Our friends at the CABPRO Report published ‘A Novel Idea. Register non-gun owners’, a report on the latest 2nd Amendment doings in Vermont. Well, there’s more to be said about that.
We recall that our collectivist friends (currently again calling themselves ‘progressives’) firmly believe that all power grows out of the barrel of a gun. That is why they are busier than squirrels in September working every which way to get guns out the hands of law-abiding citizens. They want the state to be the only ones with the guns because then such things as individual liberty, personal security, and private property can be dealt with properly by those who know what is best for all of us. It’s them pesky guns spread all over the country side that keep slowing things down.
When that world-class Numero Uno arch-killer Chairman Mao succinctly summarized what our Founders knew and practiced, everyone said, ‘Oh yeah, that makes sense.’ Well, not everyone. Some good-hearted people continue to think the pen that scribbles a powerful argument or turn of phrase on the side of goodness and light would carry the day. They are students of ‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’
I recall that around WW2 the Pope belonged to the same group and came out with a devastating declaration against totalitarianism and for human rights. When Stalin was informed of this, he asked how many divisions did the Pope have. Pius went back to sprinkling holy water on the Vatican visitors.
I happened to believe our Founders as summarized by Mao, and am a bit dumbfounded that otherwise straight ahead conservatives like Glenn Beck reject the notion of prime power blooming from barrels. Beck and think-alikes nobly argue that the pen of the First Amendment is the most important of the Bill of Rights. They are dangerously mistaken. On the other hand, I side with those who know that it ALL depends on the Second Amendment. Been there, seen that. (Please spare the EU gun rights experience.)
If the progressives thought that the pen is mightier than the sword, then they would attempt to first ban our pens instead of our guns. A better dictum to guide and keep us free –
The pen is mighty only to the extent that it can inspire the sword.