The Government Cannot Take Away Our Guns – Tea Party Nation

The Government Cannot Take Away Our Guns – Tea Party Nation.


By Alan Caruba

The government cannot take away our guns. This is not to say it hasn’t tried by means of several thousand laws concerning gun ownership, the right to carry a concealed weapon, and the demand that we undergo background checks to own one.

What I mean is that the act of trying to take our guns would be futile and, were it attempted, would result in an all-out insurrection.

From well before the nation’s independence, won by gun owning militias and a standing army, Americans have always been armed. In the early years of the nation’s history you surely were not going to put meat on the table without one.

Our Founding Fathers were unanimous in their belief that Americans should have the right to bear arms and it is no accident that it is the Second Amendment that guarantees the rights expressed in the First. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

whichsign One of the greatest tyrannies, one well known in nations where tyranny is “the law of the land”, is to deprive citizens of gun ownership. It is instructive that the sales of firearms have increased dramatically since Obama was first elected President in 2008. A November 9th CNN news article following his reelection began by noting “Gun sales are up in the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection on Tuesday, driven by fears of tighter regulations under a Democratic president, especially for firearms that might be classified as assault weapons.”

It is no accident that gun sales are up, nor that the most outspoken opponents of gun ownership are Democrats/liberals. When Obama spoke at the Newtown, CT vigil for those killed, he said, “Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? If we are honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough, and we will have to change.” Americans have had four years of “change” under Obama and, despite his reelection by a slim margin, at least half of them don’t like it. The rest are going to like it even less after January 2, 2013.

Obama implied that the school massacre was the result of the many guns owned by Americans and asked if that “is somehow the price of our freedom?” The answer is yes! The constitutional scholar, Joseph Story (1779-1845) noted that “One of the ordinary modes by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance is by disarming the people and making it an offense to keep arms.”

yoursolutionAs recently as October 2011, a Gallup poll revealed that “Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.” At 47%, reported gun ownership “is the highest it has been in nearly two decades—a finding that may be related to American’s dampened support for gun-control laws.”

So let President Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Charles Schumer, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg try to exploit the Connecticut tragedy to get stronger gun control laws through Congress it’s not likely to happen. Nor has it been lost on many following the story that Connecticut’s current gun laws are among the nation’s strictest. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ranks the state as second behind California. Simply put, states that permit concealed carry have less rates of crime and homicides than those that do not.

Gun owners must besiege Congress with messages that banning assault weapons or any others will mean a vote against their legislator.

I began by saying that the government cannot take away American’s guns and one need only consider the numbers that own them. Recall the Gallup poll in which nearly half admitted to gun ownership.

youwillnotJames Sterba in his new book, “Nature Wars” about the reforestration of America and the subsequent increase in the numbers of animal species with which we share our suburbs and exburbs, points out that “Each fall some ten million Americans take to forest and field carrying rifles, shotguns, pistols, old-fashioned muzzle-loaded long guns, cross-bows, or long bows and arrows in a display of armed might that would send jittery potentates scrambling for the barricades in less stable parts of the world.”

“Here is an informal army equal to the manpower in the ten largest armed forces in the world—China, United States, India, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, and Vietnam—combined.”

“Pennsylvania alone fields a force of deer hunters twice the size of the U.S. Army.”

Hunters, city folk and suburbanites who legally own guns in America comprise an army that no President or Congress would want to engage and few legislators anywhere would want to arouse.

President Kennedy perhaps said it best, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

© Alan Caruba, 2012

MILLER: Gun ownership up, crime down – Washington Times

MILLER: Gun ownership up, crime down – Washington Times.

FBI violent-crime rates show safer nation with more gun owners

By Emily Miller – The Washington Times

Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern.

“This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI’s violent-crime rates,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. “It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline.”

Mr. Arulanandam pointed out that only a handful of states had concealed-carry programs 25 years ago, when the violent-crime rate peaked. Today, 41 states either allow carrying without a permit or have “shall issue” laws that make it easy for just about any noncriminal to get a permit. Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the only places that refuse to recognize the right to bear arms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence did not respond to requests for comment.

If the gun grabbers were right, we’d be in the middle of a crime wave, considering how many guns are on the streets. “Firearms sales have increased substantially since right after the 2008 election,” said Bill Brassard, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents the $4 billion firearms and ammunition industry. “There was a leveling off in 2010, but now we’re seeing a surge again.”

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) serves as one of the best indicators of gun sales because it counts each time someone buys a gun. Checks hit an all-time high of 16.5 million last year. In the first five months of this year, the numbers have gone up 10 percent over the same period last year as Americans rush to the gun store in case President Obama decides to exercise “more flexibility” in restricting guns in a second term.

Gun manufacturing is the one private-sector industry “doing fine” on Mr. Obama’s watch. Sturm, Ruger & Co. sold 1 million firearms in the first quarter of 2012 – an amazing 50 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011. The jump was so steep that the company stopped accepting orders from March to May to catch up with demand for its products.

Last month, Smith & Wesson announced a firearm-order backlog of approximately $439 million by the end of April, up 135 percent from the same quarter in 2011. Sales in that period were up 28 percent from 2011 and 14 percent over its own predictions to investors. NSSF estimates the industry is responsible for approximately 180,000 jobs and has an annual impact on the U.S. economy of $28 billion.

Mr. Obama could honestly take credit for this jobs program, economic boost and the reduction in violent crime that has followed the spike in gun ownership on his watch. Instead, he’s silent about his greatest positive accomplishment.

Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.