Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
You may have noticed a bit of fuss the other day about a national opinion
poll of high school kiddies -- "young skulls full of mush", as a
certain formerly fat guy likes to call them -- which revealed that they favor
"serious" gun control measures, and by an overwhelming majority.
Surprise, surprise, surprise!
Set aside the fact that many of the laws called for by the poll are already
in force (betraying an abysmal ignorance typical of the "experts" on
the other side). What are we to make of such views on the part of those to whom
some of us were planning to pass the torch of civilization?
More than one internet correspondent of mine was ready to cut his wrists or
stick his head in the oven, figuring, after all the effort we've put in over the
last half century, if this is the end result, we might as well give up. I've
noticed, however, that there are always those in the freedom movement looking
for some reason to give up. There always have been and there always will be. If
they'd just go ahead and give up now, for whatever reason, I, for one, would
appreciate it very much.
They could even take their blubbery defeatism and join the other side.
For the rest of us, think for a minute what these opinions really mean.
They (and the poor ritalin-soaked zombies who believe they thought them up
themselves) are products of the public schools. The kids who regurgitated these
pasteurized, processed idea-substitutes on command are mind-slaves so profoundly
helpless they don't even know they're the captives of fascist indoctrination,
prisoners of a war they can't see being waged all around them between the ideas
of the 18th century founders of this civilization and those of sick, twisted
19th century spider-brains to whom the very notion of individual liberty was a
And that's just for starters. For the past year, these poor little
coppertops, soaking by the millions in their pink bathtubs, have been jacked
straight into a propaganda machine running in high gear, fueled by murders in
Littleton, Colorado which could never have happened if the potential victims had
been armed and properly educated to protect themselves.
(I read a column recently by some theorizer trying to argue the tactical
impossibility of this, but it was clear to me by the second paragraph that if
somebody put an actual gun in his hand, he'd wet himself.)
What it comes down to is that America's school children have spent their
lives being aggressively shielded and sheltered from the truth, without a chance
-- yet -- to learn the lessons that real life has to offer. It's equally clear
that it's up to us -- to you and me -- to provide a lesson along those lines
that can't be ignored, by children or by those who insult the English language
by calling themselves teachers.
The children participating in this poll have never been told certain pivotal
facts that would probably change their spoon-fed opinions. They've never been
told, for example, that no more than a tiny fraction of a percent of privately
owned guns are ever involved in a crime. They've never been told that privately
owned guns, in fact, dramatically reduce crime when carried on the persons of
They've never been told "gun control" is a euphemism for victim
They've never been told that the Founding Fathers intended us to have
privately owned guns at least as good as the government's so that the government
would be afraid to try running our lives. They've never been told that giving
the government a list of privately owned guns or their owners defeats the whole
purpose of having them in the first place.
Which is, of course, exactly what the gun-grabbers have in mind.
They've never been told the basic truth of the matter, that every man, woman,
and responsible child has an unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and
human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon -- rifle,
shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything -- any time, any place, without
asking anyone's permission.
They've never been told that those who want to end private gun ownership are
not lovely, sweet, humane individuals, but evil,
stupid, and insane hypocrites who would rather see a women raped in an alley
and strangled with her own pantyhose than see her with a gun in her hand.
Life will teach all of these lessons eventually, as it did to you and me, to
those among them who aren't evil, stupid, or insane. But we can hasten the
learning process by demonstrating to them what happens to those who've lied to
them and tried to rob them of their mental liberty.
Let's start with a Constitutional Amendment:
I. Any public official or employee who, knowingly or unknowingly, violates
-- or participates in the violation of -- any provision of the first ten
amendments to the United States Constitution shall, in full public view and
over such media as exist at the time, be hanged by the neck until he is dead.
II. The word "he" is not to be construed so as to exclude female
public officials or employees.
III. This amendment, upon ratification, shall be inserted in the
Constitution just before the First Amendment.
I think it was Hobbes (the philosopher, not the tiger) who pointed out that
"the covenant without the sword" -- that is, a law without teeth --
isn't worth a bucket of warm spit. At least I think it was Hobbes.
But I don't think he meant spit.
The Anti-Federalists imposed the Bill of Rights on the Federalists as the
price for ratifying the Constitution, but they failed somehow to include teeth
in the form of an enforcement clause. Old Alexander Hamilton has to have been
laughing in his grave for the past couple of centuries.
This is the enforcement clause we've needed all along.
And it's an educational exercise, too. Can you imagine the lesson to be
learned in a future nation that has ratified this amendment, watching creatures
like Charles Schumer and Diane Feinstein dancing on the hemp, their tongues
swollen and their eyes bulging out of their sockets?
Can you imagine a gun control poll even being conducted in such a nation?
RUN! Do not walk, to get L. Neil Smith's brilliant and prophetic novel Forge
of the Elders, available at bookstores everywhere, as well as at http://www.amazon.com
and http://www.laissezfaire.org. While you're at it, check out The Mitzvah
by Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith, best purchased at http://www.JPFO.org,
and watch for Lever Action coming this fall from Mountain Media.
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