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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Thinking about: Gun bans

Legislation to ban or severely restrict the possession of firearms by law aiding citizens due to the aberrant behavior of one nutball is, of course, back in the news. The usual blood dancers – and some new ones – are in the streets demanding that people who’ve done no harm to anyone should nonetheless be prevented from exercising a constitutionally protected right.

I wish to join with a number of other bloggers and say simply, “Bring it. But don’t send some poor underpaid bureaucrat-with-a-badge-and-a-gun to do your dirty work for you, Mr. Moyers, Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Feinstein. Man up. Gear up. Get your own hands dirty and bloody in the fight to trample on the rights of Americans. And absofreakin’LUTELY don’t plan for the ultra-hypocritical sneering trust that the law abiding are just going to hand them in when you say so. Bottom line – do it your own damned selves.”

But, that’s an ideal world. In reality, the tyrants and despots will have plenty of helpers and minions working for them. Sauron only had to direct the orcs, not actually march with them. So to the helpers and minions, to the orcs and goblins of the world … let me direct your attention, and the attention of others, to this quote:

β€œAnd how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn