…and Liberals Wonder Why Americans Are Buying More Guns?

“Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms, will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it. Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion, that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressors.” ~ James Madison, Excerpt from Federalist Paper No. 46

A deranged NFL football player, possibly high on drugs, alcohol, steroids, narcissism, or too many bumps on the head from football skirmishes, pumps nine bullets into the mother of his 3-month old baby and then publicly commits suicide in front of his coach with a handgun. An out-of-his-skull idiot, doing an imitation of Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, dons body armor and arms himself with an AR-15 and some handguns, open fires in a theater in Aurora, Colorado and kills and wounds dozens of people. An insane nut walks up to a Congresswoman and her aides with a handgun at a Mall in Tucson, AZ and kills six, including a little girl and a judge and wounds several more. An Army Officer walks into a room at Fort Hood, Texas and opens fire with a handgun and kills a dozen and wounds more, all the while crying “Allahu Akbar“, (“God is Great” in Arabic). A deranged rich guy smuggles a bunch of AR-15’s, bump stocks and hundreds of rounds of ammunition into a Las Vegas Hotel and kills 58 and injures hundreds more at a music festival. A crazy 19-year old walks into a school in Parkland Florida, kills 17 students and wounds more.

In each case, left-wing pundits, sports casters and politicians, drool all over themselves, crying out in righteous indignation that we need more gun control. They salivate at the chance to blame the Republicans and conservatives for the carnage. One sports caster, during a recent game, decries the rising gun culture in America. A Black man, ten cards short of a full deck, calls the NRA the new KKK. Really!

All of the cries for more gun control totally ignore three very important, factual issues.

1. No amount of gun control will stop insane people from doing insane things, or criminals doing criminal things, and

2. The U. S. Supreme Court has been very succinct about the absolute right of the Second Amendment, and

3. There are very solid reasons why the American people are buying guns in large numbers, the rise of tyranny…

No. 1: All of the examples we cite in the opening paragraph have one over-riding thing in common. Each perpetrator, it is safe to say, was out of his mind. It wasn’t the gun that did the killing, it was the insane person pulling the trigger that did the killing. Yes, you can kill more people with a gun, but you can also kill people with poison, a knife, a baseball bat, a nuclear blast, or even a car and it happens every day. You can kill a lot of people with a car (or a truck) and explosives, as another nut did in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. But left-wing zealots aren’t calling for more control on cars or trucks, or even baseball bats, are they?

No. 2: In two recent U. S. Supreme Court rulings brought to the court by gun rights advocates in Washington DC and Chicago, won their cases and the Court upheld the 2nd Amendment and struck down very restrictive gun control laws in those cities. Like Roe vs. Wade, the 2nd Amendment high-court decision is not about to be overturned, probably in this Century, unless liberals get in control and poison the Supreme Court with several liberal justices. Why the left continues to flog this “horse” borders on its own insanity, or perhaps their real goal is to disarm the population and render them impotent to the dictates of an Absolute Democrat Monarchy.

No. 3: The title of this column is “And Liberals Wonder Why Americans Are Buying More Guns.”

Let’s put it another way. If you knew that a mob of people were coming to beat you to within an inch of your life, you would, if you could and had the time, arm yourself in the interest of self defense. If, on the other hand, you lived in a dangerous community where people are being beaten or killed every day, (like the South Side of Chicago) a prudent person would not go out without being armed ….. in the interest of not only self defense, but self preservation.

Unfortunately, some threats are not so obvious and happen very slowly. These slow threats are imperceptible to the average individual such as the slow rise of tyranny. The slow rise of tyranny in America has happened over the last century with the birth of the Progressive movement in the early part of the 20th Century. What usually transpires at the end of tyranny’s slow rise, is a rapid increase in tyranny after the perpetrators have indoctrinated the population through propaganda, myth, distortions of the truth and bold faced lies. The tragedy is, the willing and the unwilling slaves of the Progressive movement get to vote and when they are in the majority, they can control the entire country with their vote.

So why the rising American gun culture? Because millions of free Americans are rightly concerned about the liberal’s blatant and overt attempt to take over America by Executive Orders, bureaucratic directives, dictatorial fiat and bullying the opposition, not unlike what President Morsi has done in Egypt for the Muslim Brotherhood, wherein he declared himself dictator.

