American gun owners are being systematically placed in an untenable position. We know from our reading of the works of the founders of the United States that our Constitution and its amendments were not designed to grant us the rights they refer to. The men who wrote the Constitution believed that they were God-given. The reason they were included was to simply reaffirm that.
The rights mentioned there have been continually eroded by political leaders who claim to mean well but instead work to place limitations on what our rights are.
Today we see an all-out push by politicians on the left to attack mainly our rights to own guns. If they succeed in passing those restrictions will American gun owners obey them?
Some will but many will not. What kind of a reaction should the resistors expect from the central authority? Some people are starting to ask these and other questions. Professor Glenn Reynolds is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee.
He also operates the weblog know as Instapundit. As professor of law he has written a paper about this question. It’s titled, ‘Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime’. In it he discusses the unfortunate direction our legal system has been heading.
More to the point is an article in PJ media by Paul Hsieh titled, ‘Would New Gun Laws Spark Widespread Civil Disobedience?’. Hsieh handles the question with a logical look at it:
Gun control has long been a controversial issue in American politics. However, there are three aspects to this issue that make this more volatile than other hot topics such as taxes, foreign policy, or abortion:
1) The strongest advocates of each side hold fundamentally irreconcilable positions.
2) Ordinary Americans have declared their willingness to disobey the law.
3) Local law enforcement officials and state governments have also vowed civil disobedience.”
He then, like Reynolds, addresses the what the results would be. He sees:
Once such unenforceable laws are on the books, there are serious negative consequences, including:
1) Selective enforcement
2) Diversion of limited police resources from real crimes
3) Increasing contempt by otherwise honest citizens for the central government”
I suggest that you read both of these. Each of us must individually decide what our reaction will be to laws banning guns or calling for their confiscation. We can not make that decision without thinking through our actions and the likely consequences of them. This is serious and potentially dangerous stuff. Resistance could mean prison time or death.Share