Recently, New York passed a law that states that "assault" rifles must be registered with state authorities. I recall reading in the article that followed it up some time later that less than 20% of "assault" rifle owners in the state registered their rifles. I'm pretty sure it was probably fewer than that, should all of the facts be known.
Connecticut, after Sandy Hook, passed something similar, swearing that they only wanted to know where they were. I'm pretty sure more registered there than in New York, but probably not as many as they'd've liked.
And now, they're sending out confiscation letters. Granted, they're only sending letters to those they think own an evil murder rifle, but I doubt the rest are far behind.
The government officials involved in this stupidity are forgetting something: those that meekly registered their rifles like they were told may be sheep, but those that chose to disobey the law that ran contrary to their rights stated in and protected by the second amendment are likely to use those very rifles to protect themselves and their rights from a tyrannical government.
They've also forgotten that Concord and Lexington were prompted by a government gun grab.
In the twentieth century, there have been numerous gun grabs throughout Europe and Asia: The Ottoman Empire in 1915; the Soviets in the '20s; the Germans in the '30s; China, Uganda, Guatemala, and Cambodia through the second half of the century. In each case, gun registration was near-immediately (within a year or two) followed up by gun confiscation. In each case, the citizens meekly and lawfully turned over their arms. And each case was followed up by massive numbers of people murdered by the very governments they turned their guns over to. Millions. Tens of millions. Mostly either minority ethnic groups, persecuted religious minorities, or political rivals.
Many Americans are both aware of this and wary of this happening here.
This nation was founded by men and women who keenly felt the injustice of a hereditary political class that controlled their lives to a huge extent, and thus, left for freer pastures. Though some two hundred years of political neglect--almost entirely benign--those who made this land their home learned to govern themselves, and learned to like the freedom to be left alone that they'd found here.
In the early 1770s, that freedom started to be constricted. The people were treated very unfairly (see the Declaration of Independence for further detail), and it chafed. In 1775, the British government decided to quell the rebellion it could smell brewing before it got started, and misstepped. King George III either didn't realize, or forgot, that the American colonies were made up of steel-spined malcontents that clanged when they walked. And, in trying to seize the means for the colonies to defend themselves, triggered the very rebellion he feared in Concord an Lexington.
Americans in 2015 are, for the most part, descended from these men who laid their lives, their fortune, and their sacred honor on the line. We are not sheep.
And, most of all, we are not European.
We will not lay down our God-given rights to defend ourselves just because some chattering, inbred nitwits in the hereditary political classes that have grown like a tumor in the heart of our nation tells us to.
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