In the past few weeks since the recent mass shootings, and the "dancing in the blood" which inevitably followed those tragic but unstoppable events, this blog has consistently transmitted a singular message, that the Bill of Rights, in all it's ten Amendments, is inviolate.
"Inviolate" means it is a set of standards, rules to govern the behavior of citizens and governments, and, in the case of the Second Amendment (2A) the rule SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED (changed). It is so written as the Law of the Land, and we are, after all, a Nation of Laws. So we have been told, at various times, by all of our Government leaders, including President Barack Hussein Obama.
Why then, since the Right to Keep and Bear arms is so obviously a foundational part of our Law, do so many of our governors attempt to evade it?
There is one human trait which explains this deviancy from our basic Rule of Law. That trait is the emotion of FEAR.
Fear. That emotion which we as humans find most difficult to overcome with logic, reason and sanity.
Fear. That emotion that leaders of evil intent most utilize to gain our compliance to their wills, even if that compliance violates all law and/or logic.
Fear. The one thing that can be relied on to force control of the citizenry even as that control is inadvisable, inappropriate, illogical or illegal.
To defeat the application of fear, we must understand how it starts.
Fear most often begins when accustomed human comforts are threatened. Food aplenty is a comfort, as is shelter from the elements, and above all, some way of securing the money to make these comforts possible within our system of commerce. So, we work for our "living", another way of saying we offer our talents in exchange for a wage to enable our comforts.
Some of that talent is in the form of leadership, and some of that leadership is in the form of governance, so it happens that some become givers of laws and makers of rules. These govenors are people like us, though, so they strive for comforts like we do. If their access to their accustomed level of comfort is threatened, they become fearful. These governors have been granted or have assumed the power to use fear to govern, so, when their comforts are threatened, they use fear projection against us, so as to end their own personal fears.
Are you still with me? I know this background information in human psychology is difficult, but understanding it is vital to gaining insight into the "gun control issue".
Okay, let's move on then.
Ever since human society has existed, it's members have fought for control of those societies, the fighting mostly being against other, exterior societies. To better fight, professional soldiers are used. These are men (mostly) who have learned the harsh disciplines of war and have learned to personally control how fear affects them. This advanced level of fear-control makes these soldiers relatively immune to the fear-projection antics of the governors who exert control in the non-soldierly, or civilian, part of their societies. This immunity to fear of persons trained and experienced in warfare is a major problem for those governors, because their primary method of control in the making and giving of laws, projection of fear, is apt to be rejected by those trained as soldiers.
The Founders recognized this potential rejection of control by the soldiers, and insisted that the citizens control the military profession in this society. The Founders' wisdom was appropriate and has been followed, so we have not had any excursion of the military outside their civilian-generated orders of performance of duty, in the entire history of this Republic.
Now it all changes.
The present set of governors of this society appears to have decided to change the entire societal model, the model that worked so long and got this society to the place of planetary ascendancy it has achieved, and the model that the Founders put into place with our Constitution. This blog-post will not attempt to discribe that catalog of change that our present governors seek, it will simply say that it exists, and is being put into place as we speak. It appears that these changes are such radical departures from the original intent of the Founders that some resistance to their imposition on the society might be expected.
In the vernacular, the fecal matter is hitting the rotating blades of the wind-machine. We abbreviate this to "SHTF" in this blog.
The condition of SHTF is as perfectly normal to the professional soldier as it is horrifying to the civilian. It is part of the situation that soldiers have been trained to NOT fear. Soldiers function well at their tasks of war in SHTF conditions, unlike the general citizenry, or, for that matter, the governors who started flinging the poo to begin with (the Force of Irony is strong with them).
Were the trained soldiers (we call them "Veterans") to decide, either within the military structure or outside of it, that the governors had gone too far with their departures from the normal modes of society, the soldiers could easily change out the set of governors to one more to their desires. That change is generally known as a "revolution", because it involves inviting the present governors to rotate their sorry asses out of leadership and perhaps out of existance as well.
There are no present signs that the society of military professionals intends to perform such a rotation on the governance, but the governors worry about it anyway, as well they might. Were rotation to begin, there is NOTHING that they could do to stop it. The governors seem to have begun to REALLY worry about rotation, though, because they have just come up with a plan to disable that function of the military veterans within the greater society of civilians: they want to disarm the veterans.
Soldiers fight with weapons, and the most common weapon used to fight with is the individual soldier's rifle. For the past 38 years, that rifle has been the M-16 and variants, now the M-4. There is a civilian counterpart available, known as the AR-15 (a Colt Patent Firearms designation, but universally accepted for copies of the Colt rifle). Many veterans acquire AR-15s either while they're in the military or upon separation from the military. These veterans keep their soldierly skill sharp with rifle practice.
The governors now want to end possession of AR-15s by veterans, and anyone else who might possess them and thereby enable veterans to be armed with them, or perhaps even form "Well-Regulated Militias" as the Second Amendment allows AND directs, under the leadership of some of these professional soldiers. The Well-Regulated Militias, of course, would be immiediately able to replace the fear projection of the present governors and thereby end their changes to the societal order.
To summarize Part One of this discussion, the current problem that our governors have with citizens' possession of soldierly firearms is all about fear, with most of that fear being on the part of the governors, and most of the governors' fears being caused by fear of their loss of control of forcing their objectives. Such loss of control leads to loss of comforts by the governors, and when they are uncomfortable, they want us to be uncomfortable as well, sort of a "spread the wealth" thing.
In Part Two, we'll discuss how our governors have lied to us, have generated fear in the population to aid in their departures from the normal model of society, and how they can be defeated easily without resort to the discomfort of being rotated out of office, even though they may richly deserve such rotation.