Colorado is poised to be the next domino to fall in the prelude to the Second American Revolution. The Colorado House passed four gun control bills yesterday, and only the Colorado Senate can stop them from reaching Governor Hickenlooper’s desk. As freedom-hating statists have the edge in that chamber, they have the advantage there are well. Three Democrats will have to vote with the Senate Republicans to block these bills, and at the moment that seems unlikely.
The blatant hypocrisy of the Colorado House Democrats is a thing to behold; standard capacity magazines created by Colorado manufacturer Magpul will not be legal in the state because the legislature says these magazines are “too dangerous” for civilians to own, but these same politicians, wanting to keep the jobs and taxes created by the company, wants Magpul to keep manufacturing these same “deadly” accessories for export to other states.
It is a dance we’re seeing play out in a number of states across the nation, where big government statists—primarily in urban areas with high levels of taxes, poverty, government dependence, and unemployment—are using the bodies of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School as an excuse to focus on gun control instead of the economic disaster created by socialist economic destruction being waged from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, either through gross incompetence or a design towards implementing Cloward-Piven at last.
The battle over gun control is a political construct to benefit politicians, not an actual problem based on rising crime; violent crime rates have actually fallen as gun ownership has increased. The only place where violence has gone up is Chicago, where Gangwalker, the domestic version of Operation Fast and Furious, has created the increasing body count and outrage in the Windy City that Obama couldn’t generate in Mexico.
Obama’s goal is plain to see, as Washington Times editor Emily Miller so eloquently lays out:
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action acquired a research document prepared last month by the Justice Department’s research arm, the National Institute of Justice. The report, titled “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies,” explains that a “complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.” It further noted banning guns with certain scary-looking features “could be effective” if the government outlawed all existing firearms, and bought them all.
Similarly, the Justice report asserts that the only way to achieve the “goal to reduce the lethality of guns” with a ban on magazines over 10 rounds would be by a “massive reduction in supply.” It recommends not “grandfathering” the hundreds of millions of existing magazines, but implementing an “extensive buyback” program. Even then, it would “take decades to realize.”
In a speech on Thursday, Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association said the president’s true agenda with his “universal background check” proposal was “the national registration of every single gun owner in the country.” The Justice Department memo recommends the creation of a national gun registry to make background checks for private gun sales useful for the government. The report says registering every gun purchase in the country would “increase owner responsibility,” enable “monitoring” of multiple gun purchases in a short period of time and “improve law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns from owners” prohibited from possessing firearms. That’s code for confiscation.
When General Gage sent his Regulars and Royal Marines from Boston to Lexington and Concord to capture or destroy any items of militia utility—from cannon, muskets, powder and shot to wooden plates and community food stores—his goal was to increase the peace by removing the colony’s ability to resist the government.
The Colonists did not think of themselves as Americans when they formed ranks on Lexington Green, only to be cut down by a ragged volley of fire and bayoneted by British troops. They held their fire until fired upon.
They did not think of themselves as Americans when they marched upon Concord’s North Bridge and Regulars upon fire upon them unprovoked, but they did return fire, routing the Redcoats with just two minutes sustained fire.
No, these first Americans did not actively become Americans—and the war was not fully joined—until a place called Merriam’s Corner on the long road back to Boston, where British Regulars once again formed ranks to fire upon colonists who were following them, but who had not fired upon them.
The geography forced the flankers of the Regulars to collapse back upon their column at Merriam’s Corner, and the woods were filled with colonial militia who saw the Regulars forming up to once again attack American forces who had not fired upon them. This was the third and final strike of the match that ignited the American Revolution.
Before the Regulars could fire upon the militia trailing their column, American militia hidden in the woods and behind stone fences were given the order to fire. It was a deliberate, calculated decision that triggered a war. This battle, not Lexington nor Concord is where the American Revolutionary War truly began.
The Department of Homeland Security has purchased over 1.2 billion rounds of ammunition, more than 8,000 rounds per employee, and recently sent out an RFP for 7,000 short-barreled 5.56 selective-fire assault rifles typically only useful for diplomatic protection and close-quarters combat.
When you look at the groundwork being laid by Barack Obama’s White House, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security, it appears to any student of history that they are arming and reinforcing themselves to impose their will upon the nation much as the British garrison in Boston swelled to put down those “damned rebels.”
Then, as now, we speak foundationally different languages with irreconcilable world views. We are two peoples separated by a common language where terms such as “liberty,” “freedom,” “safety” and “fairness,” have become near antonyms. There can be no compromise in such circumstances. It is sad to see that partisanship has grown so fierce in this nation, and the radical left so obsessed with abandoning both God and Country as outdated concepts of a bygone era.
If you have an ear for history, you can hear the drumbeats sounding as the did in the early 1770s or the late 1850s. A war is coming, whether we like it or not.
Search your soul. Choose your side. Prepare your ground. Do not fire unless fired upon, but if they mean war…