Joe Huffman makes a good observation in the comment in regards to my post the other day, where I suggested, in response to a “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in!” scenario would be to plaster one up in my wall:
What will become difficult is to practice and receive formal training. You should be putting several hundred rounds down-range each month just for maintenance. If it becomes illegal to own then range availability as well as (black market) ammo prices will make practice nearly impossible.
Without the practice then you really wonâ€™t know if that 75 yard shot at the guard beside â€œthe cattle car filled with Jewsâ€ will mean the release of the victims or your death. A 400 yard shot? Forget it. With practice you know what you are capable of (at GBR-2007 do you think I would have started off-hand shooting at the 400 yard plate had I not thought I would be able to make at least a few hits?). With this knowledge you can have the confidence to make plans and execute them.
It is my understanding that the â€œgardens of eastern Europe were well oiledâ€ because of all the guns buried there. Even as tyrants of eastern rose to power, people were dragged off in the middle of the night, and the gulags killed their 10s of thousands those guns stayed buried in their well oiled graves.
To me, burying your guns is little different than turning them over. Itâ€™s only a victory in your mind. You must use them or you have lost them.
That’s a very good point.Â Practice would be difficult or impossible, and skills would quickly deteriorate, rendering your firearm a short range weapon at best.Â Another thing I hadn’t considered is that ammo has a fixed shelf life.Â In 50 years, that 2000 rounds of ammo might no longer be viable.
I’ve never been convinced that a violent movement in response to a federal gun confiscation program would spontaneously erupt, but that action would occur through state governments either actively resisting federal power, or by leaving the United States entirely.Â I think the place to start would be civil disobedience, as the Canadians are successfully doing with their long gun registration program.
I wouldn’t suggest burying firearms in a wall and then stop fighting, but to continue to push the issue.Â While I don’t think most gun owners would have the stomach for violent resistance, I don’t think most people would have the stomach to violently enforce a gun confiscation either.Â If a few states refused to do it, and brought the issue to a head, it might be enough to get folks to back down.Â Most people aren’t passionate about gun control, and I think that could be used to our advantage if it ever comes to confiscation.