I ran across an interesting article by one Jim Karger (via TTAG) this morning, that claims When They Come For Your Guns, You Will Turn Them Over:
If the federal government decides to disarm the public, and when the increasingly-militarized rolls down your street after a not-so-subtle request that you kindly turn over your firearms and ammunition “for the common good,” it will be nothing less than suicide by cop to do anything other than what you are told.
The militarization of US police forces is ongoing and escalating. Many cities and towns now own tanks, armed personnel carriers, even attack helicopters, and almost all are outfitted with military weapons not available to the general public.
And, it is not just your hometown cops who are getting new boy-toys. The military itself is buying up weaponry not just for use in the current or next scheduled war, but to deal with the likes of you, citizens who don’t seem to understand that the Bill of Rights has been overruled, and that specifically includes, but is not limited to, the right to protest and engage in civil disobedience.
And, to you tough-talking Neo-Cons with your AR-15 rifles and a few thousand rounds of ammo, here is the reality: they will take your guns, and no, all your Second Amendment bluster aside, you are not going to do anything about it. You are not going to take on a platoon of Marines with state-of-the-art automatic weapons and the best body armor you cannot buy protected by armed personnel carriers and attack helicopters unless you choose to die that day — for nothing. You will either be in the country or out, and if you are in, you will stay in and you will comply.
I know nothing of Karger or of the site this was posted on, but I do Karger knows very, very little about history, and equally little about current events.
We still have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Vietnam veterans that would be quite willing to tell you how well a determined cell-based opposition force can fight against even the most technologically advanced military. Our far more recent and current battles in Iraq and Afghanistan saw us defeat uniformed conventional opposition easily, but we continue to be bled by an enemy hidden among the citizenry.
Our own Green Berets have among their primary tasks the building out of, and liaison with, such indigenous rebel forces. They do so, because guerillas can and do destabilize, and sometimes defeat, larger military forces.
Karger’s article is based upon a laughably false premise: that the only choices are to submit to the government, or be gunned down where you stand. Granted there may be a comparatively small number of foolhardy individual souls that would, in such a scenario, attempt to slug it out with a larger, better armed force.
There may also be groups of citizens that form small units—there are millions of recent combat veterans and tens of millions of “old soldiers” in addition to plain ornery full-time civilians—that would put up a more spirited defense, and defeat police state enforcers from ambush, in skirmishes or in open battles.
Hundreds of millions of weapons and billions (with a “B”) of rounds of ammunition would suddenly “disappear,” or be “stolen” in such an event, as stores suddenly and simultaneously ran out of every type of container that could be waterproofed, sealed, and buried.
Logistically, the police state might be able to hold the major cities and transportation arteries, but there simple aren’t enough of them to subdue an entire population, even in the exceedingly unlikely event that the military and police forces would universally back such an obviously unconstitutional act of tyranny.
Then the insurrection would begin in earnest.
Americans are perhaps the best population the world has ever known for such a fight. As a population, we are used to freedom, and many would not surrender it easily. This mental shift is difficult to make in captive populations that have never known freedom. It is our natural advantage.
We’re also blessed to have a heritage of minuteman to rally around. True, the Brown Bess and bayonets are next to useless in a practical sense, but we have at our core a history of being a nation of riflemen.
Mr. Karger is correct that a suburbanite that hunts several times a year is no match for an armored personnel carrier and a squad of heavily armed soldiers and policemen squaring off against him in his neighborhood, but that is not how such an insurgency is won. Insurgencies are “wars of the flea,” where the beastly state is drained of life one tiny drop at a time through bombings and poisonings, arsons and sniper attacks. There is no need to do battle with an M1A2 main battle tank, if the pipeline that supplies its with fuel cannot be guarded along every inch. Enveloped and surrounded at every turn, the thugs that would carry out the will of such an immoral government would be sabotaged at every turn, unable to let their guards down, and find the knife at their throats from friends and family alike.
I’ve read estimates that only three-percent of Americans took up arms against the British crown in the Revolutionary War. Three-percent of 314 million is 9.42 million Americans, and there is not reason to believe that only 3-percent of the population would fight against such tyranny.
It is a responsibility of patriotic Americans to learn to shoot, and learn to shoot well. It is incumbent upon them to maintain serviceable weapons of “military utility” such as today’s semi-automatic rifles and deer rifles, and sufficient ammunition for adequate training and emergency use. Being competent at arms is precisely what the Founders meant when they stated the militia—which is all of the people—be “well-regulated” and in good working order to defend their families, communities, and nation against enemies foreign and domestic.
History tells us that tyrants always emerge to snuff out liberty, and those tyrants never allow something as trivial as a ballot box to stand in their way. It is your duty as an American to be prepared to defend liberty for following generations.
As long as there is a Republic, Minuteman will always be needed to defend it.