During the firestorm of pressure exerted by the Obama administration and the rest of the American Left following the Sandy Hook shootings, the cry for more and more “gun control” went from a low drone to a cacophonous crescendo that threatened your Constitutionally –guaranteed, God-given right to keep and bear arms.
One of the favorite litanies of the gun-grabbers, as factitiously articulated by Uncle Joe Biden was, “You don’t need _______ (insert assault rifles, high capacity magazines, semi-automatic weapons, etc. etc.) for hunting.”
In previous columns we have seen that the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting.The “militia” referred to therein was to consist of all the able-bodied citizens, and was to serve as a check against a standing Federal Army, which the Founders had every reason to fear, given what those armies had done across the pond.
The notion that the Second Amendment was about our National Guard, which is simply the Reserve Component of the active duty armed forces, is specious. The people were to be armed in case the government became oppressive and decided to unleash the military on the citizenry. Given what we just saw in Boston, many people fear that this is an entirely likely scenario.
Wednesday, PublicMind, an opinion research organization that it part of Farleigh Dickinson University, released the results of their latest 3-question poll of some 863 registered voters from all over the nation that contained some very alarming figures. First and foremost, they show the sad degree to which our country has become polarized.
On the issue of whether Congress needs to pass new “gun control” legislation, 73% of Democrats think they do while 65% of Republicans think they do not. This is a huge difference.
Respondents were also asked whether they thought that some people were hiding the truth about Sandy Hook to further their political agenda. Overall, 25% thought this was true, but among Democrats only 20% agreed compared to 32% among Republicans. This is not a large difference, but shows that 1 out of 5 Democrats and 1 out of 3 Republicans do not believe the government even on something as relatively transparent as the school shooting. I wonder what the survey would say if the same question were asked about the Boston bombing, or about Benghazi?
The really troubling question was this one: “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.” Overall, an astonishing 29% of respondents agreed with this statement, nearly 1/3 of the American people! A large difference was again found between parties, with 18% of Democrats, 27% of Independents, and a whopping 44% of Republicans agreeing.
Let me say that again. Nearly 1 out of 5 Democrats, over 1 out of 4 Independents, and nearly 1 out of 2 Republicans think that we may need an armed revolution to protect our liberties. This is incredible for America. If you had asked this question when I was a kid, people would have looked at you like you just stepped off a spaceship.
Our government preserved our freedoms, underpinned our economic success, and was the leader of the free world. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but it was the best there was. What happened to that?
What happened is that I lied. I should have said, “most people” would have been incredulous. I graduated from high school in 1969, and in that social milieu there were some who would have answered in the affirmative.
They were the Bill Ayers’ and Bernardine Dohrn’s of the time, who wanted to violently overthrow the government. They would have answered “yes”, but they were, fortunately, a tiny minority.
In the 50 years or so since that time, what has happened? True, the far Left failed in their plan to violently overthrow the government. Unfortunately, they simply regrouped, went underground, and emerged whitewashed as “respectable” citizens, and now occupy positions in the universities and the Federal government.
The country has moved steadily left since that time. Zell Miller, former Senator and Governor of Georgia’s book “A National Party No More” is about how the Democrat party’s lurch leftward left him as an outsider, and David Horowitz’s “The Shadow Party” documents in detail the Democrat Party’s takeover by the 1960’s radicals.
So, what has been the result? The utopia these radicals envisioned? Hardly. Their legacy is a Greece-like socialist state that is bankrupt with high unemployment, 1 out of 5 people on food stamps, high gas prices, economic stagnation, and worst of all – incessant attacks on our freedoms, high taxes that are getting higher, and a growing police state.
Political correctness prevents even discussing actual solutions, just as gun control hysteria prevents discussing real solutions to the social decay that breeds sickos who kill school children.
As a result, people see the government getting larger and larger, infringing more and more upon their freedoms and rights, and an out of control executive branch trampling the Constitution into the dust. People no longer recognize America, once the “Land of the Free”, because it looks increasingly like any of the leftist totalitarian regimes of the last century, and they are scared.
Obama and company know this. They have gambled that they can do whatever they want to bring about the “change” they want, whether the American people like it or not.
Now that Obama is in his lame-duck term, the Left is unfettered, and is pulling out all the stops. They know that there is always a possibility that the American people will have had enough, and want the rights and freedoms that the government is legally obligated to accord them. They know that the Declaration of Independence says, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” Now do you understand why they want your guns?