This is my favorite quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s excellent (and depressing) The Gulag Archipellago:
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?
Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?
After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you’d be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria [Government limo] sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur — what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked.
The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!
That, Guys and Dolls, is why Obama wants gun control. A totalitarian State cannot function, cannot function, with an armed citizenry. They cannot opress us too much as long as we are armed. That is the big danger of gun control. Everywhere it has been implemented you have seen a reduction in freedom. Not just in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (the most obvious one) or the right to self-defense, but freedom of expression (hate crimes laws), freedom of religion, and for the most part the so-called “Free” Press has gone along with it. How much of that is from intimidation and how much of it is that fellow travellers never speak ill of one another is an open question.. Here in America a film maker was jailed for blaphemy for making a movie critical of Islam and Mohammed. Here in America the Catholic Church is being forced to pay for abortions in contravention of some of their deepest held religious beliefs. It all forms a pattern, and that pattern is one of dictatorship. People have often asked why people couldn’t see Hitler coming. Personally, I’ve always thought that some people probably did see Hitler coming (Churchill for sure did), but their warnings went unheeded. We are in a nacent dictatorship. Obama didn’t take over by coup, but neither did Hitler. It is not too late to stop Obama. He hasn’t required gun registration and started the warrentless sweeps to enforce it (an idea from the Clinton Administration), but he is considering such moves. Many high-profile Democrats are talking about registration and confiscation of firearms. These aren’t just pie-in-the-sky wish lists. They are serious proposals that must be taken seriously. It is not just Obama that moves against us. He has the support of major Democrats across the board. In a number of States steps are being taken to disarm the citizenry, the most prominent of these being in New York. This despite two clear Supreme Court decisions stating that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a serious individual right, and that that right is enforceable against the individual States as well as the Federal Government. TO be pro-gun control is, objectively, to be anti-civil rights. There is no moral difference between these gun controllers of today and the “Segregation Forever” Democrats of yesterday. Just as in the latter case, we must? defeate these counter-liberty forces if we are to survive as a Republic.