March 18, 2013 |
When I first came to the states, I loved they way Americans simply didn’t take it when pushed: they pushed back. Even something as simple as someone cutting into a line ahead of you – in Canada, people would just grumble and complain, whereas in the US, the offender was told by many in no uncertain terms to go to the end of the line, which he sheepishly did.
The state, with the reelection of that guy who keeps saying that he’s not king, and not dictator (what’s next, he’s not Chavez?) its trying to flex its muscles and put down something that we all feel is uniquely American, and that’s messing with the Constitution. The Founders didn’t put the amendments in the order that they are in just for show – they truly felt that the right to bear arms – and yes it wasn’t for hunting, at was to stop a belligerent state – was key to the state of mind which is America.
For a while there, I thought that Americans had changed, that they were turning into the sheeple that the state wanted them to be. Seeing this push back against the gun grab is a great sign – we still have the ability to correct ourselves when we’ve made a mistake, and when we sense being pushed, we push back. And that is awesome to see.
Something very good – though very dangerous to the congealing police state but not to liberty-minded people has occurred: Millions of Americans have decided they will not abide by any demand they register their firearms – much less surrender them. And are saying so – openly. More than a few local sheriffs have also publicly stated they will not enforce any such demands. For the first time in living memory, the debate is not fundamentally about which guns – or how many guns. It is about whether the government has any business even knowing whether you’ve got guns at all – much less dictating the type you’re allowed to have.
It’s a Rubicon moment – because this idea involves a great deal more than merely firearms. It is an assertion – though not fully conscious, yet – that trampling the rights of any individual because of the actions of another individual is an ethical outrage. Not just the right to keep a gun.
The Beat-era author/philosopher William S. Burroughs once quipped: “After a shooting, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.” He said that decades ago and at long last, people are coming to resent being vilified – and punished – not for anything they did. But because some other person did something.Or even worse, because some other person might do something.
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