The Nazis disarmed Jews before they packed them into freight trains and hauled them off to the gas chambers. I’d like to know how that happened. I mean, exactly. How many Jews were armed before the Holocaust? How many Jews registered their gun(s) with the State? Did any Jew die defending his guns from government confiscation? When I hear the words “never again” I hear “tool-up, hunker down and NEVER surrender your guns.” Well, at least not all of them. I mean, how stupid do you have to be to surrender your fate (i.e. guns) to the government? To help answer that question we turn to world.time.com’s article Libya’s Flawed Attempt to Soak Up a Flood of Weaponry . . .
In Libya’s largest cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, more than a thousand people responded to a televised appeal to turn in their weapons. The Libya al-Hurra television station promised participants the chance to win iPads and flat screen televisions. But the Libyans who showed up said that they were moved by a patriotic duty rather than material compensation . . .
In front of the seaside courthouse where protests sparked the revolution, three members of Libya’s Special Forces sitting at a table scribbled the names of the owners of the weapons turned over. In return the officers gave civilians a receipt, noting which arms were surrendered.
As they did, two men lined up dozens of bullets used by anti-aircraft guns known as Dushkas. “I turned in several rifles because I don’t need them anymore,” says Omar Ali as the bullets tumbled like dominoes. Twenty-five boxes containing new flat screen televisions were stacked behind him along with more than 10 iPads.
But Ali was not lured to turn over his guns for a new electronic toy. “It’s our responsibility to help build Libya. We don’t want new iPads. We want a new government that will help us build our country.”
To which I can only respond: I was born on a Tuesday but not last Tuesday. Either Mr. Ali’s one of the more intellectually challenged people on planet Earth or he’s putting it on for the press (in front of guys who have plenty of guns with which to kick his ass).
I’m thinking the latter, given that the Libyan people lived under the yoke of a fascist dictatorship from 1969 to 2011. And probably several times before that, stretching back to the dawn of history. And probably before that too. OK, more humor.
In Tripoli’s Martyrs Square, the crowds were smaller but the weapons were just as diverse. The Tariq Asur Brigade turnedover two tanks as Chief of Staff Manqush supervised the campaign. “When weapons were necessary, everyone brought them out to defend their freedom,” he said. “But when their role was done, we show the world once more that we are a people who want to live in democracy, civilization and security.”
By disarming and surrendering power to a central authority. Riiiiiight.
Needless to say, it’s just another meaningless gun buyback program: political theater to please Libya’s PC paymasters (that’s you!). Just like all the gun buybacks held here in The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Only the Libyans aren’t disarmed, like the inner city Americans who see no danger in the government’s efforts to “get guns off the streets.” The really sad part of this? The media buys into and promotes this “less guns, more democracy” BS. Clock the last sentence of this article:
Notably absent from the two rallies were the militias that hold most of the country’s arms. Brigades such as February 17th, Libya Shield, and Refallah al-Sehati possess heavy weaponry that include surface to air missiles that American contractors have been trying to collect since the end of the revolution. “We don’t have to turn in our weapons,” says a leader of one of Benghazi’s biggest brigades. “We are under the supervision of the army.” And as long as they don’t, the drive to collect the country’s weapons will be a stalled one.
Like that’s a bad thing.