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Gunsmoke and MirrorsOp-ed by Vic Pittman Salem-News.com
My greatest hope is that in their arrogance they have underestimated us.
(SAN BLAS, Mexico) - I'm not buying it. Not for one second. I do not believe that the government is going to start seizing legally owned guns from it's citizens. And furthermore, I do not believe that the government believes it either. The only thing they would gain would be civil war, and I think they know that they would lose that fight. So why is it being waved around again?
What never changes? Why distract us? Time is money. Every day eleven billion dollars are funneled into the military/industrial/financial complex. Every day.
So while we are occupied with the latest distraction, the most vile, evil people in the world are making big bucks. The weapons manufacturers like Lockheed -Martin who boast on their website about their patriotism while they rape the rest of us with their always-lots-more-than-they said-it would-be war products. Or Raytheon, who despite twelve years of production, still cannot make a cruise missile for less than a million and a half dollars. Are there really that many military targets worth spending a million and a half dollars to hit... once? Then we have GE, which claims to bring good things to life.... making billions of dollars building nuclear warheads, and paying not one dime in taxes. Boeing gets billions of dollars of military contracts and pays no taxes either.
And you can bet that more than a little of their loot (stolen from us) goes back to the treasonous politicians that keep the fires of war fanned brightly. Now we are told that Iran is a threat that we MUST deal with, just like Iraq was supposedly. I did some quick research and found out that the last time Iran started a war or invaded anyone was in 1946... the Republic of Kurdistan. A real warrior nation, always looking for a fight...? Since that time, the US has bombed or invaded thirty-seven countries, many more than once.
Things must be getting a bit desperate for the powers that be if they are playing the gun control card. It is political suicide. But what everyone seems to me to be overlooking is that not only is it not feasible, it is impossible. We are getting all riled up over something that simply could not happen.
I cannot believe that this is anything more than another choreographed distraction to get us all fired up and taking sides against each other. The ultimate goal being taking our attention away from the looting of America and the subjugation and brutal domination of the world and it's resources in our name. We don't get the loot, but history and the civilized world will give us the blame. I can imagine a conversation something like this taking place in the oval office.
"Well, we have four more years, but if we are going to keep on track, we need a distraction. People are starting to question why a war against starving insurgents with ancient Soviet rifles and no air force at all is taking decades ... so far more than twice as long as WWII... while at the same time we are spending more on the military than the rest of the world combined. Any ideas?
We've used the OD'd starlet, the murdered by her husband pregnant wife, Michael Jackson, Brittany Spears getting out of the limo with no underwear on, but people are getting jaded. It is going to take more. More and more pressure is on us to get out of Afghanistan and cut the military budget. We need a distraction... a big one. We need to pull out the big gun....gun control. Instead of having to go on television and answer questions about the war and the never ending and always growing military "budget", we will be talking about gun control. Some of us will have to be the "bad guys", but will be well compensated. If we manage it correctly, we can buy a year of time with this... maybe more."
Think about it... could it really happen? I'm not talking about restrictions on machine guns..those have been in place since the Tommy (Thompson) machine guns of the 30s. Not too many people own machine guns... it would hardly be an issue that would sweep up many people's attention or emotions. It would be like threatening to seize privately owned cruise missiles.
The threat has to be that the govt is going to take all the guns away for it to be an effective distraction. But before we rally at the capitol steps and get all worked up over this we need to ask ourselves if this is even possible. I say no way.
I personally know several people who would not turn over their guns and would quite possibly fight it out (die) if told to hand them over. I know one older widow who has quite an arsenal and who I know without a doubt would rather die in a hail of bullets than hand over her guns. She has told me this and I believe her. For what it is worth, I do not share this enthusiasm for guns..currently I do not even own a gun.
I know many people who would hide their guns and say that they no longer had them or that they were stolen. Then what? Would we start putting people in prison because they could not or would not produce their guns when ordered to do so? How many hundreds of thousands of Americans would be locked up? Remember Waco? That was a gun-control event. 74 people dead, including 28 children. Does anyone really think that the government is going to step into that cesspool again? Remember Ruby Ridge? Fourteen year old kid executed by government snipers, his mother shot in the head the next day as she stood unarmed in the doorway of her house holding her baby ...that story alone, like Waco, has been replayed around the world in movies, documentaries and books. A hundred years from now they will still be a well known part of American history.
No matter what great accomplishments or discoveries or proteges come from Kent State University, it will always be known as the place where American National Guardsmen killed American students for protesting the war... always. At Ruby Ridge, the US government murders most of a peaceful family because they may have sold two sawed off shotguns. Now imagine a thousand Ruby Ridges..but not just in remote areas, but neighborhoods, with witnesses, where everyone has cell phone cameras, and things can be posted on the internet almost immediately. We are talking about ordinary people that the press will have a hard time vilifying and blaming for their slaughter, especially when it happens over and over again in town after town, city after city.
