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Monday, 18 February 2013

“From My Cold Dead Hands” — A Coward’s Call

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:04 AM (01:04)

“From My Cold, Dead Hands” – A Cowards Call
The gun grabbers won’t grab, but you’ll still hand them over.
by Jim Object


“Molon Labe!” Roughly translates to ‘come take them’ or ‘come and get them.’ These are the supposed words of the Spartan King Leonidas when the Persian Emperor Xerxes demanded he lay down arms and surrender at Thermopylae.

In the wake of the movie “300,” this has become the alternate war cry of the NRA rank and file as well as many other gun enthusiasts. Alternate to, “You can have my guns when you take them from my cold, dead hands,” of course.

Nightmare scenarios are imagined wherein the entire gun-owing population is subject to armed door-to-door gun searches and confiscation by the National Guard, ATF, or some other law enforcement agency. When these fears are expressed online, you’ll almost invariably see a link to the video of the National Guard doing just such a thing in the run-up to Hurricane Katrina.

That is never going to happen. The federal government will never do such a thing. They don’t have to. Because gun-owners are largely law abiding cowards.

Gun owners worship a false god called the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. They claim that this text enumerates, defines, grants, and protects their right to keep and bear arms.

The Second Amendment doesn’t grant anything. No law does. My ‘right’ to keep and bear arms begins and ends at my willingness to keep and bear arms, period. No document or government grants me this, or any other right.

Gun owners are the first to tell you government cant be trusted, and must be put in check. They’re also the flag-wavingest ‘patriots’ around. This is a contradiction that cannot be resolved. “I love my country, I fear my government” is no more than a platitude. You love your government. Especially when it makes laws you like that compel other people to live the way you think is best. Your drug laws, sexuality laws, prostitution laws, etc. – those are all precedent setting examples of you giving too much authority to your beloved government.

It is by the inverse of the same philosophy that they will come for you.

People in fear of a gun grab are looking at the wrong boogeyman. Feds are not going to park a Bradley at the end of your street and go door to door. They know where your guns are. They know because you told them. When you bought the gun, you registered it. When you got a concealed carry permit, you registered them. When you filled out your range application, bought guns, ammo, or accessories on a credit card, or joined the NRA, you registered your guns. You might not think you registered them, but you did.

They know who and where you are.

They’re still not going to come for your guns. Not yet, at least. They’re going to demand that you re-register, this time in a more detailed and complete way. If you refuse, they are not coming to your house. They are going to fine you. If you fight the fine in court, or don’t pay it, they’re still not coming to your house. They’re going to garnish your wages, garnish your tax returns, put a lien on your house, refuse to renew your drivers licence, and disallow you from renewing any sort of occupational licences you might hold.

You will register your weapons in the face of this economic pressure.

Later, they will ban most, but not all of the weapons. They will use these same economic techniques to get you to bring them in. They will allow you to save face by taking your guns in the form of a buyback. They’ll pay you for the guns. Hell, the might even pay you handsomely.

You will comply.

For those who don’t comply, they will start to enact other pressures and start jailing people for failure to pay the increasingly huge fines. Nobody will ever be jailed for refusing to turn over the guns. No. Jail-time will come in the form of convictions for fine defiance, or failure to appear for hearings related to the fines.

You will comply.

They will then offer plea bargains for information leading them illegal weapons. People will rat you out. The NRA will turn over all of your addresses, day 1. You’ll deny you have the guns, and they will say, “We don’t believe you.” Many people who already turned in their guns will be subject to the catch-22 of being called a liar with nothing left to turn in. They’ll have to find and buy guns from family, friends, or the black market – just to turn them in and stay out of jail.

Your range buddy, former platoon mate, or your cousin will turn you over in exchange for debt forgiveness on the five-figure levies hanging over their head. You might turn around and do the same to the next guy. I bet you will.

You will comply.

