Michael Gaddy has some some thoughts on the Great Obama Gun Rush here at LewRockwell.com. These track more or less with my anecdote gathering at gunshows and gunstores recently. For example, today I ran into an upscale young couple out to buy their first weapon at Southeastern Guns in Trussville, Alabama.
What did they settle on? A Rock River M-4 semi-auto with a half dozen magazines and a thousand rounds of ammunition. Two grand, out the door. Great intro to the hobby, eh? Only it isn't "the hobby" they're interested in. From listening to their conversation, they believe its "The End of the World As We Know It."
I suggested they get some training on their evil black gun, before stashing it in the closet.
What seems certain is that whatever the reason folks are buying firearms, we are stocking up to levels not seen since the AWB rush. This has got to scare the Powers-That-Be, because as Clausewitz famously observed, "In military affairs, quantity has a quality all its own." The number of firearms in this country, spread out over our huge area, presents an insurmountable problem to the gun grabbers. Let's hope they understand that BEFORE they start.
Buy, Buy, Buy
by Michael Gaddy
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.
~ Noah Webster
While we stumble along economically with bailouts, buyouts, and poor sales in almost all sectors, two products in America are seeing dramatic increases in sales: guns and ammo. People who never owned a gun before are buying; people are buying multiples of military style weapons and ammo is being bought by the case instead of by the box.
Many explain this away as folks simply worried that Obama will move to ban certain firearms, especially those referred to by the ignorant as "assault weapons," I believe the motivation to buy firearms and ammunition goes much deeper.
More and more Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the storm that is brewing on the horizon, a storm driven by the possibility of a complete economic collapse.
The more astute are reading the handwriting on the wall: military combat units being assigned for stateside duty to quell domestic disturbances, a militarization of law enforcement, and the fear of what will happen when the state is no longer able to provide monthly checks to the millions currently living on government handouts labeled as "entitlements."
A strong possibility exists, when the checks stop, those who no longer have will seek to forcibly take from those who do. The scenes from New Orleans after Katrina have not disappeared from the public memory.
Regardless, legislation has been pre-planned and is now in place to be implemented just as soon as we have another tragedy involving a criminal idiot with guns.
Most are unaware that Congressional representative, Carolyn McCarthy from New York, introduced H.R. 1022 in February 2007. This draconian, unconstitutional piece of socialist baloney would ban a multitude of firearms currently available, including the Ruger 10/22, one of the most popular .22 caliber rifles on the market. .22 caliber rifles are commonly used for small game hunting, plinking and target practice; none are in use either in the military or law enforcement as the caliber is considered too small and underpowered for use on targets larger than small game or predators; a fact that somehow escaped the intelligence of Ms. McCarthy. Proof positive that politicians don’t really care what type of weapon you have; it is the simple fact they do not want you to have any weapon at all.
Representative McCarthy’s husband Dennis was shot and killed by Colin Ferguson on the Long Island Railroad in December of 1993. Her son, Kevin, was also seriously injured.
The logic that has escaped Ms. McCarthy is: if her husband had possessed a weapon, he could have possibly saved his life and the lives of others that fateful day. Instead, those who were prohibited by the laws of the state from protecting themselves were hopelessly slaughtered and maimed by a madman who cared not about those laws, and thanks to the liberal laws of New York, is still breathing good air.
Ms. McCarthy won election to congress based on her anti-gun position. Ironic, is it not, that one can be elected to congress by proposing laws contrary to the constitution and then take an oath pledging to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic…"
McCarthy reportedly was inspired to run for congress because her predecessor, Congressman Dan Frisa, supported the Constitution and voted against an assault weapons bill. Leave it up to New Yorkers to defeat those who support the constitution and elect those who seek to destroy it.
Comrade McCarthy displayed her true colors when she filed a lawsuit against the Olin Corporation, makers of the ammunition used by Ferguson, but never filed suit against Ferguson himself. Obviously, McCarthy sought to profit from the death of her husband and the injuries to her son by accusing the manufacturers of an inanimate object of the crimes. Of course the company who manufactured this inanimate object had much "deeper pockets" than Mr. Ferguson, the person who actually loaded the ammunition into a firearm and pulled the trigger, killing six people and wounding nineteen. Thank goodness her frivolous lawsuit failed.
Americans are purchasing firearms and ammunition in record numbers, not because they believe 2009 will offer unusually good duck hunting, but because they fear the fallout from the coming economic storm and the state’s reaction to that fallout.
The larger question is: how many of those who have gone out and purchased firearms and ammo will actually use them? I believe a large number would bring those weapons to bear against criminals who would steal and threaten their families and property, but, how many would use them against the criminal state as it moves to seize their weapons, as was done in New Orleans, when the next "emergency" occurs, be it an economic meltdown or terrorist attack?
Rest assured, there will be a great majority who will not stand against tyranny. Those who have "gone along to get along" and those who have continually voted for the "lesser of two evils" will capitulate and surrender their weapons, as cowards normally do. They will rue the day they failed to support those who stood for liberty such as Ron Paul. Remember, they were offered liberty, but chose instead to support the status quo, because, in their eyes, liberty could not be elected.
