Gun control advocates are usually careful to emphasize they’re not proposing “confiscation” of private firearms. But every once in a while, the mask slips:
The logic of gun control lies, at bottom, in substantially reducing the number of deadly weapons on the street — and confiscation is far and away the most effective approach. Is there any conceivable turn of events in our politics that could make confiscation happen? And what would a mass seizure look like?
As a patriotic American fully aware of his history and heritage, I can only hope it would look something like this:
Otherwise, the colonists of 1775 fought for nothing.
The writer of the Boston Globe article needs to realize that many of the most ardent gun rights advocates today are also veterans of the wars of the last quarter century. Not only do we take seriously the oath we swore to uphold the Constitution, we’ve also seen first-hand what happens to a disarmed people at the mercy of whatever thugs claim to be a government.
We can talk all day about the need to address mental health issues, or requiring reasonable firearms training before being allowed to possess weapons. What is not on the table is seizing weapons from law-abiding citizens. As Mike Vanderboegh said years ago in his essay “What I have Learned from the 20th Century:”
Lesson No. 2
If a bureaucrat, or a soldier sent by a bureaucrat, comes to knock down your door and confiscate your firearms– kill him. The disarmament of law-abiding citizens is the required precursor to genocide.
The politicians and the press have forfeited their credibility and abandoned any pretense of governing in the public’s interest. Across the West, orthodox Christians are openly mocked and bureaucratically (for now) harassed. A veritable fifth column of violent jihadists has been allowed to settle in America and Europe. Does anyone seriously believe any of those trends will improve in the face of a disarmed populace?
Mr. David Sharfenberg of the Boston Globe, there is only one appropriate response to an arrogant, presumptuous headline like “Hand Over Your Weapons.”