lamentations are selective, however, because he does not say anything
about the firepower held by those armed by the force of government.
the past two years, the Office of the Inspector General of the
Department of Education (!) ordered 27 Remington rifles. The Department
of Homeland Security has ordered more than 1 billion rounds of
hollow-point bullets in the past two years. Hollow-point bullets were
banned by the 1899 Hague Convention, even for use in international
warfare, due to their lethality.
start to criticize the firepower of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
for example, or protest orders from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Agency and the Social Security Administration for firearms, as has been
recently reported, perhaps more than a few libertarians will find it
worth our while to seriously entertain Meyers’ chirpings for domestic
peace and tranquility. Until then, it appears, we are headed for a
society where one class of citizens is armed to the teeth (government
agents) and the rest of us (save more than a few renegades and outlaws)
will be coerced into submission.
Tasers, pepper spray,
multiple-round clips, night-vision gear, GPS monitoring, and armored
personnel carriers granted by Homeland Security to local police forces
are now the new norm. We are all terribly saddened by the loss of the
children and teachers in Newtown, but if the government’s firepower
grows at an exponential rate, leaving the Second Amendment’s
individuals’ rights provision to muskets and single-shot weapons is no
guarantee for the safety and liberty of the people.
begins his piece by making light of certain nostrums, however true,
that those of us opposed to selective citizen disarmament often repeat,
such as “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people,” and “If guns are
outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”
give him another one to think about: If the politicians take away your
guns, they will sooner or later take away your elections.
—Vance Armor, Oklahoma City