FROM “THE PARALLAX PROPHECIES”
(Dec. 9, 2012) — “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 hand gun 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).
In each case, left-wing pundits, sportscasters 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 sportscaster, 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.
No. 1: All four of the examples we cite in the opening paragraph have one overriding 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 who 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, 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, the plaintiffs 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 in this century unless Obama poisons 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 “Why The Rising American Gun Culture?“
Let’s put it another way. If you knew that a mob of people was 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 South 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, as has been done by those who subscribe to or are willing or unwilling slaves to the Progressive movement. 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.
When Barack Hussein Obama was elected to be president in 2008, he made it very clear that he intended to “fundamentally transform” America, although he was not specific about what “fundamentally transform” meant. Those who knew his background and his frame of mind knew exactly what he meant. In his first four years as de facto president, he did what he could with a super-majority in the House and Senate to set about this transformation. The 2010 election and the loss of the House to the Republicans slowed him down a bit but did not change his mind or alter his direction. With his re-election he is firmly committed to completing what he started and shows every sign of doing everything in his power to bury those pesky Republicans using his electoral base, the in-the-tank-for-Obama news media and the left-leaning, socialist halls of academia.
So why the rising American gun culture? Because millions of free Americans are rightly concerned about Obama’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 resident dictator. If the U.S. Congress capitulates to the president, 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 Emperor Obama, as the 500-year Roman Republic morphed into the 400-year Roman Empire, which history tells us collapsed for much the same reasons that America will collapse under the current putative president who has designs and ambitions of becoming the resident dictator. Oh, you don’t think so? Look at his record!
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.”
“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 last year (2011), prompting a record 16.4 million instant criminal background checks of potential owners, up 14.2 percent from 2010, according to FBI figures.”
“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.”
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.”
This “advantage” has been shown recently in 26 states suing the federal government to repeal Obamacare and in 17 states telling the federal government that they will not set up Medicaid exchanges in their state to comply with the mandates of Obamacare. It is worthy to note that it is mostly the conservative states that are telling the government “no.” It is the liberal states that are marching in lockstep with the federal government as they attempt to enlarge the diameter of the hollow, free-flowing umbilical cord that binds their state to the feds in order to increase their share of the feds’ ill-gotten booty.
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 an inept, inexperienced community organizer 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.
“The Parallax Prophecies” predicts that as Obama tightens the reins on his grip on power in his second term, 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 erupt into violence. We chronicle these potential events in our Youtube video entitled: “Obama’s Socialist America Is Teetering On Civil War.”
If the U.S. House of Representatives does not show some spine and hold the line against the Obama Regime’s attempt to gain absolute power by rendering the Congress irrelevant, 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? 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 inattention, 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.
But the truth is, we cannot save her if we don’t truly know the present, or are able to predict the future, if we do not understand the past. One of our long-time publishers, Mr. Jeffrey Bennett, has authored a book entitled “America, The Grand Illusion.” He has chronicled the path to freedom and beyond from the signing of the Magna Carta and continues with the words, letters and speeches of many of our Founding Fathers, including Paine, Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, Adams, Patrick Henry, and many not so well-known participants. He has reproduced the commentary from people like Bruce Catton and the words of the Mayflower Compact, Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and others – as he explores our early years and the path which we set upon. In a series of five books, with the “Grand Illusion” as the first, he covers 800 years of the history of America, from before her birth and beyond. Just the historical record alone in this book is priceless. If you are truly interested in the survival of America and freedom, we highly recommend Mr. Bennett’s book. You can access the book’s web page HERE.
Ron Ewart, President
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