If the U. S. Congress capitulates to the Progressives, as the Roman Senate did to the Emperor of Rome about the time of Christ, the American Constitutional Republic will morph into the American Empire under a liberal “Emperor” as the 500-year Roman Republic morphed into the 400-year Roman Empire. History tells us Rome collapsed for much the same reasons that America will collapse under Progressivism.

That gun sales are increasing rapidly cannot be denied when reading excerpts from various news sources:

“Right after Obama’s re-election, as the Dow Jones plummeted more than 300 points, Smith and Wesson Stock jumped 10.8% and the stock is now over double what it was at the beginning of the year.” (Note that the Dow Jones Average soared when Trump was elected)

“Gun-related violent crime in Virginia has dropped steadily over the past six years as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record, according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales.” (NOTE: in England and Australia, where the government took the people’s guns away, the opposite is true. You can go to jail if you even own a gun.)

“Gun buyers swamped retailers nationwide prompting a record 16.4 million instant criminal background checks of potential owners.”

“In October 2012 the number of background checks on people applying to buy guns, an indicator of future sales, increased by 18.4 per cent. There was a similar jump when President Obama was first elected in 2008. A total of 12.7 million background checks were carried out that year, up from 11.2 million the year before, and the number has been rising since then.”

“Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, saw a record for the most background checks in a single day –129,166. Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 background checks were 154,873 up 19.9% from 2011.”

“In the first 3 1/2 years of the Bush administration, the FBI conducted about 28 million background checks. During the same period of the Obama administration, the FBI conducted more than 50 million.”

Gun sales are still rising today and AR-15’s are going out the door like candy.

It was clear that James Madison knew how Republics turned into empires and he eloquently delineated what happens to a population that isn’t armed in the Federalist Paper No. 46, an excerpt of which appears at the beginning of this column. Madison also drew attention to the power of subordinate governments that exist in the U. S. System, wherein the 50 states have the power to hold the federal government in check by legally and firmly resisting its actions.

“But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it.”

Ladies and gentlemen, there should be no surprise that millions of Americans are arming themselves, because the blood of patriots still surges through their veins and they have no intentions of giving up their freedom to the dictates of socialist Progressives, or any other tyrant that happens on the scene. We applaud the spine and courage of those millions for they are the willing and brave soldiers of this nation’s ultimate liberty.

We predict that as liberals tighten the reins on their grip on power, if we let them, gun purchases will accelerate in preparation for the inevitable fight between the free people of America and the government, to secure not only the people’s survival, but the very survival of freedom itself. Not only will gun purchases accelerate, but so too will the resistance to government actions, where conflicts between the two sides will frequently erupt into violence.

If the U. S. House of Representatives does not show some spine and hold the line against the Democrat attempts to gain absolute power, our predictions of a violent conflict between the people and the government have a much greater chance of becoming a reality.

We won our freedom against foreign tyranny ….. with guns. Will we be forced to preserve our freedom against domestic tyranny with guns again? We hope not!

Ladies and gentlemen, the long, tortured, crooked trail on the way to freedom was full of twists and turns and steep slopes going up and dangerous slopes going down. For a while, the trail widened and straightened out a bit and we basked in the dawn and then the bright light of freedom. After over a century of in-attention, we are now headed down a perilous slope fraught with narrow ledges, washouts and potential landslides, with the death of our great nation haunting us at every step.

We’d like to hear your TAKE.

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~ The Author ~
ron ewartRon Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“, is the President of the The National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached for comment at info@narlo.org.

Mr. Ewart has been a continuing contributor to the Federal Observer since May of 2007.

11 thoughts on “…and Liberals Wonder Why Americans Are Buying More Guns?

  1. Fergus

    Make sure you learn how to use your firearm, practice with it regularly, get sufficient magazines, and lots of ammo. Have at least five hundred rounds for each weapon and at least four mags.

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      1. John Velisek USN (Ret.)

        22 years Navy combat veteran. I’m ready to lock and load when the occasion comes up. It encourages me to see that the citizens of this country are finally starting to wake up. Even here in the socialist state of California. I would love to move, but the wife wants to stay for her health.

