Comments: You Won't See a Rebellion Any Time Soon [Bumped]
"They just hide their guns and continue with daily life as before."
Would the federal and state governments really be satisfied with 20%? Why wouldn't they consider that their point had not been successfully made, and proceed to less passive measures?
The authorities may well be satisfied with 20% success rates in other endeavors (cough-education-cough) but I'm skeptical they'd be willing to stop at 20%, or 40%, when it comes to "assault" weapons.
Posted by Daniel K Day at January 1, 2013 10:24 AM
I trust Donald has a reliable Tarot deck and I Ching. We defend the 2nd Amendment or we lose it all.
Posted by Gary Ogletree at January 1, 2013 5:06 PM
I think he misunderestimates the degree to which Americans have become the most meek and compliant people on the planet outside of North Korea.
Posted by Bill Jones at January 1, 2013 7:22 PM
I've been to all the other resorts. Might as well try the last one.
Posted by mushroom at January 1, 2013 7:55 PM
I do not know Mr. Sensing or where he comes from. I do know many second amendment people and they are not going to lie down and be killed by the black booted thugs without a fight. I doubt Mr. Sensing ever served in the US military and fought in one of the US governments unnecessary wars of the past sixty years. He definitely does not know any patriots.
Posted by Terry at January 2, 2013 8:09 AM
Terry, Rev. Sensing is a retired colonel from the US Army, armored division if I remember correctly. I don't question his patriotism or commitment to the 2nd amendment, I just question his skepticism about other 2A supporters and his (to me) naivete about the reaction of our would-be masters to a low turn-in of weapons following a law on registration or an outright ban.
Posted by Daniel K Day at January 2, 2013 8:47 AM
How many "resistors" would it take to create a crisis and send a message to the federal authorities and the gun-control crowd? Not many. Mere dozens of incidents of armed resistance would suffice to create great alarm. While Sensing may be right about a majority of Americans' reaction, there will be some resistance IF a draconian law were passed, as was the case in Australia (and with no resistance). Also, Sensing did allow that a whole lot of people would not turn in their guns -- give him credit for acknowledging that.
The thing is though, gun-control advocates and their political lieutenants are smart enough not to make new laws truly draconian. For this reason, Sensing's assumptions will prove closer to the truth. Measured gun-control responses made periodically over time is the way Americans will lose their gun rights.
Posted by Don Rodrigo at January 2, 2013 9:54 AM
The Reverend is a former artillery officer, if I remember One Hand Clapping at all. He has the grace and class not to go trying to bolster his argument by whipping out his DD214 and waving it around. Note that he doesn't even refer to himself by the honorific due him. For the purposes of the exercise, he's just plain Donald Sensing.
But now that Terry's made that a condition of judging one's patriotism, perhaps he ought to list his bona fides. Not that anyone with any sense falls for the 'appeal to authority' fallacy.
Posted by Mike James at January 2, 2013 10:32 AM
I think it won't come down to guns but to water control. It did a few times before. In Klamath Falls, and in Nevada. When the Feds got to enforcing some tap closures, the local sheriffs all but declared war on them and kept the water flowing. Who knows what will be the fuse.
Posted by Jewel at January 2, 2013 11:39 AM
Remember that notorious case in Tucson just a few short years ago, where a Pima County SWAT team home invastion tore into the Army veteran homeowner who was bearing a firearm, over a possible drug dealing connection.
Now imagine one of those in every city every month, or ten in a single month.
Those of you who say that the government will go from securing our rights, to denying them by force, by gradual frog-boiling degrees; you need to think hard about tipping points, phase transitions, wake-up calls.
Posted by John A. Fleming at January 2, 2013 12:16 PM
And the Obama administration is going to let what they know or at least suspect is an eighty-percent non-compliance rate slide without opposition because...that's just the sort of classy, magnanimous folks they are? Or more to the point, because that's just the sort of classy, magnanimous guy Barry is? Yeah, Colonel, you might want to rethink that one a bit.
Posted by Rich Fader at January 2, 2013 1:56 PM
It will be some damned stupid thing in the Balkans.
You may have noticed that there's a LOT more Balkans in North America than there used to be...
We are off the map. It's just inertia now.
Posted by TmjUtah at January 2, 2013 10:03 PM