"Come, then, and- if you can- take them"
This week, the FBI issued a report comparing the numbers of violent and property crimes reported by law enforcement agencies during the first half of 2012 to the numbers reported during the first half of 2013. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports Section, “Preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation reported a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2013 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2012.”
Under the Uniform Crime Reporting System, violent crime consists of four categories of crime, each of which experienced decreases during the first half of 2013. Murders decreased 6.9 percent, rapes decreased 10.6 percent, robberies decreased 1.8 percent, and aggravated assaults decreased 6.6 percent. Of 30 cities of 500,000 or greater population, 20 reported decreases in murders, two reported no change in their numbers, and only eight reported increases.
Given these figures, we shouldn’t be surprised that a prominent gun control messaging guide counsels its readers to “[a]lways focus on emotional and value-driven arguments about gun violence, not the political food fight in Washington or wonky statistics.” This is sound advice from their perspective, as the facts sure don’t support what they are trying to do.
|Everything looks better when accompanied by a picture|
of Summer Glau in a tank top. With a shotgun.
The real point of gun control has never been about making us "safer"- that is, and has always been, a straw-man argument masking the true intent of those who would take your freedom. It is and has always been about making us compliant. An armed populace is difficult, if not outright impossible, to control through central government. A government that attempts to impose its will upon an armed populace will very quickly find itself quite literally outgunned.
Those of a literary bent might recognise the quote from the title as the very words uttered by King Leonidas of Sparta at Thermopylae- immortalised today as the phrase "MOLON LABE". When Leonidas uttered them, he knew full well that he was fighting a delaying action, trying desperately to buy time with lives, to give his people time to organise and rally against a foreign invader. He knew that if he laid down his arms and gave in to the threat he faced, his people would be enslaved and the precious freedoms enjoyed by Sparta's citizen-soldiers would forever be destroyed. He made the choice that he knew was right and necessary, and in so doing gave us an example that speaks through the ages.
Diametrically opposed to his actions are the words of one Mao Tse-Tung, who (quite correctly) pointed out that "all power comes from the point of a gun". Mao was the antithesis of Leonidas in almost every way. He was a philosopher, an intellectual, and a firm believer in grassroots communism (as opposed to the odd form of top-down socialism that the Spartans employed). Yet he, just like Leonidas, hit upon a very basic and very real truth: if you are not willing to do what it takes to defend yourself, you condemn yourself to slavery at the hands of those who will arm themselves when you will not.
That is why a free society- the kind that America used to be, a long time ago- understands that every citizen has an absolute and inviolable right to be armed at all times. Those who seek to take this right from you ultimately seek dominion over you.
Do not EVER let them have it.
MOLON LABE, indeed.