How It Will Be Done…
has proved depressingly effective as a tool for getting most people
to quietly surrender their rights piecemeal. For gradually
habituating them to an ever-diminishing circle of liberty. When
the circle finally closes and their rights no longer exist at all,
they hardly notice because by that time, most of their
rights have already been taken.
The final surrender
is met with a shrug rather than a scream of outrage.
Think how Americans
have been habituated to arbitrary search and seizure. Something
like the TSA would simply not have been tolerated if it came out
of the blue sky circa 1980. And no, the terrr attacks of
nineleven did not change everything. Getting
people to accept sobriety checkpoints beginning around
1980 changed everything. Accept that and something
like Gate Rape is inevitable.
The same process
works just as well when it comes to dismantling due process
and removing limits on what the government may not do to
us. We didnt get to legal strip searches for jaywalking or
littering in one fell swoop. Nor rendition, torture as policy
and presidential kill lists. It is a matter of getting them
getting us to tolerate A so that B
will be accepted in turn.
This is how
the citizens of the United States will be disarmed.
mass ban or attempt at confiscation because that would
probably lead to open violence on a large scale and they
people like Dear Leader Obama and his Vyshinsky,
AG Eric Holder, know this.
they will first pass reasonable restrictions.
They will target
not guns just dangerous guns. So easy to demagogue
anything with, say, a high-capacity magazine. Or which looks military.
Think how the ground has already been ceded by mainstream gun
rights groups like the NRA which invariably talk about
sportsmen and hunting. Who needs an AR-15
(or Sig 220) to hunt?
will be next. How many millions of Clovers would support a ban?
lobby for a new law (or just issue a fatwa) that makes it
much harder to get a CC permit. Such as at a judges discretion.
And only if you have a legitimate purpose. Self-defense
will not be considered a legitimate purpose.
But the big
one tied to Obamacare will be the transformation of
gun ownership into a public health issue.
on smoking (and lately, soft drinks) should have alerted people
but as with sobriety checkpoints, most people
readily supported the imposition of massive taxes on smokers because,
after all, it is unhealthy to smoke. And of course, they
didnt smoke. So their rights were not on the table
(foolish them). They most people never see that an
attack on anyones rights is an attack on their
rights.They are easily gulled by their moralistic fetishes
their disapproval of some concrete thing other people do which they
dont like. Not seeing that if the government can ban (or control
or regulate) this than it certainly can ban, control or regulate
that. The particulars dont matter. The principle is everything.
has been anathematized and rendered exorbitantly expensive
to partake of. Not an outright ban not yet. But ever
closer, every year.
And guns? It
will be argued it is unhealthy to have a gun in the house.
There will be talk of all the suicides and domestic violence
(red herrings, these but exceptionally effective tools of
the children will come into play.
It will be
argued that anyone who possesses a gun must also possess insurance.
Just as car owners are required to buy insurance; just as we are
soon to be forced to buy health insurance. The same arguments will
be used because theyve already been accepted.
Thus, just as it is not illegal to have a car so long
as you buy insurance for it it will not be illegal
(yet) to own a gun. So long as you are properly insured.
That will be
the first step.
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