By way of Pete at Western Rifle Shooters comes this observation from Joe Huffman:
As it should be
According to GunPolicy.org in the U.S. there are about 270 million guns in private hands, about 3 million under military control, and about 900 thousand owned by the police.
I find the ratio of 69:1 appropriate odds.
Public servants should keep this in mind if they entertain thoughts of changing the relationship.
If I may expand on that topic a bit. I am tired unto death of the Alex Jones/Mark Koernke Oh-my-gawd-they're-coming-to-take-us-away-headless-chicken-dance-of-defeatist-disinformation. There is a distinct difference between facts and intelligence on the enemy's capabilities, order of battle and intentions, and disinformation and propaganda designed to frighten your own side.
Cuties in peril. Mark: "Oh, Alex, whatever can do now that the New World Order is about to rape and kill us in overwhelming numbers?!?" Alex: "I don't know, Mark! If more people had just bought more of my videos, we wouldn't be in this mess! If only . . . (sobs) . . . If only my ratings had been HIGHER!"
It is argued that there is this unstoppable foe coming to enslave us. Perhaps.
It is said that the danger is so real, so imminent, that people must be awakened to this danger by exaggerating it so that they will "wake up." To this end, if self-discrediting lies are told and these town criers are called on it, the shouters-with-alarm just move onto the next bit of disinformation. I know, my email in-box is filled with such viral tripe.
It is further implied that this will be so terrible that few will survive the onslaught. Bullshit. Such chicken-littleism for money and/or notoriety is nothing new. And at some point you have to wonder whose side these people are really on.
Tyrant-conquerors have always sent their criers ahead of them to announce Borg-like that "resistance is futile."
One of my all-time favorite novels is Stephen Pressfield's Gates of Fire about the Spartans at Thermopylae. In it, Pressfield recreates this anecdote about Dienekes from Herodotus:
"Although extraordinary valor was displayed by the entire corps of Spartans and Thespians, yet bravest of all was declared the Spartan Dienekes. It is said that on the eve of battle, he was told by a native of Trachis that the Persian archers were so numerous that, their arrows would block out the sun. Dienekes, however, undaunted by this prospect, remarked with a laugh, 'Good. Then we will fight in the shade'" - Histories, 7.226
Forget the numbers Joe cites above. Give me just three hundred Three Percenters -- men and women who can shoot, move and communicate, but more importantly, plan, gather intelligence, target wisely and execute ferociously in the manner of Fourth Generation warfare against the makers and planners of tyranny -- and the war to restore the Founder's Republic (and, it is to be hoped, to improve upon it) will be won shortly after the other side starts it.
Fear is contagious.
So is courage.
At some point, we have to ignore the fear-mongering doom wailers blocking the roads leading to the battle and push through them -- or knock them down -- to carry the fight to the attacking enemy. Stop worrying, people, about what THEY are going to do to US, and start preparing, planning and training for what WE will do to THEM if they terminally misbehave.
End of rant.