posted on Oct, 18 2008 @ 11:37 PM
My dear, let's start over. The tone I've used with you, I'm ashamed of.
First. There are approximately 1,400,000 active duty military of all services with roughly 850,000 reserves.
There are about 24,000,000 veterans.
Of those 24,000,000, certainly ten percent are still combat capable. I do not worry about our military forcing anything down our throats for several
very real, very good reasons.
The first is that American forces consist of Americans. The vast majority have families, and would not take kindly to those who may order them to
engage American civilians. Not on any level.
Second, there are a number of veterans and even civilians who are armed to the teeth. Could we theoretically meet on the field of battle and prevail?
Of course not. But pushed, it would not go their way, either. This is not false bravado. This is based on the fact that motivation determines the
greater success. If your heart isn't really involved in what you are doing, or if you really find it distasteful, you will not prevail over even a
much smaller force which is well-motivated, and know bone-deep that they are right.
If you think it is difficult to tell Iraqi civilians from Iraqi guerillas, just imagine the task it would require here in the US.
Some of the most advanced military equipment and weapons systems are in the hands of civilian weapons development companies, not the military. In
fact the military would love to get their hands on the packages that are currently available from the civilian market.
Even the daunted mini-gun developed by GE, and used by the military for decades has been revised and vastly improved by a small company called
Ammunition. There's enough ammunition in the hands of American civilians to fight two second world wars. Personally, I custom load my own rounds, I
have 2,000 to 4,000 rounds per weapon, and since I use high-end reloading equipment, each cartridge can be reloaded 8-10 times each. And I have
sufficient components to do just that.
I have the very same weapons our military uses, even on the high-end. In fact, the military orders special weapons from the very same outfit I get
mine from. It would never be a stand-up gunfight. It would be the worst guerilla war the world has ever seen.
Besides, as I said before. Our military will only do so much before they themselves will refuse their orders or turn a blind eye to certain things.
No reason for bloodshed between Americans.
Are you familiar with the manufacture of explosives and toxic gasses? Many are. You'd be surprised how easy they are to manufacture from scratch,
and then how much our military leaves laying around. One of my four MOS's in the military was a Special Forces Engineer. One engineer in one day
can do more destructive work than any ten infantrymen.
Now, I love my country. I've fought. I've bled. I've killed. And while I can't run the two-mile like I used to, there still isn't any quit in
me, and I frequently work my younger guys right into the ground, while taking the lead.
So we have millions of men who have been required to be violent, and do not. We have lots of folks armed to the teeth, and only a small percentage of
the criminal element initiate violence.
So, no, we don't have a problem here now, nor in the future. Not with gun owners, not with patriots. You'll note that when everyone is armed in a
society, that is quickly a very polite society. The trouble makers and deviants drop faster than burdschitt in a downdraft.
So sleep easy. You have a lot of friends you don't even know.