A friend said to me, â€œWell [a ban] couldnâ€™t hurtâ€.Â And this actually advances the point. First, it actually might hurt. But that hurt is remote from what we are feeling now.Â It is a bundle of concerns about stormy days of public unrest; people on the margin who can operate a carbine, but not a shotgun or a handgun; civic militia values; and whether the legislation will just drive millions of the guns into the black market or provoke militant resistance.Â For many people, those concerns do not fit on the same table with the pain of Sandy Hook.
More important for now is that Feinsteinâ€™s proposal marks point of profound disagreement.Â Surely most gun owners, but perhaps many others will acknowledge that when seconds count, government is minutes away.Â This means that in those critical moments when violence sparks, you are on your own.
RTWT. I think more importantly, many people buy ARs not for the moment when police are only minutes away when seconds count, but for situations where hours count, and police are days away at best. Such is a situation following a hurricane, earthquake, or other natural disaster. It can often be the situation in times of civil unrest. It can certainly be the case in the event government turns criminal altogether. Help for the Jews of Europe in 1939 was years away. I will return to the famous quote from founder Tench Coxe, a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress, writing in the Pennsylvania Gazette in February of 1788:
Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but where, I trust in God, it will always remain, in the hands of the people.
I think the great anxiety faced by many of us is that we fear we are raising whole generations of Americans who have completely lost touch with what it means to be an American, who have no understanding of where we came from, or where we’re going. We are concerned we are losing the country to these people.