Those among us who are afraid to be free will surrender their guns, their families, and their freedom to tyranny. Do not place your freedom or trust in their hands or depend on them to cover your six.
January 5, 2009
Michael Gaddy [send him mail], an Army veteran of Vietnam, Grenada, and Beirut, lives in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.
I watched a pretty chilling documentary on Channel 13 last night about Jewish filmmakers in Germany before the war started.
The scene of Berlin in the late 20s was absolutely gay, free spirited, and careless fun. Absolutely no one, and I mean NO ONE can predict what will happen in 10-15 years. I mean, if I do not know anything about the War, I would have thought "Damn, just what the hell can happen in such a lively and cultured city". In reality, all Hell broke loose later on, all the demons, imps and minions of Satan ravaged the land, and it came as quickly as a snap of the fingers.
Think it can't happen here? Think again. A US Navy admiral in Pearl Harbor remarked in November, 1941 that "distance was our ally". He was badly mistaken. The only thing that kept this country from being burned and ravaged by the same Japanese army that made Nanjing's streets run red with blood were the "rifles behind every single blade of grass" And those rifles better be there and ready, no matter what age we live in.
QUOTE "The larger question is: how many of those who have gone out and purchased firearms and ammo will actually use them? I believe a large number would bring those weapons to bear against criminals who would steal and threaten their families and property, but, how many would use them against the criminal state as it moves to seize their weapons, as was done in New Orleans, when the next "emergency" occurs, be it an economic meltdown or terrorist attack?" QUOTE
About three percent of the entire group of people who stocked up on firearms and ammo, I would expect. :D
But I think many, many more of us, more than three percent, have read stories like "Harrison Bergeron", and vowed "Fuck no!"
i read that this morning, excellent article. i particularly enjoy the paragraph about mccarthy and true colors.
We are ALL beginning to rue the day "they failed to support those who stood for liberty such as Ron Paul.".
I preached, "A vote for the lessor of two evils is still evil." and was informed over and over that Ron Paul couldn't win and a vote for him was a wasted vote. As it turned out I made a 20 mile round trip to find that my county didn't even have a Republican primary.
I ended up being forced to just vote for local offices (sheriff, county commissioner and the like) and skipped over the rest of them.
I bet, if it came down to it, my "sporting arms" could win me all the tactical toys a man could ever want.
Wanna pick chisel point broadhead or 500 grain monolithic solid against a IIIA vest with chicken plates?
Not saying I'd ever hand anything I legally possess over as I shan't, but if they're worried about .223 and 9mm, they'd piss their pants if they went up against real scouts and hunters.
Story's been told many a time about "what can a handgun do against an army?" I believe Mike wrote it, as I recall. Some of our handguns are 600 yard capable and use NATO and better rounds. Rifles reliable to 1.5 klicks.
If they pick the fight they chose their own funeral. My favorite single shot pistol zips 235 grains out at 2600fps. I bet it'd beat a M9 duty pistol in a fight before the guy knew he was in one.
I'll see your BROWNSHIRT M-4s and MP-5s before you can even see me in your night vision binocs or you could just go back to being citizens and soldiers against people other than your countrymen and maybe re-read the constitution every night before bed.
Ball is firmly in the court of the scumbags on this one and I don't think they want to pick the fight.
People buying arms under Clinton shut him the f*ck up and people buying arms under governor 0 will shut him the f*ck up if he has any sense.
If not, we're just waiting for somebody to shoot you or Codrea, Mike, and we'll come roaring out of the hills and we practice too, unlike the newby buyers.
Wasn't it Stalin, not Clausewitz, who said that?
Well, in the defense of McCarthy's fear (not, of course, her foolish actions), the 10/22 could easily put a bullet in a brain from 100 to as much as 300 yards. It ain't a battle rifle... but it can get you one.
Excellent points folks.
Just to bring up another example. During the Anti-Japanese War, a number of Chinese prisoners were captured in fighting near Shanghai in 1942 and shipped to Jiang Tang Concentration Camp on the Yangtze River.
The prisoners were watched 24-7 by the eagle eyed Japanese guards, yet, even under such brutal conditions, they managed to create a path for their freedom---through the very wooden bamboo poles that constructed the prisoners' barracks. Using sharp bamboo slivers, the prisoners made knives out of them and concealed them under grass, mud, whatever they can find.
On the night of October 22, 1945, the prisoners revolted, killing every single Japanese soldier, finally catching up with the camp commandant and gave him his earthly reward. The Battle of Jiang Tang is technically the last battle of WWII, fought almost a month after the formal surrender of the Axis.
Everyone that I know... is stocked to the hilt & ready, willing, and able, to use all of it to defend ourselves from all enemies, both foreign and domestic!
Our government doesn't think or like too much about our constitution, but let me assure you, they are highly mistaken if they think we will just roll over and let them completely disregard it!
There will be some who have guns, and some who just recently bought guns, who will crumble and hand them over if demanded... Luckily there is enough of us who will not stand for that, that will protect those people's rights too.
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