Vanderboegh: An Open Letter to the Gun Control Crowd
You're almost there.
Regardless of who wins the presidential election, you'll have a candidate who agrees with you on government seizure of control of the private sale of arms. (You call it "closing the gun show loophole." but not even King George III was so tyrannically grasping.) You will also probably have a veto-proof Democrat (read, "the party of gun control") majority in both houses of the federal legislature, so you think that the next order of business after that will be a real "assault weapons ban" which will force us "bitter clingers" to turn in our semiautomatic rifles of military utility. Do that, and you think you have finally overturned the Founders' system by securing a government monopoly of violence. For it is truly at government's altar that you worship and not that of God-given individual liberty.
So things could not be brighter - you're almost there. You have that old Chris Matthews' thrill running up and down your leg. Oh, you're concerned a bit about what the Supreme Court decision might be in the Heller case, but you're pretty sure (with good reason) that even if they uphold the individual right to arms those black robes will split the baby and still leave you enough wiggle room to shove your agenda forward. So for the first time in a long time, you think you're about to win.
Not even close.
You have extrapolated our predicted behavior from your own cowardice. You know that YOU would not have the temerity to resist a "democratically elected" government's order so you think the same applies to us. Again, you couldn't be more wrong. For forty years, since the Gun Control Act of 1968, our side has been pushed back from the free exercise of our God-given rights and each time we gave in on "reasonable" gun control it bought us nothing, for you took it as signal of our irresolution and pushed us back again.
Of course it's really our fault for we have been TOO law-abiding and we never pushed you back. Now, having backed us against the wall, you are about to give us no choice. Your nanny-state meddling with free people is about to achieve critical mass, and the explosion will be catastrophic to your plans.
Pass a ban on private sales of arms and we will defy it.
Pass a ban on semiautomatic rifles of military utility -- in effect, try to disarm us -- and we will refuse to turn them in.
Send thugs to come and take them from us and we will shoot back.
People are going to die - lots of people.
And that's only the beginning.
That's all I have to say.
You're about to get what you have been wishing and scheming and working toward all your lives.
I hope you're happy with the unintended consequences of your "victory."
PO Box 926
Pinson, AL 35126
Author's note: Feel free to distribute this far and wide. Send it to a gun-grabber. It might make their day. ;-)