This is me. I’ve owned guns off and on since I was in my early 20s and, no, I have never been a member of the NRA. I’ve also never hunted, and feel no great need for home defense, but I do enjoy target shooting quite a lot. When not on the range, my guns and ammo are locked up in a safe I bought for the purpose, and I’ve never told my kids the combination.
This is what responsible gun ownership looks like.
Do I fear the big bad government coming to my door and confiscating my guns in some dystopian future? Heck no. There is no reason why the government would ever fear my guns, and I’ll tell you why: as a matter of history my guns mean NOTHING to them.
True, my collection is modest. I only have a few rifles, shotguns, revolvers and the like. It’s hardly an arsenal worthy of any right-wing militia group. But here’s the thing that those brainwashed by the NRA will never understand…the government isn’t afraid of the militia group’s arsenal either!
Other citizens may be rightfully concerned by such arsenals of AR-15’s and Glocks, but the US Government is not bothered in the slightest.
Yet, despite this fact, every time I have a discussion with an NRA member, I get the same malarkey. They have been hoodwinked into believing that guns = freedom and that as long as citizens are armed the government will not dare trample on our rights. And they truly believe the Second Amendment is the only bulwark against such potential tyranny. Therefore, to them, ANY attempt at restricting gun ownership is a slippery slope to serfdom that cannot be tolerated.
This is the biggest lie the NRA has ever told, it’s the one they shout the loudest, and it is complete and total crap!
Let me elaborate. Even a quick glance at American history will reveal several instances where armed citizens rose up against the US Government. Here are some shining examples:
- The Whiskey Rebellion (Pennsylvania farmers vs US Army) 1794
- Iroquois Confederacy’s precipitation in the War of 1812
- Arron Burr’s (treasonous attempt to size US territory) 1807
- Nat Turner’s Rebellion (slave uprising) 1831
- Harper’s Ferry Raid (abolitionist radicals led by John Brown) 1859
- The American Civil War (and this was huge!) 1861-65
- The Plains Indian Wars (Native American resistance) 1850s to late 1880s.
- Battle of Matewan (union workers vs. police) 1920
- The Weather Underground (left-wing terrorist group) 1969-77
- Symbionese Liberation Army (leftist revolutionary movement) 1973-75
- The Order (white nationalist terrorists) 1983-84
- The Branch Davidian Compound (Waco, Texas) 1993
- Occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Center (thankfully, the least violent on this list but there was still one death) 2016
Now, you may wish to notice that every one of these uprisings shares a common feature: FAILURE!
Just look around. Despite all these acts of armed insurrection, the US Government is still alive and well. These rebellions all failed for various reasons, but each one carried into battle the best firearms available at the time. And in many cases, the rebels had weapons equal to the government’s arms–so guns weren’t the problem.
So, assuming a potential tyrant can read a history book (and I know Trump can’t!), why the heck should any such a tyrant fear armed American citizens? The answer is, they don’t.
Plain and simple, the government does not feel the need to confiscate our guns because firearms pose no threat to government power whatsoever. In fact, and perhaps surprisingly, unarmed social movements have proven far more successful at curbing government abuses. Face it, the South’s legions utterly failed to preserve slavery (which I consider good news), but the unarmed suffragette movement could not be stopped and eventually gained women the vote in 1920.
So, yeah, it’s a cold fact that guns don’t keep us free and the government has no fear of them.
Guns do, however, pose a threat to average citizens and many rightfully fear them. According to the Center for Disease Control over, 3,800 Americans die annually from ACCIDENTAL shootings alone. Add to that death from crime, suicide, and the occasional mass murder spree, and you see we lose about 13,000 human beings in America every year.
Does this sound like a problem that we can solve? YES!! Just as we once reduced traffic fatalities by instituting common sense laws of the road, we can reduce gun fatalities with common sense gun control. And just as reducing traffic deaths did not involve confiscating everybody’s cars, there is no need to confiscate everybody’s guns. Background checks, safety training, assault weapons banning, and mandatory trigger locks can prevent thousands of deaths in America while still allowing hunters and target shooters to keep a firearm for home defense if they feel the need.
This is a problem we can solve.
Now, does this sound like a problem we will solve? NOPE, I’m sorry it’s not. Not as long as the NRA keeps bamboozling folks into thinking that the slightest hint of safety regulation will lead to absolute despotism. Like I said before, it’s the biggest lie the NRA has ever told…and it works.
By Clayton Callahan
PS- For those NRA clowns who wish to point out to me that we won our independence from Britain by rallying armed citizens against Kingly tyranny, I have to mention a few things. 1) the Patriots lost most of the battles they fought with the British. 2) We didn’t start winning consistently until Gorge Washington hired a German mercenary to train the Continental Army to fight like professionals. 3) the great victory that ended the war at Yorktown was brought to us courtesy of our own efforts with a generous helping form an overwhelming French force consisting of French troops, French warships, and state of the art French artillery (google it). So, in all likelihood, if we had relied exclusively on armed citizens to overthrow the government back then, we would all be shouting “God save the Queen” right now and the 2nd Amendment would never have been written in the first place!