Just How Is It The Government Could Come And Take Away Your Gun?
(Blogger’s Note 12/18/12—I wrote this post in 2008 and it is just as true today as it was four years ago. Efforts to restrict the types of guns that led to the Newtown, Connecticut massacre will not stop law abiding folks from owning guns. They will simply lead to fewer crazy massacres of innocent people who are doing no more than going about daily life.)
(Blogger’s Note 1/16/13—Here is a link to President Obama’s sensible gun control orders that he discussed today. These orders will not stop lawful people from having guns.)
This morning I listened to a radio report about a Barack Obama campaign appearance in Scranton, Pennsylvania. A voter, who seemed friendly enough by the sound of her voice, asked Senator Obama about rumors she had heard that if elected he would take away people’s guns.
I just shook my head when I heard this.
One thing I’ve always wanted to know is just how the government could go about taking people’s guns away?
Let’s say that by some impossible occurrence, the Second Amendment were repealed. This could not happen for real, but let’s just say for purposes of this blog post that it did happen.
Do you think people would just give up their guns?
How about the late Charlton Heston you see in the photo above and the National Rifle Association members he represented? Will they give up their guns because they were instructed to do so?
Do you think this couple in the picture below would just go to voluntary drop-off point and give up that gun they have on the stove? Or hand it over to federal gun collector who rings the door to collect the guns?
( The picture was taken by Kyle Cassidy for his book Armed Americans–Portraits of Gun Owners In Their Homes.)
Or this guy—Would he quit hunting because a law was passed banning guns?
No—Whatever gun control laws passed at the margins of the millions and millions of guns owned in America, none are going to involve going into people’s homes and taking away guns. Do you think Barack Obama is going to be sitting in the Oval Office signing an order to round-up people’s guns?
If we reached the point of government forcing everybody who owns a gun to give it up, we would be in a police state of some kind in any case. Gun owners and the rest of us would be over-matched by the huge weapons and tanks that the government has.
Nobody is coming for your gun. People should be worrying about other stuff. If it is gun issues that are stopping you from voting for Barack Obama, you don’t have much to worry about. The NRA has a vested stake in keeping people hyped-up on this issue. Ask the NRA what they are going to do to get you higher wages or to improve the school your kids attend.