Gun Making: An American Cottage Industry
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
I made my first fully operational hand gun while I was in junior
high school. I carried that weapon on my person every where I went for a
That "zip gun" was in addition to my 22 caliber squirrel gun and my
Winchester Model 37 - 12 gauge shot gun with a 30 inch barrel, full
choke. My Dad used to say you could place a dime on the end of that
gun's barrel and it would not fall into the barrel. It was murder on my
My favorite gun was that homemade zip gun -- because I made it.
My point is -- firearms are not that difficult to make -- in your very own garage.
Just for the heck of it, I had an Internet search engine look up sites
for homemade guns and it returned no less that 2,510,000 sites dealing
with that topic. Yeah, I WAS overwhelmed. I had expected a few
thousand, but 2-1/2 million???
OK. So what's REALLY the point, you ask? Well, since you insist -- the
REAL point is -- there is no way the government, or anyone else, will
ever disarm America. Ain't gonna happen.
Firearms are just too easily made with regular old home workshop tools.
Heck, I found a site that offered plans for a homemade machine gun made
with off-the-shelf parts assembled with ordinary home workshop tools!
(If we had had computers back in the 40's and 50's I'd have had one of
I'm bringing all this to your attention to point how utterly stupid it
is for the United Nations and the gun-grabbers in the US government --
and any other government -- to believe they can control small arms and
the manufacture and trade in same. It cannot be done. Not anymore.
There may have been a time in the distant past when a government could
have some control over the manufacture, sale, trade, and ownership of
small arms but, frankly, I doubt it.
In the first place, we are talking MILLIONS of small arms already in the
hands of citizens all over the world most of which will suddenly be
lost the moment a government attempts to enforce a gun registration
mandate. They will just disappear -- at least as far as the authorities
Outlandish taxes on ammunition have been proposed. That, too, simply
demonstrates the naivete of those making such a proposal.
Back when I was still physically able to take to the fields and woods to
hunt, few of my hunting buddies purchased ammo. They saved their spent
cartridge casings and shells and reloaded them at home. Only
occasionally did they break down and actually purchase NEW ammo.
There have been those who proposed making lead ammunition illegal,
taking it off the market. Do that and see how long the wheel weights on
the wheels of your car or truck remains on the wheels of your car or
Weights for fishing tackle will disappear from the shelves of sporting
goods stores. Besides, lead is just one of many types of metal from
which cartridge rounds can be made.
See, all this talk of controlling small arms is not about controlling small arms. It is about controlling YOU!
If the law abiding citizen gives up his guns then the only people with
guns will be the bad people and the government -- and frankly, it is
getting more difficult every day to define which is which between those
two. It would be extremely uncomfortable caught between them unable to
defend yourself from either -- or both.
No. Gun control is not about crime control. Ask the people of the
countries that have done it. It made no difference. In fact, murder by
"edged" weapons such as butcher knives and household kitchen knives have
actually gone up!
The plain truth is this: If a man is intent on your murder, he will find
a way to dispatch you. Thus it has ALWAYS been. Cain killed Able, his
own brother, and Cain had no clue what a gun was. David committed
justifiable homicide when he killed Goliath -- with a slingshot! One of
the most deadly accurate, dangerous, man-killing weapons ever devised
by the mind of man, is the English Long Bow.
Come on, folks, get real. The whole gun control debate is a red
herring. It is an attempt at slight of hand. Its a fake, a fraud, a
con. It IS all about government power over you, its citizens.
It is no surprise that such an attempt would originate in the United
Nations. After all, the UN is nothing more that a sandbox, a
playground, if you will, for the world's dictators, power brokers, and
international criminals. I am embarrassed that my country is even a
member. It pains me to know that the UN building is located on a piece
of land adjacent to New York City. (The UN owns the ground upon which
their headquarters sits.) They are unwelcome neighbors and I, for one,
wish they would move out of my neighborhood!
our current President -- Obama-- supports the UN's Small Arms Treaty
and will sign it. Mr Obama, you see, has delusions of being dictator,
or, at the very least, "King of America." He is, of course, neither.
He IS a communist -- and as such, he knows the value of having a
disarmed citizenry which can pose no threat to his plans to transform
America into another Socialist/Marxist dung heap. So, yeah, he'll sign
it -- BUT -- it will be up to the Senate to ratify it -- or not. It will
not become law in the US until ratification by the Senate.
George Washington, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and
the first President of the United States said the following: "A free
people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have
sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from
any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own
Thomas Jefferson said the following: "When the people fear their
government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people,
there is liberty."
And in the words of the the most well known of the tyrants of the last
century, Adolf Hitler comes this: “The most foolish mistake we could
possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms.
History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to
carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would
go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine
qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty.”
It is good, I think, to note that The Forefathers felt so highly of the
right to keep and bear arms that it is the SECOND Amendment. The first
being, of course, freedom of speech, religion, etc. Please note that
without the Second Amendment the First Amendment would effectively be
null and void.
So, here we go again. Fighting for our freedom never stops. It is
eternal. But it's worth every drop of sweat and blood it costs. Never,
ever, forget that. If we do -- we will become what Hitler referred to
(above) as a "subject race."
J. D. Longstreet
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