Just give us your guns and every thing will be just fine.
By Dan Roberts
Manasquan, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- As the Nation continues to work through the myriad of emotional reactions to the Connecticut tragedy, fear is the one emotion that is shamelessly exploited by those in power and their propagandists in the media in order to seize more power from the Citizens.
Fear that your doctor, your neighbor, the accountant, your co-worker, the hunter, the woman standing in the check out line behind you, might own a modern semi automatic rifle and could “snap” at any moment and use it against others.
They must be stopped, these evil black rifles must be banned.
Its far from the first time that Government has used fear, to manipulate the people into supporting giving up their freedoms or supporting policies against their own interests.
We saw the same thing in the aftermath of 9-11, when the Government used fear of another attack at as crass marketing ploy to convince people that the only way to stay “safe” was to give up their rights. Now we have warrantless wire taps, secret lists of people which have not been charged with committing a crime and virtual strip searching and the physical molestation of passengers , including children, attempting to board planes.
Adolf Hitler and his Minister of Propaganda Josef Goebbels used the tactic of exploiting fear to convince the German Citizenry that the mass slaughter of six million people was something to support.
Throughout all of human history those in power have exploited fear in order to increase their iron fisted grasp on control. While it is true that America is unique in many significant ways from any other country on Earth, it still does not change the fact that ANY Government including ours has an insatiable desire for ever more power and control.
Why do so many people find it so difficult to believe that those in Congress would be any different?
Our Founding Fathers were all to well aware of the corrosive influence of power on a persons character and set out as best they could to limit those damaging effects by establishing our system of government the way they did, intentionally wording the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights in such a way as to make it clear it was the Citizens that rightfully retained power and control and only loaned the same to those elected to Office. And by definition, when you loan something to another, you have every moral and legal authority to take it back at any time.
This isn’t the first time the Anti Gun Ideologues have used a tragedy to further their agenda. They shamelessly exploited the 1989 Stockton California Schoolyard Shooting by Patrick Purdy to push through the first Federal “Assault Weapons Ban” , a law that Dept of.Justice statistics and every credible study now prove had no measurable effect on violent crime or homicide rates.
Congress and the media are now using fear of another Connecticut or Aurora to convince people that their RIGHT to bear arms simply must be significantly curtailed. But the fact is according to the FBI , mass shootings of the type in Connecticut and Colorado are statistically exceedingly rare events and the criminal use of firearms of all types is less than one tenth of one percent of the total number of firearms in the Country.
We also know from the most recent Dept of justice Uniform Crime Reports that violent crime and homicide at are near 40 year low levels, something even more remarkable when one considers that violent crime and murder typically increases during bad economic times, which we have been mired in for the last five years, while firearms ownership rates have increased and the total number of firearms in circulation has almost doubled since 1994.
Those on the Anti Gun side even brazenly ADMIT to intentionally exploiting fear to further their ideology. Call it either an exceedingly rare moment of candor or alternatively the usual arrogance and contempt for the intelligence of people, in an interview in 1989 , Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of the virulently Anti Gun Group, The Violence Policy Center publicly admitted to using fear to manipulate people into supporting a ban on so called “assault weapons “.
“Assault weapons — The weapon’s menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons— anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.” ~ Josh Sugarmann, Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, 1988
Maybe I’m off the mark, but I don’t know to many people that appreciate being told they are being manipulated and willingly go along with that manipulation. Yet it seems maybe I have overestimated the wisdom and intelligence of the public to recognize such manipulation and stop it in its tracks if recent events and comments on gun control are any indication.
After any violent crime, be it a string of rapes, or a series of molestations by a trusted person to incidents like a mass shooting, people always say “you never think that could happen here” , as if their personal piece of the World is somehow magically exempt from evil, criminal acts, all available evidence to the contrary.
The uncomfortable truth so many refuse to acknowledge and seek to avoid at all costs is that violent, evil, criminal acts have, can, do and will.continue to occur at any place, at any time be they by an individual or by the State. And that is just one of a myriad of perfectly rationale and logical reasons why people “need” , to purchase, own, possess, train with and if necessary, use modern semi automatic rifles, those scary looking guns that people are told no one “needs” .
Lord Acton is famous for noting that “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” , it would be difficult to find a more glaring example of this warning in practice than what we see going on right now in Congress and the media when it comes to talk of renewed gun control.
About Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts is a grassroots supporter of gun rights that has chosen AmmoLand Shooting Sports News as the perfect outlet for his frank, ‘Jersey Attitude’ filled articles on Guns and Gun Owner Rights.As a resident of the oppressive state of New Jersey he is well placed to be able to discuss the abuses of government against our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms as he writes from deep behind NJ’s Anti-Gun iron curtain. Read more from Dan Roberts or email him at DRoberts@ammoland.com You can also find him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dan.roberts.18