posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 03:49 AM
World history shows a very spotty record for pretty much everyone when it comes to unreasonable obedience and violence in pursuit of that end. And
even we Americans have contributed some disturbing examples, starting early with 13,000 militia following George Washington to Pennsylvania to kill
people who refused to pay a new taxes (to cover debts that other states had defaulted on no less; I guess there really is nothing new under the sun).
As luck would have it the rebels ran away when they found out the army was coming, and Washington settled for 20 arrests and the tax money.
But this problem is central to American history and political attitudes- though we are not fundamentally different from anyone else, the struggle
against authority and violence is all over our history, including several historic triumphs. The same human psychological processes are operating, but
the variables are not all against us- because freedom is so real in our perception, and so widely valued, there is a better chance for any given
individual to resist.
And as several people correctly pointed out early on in this thread, both sides of that coin must be taken into account by anyone with the will to
become a tyrant.
An American tyrant would never dare to order the army to go door to door and confiscate guns, because American patriots are too smart and too
organized for that, and a certain percentage of them will simply never serve or cooperate with a government that has a disarmament program under any
circumstance, no matter how legal and benign it were made to seem. So the tyrant not only has to tip toe around so as not to wake up those who are
asleep, but he's got to deal with the ones who are awake without making a lot of noise.
What he would have to do is slowly take guns away from groups of people, not by declaration, but by circumstance. Using laws that on their surface
make sense, he could set traps and let people disqualify themselves from gun ownership, then just be "tough on crime".
Anybody who ever gets a diagnosis of depression, or who makes violently anti-social statements on the internet, or who gets in 3 fights during his 4
years of highschool, or who says the president should be shot- bam, no gun until you're cleared by a shrink at your own expense... if other such
"prove you're OK" programs already in action for drunks and jerks who upset the court are any baseline, that will cost about 10 grand.
So it wouldn't happen to everyone at once, it would happen to a few hundred people every day. And there would be a buy-out that made it seem like
just another hold-up- whatta-ya-gonna-do, right? And if they really wanted to tip-toe they could send you a letter in the mail saying, "we are aware
you have a weapon and haven't gone through the 10,000 dollar program to check you out, please turn your weapon in to the police to be returned when
you are cleared", and then issue a bench warrant if you ignored it. But some day you'd forget to signal a turn, and they'd run your plate, and see
your warrant, and you'd either have to shoot at a cop during a stop or go to jail. If you blow away an ATF agent in your own home because he broke in
to disarm you, you could become a folk hero. If you blow away a cop who is just doing his job by taking you in because you have a bench warrant, your
second amendment rights won't even register with anybody. The cop wasn't trying to take your gun, he just wanted you to go to court... where the
judge was gonna take your gun or else throw you in jail. People would accept that kind of slow entrapment, and they'd even scorn those who fell
victim to it. If you fought back you'd be James Dorner.
You can prove this for yourself if you've got some spare time and a neighborhood full of nosey people that you don't like. Here's what you do.
First, you dig a big hole, and you surround it with caution tape, and put up a big sign that says, "danger, stay away from the hole", with a red
line 6 feet from the edge of the hole. And anytime somebody steps just one foot over that red line, you shove them into the hole. And everyone will
laugh at their stupid butt for stepping over the red line.