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  2. Mark

    Fergus,

    Yea buddy! Besides the muscle memory and the ability for sustained fire I would add:

    – Have at least one night scope. If you not prepared to fight at night…your not prepared to fight (I have two)

    – Have at least one ghillie suit (I own two covering most of the year) to be able to fight with serious concealment

    Like the Founding Fathers believe in the 1 – 2 – 3 of the Second Amendment

    1. A handgun will save your life

    2. A shotgun will protect your home and family

    3. Assault Rifles, magazines, ammo and gear will stop tyrants dead (every pun intended) in their anti
    Constitutional tracks

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  3. Mike

    Two things first. The graphic with the “quote” supposedly from Geo Washington is totally made up. GW never said that, and probably no one did, either, except the liar who made the graphic.

    Second, the lede quote from Federal 46 is out of context and without historical perspective. In this paper, Madison was trying to persuade Anti-Federalists to support the new Constitution. They feared a too-strong fed gov’t, so Madison used Fed 46 to compare the power of the states with the power of the fed gov’t. One source of power, in an extreme case, would be warfighting capability.

    Madison estimated that our country could afford a standing federal army of no more than 30,000 troops, which number he thought to be sufficient to defeat any invading nation. He said the states, collectively, could field 500,000 if they needed to repulse any invader, including the federal army. In this argument, he did not envision hundreds of tiny “militia” in the manner the word is used today. He specifically pointed out that the militiamen would be trained and disciplined by state-appointed officers, and would be controlled by the state’s chain of command.

    Let me point out that nowhere in any discussion of arms, did the Founders mention technological progress. They did not envision satellites tapping into cell phone conversations, FBI vans gathering infrared images from inside homes, NSA data mining, Army Apache gunships, USMC TOW missiles, or robot-carried Claymore mines. To the Founders, the state-organized half-million defenders would have the same muskets as the 30,000-man federal army.

    Of course, that argument would be silly today. Weirdly, some of our citizens think their weekends in the woods will prepare them to repulse today’s federal government should it become tyrannical. No. All the Three Percenters and Oathkeepers in America would be hardly a speedbump trying to slow down even a fraction of the fed’s power, if the feds control information flow to the media.

    Fundamentally, our first defense is to prevent any group from gaining unfettered power through both a strong judiciary and though even stronger checks and balances.

    In the final analysis, our greatest defense against tyranny is a secret ballot counted securely by dispassionate civil servants, and only if those votes are cast by well-educated citizens informed by a critical free press which has access to a transparent government. Guns give a feeling of power, but they would not defend us against any tyrannical government the 21st century.

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  4. Mark

    Oh Mike…let me deal directly with these three wishful thinking Leftist pipe dream paragraphs of yours one dissection at a time.

    RADICAL LEFTIST – GLOBALIST APOLOGIST “MIKE” BALONEY STATEMENT NO. 1:

    “Of course, that argument would be silly today. Weirdly, some of our citizens think their weekends in the woods will prepare them to repulse today’s federal government should it become tyrannical. No. All the Three Percenters and Oathkeepers in America would be hardly a speedbump trying to slow down even a fraction of the fed’s power, if the feds control information flow to the media.

    ANSWER: This truism has been around a while but obviously it either has gone over your head or you are one of the forked tonged devils with a hidden agenda: “AMERICANS DON’T WANT TO KEEP THEIR GUNS SO WE CAN OVERTHROW OR ENGAGE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN CIVIL WAR 2…WE WANT TO KEEP OUR GUNS, MAGAZINES, GEAR ETC. ETC. ETC. SO WE NEVER HAVE TO.”

    I know all caps is shouting…but I was hoping to get that massive, obvious point through your head.

    In the United States, we have just under 1.3 million full-time military personnel. We have another 800,000 in the reserves. Nationwide, our police forces have approximately 1.1 million members. Knowing that, ask yourself Mike, what government, in its right mind, would attempt imposition of complete tyranny or authoritarianism on a population of 320 million people, bearing 300 million firearms, with only 3.2 million armed personnel? I’d hazard a guess that if it did ever come to blows, most uniformed citizens would stand with the public anyway.

    Mike let repeat a critical line to you again: Most uniformed citizens would stand with the public anyway.

    One more time Mike: Most uniformed citizens would stand with the public anyway and they would bring all their “STUFF” with them.

    Are you that lost in the LEFT you think everyone in a uniform would disarm AMERICANS?

    The radical left and the globalist leaders understand this problem “Comrade.” They know their Animal Farm dreams – our nightmares (require the end of the 2nd Amendment before they can end the 1st Amendment first).

    Do you get that Mike?