What troops or police officers would willingly take part in this attack? Is military indoctrination and brainwashing so refined that American kids will kill their fellow Americans for not turning over their guns? Most of the military people I have known were very much into guns. Will we see 19-year old soldiers battling Korean War and Vietnam vets? And at what point would civil war begin?
How many otherwise law abiding Americans would die in bullet-riddled houses, maybe with their families before people started fighting back en mass? How many veterans will die at the hands of the government they served? Is this what they WANT? It is possible, although it very well may not turn out the way they hope.
Throughout history governments have manufactured events to scare the people into submission or justify cracking down. "We will protect you". The Romans did it, the Brits have done it all around the world, the Nazis did it, the Israelis have perfected it, (By way of deception...) and the US does it. It just works so damn well, because we do not question and demand answers... real answers. Like 9-11, we get all swept up in emotion and lust for revenge and ignore the obvious lies in front of our faces. And, we are so easily distracted.
Mexico, where I am currently living, is basically a disarmed society. Citizens can own guns up to .38 caliber, but because they are not seen as having much practical use, the for the most part hand-to-mouth economy makes them no priority. Unless you are a bandit, you don't make money or feed your family with a gun. I could sell fifty chain saws or welders here before I would sell a gun, I'd bet. And burglary is no more common here than in Oregon, it seems.
Like myself, most residents have only a machete for protection against intruders. Of course, if I am armed with a machete and the intruder has a gun, I've probably lost that battle. I have witnessed one event of governmental abuse of power and seemingly blatant collaboration between the Federales and the local drug cartel that I do not dare write about. I may get repercussions for even saying this much. I will not elaborate, even in private, not to anyone.
I like living in Mexico and I like living. But I bring this up because guns would not have helped the situation. Not for the citizens involved. When the Mexican government takes aggressive action, they do not mess around. They do not scrimp on firepower. When it comes to conflict with the government, people here are basically helpless and they know it. But are Americans any different? Heard of any cases where a well armed citizen forced the government to back off and go away? And not come back?
I have heard of many cases where guns in the right citizen's hands have thwarted violent crime and saved lives. I understand people wanting to have their own gun to protect themselves and their families. I think any rational person can. So can you imagine the outrage when people who have turned over their guns get robbed, raped or killed? It would happen eventually. They can imagine it, they've thought of it. It ain't going to happen!
One other thing that I don't hear too many people talking about is how easy it is to build a gun from scratch. Guns and bullets employ the most basic "technology". The principle has not changed much at all in the last 100 years. I could build a crude gun today of any caliber with my limited tools and skills and less than five dollars worth of materials. A homemade shotgun would be even easier. When I was a kid, my buddy's big brother who was only 15 - 16 at the time used to make .22 zip-guns... three pieces in all. Like prohibition, it won't ever work. It will just create a whole new underground industry. And then what? Lock up everyone who builds a gun or buys a black market gun? Where are we going to put all these criminals? How much will it cost?
So... my bottom line is this: We are being choreographed again... we are being purposely distracted by yet another drama/dilemma that they have come up with. Sure, they would love it if we were all disarmed, but they aren't stupid. They know it is way too late for that. If they were serious about it, they wouldn't have announced it so that everyone could run out and buy millions more guns. They would have issued an emergency freeze on gun and ammunition sales... out of the blue, overnight.
Now they have about a million more guns to confiscate, if indeed they ever intended to. Impossible! It is a Trojan Horse. Don't let them take our attention off the real problems we face... them. The international pirates that have hijacked our country and are bleeding us dry of our resources, our wealth, our children and our moral standing in the world.
We have this huge parasite attached to us that is killing us slowly. It assures us that we could not live without it, as it drains the life from us. It assures us that we need it for protection while it is the greatest threat we have ever faced. It is not only a threat to us, but to our children, their children, ad infinitum. My greatest hope is that in their arrogance they have underestimated us. If we can ever get past the petty differences that they use continually to divide us and we unite against this parasitic government of wolves that we have, they are finished. And they know it.
And by "they", I do not mean Democrats or Republicans, lefties or right-wingers, I am talking about the political/financial/military/industrial cartel that has hijacked our country. They do not represent us or work for our better interests. They do not work for or represent The United States, though many of them hold positions in the federal government.
They are scared... or at least worried, or they wouldn't be playing this card. That is the good news.
I say we call their bluff. This is a paper tiger.
Vic Pittman is a freelance writer from Scotts Mills, Oregon who resides in Mexico today. He is the holder of no literary awards, journalistic awards or college degrees. He has at one time or another been a honor student, inmate, biker, Christian, pothead, father, radical, pacifist, anarchist, artist, heavy metal guitarist, model citizen, lawbreaker, business owner, illegal marijuana grower, and volunteer for various causes. He is proud to be a "common man" and be among those striving to make this world a better place if at all possible. He was fortunate enough to have been raised by awesome parents who instilled what he feels to be essential values and encouraged him to feel a kinship with not just family or Oregonians or Americans or whites, but every person on Earth, and to act accordingly. He and his wife Glenda currently live in Nayarit Mexico.
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