moral good and national necessity. From Einat Wilf and the War of Words against Israel, the writer starts by looking at criticism of Israel today – and let me be clear, no nation is above reproach – and they highlight the sinister reason behind the “Apartheid” and “genocide” accusations aimed nonstop at Israel (bolding added):
“There can be no conversation between the organizer and his opponents. The latter must be depicted as being evil.”
Unrepentant domestic terrorist and Communist Bill Ayers, that “some guy in the neighborhood” in whose house –by random chance, of course </sarcasm> – Barack Obama launched his political career, and his Weatherman group, planned the elimination of an estimated 25 million people who wouldn’t go along with their revolution (don’t bother going to the youtube link from where this quote is taken – it’s been pulled for “hate speech”; bolding added):
I asked, well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t reeducate that are diehard capitalists and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say eliminate I mean kill – 25 million people.
(Side note about the video removal: “hate speech” = telling the truth about the Left.)
In other words, kill those who don’t go along with the program. While paying attention to the environment is certainly important, there are people who – quite literally – believe that CO2 emissions by mankind will end life on earth. Not disrupt civilization. Not destroy mankind. End life on earth (bolding added):
A year ago a senior fellow emeritus at Britain’s Policy Studies Institute, Mayer Hillman, author of How We Can Save the Planet, told a reporter, “When the chips are down I think democracy is a less important goal than is the protection of the planet from the death of life, the end of life on it. This [rationing] has got to be imposed on people whether they like it or not.”
The article goes on to praise authoritarian China as a model, precisely because of absolute governmental power and a monopoly on force (an estimated 60 million dead – and all because those killing in the “Cultural Revolution” had been convinced they were doing a good thing for China).
Think about it! If you truly believed that mankind’s CO2 emissions would end life on earth, what actions could you not rationalize? In their view, democracy needs to take a back seat to “climate justice”.
From the inception of the Republican Party in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, Democrats have viscerally opposed the values of Republicans.
The Klan killed over 3,000 Republicans, 1000 white and over 2,000 black Republicans.
That rage has taken form in physical attacks on Trump supporters, riots on college campuses over Conservative speakers like Milo, doxing Conservatives to get them fired – never mind actual stalking, and the shooting of Republican Congressmen. And myriad other examples.
FUNCTION AND SYMBOLISM
— George Orwell
Like a flag, a gun not just a functional tool – whether for hunting or self-defense – my guns and ammunition are symbols of my ability to say NO, I WILL NOT. And, yes, I know I may die… but at least I’ll be in good company:
Give me liberty or give me death! – Patrick Henry
It is better to perish than live as slaves. — Winston Churchill
So to those who want my guns, understand this: I’ve learned my lesson as a Jew – NEVER AGAIN will I be teased with the hope of a “work camp” or honeyed words that relocations or confiscations of things are temporary. NEVER AGAIN will I trust a government to protect me; I only have the rights I’m willing to fight to protect, and it is my obligation to do so.
As an American Liberty runs in my veins, and I would rather risk the “animating contest of freedom” than the pretend safety of slavery. And I understand from reading both historical and the present day words of the Left thatthey hate me, they hate everyone not of them… and the Left has a long history of killing its enemies, from gulags, to concentration camps, to the killing fields, when they gain power. Their rising anti-Semitism is also scary. Between my Conservatism, my Patriotism and love of America / reverence for the Constitution, my skepticism of the Holy Writ of “Climate Change”, my Judaism as well as Zionism, I have multiple crosshairs on me.
And channeling C.S. Lewis, they will do it with the approval of their own consciences, for the view themselves as the new Philosopher-Kings, the enlightened ultra-moral, ultra-educated, superior intellects entitled to make people better.
This is why I own guns, and why I will fight to retain them. I will NOT be compelled to obey what someone else tells me is “for my own good”. I will NOT be herded and/or culled like my son’s namesake and his family. I will NOT surrender that fundamental freedom to decide things for myself, and to choose my own way in the world so long as I obey the Golden Rule. And I will NOT forget – as so many American Jews have forgotten – that the ultimate lesson of the Shoah is that if it happened once… it can happen again – and not just to Jews. Marxism has killed over 100 million civilians in their quest to “purify” people… and I will NOT surrender my ability to say NO to that evil.
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