Megan McCain went on The View. Not sure why anyone to the right of Mao would do that, but she did. While there, she openly and directly stated the confiscation of guns, specifically AR-15s “would result in violence.” Her message was meant to explain to the gun banners that Americans will tolerate bloviation but not implementation of certain things—and gun confiscation is high on that list.
This particular American is happy when politicians speak plainly about their stance on guns; much like I am happy when people openly declare their political, racial or other forms of bigotry. It makes for a clear understanding of where that person stands and how best to deal with them.
In response to Mrs. McCain’s statement, Beta O’Dork (near last place democratic Presidential candidate) announced, “I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful.” And your gun confiscation talk is helpful? You do realize that upwards of 70-90 million Americans own guns. There are people who own one gun, but many of us own at least five and some of us own one for each year we have been alive. Paying us 10 cents on the dollar as remunerations is not going to go well, although it is only an insult added to the actual injury. However, even that isn’t really the issue. Gun confiscation is Unconstitutional on its face and will incite more violence than we have seen since early ’65, meaning 1865.
Beta, prohibition has been tried in the United States. We had the alcohol prohibition. As I recall, that Constitutional Amendment was such a rousing success, it was repealed. The repeal happened after a giant governmental crack down, several new departments and agencies were created to implement and enforce the ban. It seems to me that in a very short time, the 19th Amendment created a very strong lever for the Mafia to prosper, turned roughly half of the American Citizenry into defacto criminals, and was resolutely ignored by that same half of the country. Note, this was also just a recreational activity.
We have also engaged in war on drugs for 50-80 years. Current polls show something like 40-60% of people have tried marijuana by the time they graduate high school. I think that qualifies as a spectacular failure. It has greatly affected the political landscape in Mexico and several Middle Eastern countries, as they are now hugely influenced if not completely run by drug warlords. But, certainly it will work this time.
Oh wait. Didn’t Connecticut pass a law banning ownership of AR-15s about five years back. Of the estimated 300,000+ AR-15s in the state, less than 2,000 were turned in. Upon internal review (CT is a registration state) it was determined that roughly 85% of the police who owned AR-15s quietly refused to comply. The Governor demanded house by house confiscation tactics and was directly told “NO” by the head of the CT State Police. He stipulated, if the Governor would lead the raids for the first week, the State Police would gladly assist. After a bit of yelling, it was determined that the 5,500 State Police could not hope to have less than 50% loss of manpower by the end of the first week. The Police Union rep suggested it would be higher as the resignation rate would be at least that high.
I, for one, have no more AR-15s. I was pretty sure the confiscation situation was coming, and in an attempt to hide them from the government, I packed them up for a trip to my remote cabin. The cabin is so rural, I must take a canoe to get there. Well, a canoe laden down with a dozen or so ARs is not so stable… and I am ashamed to report that I tipped the canoe over. All those precious AR’s fell to the bottom of that very large and very deep lake. I was able to keep the pistol on my hip as it was securely fastened with a Safariland holster. However, I had no such luck with the rifles, or the half a dozen ammo cans.
Beta, Megan is correct. There will be tons of officially reported stories; like mine, should you get such a law passed. Then, in the best-case scenario, quiet non-compliance. If you (or more likely your ilk) press the issue, violence will occur. Read up on your Revolutionary War history, American’s invented 4G warfare. They did so when a tyrannical government attempted to disarm them. It didn’t go well for Britain and it certainly won’t go well for you despots / democrats. Remember, only 3% of the Colonists actively took up arms in the Revolution. If 3% of the gun owners do the same, that is 1.8 million active combatants. Many of those people will be veterans and active duty military and police who refuse to obey Unconstitutional orders.
I should put that number in perspective for you. There are just over 1 million people who don an Army uniform, including the Reserves and National Guard. Less than half of that is the regular Army and less than 1/3 of the regular Army are combat troops. Those numbers before you count in Constitutional non-compliance. The good news Beta, although there will likely be violence should your idea somehow occur, the violence will likely be short. However, if history is an indicator, not violence so much as lawful action by the citizenry would be targeted at key figures, those who engineered the tyranny… like yourself.
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