Lately I’ve been re-reading some history, the Decline and Fall the Roman Empire by Gibbon, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Shirer and A World at Arms by Keegan and I’ve noticed some things. Man is a clinger, bitter or not. Man clings to beliefs that comfort him and give him solace in times of tribulations whereat be the Bible, The Torah, family, booze, fire, drugs, sex, a quilt, bed, Paganism, guns or whatever. When man is confronted by what he fears or perceives as fear i.e. the unknown he retreats to the things that give him peace and solace. He collapses upon himself into the comfort of what he knows and believes (even if he has forgotten or eschewed).
What I’ve deduced (yeah fancy shit words) is that gun bans, confiscations or whatever have not happened during times of tribulations but during times of prosperity and peace. That’s only when they will they work. Two examples, when Hitler came to power he promised that Germany would be prosperous, healthy and would avenge the humiliation of the Versailles Treaty and he did just that. Hitler was a monster beyond all compare but he was what others weren’t…a consummate, savvy politician and he knew what the people wanted and he delivered it to them. During the ’30s Germany prospered where other nations were drowning, including the United States. In return all he asked was for a little obedience, order and certain other things that were relatively minor (unless you were a Jew) and the people happily complied. One of those things was gun registration and eventually confiscation. The people thought “Hey, life is good, I’m making money, prices are low so is crime and Germany is once a power player on the world stage what do I need a gun for?” Germans weren’t afraid of the unknown.
The second? The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. Same thing. Life was good, inflation was low, unemployment was low, GDP was up, the Berlin Wall was dust, the Soviet Union was history and the good times were rolling on Wall Street and Main Street. You want to take some guns? Ok, crime is down so we don’t need’em so go ahead, take’em. Americans weren’t afraid of the unknown so they took them, but we’re going to put a time limit on it…just in case.
Think of comfort and protection in a simpler way. A child and his/her blanket. An inanimate object, a blanket, that gives protection and comfort to a child. Take one away and see what happens. We, as adults, know it doesn’t do anything for protection but to a child a blanket is life itself. It’s a constant, an anchor in a world that is constantly changing and that they don’t understand and are, consequently, frightened of. The blanket gives comfort and security in an otherwise terrifying world.
So do guns but on a higher intellectual plane but the logic is the same.
And this is where the Socialists have miscalculated but no less dangerous but more. They think guns are like blankets to a child. Yes that simple, remember, again we’re not dealing with MENSA members here. Yes, we’ll take them away and they’ll scream and cry but eventually they will accept it like they always do. Again, Man finds comfort in what he thinks will protect and serve him…i.e. guns…or swords, battleaxes, rocks or fire and he’ll use those things to protect his life, no different than a caveman. As I said before people are scared right now and Man who is scared runs to what he knows best to protect him and won’t give it up without a fight.
Man will not give up what he perceives will protect him willingly and you’ll take it only at determinate to your own life…just ask a child.