What Is To Be Done: Pressing the Reset Button - Parts 1 and 2
Kevin at The Smallest Minority refreshes his 2003 essay Pressing the Reset Button with an updated consideration of the topic here.
Kevin is a smart fellow, and I recommend that you take the time to read both essays, as well as stopping by his place daily on your strolls through the 'Net.
Here's my concern, though - and some sincere open questions for all 2A/RKBA advocates:
1) Given that, as referenced by Oleg's poster above and numerous other examples as outlined by David Codrea's War on Guns, .gov forces across our nation are intent on violating the clear language of the Second Amendment, as written, pretty much any time they want, is there any reasonable doubt remaining as to the desired endstate of the American statists, their collaborators in the two major political parties and the Supreme Court, media oligarchs, and the global transnational progressive movement?
2) If a rational analysis of the past sixty years of human history does in fact lead to the conclusion that government agencies and their allies want to eradicate private arms ownership as quickly as possible, doesn't that make a brutal conflict inevitable between
- those forces at the local, state/provincial, national, and transnational levels
- free men and women who believe that weapons possession and use is a fundamental human right, to be defended unto death?
3) If such a conflict is inevitable, then aren't essays asserting that "resistance is futile" actually increasing the probability of bloodshed by encouraging gun confiscators to downplay the unintended consequences of their actions?
4) Similarly, if such a conflict is inevitable, shouldn't the intellectual horsepower of the 2A/RKBA community be focused on winning that war, whether through
- political means (the so-called "soft war"),
- the candid and widely-disseminated discussion of "the unthinkable" and other positive propaganda (see, e.g., the classics by John Ross, Boston T. Party, James Wesley Rawles, and Matthew Bracken, along with everything written by Mike Vanderboegh over the past 15 years),
and, if necessary,
- unrelenting armed defense of fundamental human rights against the transnational elites, their media minions, and their hired thugs?
Consider, as an example of what should be coming from the freedom-minded community, this downloadable book recently cited by Codrea and Horton's Mindful Musings.
While you mull those issues, just keep in mind this link from Instapundit listing the anti-gun proclivities of the next President of the United States, who will, at current course and speed, enjoy a veto-proof majority in both Houses of Congress.
Let me be completely clear.
There is nothing I want so much as to live the rest of my (hopefully very long) life in peace and prosperity.
I want government forces around the world to honor and obey limitations of their power, just as the blessed Irish people insisted a few days ago in their rejection of the EU Constitution/Treaty of Lisbon.
I want adults in every country to understand and accept the challenges of individual freedom and political liberty.
I want children around the world to grow into responsible, healthy, educated adulthood.
I want my species to live up to its potential for Good, and reject its blood-soaked and irrefutable history of tyranny, oppression, and slaughter.
But what I want and what I will actually get in the remaining years of my life are likely to be miles apart.
If there is a viable formula to avoid the coming Horror without abjectly submitting to It, please share that roadmap.
For without a "new way forward", as Kevin noted in another essay, we have some tough history coming.
I can't escape the conclusion that we are hosed, and we each should use the time remaining in the most efficient and effective way possible, rather than wasting it on wishes and illusions: