posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 09:59 PM
reply to post by ThinkingHuman
I haven't read the replies - as I didn't want to complicate my thoughts on the matter before I replied myself. But I put another question to you.
Why has an armed population failed so miserably at preventing tyranny?
The truth of the matter is that the entire subject is much like the dead bolt on my front door. It makes me feel safe. It allows me to sleep at night
with an illusion of security. But the reality is that a swift kick would bring the entire door in, probably splintered in half. Additionally the
windows are naught but glass and can be broken by even a child with a rock.
The Second Amendment, for many years, has been much the same. I have a few guns and they make me feel safe - both from evil people and from tyranny.
But the reality is that any group of people who wished to kill me, and possessed resolve would probably accomplish that end. My guns might only afford
me a chance of temporarily staving off the inevitable or inflicting some loss upon those who seek to hurt me. Where government is concerned it's even
more daunting. A cruise missile or drone would render my weapons absolutely irrelevant.
So what good do they really do?
In a worst case scenario our collective weapons would really only constitute a hassle to those in power, should they seek to flex their muscles in
such a way as to draw universal public disdain. Even in that event, they'd do what it is that they'd do. They'd draft our own kids out from under
us, indoctrinate, train, and arm them - then send our own children back at us with murder in their eyes and weapons that are superior to ours. It
would result in a protracted and sporadic civil war, nothing like the first one our nation suffered. It would be more like Iraq or Afghanistan - with
most people simply ducking and trying to live amid the flurries of gunfire that would erupt helter skelter and from time to time.
Then factor in the painful reality that tyranny has been accomplished through much more nefarious means anyway. Economics has been the true weapon of
enslavement in modern society. We tend to stay so busy just trying to keep roofs over our heads, food in our fridges, and digital distractions
activated that we don't have much time for anything else anyway.
The sad fact is that slaves work much better when they are unaware of their chains. Guns are obvious and we react to them viscerally. The economic
chains are invisible and we all not only accept them, we eagerly participate.