I find it very hard to believe that Obama doesn’t anticipate how many Americans will react if he dares to try and forcibly confiscate their weapons. Â The nationwide run on guns, ammunition and emergency preparedness supplies is a strong indicator.
I wish I could say Obama wouldn’t be that stupid, but it could be that he wants a crisis to exploit, after all.
The Obama team knows full well that its words and actions are causing fear, anger, and heightened vigilance among conservatives. The spikes in gun sales, NRA memberships, and harsh anti-government talk all over the internet are an unmistakable sign of a population preparing for — for something ugly. And yet they push forward, threatening specific action and escalating the anti-gun rhetoric with each passing day.
[…] Â In sum, they could not be stoking pre-revolutionary fever any more effectively among that minority of America’s citizenry that still stands by the nation as an idea, rather than merely as a piece of geography, if they hadÂ plannedÂ to stoke it. The only question remaining, it seems, is where all of this will lead.
Consider the following possibility — common sense dictates that the progressives have already considered it. Someday, federal officers are going to visit the home of a man who owns a so-called “assault-style weapon.” He has a family and a job. He pays his taxes. He has noÂ criminal record. Not even a parking ticket. He purchased his gun legally. He uses it for target shooting. He thinks of it as an investment in the protection of his family and his nation, and his personal stand for constitutional liberty.
The federal officers are going to tell him that his weapon has been banned, that the deadline has passed for him to turn it in at the local police station, and that he must turn it over immediately. He is going to refuse, on the reasonable principle that a man is not obliged to obey a law that fundamentally violates his constitutionally protected rights. The officers, who will have been trained to regard such “resisters” as hostile and as mentally unstable, will call in for back-up and then give this law-abiding patriot an ultimatum: produce your banned weapon peacefully at once, or be taken into custody on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, and possibly subjected to psychiatric assessment.
If this man gives in and hands the officers his weapon, he will feel for the rest of his life that he has been broken — that when push came to shove, he did not have the courage to stand up for his children’s future. This, in short, is how the federal officials who sent the officers to his door want him to feel, and how they want everyone to feel: weak, ineffectual, emasculated, and submissive. It is how they want you to feel when federal agents molest your wife at the airport, and photograph your pubescent daughter in a naked scanner. It is how they want you to feel about your “private” health records being permanently on file with a half dozen federal agencies, to be opened at their discretion. It is how they want you to feel about the thousand bank-breaking regulations you are obliged to comb through and comply with in the names of “sustainability,” “social justice,” “anti-discrimination,” and a dozen other fronts in the war on self-governance.
These indignities are meant to ease you through the process of acceptance, of acquiescence, of relinquishing all pretences of inviolable principle in the name of getting along.
This scenario — this Conrad-style moment of reckoning for a man, before himself, his wife, and his children — will in fact likely be played out in many variations. Those officers might be coming for high-capacity magazines, for guns reported by a child’s playmate as unsafely stored, guns reported as unregistered, guns owned by people with relatives who have been diagnosed as “depressed” by a doctor, and so on. Most of the property owners in question will likely give in to the government’s demands, and many of them will do so willingly, believing it their duty to obey the law above all else.
Those who do not comply, on the other hand, will be a test case, at the very least. When the government is challenging a proud man’s dignity, his natural rights, and his courage in the face of a tyrannical demand, they are daring him to become a martyr to his cause. (See Mark Alexander’sÂ declarationÂ atÂ The Patriot Post.) In the authoritarian’s mind, government wins either way. If the man gives in, subservience is reinforced. If he does not, then he can be made an example of, to serve as a stern warning to others.
This is not a moment to be taken lightly. Nor is it one to be welcomed with excessive “bring it on” bravado. America, which is emulating the rest of the West’s decline, but at double-speed in these final stages, has reached the saddest impasse. Unlike other nations, which have passively sold off their freedom for the false security of a smiling, cradle to grave despotism, America has seen it coming, has resisted it with force, and is now about to be dragged off the cliff kicking and screaming.
The challenge facing the men of America — not the mere “males,” but the men — is becoming clearer, starker, and more essential every day. That minority of us in the rest of the world who still care about freedom and modern civilization can only watch, with concern, sadness and hope, as the U.S. federal government, having reached its moment of final metamorphosis — its “fundamental transformation” — stares its patriotic citizens in the eye and says, “I dare you.”
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