|image by Don Rock, Terror Worldwide|
I don't equate gun ownership with liberty. Owning a gun won't stop the homeland security forces from raiding your house- for more than a few minutes. Ask David Koresh. I'm not particularly attached to my guns. So personally, I'm not taking that stance. I think if you are worried about liberty, your time is better spent backing the EFF than the NRA. But unlke the UK, the guns are ALREADY OUT THERE. We can't get from here to there. Law abiding folks will give them up willingly, or grudgingly, but a lot of people will see this as the line that will not be crossed and they will become the outlaws they always fantisized they would be. It will create a whole new class of "domestic terrorists". It fulfills a self-fulfilling prophecy. Taking guns really would become the first step to tyranny, because a whole class of people want that to be the case. They are begging for it. The feds know that it's just not going to happen, or if it does it will be UGLY. Here's another idea. Pull out of ALL foreign entanglements. Reduce the military budget by 2/3. Allow that money to go back into the economy and improve peoples lives. Let's stop the prison industrial complex and reform drug laws- that would reduce illegal gun traffic by -what- 90%? Let's get some decent health care happening, so sick, delluded, paranoid people can address these problems. Let's get election reform so peoples voices can be heard and we don't have to fear our government. Let's abolish the "National Guard" and return militias to the states, so people who want to receive military training can get it in their state helping and defending their neighbors, not kicking in doors and shooting children in Fallujah. THEN, and only then, will people stop feeling like they need to defend their "Liberty". THEN, maybe we can have a society where people don't feel they need to bury ammo in their back yard.