Op-Ed: Are We Getting Closer To Civil Disobedience From One Of The Most Law Abiding Segments Of Society?
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How close are we to more violence? Not the kind like in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub, perpetrated by a terrorist bent on killing innocent people, but the kind caused by a government that oversteps its authority and tries to force its citizens to comply to its demands. Do the anti-firearms, anti-2nd Amendment legislators realize that if they push too far, the law abiding, peaceful gun owners who want nothing more than to be left alone and allowed to exercise their Constitutional Right, will be turned into criminals by a swipe of a pen? Once that is done, can these law-abiding pro-Second Amendment supporters be pushed to the point of civil unrest and possibly violence?
I am part of the segment of society that believes in a person’s rights, not just the Second Amendment, but all of the Constitutional rights. And many I have talked with (hundreds of them) have voiced the concern that they feel the government is approaching the point where regular Americans, who never thought for a minute in their lifetime they would be deprived of their Constitutional Rights, or forced into becoming possible criminals by that very same government, feel that we are quickly approaching that point!
What might be the consequences?
Let’s consider for this thought exercise that the government passes new gun laws and one of them calls for the voluntary turning in of any semi-automatic rifles of certain kinds. How many firearms owners would actually turn them in? And if they did not turn them in, do you actually think that the State, County or Local police would participate in any kind of physical confiscation seizure?
With over 300 million firearms in the US, and over 100 million gun owners, there are not enough officers to enforce any kind of law like this. It is logistically impossible! With an average (according to the IACP) of 2.5 officers per 1000 citizens, the odds are not in their favor.
This also brings into account a minor issue of the citizens of the U.S. that believe that it is part of being an American to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from both foreign and domestic enemies.
Does that sound familiar? It should because it’s the same oath all cops, military and elected officials take. I have taken it several times. And I think that our U.S. legislators better be careful what they wish for and what they try to pass when it comes to violating the Second Amendment. There are many of us across this great land that can understand those four simple words in the Second Amendment “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. There are not a whole lot of ways to take that.
If they want your firearms will you turn them in? To what length would you go to prevent them from being “taken”? Would you go so far as to use force to prevent the unconstitutional enforcement of something like we talked about above? I know where I stand, what about you?
Chris is a U.S. Army Veteran and has been in law enforcement the last 35+ years. He specializes in LE Firearms Instruction, and is in charge of a large Police Academy in North Florida. In his spare time Chris is a free-lance Military Reporter and owner/founder of the Largest Military Videos Channel on YouTube “3rdID8487”.