America’s taking liberties: Gun rights will be the last to get shot down
In the American ‘Bill of Rights’ the 2nd amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms, i.e carry a gun. Tragically, Americans are now in the process of systematically having every one of their other rights taken away from them by kleptocrats.
They know that if anyone balks, they can just threaten to take
away gun rights and the population will comply with any other
rights confiscation. Until such time comes when all rights have
been taken away, except the right to own a gun, and then that
will be taken away too. The right to own a gun will be the last
right the kleptocrats take. In this way, they can take all the
rest with very little resistance.
What makes ‘gun rights’ advocates particularly vulnerable
to this type of treason by their own government is the nature of
the gun itself. Because it's heavy and makes a loud ‘bang’
sound when you fire it, most Americans equate guns with something
of meaning and substance. Free speech, the right against
self-incrimination, and the right of protection against unlawful
search and seizure are not as sexy by comparison so they are
The NSA scandal proves this point. The NSA commits treason every day against Americans by unlawful and intrusive online searches into their lives, on behalf of kleptocrats who are engaging in corporate espionage, or bankers looking for money to confiscate (see MF Global or Cyprus). Shockingly, Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo recently commented that for her firm NOT to comply with the NSA’s unconstitutional requests would be “treason.” Would she also defend Benedict Arnold, an American general during America’s Revolutionary War who famously sold out his country to the British Crown? Yes, obviously she would; and this is part of the tragedy of the Second Amendment. Because what Ms. Mayer does - commit treason against her countrymen every day - did not make a loud ‘bang’ sound or was featured in thousands of movie posters and video games. Nobody cared.
Wouldn’t it be great if, for example, a pen was invented that
exploded into a cloud of ink every time someone used it to commit
treason in America. Everyone working at the NSA, CIA, FBI and WH
would be walking around with ink on their face trying to explain
why the next horrific transgression of Constitutional rights
about to be trampled upon was ‘absolutely necessary to protect us
from the terrorists’, or some equally anodyne claptrap.
Or how about some embedded technology in our TV’s and Smart
Phones that plays static whenever a public official or banker on
Wall St. commits treason. Would JP Morgan's CEO Jamie Dimon ever
be heard from again? If you took treasonous remarks out of the
vocabulary of bankers and politicians in America the airwaves
would immediately become silent.
If only the other rights guaranteed by America’s Constitution and Bill of Rights were heavy and made a loud noise when you used them, then Americans would be more aware of them and perhaps more sensitive and proactive towards protecting them.
By the way, since you have read this far let's conduct an
interesting experiment to prove my point. Read the comments
below. Notice how many of them are knee-jerk reactions to the
title of the piece from people who have not actually read it?
That’s what I’m talking about. Americans will jump into righteous
indignation mode at the slightest hint of anything to do with any
questions pertaining to gun rights, without actually giving their
comments any considered thought whatsoever. The kleptocrats who
are working to remove all the other rights first - before they
take away gun rights - know this and use it to their advantage.
It's a tragedy, really.
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