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I think American civilians who are interested in owning guns should own them, and those who own some should get more.
I trust readers will have their own considered responses to the latest mass shooting, and the calls for stricter gun control ensuing in its wake.
My own view is that the most heavily armed and well-organized faction in America is the U.S. government, and its state and local police vassals.
The U.S. government is currently controlled by the most mentally-ill, conscience-free and empathy-free fraction of the population: corporate and governmental authoritarians, Covid-monomaniacs, narcissists, psychopaths, sociopaths, and those simply suffering from dementia, to name just a few of the serious derangements afflicting corporate executives, the President and Vice-President, high-level advisors, members of Congress and federal, state and local judges.
The U.S. government has now openly defined American citizens who disagree with government policies and advocate for serious reforms, up to and including secession and new constitutional conventions, as ‘Domestic Violent Extremists.’
Millions of frustrated, angry, suspicious Americans meet this definition, and millions more just want to be left alone by the government, which is instead becoming more intrusive into individual lives each day.
The U.S. government has historically, and continues at present, to use its armed forces to kill civilians, both within U.S. borders and abroad, those who actively resist military invasions of their homes and homelands, and those who just live in their homes and homelands.
Think drone bombings in the Middle East.
Think Waco, Texas.
The U.S. government appears poised to attempt gun confiscation, tighter limits on gun and ammunition purchases, and mandates for travel and employment authorization papers in the form of so-called ‘vaccine passports.’
They’re gearing up to disarm the population while forcing people to submit to medical treatment without voluntary consent.
The only thing that gives the U.S. government pause in planning these next totalitarian steps here at home is the existence of a heavily-armed, albeit poorly-organized, civilian population.
England, the Netherlands, Germany and other Western European nations already have unarmed populations, and in recent weeks and months their police forces have been brutally beating civilians bloody, rounding up and arresting people, for assembling in groups to protest government policies that amount to universal house arrest and universal restraining orders imposed by executive dictate.
Since I think anything that causes the U.S. government to hesitate about attempting to impose the next totalitarian steps is a good thing, I think America’s heavily-armed civilian population is a good thing, and the more armed, the better.
What about ‘innocent’ civilians killed by ‘criminal’ or ‘mentally ill’ civilians?
I agree with those who point out that ‘criminals’ will not follow new gun control laws any more than they follow existing homicide-control laws; that U.S. government agents are increasingly indistinguishable from the ‘criminal’ class given their own records; and that when random violence occurs in supermarkets, schools, churches and other civilian spaces, it’s stopped fastest when a well-trained ‘good guy’ with a gun — perhaps an off-duty officer or retired soldier, perhaps just an ordinary citizen — happens to be on-scene and able to stop the ‘bad guy’ with a gun.
On-duty police generally get there too late, assess the situation too slowly, stand by for too long, or shoot bystanders too fast.
As for mental health restrictions on gun ownership, the U.S. government, filled as it is with deranged, corrupt individuals operating within corrupt, deranged organizational systems, is the last faction on earth that should have the power to decide who’s too crazy to have the right to defend themselves against government agents and civilian criminals, and who isn’t.
In other words, the U.S. government won’t protect us from our most powerful enemy, which is the government itself, and it can’t protect us against random armed criminals.
Why would it even bother? The U.S. government wants the population completely subjugated and dehumanized, and for those who don’t go quietly, it’ll settle for imprisoned or dead.
I didn’t always hold these views, and I’ve never written for or against gun control before now. The past year has shaped and hardened my views.