When everyone is sitting around with .22s and 20g side-by-sides to the exclusion of all other weapons – they might start coming for the guns. Most people will turn them over in exchange for a plea deal. By this time, your guns will be felonies, and you don’t want to go to prison and lose everything, do you? If you force it, they might just bring huge force to bear, you will look at it, see the hopelessness of your situation, and you will comply.

Your local police force has a Bearcat street-tank and military grade personal equipment. If they show up at your house, you will come out with your hands up.

You will comply.

Around this time, there will be another Waco. Then another. Then another. And it will be a Waco, very definitively. They’re going to go after some group or person whose lifestyle is abnormal or uncommon. They will kill them. They’re going to refer to them as domestic terrorists and extremist radicals. They’ll vilify these weirdos, and people will support the disarmament. When the kooks, racists, and religious whackos fight back, the game is over.

Every subsequent decent holdout will be painted as a terrorist, whacko, racist, or religious extremist. After the first two or three standoffs or shootouts, people wont even pay attention anymore. The news won’t cover it anymore.

My guess is that 99% of gun owners won’t make it to the ‘come and get them stage,’ and most of those who do – will be killed.

You complied with government all the way to this point. You will continue to do so. You sit defiantly and say, “Not me. I know what you mean, but I won’t be one of those cowards.” I believe that you believe that. But when it happens, when it’s real, we’ll see what you’re made of.

I will not comply.

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  1. wow. that is a very scary projection.

    Comment by jersey_jenn — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 10:55 AM (10:55)

  2. Good post! The fact that legislation may be introduced and fines levied (for now) is proof that the government wants control, but not only with guns, but with every frakkin aspect of our lives. This of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, but it had N O T H I N G to do with freedom, nothing.Common law says I don’t go out and kill people unprovoked, but our government kills without provocation in our name daily.Is this the kind of freedom we really thought the founders wanted? Nevermind that. Is this even freedom?

    Comment by saturnnights — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 1:04 PM (13:04)

  3. Accuracy of this post aside, I find an entertaining irony in the accusation, insult, and emasculated tone of doubting those who might say “not me!” ..with a post that closes, effectively, “not me!”

    Comment by DougX831 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 5:42 PM (17:42)

  4. @jersey_jenn – The scenario is exactly how it will…scratch that…it’s exactly how it is happening.

    Comment by DougX831 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 6:03 PM (18:03)

  5. @saturnnights – the government wants control, but not only with guns, but with every frakkin aspect of our lives.That’s exactly the case. In this week’s issue of The Libertarian Enterprise, L. Neil Smith takes it the next step further: However in the final analysis, the one central, unavoidable fact of the matter is that anybody who wants to take your guns away from you is planning to do something to you that you wouldn’t let him do, if you had your guns.

    Comment by mikewb1971 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 7:12 PM (19:12)

  6. I don’t think it will play out this way everywhere. Some of us know there are more of us than them. 

    Comment by mtngirlsouth — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 8:15 PM (20:15)

  7. You are absolutly right about the way it will be done. The words are “we are not going to take away your guns” and they will not they inky what to register them. This entry makes it clear where that “we are not going to take away your guns” goes a few years latter. If theysaid give themup today. There would be blood and they would lose. But do it slowly and they will win without much of a fight

    Comment by trunthepaige — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 8:26 PM (20:26)

  8. @mtngirlsouth –  Sadly, none of us are unified, and there won’t be another “shot heard round the world.” There isn’t, in this scenario, any “escalating event” that would cause us to make a bold stand. It’s a boiling frog process, and even the smart frogs don’t know when it’s getting too hot.

    Comment by DougX831 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 8:45 PM (20:45)

  9. @trunthepaige – I’d forgotten how endearing your typos can be. I’m guessing you typed that using Droid’s Swype function? :p

    Comment by DougX831 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 8:45 PM (20:45)

  10. @DougX831 – At this point any scenario is sickening to me, actually. It makes me think there really is something to that phrase, “Ignorance is bliss”, and sometimes I wonder if I would rather be one of those blissfully (willingly) ignorant ones.

