“A referendum is being held on Thursday, 23 June to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union,” bbc.com reports in The UK’s EU referendum: All you need to know. As those familiar with the state-run and financed media empire knows, Auntie Beeb’s media mavens are on the side of staying in — even though this article is as close to an even-handed summary as you can get from a left-leaning media conglomerate. In any case, President Obama recently urged the UK to stay in the EU. His statement was galling on a lot of levels . . .
How could the President of the United States counsel the UK to remain at the mercy of a non-democratic political structure that denies British citizens the ability to control their own political and economic structure? If nothing else, some 70 percent of the UK’s current regulations come directly from Brussels. The island nation doesn’t have veto power over those regulations.
Imagine if the US was in an economic and political union with Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, and those nations could impose their will on the US? Ridiculous. The United States was born from colonists’ dissatisfaction with English rule. Our forefathers sacrificed life and limb and their financial resources to liberate themselves from British taxation, regulation and gun control.
Yes, there is that. I urge anyone interested in gun rights to appreciate the fact that the British attempt to seize colonists’ stocks of gunpowder — the “Powder Alarm” — had as much to do with our revolution as the Boston Tea Party did. If not more.
Sadly, gun rights don’t get a look in in the debate over Brexit. UK subjects’ support of gun control is near enough to absolute to render the issue moot. And yet Brexit, should it occur, could be seen as the beginning of a sea change in the average Brit’s philosophy that could lead, someday, to the restoration of their gun rights.
You may say I’m a dreamer (you’re not the only one). There’s as much room between the nucleus of an atom and surrounding electrons as there is between national independence and individual rights. But the spirit of independence underpins the idea of individual liberty, which can and should lead to the individual right to keep and bear arms.
One thing is for sure: as long as the UK remains in the EU British gun rights are a complete non-starter. The authoritarianism inherent in the EU would never tolerate a return to pre-EU days when an Englishman was “allowed” to defend his castle by force of arms.
Which is also true of the past and current English parliament. At the moment. If the UK reaches down and finds its balls (again), who knows what could happen? If UK subjects re-embrace their personal political power, they’ll be headed in the right direction.
Meanwhile, shame on President Obama for sucking-up to royalty and attempting to convince people they’re better off under the yoke of undemocratic government command and control.