Sunday, March 25, 2018

Fine

I've been a member of the NRA for a long time. Always paid a year at a time. I had my reasons. It wasn't the money although money is always a consideration. It was more that I saw the NRA as an organization that liked to make everything a crisis. Every election was the most important ever, every appeal was a clarion call to action, and it never seemed that anything was resolved.

When Trump was elected, I relaxed a little. A Republican (I know, I know), sort of, he had said the right things. Hillary being the other option, it was an easy decision. But when he won it felt like we had bought some time. I am getting older anyway. The world moves on and leaves the old people to sit on the porch and remember how things were.

Now it seems I was mistaken. Gun owners in the United States are being marginalized in much the same way the Jews were marginalized in the Germany in the early 1930s. Our sport, our equipment, and our mindset, is being slowly pushed out. If you own a gun, like to shoot, have a carry permit, are an NRA member, do you talk about it at work? Admitting to owning an AR-15 is now the same as admitting to being a rabbi in Berlin in 1934.

The groundwork is laid. The sheep have been successfully frightened. Soon it will be registration, for the children, of course. Then they will want the normal capacity magazines turned in, for the children, of course. Then they will want the semi-autos turned in, for the children, of course. Then the handguns turned in, for the children, of course. And then it will be all the rest of them, like Australia and Britain, and this too will be for the children.

We will be pariahs, then criminals, and finally, we will need to be dealt with.

Fine.  I'll wear it like a yellow star.

"To disarm the people...is the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788


5 comments:

knirirr said...

I do indeed talk about it at work.

LindaG said...

I know what you mean, and agree.
Trump is almost like all yhe other politicians. Along with the other *republicans* in congress. The only one I have seen keep to his promises so far, is Kennedy from Louisiana.

But never would I vote for Killary or any other demokkkrat, do all I can do is pray and hope for the best.

Divemedic said...

There is a point, hopefully before people begin disappearing, that my Internet and vocal advocacy will have to go dark. That point is fast approaching.

Once guns are outlawed, there is no point in staying here. The Mrs and I have had serious talks about moving to a Caribbean island somewhere.

Gromit said...

So, 202K at a protest in DC. Over 2 Million NICS checks in February 2018. I know which line I was in, and I didn't travel very far.

mobius wolf said...

Now that's a good idea!