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Gun Control, Corporate Control

June 13, 2013

I suppose that I would support increased gun control if not for the police state which has been growing in America, especially since 2001. Most recently the National Security Agency revealed that it has been recording the phone numbers and length of Verizon calls. Sen. Rand Paul, despite his many faults, is almost the only member of Congress to object to this violation of the 4th Amendment.

A worse violation of the Constitution by Pres. Obama, who is Pres. Dubya “with a human face,” was Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act in 2011, which authorizes the arrest of anyone, anywhere, at anytime, and their imprisonment for the duration of the “War on Terror.” Ask Muslim kids in Guantanamo when the war will end. The worst violation is the admitted killing of 4 American citizens, for whom the due process mandated by the 5th Amendment consisted of being chosen for execution by the Pres. and his advisors.

With execution by Presidential decree, how is the United States not a dictatorship, especially because the drones which are used to kill Americans overseas already operate in the U. S. “homeland?” Other indications of the slide toward fascism are the prosecution of govt whistleblowers and protection of the criminals whom they accuse, the paramilitary lockdown of Boston following the the Marathon bombing, and the Monsanto Protection Act.

While some opponents of gun control are industry shills like the National Rifle Association and right-wing lunatics like Geo. Noori, the trend toward a police state makes me think that having lots of civilians with guns is a good thing.

Thom Hartmann, usually on-target, says that civilians with small arms could not successfully resist the U. S. military machine. Hartmann should consider how Hezbullah frustrated Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 2006, and how Iraq and Afghanistan have turned into tar babies for the U. S. military machine.

Liberals understand the 2nd Amendment as primarily designed to foster state militias so that a permanent national army would be unnecessary and restricted by the states’ military power. The Founders’ plan has failed. We have a permanent national army, which is a threat to our freedom. The state militias are now the National Guard, which indicates that they are now just an appendage of the national military machine.

It may be important that the 2nd Amendment says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” If the Founders meant that guns would be the property of the state govts rather than of individuals, it would have been clearer to say “the right of the states to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

To paraphrase Thoreau, “Show me a free state, and I’ll give up my gun.” America is not a free state, but a nascent dictatorship by multinational monopolies. If Americans can’t preserve their freedom peacefully, private citizens will need lots of guns. We don’t need to control guns as much as we need to control the corporations who control the govt.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Craig T. permalink
    June 10, 2013 5:28 pm

    I would NEVER support gun control. The 2nd Amendment is our protection against tyranny, and tyranny, in spite of what Mr. Obama says, will always be a threat to any nation. We are fallen creatures and we are inclined to wickedness and abuse of power. The Founding Fathers knew that and that’s why we have the 2nd Amendment, among other protected rights, which are being rapidly eroded. Self-protection is another important aspect of gun rights. The cops are not always going to be available to save you in a threatening situation. In some cities, they won’t ever be (Detroit). The NDAA takes us back to the days prior to the Magna Carta, when kings could lock you up and throw away the key, or simply kill you, without due process, for any reason. Habeas corpus is now gone. Mr. Obama can have you locked up or killed without ever bringing charges against you in a court of law. Supposedly this is because of the “War on Terror”. There has always been terror in the world. When will the current “War on Terror” end? NEVER! These things are being propagated by both Republicans and Democrats.

    • December 21, 2014 5:23 pm

      Dear Craig and other readers,
      Because a close relative witnessed a shooting around this last Halloween, I am now more favorable to gun control. The fact that she could have been collateral damage makes me think that the danger of guns in the wrong hands is worse than I thought. I still maintain that govts, from Obama to the Ann Arbor police, are out of control, but I now fear civilian shooters more than before.

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