    Comment by mtngirlsouth — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 8:49 PM (20:49)

  11. @mtngirlsouth – Before you become willingly blissful, think about this. We’ve identified the (most plausible) method they’ll use. I can almost assuredly tell you this is exactly how it will play out. So what’s the next question?Remember, this is about you and your family. It’s not about the people a state over, and their rights. It’s not about a piece of paper written hundreds of years ago, it’s not about patriotism, or some sense of nobility. It’s about you, and your family.We’ve got the problem identified. What’s the next question?

    Comment by DougX831 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 8:52 PM (20:52)

  12. @mtngirlsouth – If I had to pick, I’d prefer to be one of the blissfully ignorant types than the arrogant asshole ignorant types (Grannys_place, HUMOR_ME_NOW, whyzat, tendollarways, SKANLYN, among others)But I think I’ve become hooked on red pills in the meantime – going back isn’t an option I care to contemplate.

    Comment by mikewb1971 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 9:08 PM (21:08)

  13. @mikewb1971 – It fills me with so many emotions. And there literally is no way out, no place to go. So many thoughts run through my mind. I wish I could have been born about 30 or 40 years earlier than I was. I wish I had known about all this and just not had kids because I DO NOT WANT THIS FUTURE FOR THEM. I get so frustrated with the blissfully ignorant majority that are so damn idiotic. @DougX831 – I have no idea, Doug. I have no idea. But every time I see a glimpse of hope it is shattered rather quickly. Makes me just long for the rapture, and hope those pretribbers are right. 

    Comment by mtngirlsouth — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 9:15 PM (21:15)

  14. this is very scary. but I have to have faith in our culture because there’s nothing else worth it to have faith in. Id like to believe that it will come down to a series of confrontations, both in our political sphere and on the social front. and I believe the people who want to retain the right to arm themselves will win because they are the descendants of the unique and ancient intellectual pedigree the United States was borne out of. and if this said pedigree has proven anything, it’s that it may be outgunned or outyelled, but it can compete against, survive, and wash away even the most ignorant and malicious philosophical schisms and public misrepresentations of its ideals. no matter how difficult of a fight this will be, we must resolve NEVER EVER to go the way of the Ionians.

    Comment by l0311879l — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 9:15 PM (21:15)

  15. @mtngirlsouth – Might I suggest that “forewarned is forearmed” and posit that the next question is “If we know what we’re most likely to face, what can we do now to prepare for it?”My point being, while I understand posts like “the government is doing this now” and “the police violated this right in this state” and the like, I don’t know that they’re adding anything to the discussion, and I don’t know that they’re better equipping us to respond. We already KNOW that we are not friends with our government, we already KNOW that they’re not interested in our rights, and we already know that this isn’t a “clean” fight.So… that’s firmly established. The next question is what we need to be asking ourselves.What do we do now to prepare for it?(rhetorical)

    Comment by DougX831 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 9:30 PM (21:30)

  16. @DougX831 – Thank you. 

    Comment by mtngirlsouth — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 9:32 PM (21:32)

  17. @DougX831 – But maybe, just maybe, those kinds of posts might wake someone else up. Maybe. 

    Comment by mtngirlsouth — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 9:32 PM (21:32)

  18. @mtngirlsouth – That’s true, and it’s the reason I don’t bitch about all of the posts I read. It’s not something we shouldn’t do, or can’t do… I’m just wanting to point out that it’s not the only thing we can, or should be doing.(For the record, I’m not talking about any one specific person’s posts. I am on a few other sites as well, and I’m seeing it left and right, but it’s never from a standpoint of “so what do we do about it.” It just almost always comes across as bitching, or fear-mongering. I’ve got no time for that. None.)

    Comment by DougX831 — Monday, 18 February 2013 @ 10:13 PM (22:13)

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