We want guns when seconds count and police are minutes away. Gun owners support police, but know they cannot be everywhere all the time, so we protect ourselves.
Gun buy-back programs don’t make the community safer. They’re feel-good programs for anti-gun people. Only law-abiding people are going to turn in guns. No bad guys will, so what’s the result? Not a safer community, because the number of bad guys with guns stays the same but there’s a net loss of potential good guys with them.
Bad guys aren’t going to register their guns either, nor will background checks stop them because they don’t buy their guns legally. Why would government want a registry of good guys with guns? So it can confiscate them should it decide to? We need armed good guys because Wayne Lapierre was absolutely right when he said: “The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Americans who protect themselves and Americans who support themselves are usually the same people. Also correlative are Americans content to depend on government for protection and those who depend on government for support. Used to be that most of us Americans were proud to take care of ourselves and our families against bad guys and proud to provide for all our own needs as well, but not anymore. The election last November 6th proved that America has changed fundamentally. I don’t like it, but I have to accept it.
If independent Americans depend on anything, it’s networks of family and friends, and often church communities. Our Founding Fathers recognized that a nation of such individuals is much stronger than one in which people depend totally on government.
We want guns in case our government becomes tyrannical tries to restrict our liberty. As America is becoming more politically polarized, and as government continues fueling anti-gun hysteria, we worry that its ultimate aim is to seize guns. If it comes to that, people are not going to sit back and watch it happen.
A Texas lawmaker wants to jail federal officials who try to enforce new gun laws in that state. A Texas congressman is threatening the president with impeachment if he issues executive orders restricting guns. Former US Attorney General Ed Meese says it’s not far-fetched.
Wyoming is considering a bill that would nullify federal gun control measures under consideration by both the congress and the president and Wyoming’s governor thinks it will pass. The bill would also jail federal agents for up to five years who might try to enforce those measures. According to an article in the “The Daily Caller”: “It also contains broad language prohibiting any ‘public servant … or dealer selling any firearm in this state’ from enforcing ‘any act, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming.’”
But dissent in the hinterlands is not just about guns. There are nullification movements out there around a host of federal issues including domestic use of drones, Obamacare, the Patriot Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
And it’s not just the right that is getting wary either. As the Democrats now controlling Washington, DC continue to consolidate power in the federal government, several other states are considering nullification bills on several issues. Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said recently: “A lot of people want to paint this as some kind of Republican movement to stop Obama. It’s not about party politics. It’s about freedom, liberty and controlling power. A wide coalition from left to right is supporting efforts to oppose indefinite detention in the NDAA. Heck, we expect four more states to consider weed legalization. Not exactly part of the Republican platform.” Boldin said. “It’s simple. Americans are saying, ‘We want to make decisions on issues at the local level. We don’t want mandates and dictates slammed down our throats from D.C. And we will not let the federal government spy on, grope and kidnap people with impunity.’”
Federal power has been growing for a long time under both Democrats and Republicans. Just re-elected is a president who believes redistribution of wealth by taking it from those who create it and giving it to those who don’t. As his policies drive America toward bankruptcy, lots of Americans get increasingly fearful of financial collapse and resulting societal breakdown. When that same president threatens expanded executive power to restrict the right to bear arms as he did last Monday, he’s playing with fire.
The Catholic Church is defying the Obamacare mandate. States are nullifying federal laws. People are frantically buying guns by the millions as he president threatens to restrict them. Will 2013 be the happy new year we all wished for each other a few weeks ago?
It’s not shaping up that way.
Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin is a (now retired) history teacher and a regular weekly columnist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He writes about political and social issues, history, family, education and Radical Islam.