We cannot turn on the news these days without seeing smuggled images of bloodied Iranian protesters in the street. The government has cracked down on the people. The Ayatollah decreed yesterday there would be blood in the streets if people demonstrated today. As I watch these images and read these stories, all I can think is–that’s America in a few years.
It is bad enough the things our government has done to us over the past century: exorbitant taxes, the destruction of property rights, the destruction of contract rights, the abolition of states’ rights. Now the government wants to enslave us further.
Three short quotes paint a vivid picture:
“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” –Mahatma Gandhi
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government” –Thomas Jefferson
“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficient… The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” –Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
With President Obama’s socialist agendas hogging the news, there is little talk about a law Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) is trying to pass.
Like 99.5% of the laws coming out of Congress, this one also makes void our Constitution by perverting it in such a fashion that it is like a snake eating its own tail. Relying on the Commerce Clause and the fact that a 16 year old boy was shot to death in Chicago, H.R. 45 Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, seeks to curb and limit firearm ownership.
Among other things, H.R. 45 would force every gun owner in America to have a federal license. In order to obtain that license, one must present a passport-type photo, a thumb print, proof of identity, current address, record of passing tests on the “use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use,” and more. Beyond that, every gun owner must register the make, model, and serial number of each firearm with the federal government.
If a licensed person moves and fails to tell the government he or she changed addresses, they can be punished with two years in prison.
According to the US Dept. of Justice, in 2005 (the latest data I could find) 11,346 people were killed by a handgun or other firearm. There are approximately 300,000,000 people in these United States. That means 0.00003782% of the population or one out of every 26,441 people were killed by a firearm. To put this in perspective, your chances of dying in a plane crash are 1 in 20,000. Perhaps the government should fingerprint, monitor, and license all potential airline passengers and warn them of the dangers to their health. Or maybe we should regulate and abolish electricity, since your odds of dying by electrocution are 1 in 5,000. Perhaps Bobby L. Rush, can create a stupidity test for electricity use. If you have less than a 120 IQ, it’s back to kerosene lamps and outhouses (your odds of drowning are 1 in 8,942).
With so few people actually dying from firearms, the question must be asked: why tag, locate, and monitor everyone with a firearm? The simple answer is contained in Jefferson’s quote above. An unarmed people are incapable of protecting themselves against tyranny in government.
Patrick Henry said in 1788, “Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defence? Where is the difference between having our arms in our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defence be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
Make no mistake. Mr. Rush’s proposal lends itself to absolute tyranny in America. In order to confiscate the weapons, the despotic government must first locate them.
When that happens, we can rely on Chairman Mao’s philosophy: “Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.’” No one will be able to rise up against Obama’s dream of a socialist America.
And that brings us back to my original observation. When we are fully unarmed and when the government controls our wages, health care, and education, we will be like those protestors in Iran. We may shout and march, but nothing will change. The government will crack down and blood will fill the streets.