    Why have you never disputed my claim that to get rid of the 1st Amendment the LEFT (where you live) have to get rid of the 2nd Amendment…first?

    MIKE…please read this slowly…The Radical Left and the Globalists require the end of the 2nd Amendment before they can end the 1st Amendment. WHAT SAY YOU ???

    RADICAL LEFTIST – GLOBALIST APOLOGIST “MIKE” BALONEY STATEMENT NO. 2:
    “Fundamentally, our first defense is to prevent any group from gaining unfettered power through both a strong judiciary and though even stronger checks and balances.”

    ANSWER: HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! “strong judiciary” HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    Mike, Out of one side of your mouth you say “strong judiciary” and out of the other “checks and balances.” I have to call more MIKE Leftist BS. The “strong judiciary” has made legislation not interpreted law. If anything I would say the judiciary has interrupted Constitutional Law. The real “checks and balances” would be reigning in the out of control “strong judiciary” back in time to what the Founding Fathers envisions not George Soros or even Obama or maybe a long list of Globalists.

    RADICAL LEFTIST – GLOBALIST APOLOGIST “MIKE” BALONEY STATEMENT NO. 2:
    In the final analysis, our greatest defense against tyranny is a secret ballot counted securely by dispassionate civil servants, and only if those votes are cast by well-educated citizens informed by a critical free press which has access to a transparent government. Guns give a feeling of power, but they would not defend us against any tyrannical government the 21st century.

    Mike…Listen up: Americans are armed to the teeth, there will never be an Adolph Hitler here. Nor will there ever be a Mao Zedong or a Joseph Stalin…but, 300 million guns (in itself, an impossible task to remove) out of the hands of law-abiding Americans and the result will be the government may one day no longer serve at the pleasure of the ARMED WE THE PEOPLE.

    Mike…read about what the patriots did to the Tories…I hope you live in a Blue Bubble…because around here, if the SHTF…you could find a seat on a rail and suddenly sprout some goey feathers…just saying buddy.

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  5. Mike

    You make three wrong assumptions in your opening grafs.

    1. You write that “radical left” and “globalist leaders” desire the end of the 1st and 2d amendment. That’s a strawman argument that the Right Wing Propaganda Machine (and the Russians) want you to believe. All the Left/Democratic/Liberal propaganda, leaflets, newsletters and marching orders that I get are firmly FOR the 1st and 2d.

    Concerning the First: We love it. We insist on it. We think Trump’s attacks on the media are weakening the 1st, and his promise to “tighten up” libel laws to prevent his detractors voicing their opinions.

    The 2A: Most of us love it. We insist on it. Some want to ban assault rifles and big mags, like Reagan successfully pushed for. Most of us want a more effective background check system.

    2. You ask why I don’t dispute or answer certain claims, as tho I can’t. The fact is, as I’m sure you know, that making accusations is easy, but counterpoints take time and space. I have other things to do, and so I don’t have the time to make these posts short.

    3. You label and pigeon hole me wrongly. You use words like “globalist,” “leftist,” and “comrade,” probably as insults. I usually consider those terms a sign of the sender’s ignorance. They’re throw-away terms.

    Judiciary: I know the courts are not perfect. That’s why there are appeals, supremes, two other branches, and executive pardons. The Supremes, in my uneducated opinion, have made mistakes. And so it goes.

    Guns: Nobody of any importance or influence is calling for banning all firearms.

    That’s about as short a post as can be had, sometimes.

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  6. Mark

    Ok….here is a short post…

    BS Mike Statement:

    “Guns: Nobody of any importance or influence is calling for banning all firearms.”

    Come on Mike pull your head out of the Progressive sand…how about:

    1. A retired Supreme? John Paul Stevens

    2. Bret Stephens in a NY Times editorial titled: “Repeal the Second Amendment”

    3. Move On petitions to repeal the 2nd Amendment

    I could add dozens of other major voices from the Left’s echo chamber calling to disarm America.

    Just another big broad baloney statement.

    ONE MORE TIME…Please read this slow…The 2nd amendment ensures all the others. I’m talking ARs with 40 round mags (in my Red State) and M1As with bipods and night scopes and all the fixings buddy.

    Watch out Mikey, if the Left ever gets what it wishes for as far as forcing U. S. to turn in our serious weapons the death will be past epic…a river of blood will flow.

    I suspect Civil War 2 will be welcomed by the subversives but will horrify the masses of braying Useful Innocents.

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