OK. I hope this is the right place for this thread. I chose to open a thread instead of contributing to an existing one because I honestly couldn't
find a recent thread that seemed appropriate.
So. If you read the title to this thread, you might be thinking I'm going to be another one of those people who will tell you that "gun control"
efforts are nothing to worry about or that you're just being paranoid if you think Obama or the political left or whomever is "coming for your
Well, no. I'm not one of those guys. But I decided to post this because I keep seeing those people who say that gun bans can't/won't happen because
they're not happening immediately right in front of our eyes.
So, no. Obama is not coming for your guns. The left is not coming for your guns. Not right away. What they ARE doing is what they do best. They call
themselves "Progressives" and that's exactly what they are. They do not do things all at once. When they decide to do something big, they do it in
baby steps and they let inertia carry them from one step to the next, so as to make the transitions as seamless (not jolting or alarming) as
It really is the boiling frog technique. But I think most people make the mistake of taking that a little bit too literally. For example, if you
believe that you grasp this concept and it's meaning, you still might make the mistake of expecting the whole thing to happen faster than it actually
will. Or you might expect that since you're savvy to it, it will be way more obvious what is happening at a given time than it actually will be.
But you see. People who are good at planning big social engineering projects don't plan for "the main event" to be obvious. When it comes to
something like the gun agenda, the ultimate goal is to have public support for the Second Amendment just gradually peter out. Because you see, they
don't have to force it. If public support for gun rights dwindles down to nothing (over the long run) they still win and they didn't have to do
anything as drastic as banning anything all at once.
I started thinking about this because we (in the "conspiracy community") have a bad habit of having a very common human flaw. We have a (relatively)
short attention span. We're constantly looking for conspiracies everywhere and always getting distracted by big, noisy events and wondering what they
mean (or don't) and how they may or may not fit into the grand plan (if you're the type who is given to believing there's a grand scheme of things in
every big conspiracy). Generally, we get concerned about things like gun control when it looks like someone is making a big move or when some major
event happens that is bad news for gun rights. But as soon as this "crisis" passes (and it always does) and nothing of any consequence really happens,
we kind of just tune out again and go back to whatever we were doing. We stop thinking about it, basically. Until next time.
And isn't that exactly how psychological conditioning works? Gradual acclimation. It's "the boy who cried wolf". Eventually, people get tired of
these little microshocks that don't add up to anything. They get tired of always being worried about something that seems to never happen. And
eventually, they're convinced that it's all BS and they were all worried over nothing all along.
If you're 50 years old and you've been a gun owner all your life and nothing has really changed except that you might have to show the man selling
the gun proof that you're not an escaped convict or a convicted murderer, you're going to be able to tell yourself that gun control actually is what
they say it is. It IS reasonable. They're just being careful. They just don't want guns to "fall into the wrong hands". Which all obviously does seem
perfectly reasonable to any sane person. And that's when they have you. You must be crazy if you think crazy people have a right to guns.
I'll have to conclude this by pointing out that I'm not even a gun owner. I don't even have one gun. I don't even like guns. Well, I will say I'm
ambivalent on them. To me, a gun is just another machine. I have no real love or real hatred for them.
But I started thinking about this because I was listening to a guy talk and I know from listening to him talk over time that this guy loves guns and
owns a lot of guns. And that guy is a liberal (believe it or not). He is one of those people who picks and chooses. He thinks that he can own 50 guns
and vote for liberals and socialists and it will never come back on him. I wondered why he thinks this way but he answered my question without my
having to ask. The reason he believes his gun rights are safe is that people have been saying the left wants to ban guns for ages and it hasn't
happened yet. Yes. That's really the reason this smart guy (and he IS a smart guy) believes there's nothing to worry about. Because it hasn't happened
and he believes that things that have not happened yet will never happen. That worries me. It doesn't worry me so much when people who don't care
about other people's rights say it. It worries me when it's someone I know is an intelligent person who should care about their own rights and they
just casually brush it off and say "Oh, those people are just paranoid. Obama is obviously not coming for my guns! That's nonsense!"
When and if you loose your rights, it will be guys like that who really have betrayed you. If you're paying attention, you know there is an agenda.
Against gun rights and many other rights as well. But it will be those people who won't face reality until they have to. Like I said. This guy
probably owns 50 guns (I don't know him personally but he says he's a big fan of guns). This is the kind of guy who thinks he'll be OK because he can
(for now) pass the background check or the psych evaluation or whatever might be involved in stricter gun laws. This guy is selfish. As long as it
isn't HIS right to own a gun, he'll support the politicians who are going after everyone else's rights. And by the time he realizes that his vote will
eventually have consequences for him, it will be too late.
This is a guy who votes for liberals (and socialists) because he agrees with them on a lot of other things. He's a nerd type of guy who basically
worships science. I find it ironic that someone who is that sharp on so many things can be so dumb as to believe the left will not turn on him when
they don't need him anymore.
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