By Bud Harton
I’m pretty much just like everyone else who supports the Second Amendment when it comes to listening to the anti-gunners. While most of the bilge they pump runs right off my back, every once in a while they get under my skin. I mostly tune them out because so much of what they spew is laughable. But on a long solo drive home recently, I started wondering, “What if?” . . .
Playing “what if” games can be beneficial. As a cop it was “What if someone is hiding in the trunk of the car I just stopped for speeding? Or as a soldier, “What if one of those safety wires restraining the drain plug on the tail rotor gearbox oil reservoir breaks?” Or working around the house, “Do I really need to ground this electrical circuit?”
In this case it was, “What if the anti-gunners were able to pass highly restrictive or even confiscatory gun laws? Have they really considered what that would look like?”
The thought occurred as I was on the hunt for one of the bucket list guns. This particular pistol had eluded me for years and I was finally on my way to make one mine. But the news on the radio was reporting the usual liberal spin on a recent shooting. One of the commentators was describing his perfect world, one in which guns didn’t exist anywhere in the country.
That of course caused me to wonder, “What if they finally got their way and I had to surrender my firearms to a government agency?”
That’s when I realized that the gun grabbers haven’t really thought this out. More importantly, they have ignored or probably are not even aware of the historic American reaction to laws we don’t like, a history that goes back to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791.
The mere possibility of newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln ending legal slavery in the United States started the War of Secession in 1861 and 640,000+ Americans died deciding that issue. And then there was alcohol prohibition. And the war on drugs. How well did those work out?
So here’s a question for the civilian disarmers: How far are you really willing to push this? Are you really ready for the consequences?
Speaking for myself, I would refuse to hand my weapons over. That’s because I actually believe that I have not only a God-given right to defend myself, but also a deep inner knowledge that one of the threats I may have to resist by force is my own government as represented by nanny state progressives.
But would I do it? More importantly, if I did, would I be the only one or would there be others like me who would be willing to stand up and say, “I will not comply”? What would happen if violence erupted?
The Brits and Aussies and to a lesser extent the Canucks relinquished their weapons in sheep-like submission, but the folks in all three of those countries have long accepted the fact that they are subjects, not citizens. They have a long history of submission to their governments.
Here in America? No so much.
So, there’s the question you need to answer, gun controllers. How far do you want to push this? And don’t come back with any of your “we just want common sense” nonsense. Man up and state what’s really in your heart of hearts and just how far you’d go to get there.
I’m ready for your answer. And every day that goes by, I’m just a little more ready for whatever it may be. How about you? If push actually came to at gunpoint, would you stand up and refuse?