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Article posted Dec 26 2011, 7:30 PM Category: Commentary Source: Gary D. Barnett Print

The Only Gun Control That Can Save Liberty!

by Gary D. Barnett

For many years, the state has been attempting to disarm the citizenry. While not understood by the mainstream, the success of these efforts has far exceeded the imagination of most. Those who own guns, and live in remote areas, donít fully grasp the problem, as they are somewhat insulted from the norm. But many, especially those who live in the cities and more populated areas, know that they are heavily restricted, and for the most part accept this condition of helplessness voluntarily.

Places like Washington D.C. and New York City, where gun control is not only evident, but all encompassing, are now places filled with defenseless citizens. Many of these higher population centers are hotbeds of police abuse; abuse including no-knock raids, warrantless searches, protest restrictions, beatings, high incarceration for victimless crimes, and even murder of citizens. This situation is not improving, it is actually getting much worse, and now is spreading to other areas of the country that are not necessarily high population areas.

With the accelerated growth of the Department of Homeland Security, a most loathsome and dangerous government agency, the militarization and arming of the domestic police forces continues in earnest. All the government agents of force, including local, county, state, and federal, are combining strengths, and consolidating into a single unit. This is an ominous display of fusion by almost every department of force in America, and it is a picture of an out of control nation state living in fear of what it surely knows is coming.

My belief is that what is coming is an economic collapse; a collapse that will bring bank closures and bankruptcies, bank holidays, suspension of "entitlement" payments, global market selloffs, and general chaos. Should any of these things happen, the almost immediate result would be civil unrest, not just a few protesters chanting in the street, but large numbers of American citizens consumed with panic and rage.

Any situation of this magnitude would surely bring out the "State" police forces. Panic and chaos in the streets, regardless of where it occurred in the country, would bring forth police and military armed to the teeth, sporting combat gear, wearing Kevlar helmets and tactical vests, carrying automatic weapons, and possibly arriving in trucks with rotating gun turrets. Some areas could even be invaded by the use of tanks and drones! Local cops are now militarized, and since the 9/11 attacks, many police departments now look like battlefield ready forces.

Just in the past ten years, there has been over $34 billion dollars of federal grants sent to local police departments for the purchase of military weaponry. This spending is slated to dramatically increase over the next few years. This is always done in the name of protecting us from terrorism, but the only way we can be protected from terrorism is to disarm the agents of force of this government, even the local police.

There can be only one reason for this audacious display of power by police and other so-called enforcement agencies, and that is as preparation for domestic war due to civil unrest and active dissent. That would mean a police state environment with probable Martial Law. This is an untenable situation, and it is spiraling out of control right before our eyes.

The new mission for police nationwide is not to protect citizens, but to control them by any means necessary. Given that police these days get nearly full immunity from their aggressive and in some cases, murderous activities, and that they are now being armed with military weaponry, the risk to us citizens is gargantuan. It is a risk that can only have horrible consequences, and one that can only end in terror. Not terror from so-called enemies from afar, but homegrown terror from those state thugs supported by DHS and the rest of this government!

What can be done to stop this assault by the heavily armed state? Gun control is the answer to this question. The tables should immediately be reversed, and a full out gun control policy should be implemented against all government and government sponsored entities. No government employee, no government official, no politician, no police, local, state or federal, and no military personnel should be allowed to own a weapon. This is the only gun control that can save liberty!

If in fact there were an actual attack on our mainland by another countryís military force, then all citizens could bear arms to stop any real invasion, but only for the period of time needed to repel that particular enemy.

If indeed this type of gun control were implemented, the only people that would have guns would be the citizens. It would be in every citizenís best interest to not only own a weapon, but to also know how to use it. This would be even a better system than that of Switzerland, because no state force whatsoever could be used against the people. The people would become self-reliant and self-responsible, and the stateís power would then be lost. An impotent "State" is a free state, and an impotent government would fear the people, instead of ruling over them. This is as it should be!

The current trend is to disarm the citizenry, and that trend should be reversed. The citizenry should fully disarm the government and all its agents of force. If real freedom is the desired end, then gun control of the entire government is the obvious answer.

"Have we the means of resisting disciplined armies, when our only defense, the militia is put in the hands of Congress?"

~ Patrick Henry
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Gary D. Barnett [send him mail] is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown, Montana. Visit his website.

Copyright © 2011 by LewRockwell.com





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