One thought I’ve heard expressed time and time again in the past couple days is some variation of “I’d just like to see the government try to come and take my gun away!” Give me a break. What complete macho BS bluster. 99% of the morons who say this would peacefully surrender their guns if the legal enforcement power of their state or the federal government decided that they needed to give up their gun(s). Please, are you really going to take on a fully-armored SWAT team all by yourself with your AR-15?! And you know what will happen to the fools who try? Their gun will end up being picked up off the floor next to their exsanguinated body, not pried out of their hands.
As Mike from Canada (and if Mike from Chapel Hill doesn’t chime in again soon, “Mike”) so nicely put it in a recent comment:
And when that government finally goes too far, teaching evolution and for daring to inoculate children against infectious diseases or dare to give them healthcare, these deep thinking, intrepid well armed individuals will rise up out of their heavily fortified basements and take back their nation.
They will be all that stands between the evil governments largest, best equipped armed forces in the world and our last fleeting glimpse at freedom. These brave rugged individuals will throw themselves into the fray, their Bushmasters and hundred round clips in their trusty 1974 Ford Bronco, at the ready standing against armored run silent attack helicopters and night and heat vision. Our brave heroes will stand against M1 Abrams tanks, and super sonic jets with bunker buster bombs. They will stand against flying killer robots and satellites that watch and listen to their every move. They will stand against sensor fused smart carpet bombs. They will stand against the greatest single army in the history of the world on it’s home turf, the very place where it is strongest and most effective and closest to supplies and ammunition.
And they will die.
Now, just to be clear, I don’t for a second think that this perspective belongs to the majority of gun owners. But it clearly is an intense and very influential minority (sentiments echoed from NRA leadership). And it’s just pathetic. I completely understand why many people want to own guns– self defense, target shooting, hunting. Fine. All well and good. But it seems to me transparently obvious that the need to own something like an AR-15 is macho over-compensation in many cases. To wit:
Again, surely not everybody who owns an assault weapon is a pathetic man transparently over-compensating for deficient masculinity, but the success of this advertising campaign strongly suggests that it accounts for a good number of them. And these are people who’s concerns of “freedom” and “liberty” we should take so seriously as we try to make more sensible policy?