What? Just talk to our opponents in the gun control movement. Democracy can never go rogue!Â Venezuela is a great example of a country that successfully transitioned from a democratic government to a dictatorial police state in the space of slightly longer than a decade, while still maintaining the facade of being a free country. Our opponents can believe whatever they want, but sometimes it’s morally justifiable to shoot back, and a free people should always have that ability. As Miguel notes, “Hunting ainâ€™t fun when the bunny shoots back.”
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Yes, but in a quasi-democratic system like ours, and on an issue in which the elites in government tend to oppose us, keeping the support of a significant majority of the people is the *best* way we have to keep our rights. The way things are right now, that’s the *only* thing that’s keeping the Right to Keep & Bear Arms alive.
The Constitution, Court decisions, etc., these help, but ultimately if we lose the people, it’s over. There won’t be support to fight to pass good laws, there won’t be support for politicians who will work to enforce those good laws, there won’t be money and support for people who’ll challenge bad laws in court…and ultimately, there won’t be support to fight off an attempt to amend the Constitution to abolish the RKBA. (Which I believe someone – ala Bloomberg? – will make a serious push for in the next decade or two.)
Yeah, I agree. Venezuela is an example of how bad it could get. That’s not to say I think it’s that bad here, or will get that bad in the foreseeable future.
In truth, I’d actually hope we’d have civil war long before we ever got to their current situation. They’ve put up with far too much for far too long. But what choice do they have?
They have two choices, fight back or comply. The population has to make that choice and with either choice, people will die. The BIG question one has to ask is this, do you want to die free or as a subject?
I would much rather fight for freedom for myself and family to take back the freedom any people deserve to have. I may die in the effort, but everyone dies eventually. To die just because some dictator decides my time is up is no way to live.
The question is not what choice do the have. The question is are they going to act on the choices that they do have.
I’d like to say that I can’t imagine Americans would put up with gun confiscation, but apparently in some places, they already have.
A friend who lived in Washington, DC in the ’70s tells me that after the fascist gun law was passed there (the one that was the subject of Heller v. DC,) they first made everyone register their firearms, with fingerprints, addresses, etc…..then in ’78, they then told everyone that they had to either turn in those firearms or prove that those firearms had been moved out of the District within a certain amount of time.
Yes, there are certain locations that have accepted having their freedoms and civil rights revoked. But that acceptance isn’t nation wide nor do I believe it ever could be. With recent court decisions being handed down, the overturning of the rights being revoked is in process. Why? Because people are finally waking up.
Boiling the frog is what the left has been doing for generations. But here in the last few years the left has turned up the heat too high, too fast and the frog is jumping.
The whole of the country will not accept this, I wont either. If they continue to push too hard, too fast, Sebastian could see his vision of a civil war break out when the “Mexican standoff” doesn’t work.
This country survived a civil war before. Nothing, and I don’t care how evolved or advanced this country has become, nothing would prevent another one if the government denies the whole of this country its civil rights,,,, again. Nothing about this country is any different than any other country that has had their revolution or three. The people, not the government, the people make the rules. Our founders saw this and set forth these natural rights to be protected because of governments inherent drive to have too much power over the people.
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