It may come as a surprise to some folks, but I have a lot of friends who disagree with me politically. Many of these I met as result of my research work into events in Alabama during the War Between the States. One of these sent his email list a message which included these thoughts:
"I have had many comments on my approach to the gun murder epidemic that the US is caught up in. I have one final bit of advice for the administration and then quit the discussion. Have the NRA declared a Terrorist Organization."
To which I sent him this reply:
Tell me, Charles, how soliciting a civil war over the 2nd Amendment makes anyone safer? The NRA is an organization of spineless jellyfish compared to the recent veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan I know who will not tolerate any more infringements on their liberty, property and lives. Any law passed or regulation dictated by the Imperial President will be first defied and then, when the raid parties are sent out of regime frustration at that defiance, resisted in a 4th Generation Warfare (look it up) civil conflict that targets the political will of the war makers to proceed. (See Bill Clinton's changes in the rules of engagement with the Serbs in 1999 that made enemy politicians, media and intellectual support for their war effort fair game. Now extrapolate the unintended consequences of that to another American civil war.)The question is this: how many of me and my kind do you want to see dead in order to achieve your gun control purpose? A million? Two? Ten?Give us the answer now, if you please.We are not effeminate Brits or gelded Australians. We are Americans. We will resist and -- if necessary -- fight, like Americans. We are not going anywhere. Deal with it, or kill us. Your choice. But cease imagining that all you have to do is pass a law or tell us what to do.Mike Vanderboegh
Friends estranged by politics. It feels like 1861.