No National Conversation on Gun Control
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
national conversation on gun control, the political left is calling
for, has already happened and, apparently, the left missed it. We call
it: The American Revolution. It resulted in something called the 2nd
Amendment to the US Constitution which, itself, was a result of that
revolution. American colonists fought a world superpower with guns
they, themselves, owned -- and they won.
attempt to coerce Americans into giving up their guns or approving any
device by the government to learn who has guns, what kind of guns, and
the location of those guns is simply blowing in the wind. To put it
bluntly -- it ain't gonna happen!
friends on the political left may love big government, they may worship
at the foot of the nanny state, they may embrace the all powerful
central government that lords over them from the cradle to the grave
--but -- those on the political right abhor that which the left favors.
We, rightfully in my estimation, see the threat to personal
freedom and national freedom and we insist on maintaining the weaponry
necessary to free ourselves from the intrusive government favored by the
left with force of arms -- when that government becomes tyrannical, as
it surely will -- if not checked by the very threat of forced extinction
applied by those it seeks to enslave.
I really don't
know how to make it any clearer than that. There is NOTHING to talk
about. We are NOT giving up our guns and we will not agree to laws that
infringe upon our rights as gun owners. End of conversation ...
America was carved out of a wilderness by the gun. Our
freedom from Great Britain was won by the gun. We have managed to remain
a free people, so far, with the gun, and today, as we realize the
domestic threat to our freedom, we are relying more and more upon that
very same tool, the gun, to act as a counter threat to those who would
take away our freedom and "fundamentally transform" us from free people
to slaves of the state.
am a native of, and live in, the only region of America to be invaded
and conquered by the government of the United States. Many in my
generation still feel, even today, as if we are an "occupied people."
Down here in the South, we understand what happens when the federal
government takes everything you have, including your home, and your
land, and even the silverware from your dining room -- by brut force.
stories are handed down from generation to generation of southerners
about the "War of Northern Aggression," "The War for Southern
Independence," "The War Between the States," or the "Civil War," that
laid waste to some 20 billion dollars worth of private and public
property and directly caused the deaths of some two million people, most
of whom were civilians.
Yes, we remember the artillery shells
deliberately fired into southern cities smashing and burning them to the
ground and killing, God, Himself, only knows how many innocent
We remember the planned destruction of whole
districts and the horrible mass arrests of civilians, tossing landowners
off their land with only the clothes on their backs.
remember the god-awful plundering by federal troops of the homes and
businesses of civilians. And we have yet to forget the many, many,
murders of civilians, both black and white, by federal troops.
my home state of South Carolina, federal troops deliberately set fire
to homes, farms, churches, and even entire cities. No southerner was
immune from the atrocities of the federal troops.
Walter Brian Cisco author of the book "States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War" says that "
where ever federal troops encountered Southern Blacks, whether free or
slave, they were robbed, brutalized, belittled, kidnapped, threatened,
tortured, and sometimes raped or killed by their blue-clad
It was the Black Flag campaign -- and YES, the "saintly" Lincoln AGREED with his generals to unleash that hell upon the civilians of the South in a strategy meeting in 1864.
point is, dear reader, it already happened in the southern states of
this nation and it could just as easily happen in EVERY region of this
I highly recommend to you a book by Walter
Brian Cisco entitled: "War Crimes Against Southern Civilians." (It is
available at Amazon.) Once you have read this book ... "... you will have a more sober and true, and less self-righteous , understanding of our country." ... Clyde N. Wilson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of South Carolina.
Now, dear reader, do you really think we are ready to have a "conversation" about giving up our guns? REALLY?
as there were two camps in the days preceding the American Civil War,
there are two camps today -- as regards the gun and the American
citizen. One camp made up of folks who think Americans have no need of
the gun, and those in the second camp who feel Americans and the gun are
inseparable… and should be. I, of course, fall into the second camp.
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
Once again, Americans are living through times "that try men's souls."
We sense that we are on the cusp of chaos and anarchy. With the
knowledge of our past -- and how Americans acted and reacted in such
perilous times -- is it any wonder that the sale of firearms and ammunition has soared through the roof?
the government is purchasing millions of rounds of man-killing
ammunition and failing to offer a reasonable explanation for it, and our
President desiring to create his own presidential army, a Praetorian
Guard of sorts, our economy wavering on the brink of collapse, the
national anxiety level at record highs, racial tension practically on a
par with that of the 1960's, rogue nations threatening to lob nukes on
us, only a fool is unable to see (or refuses to see) the wolves
circling our camp.
No, there WILL NOT be a national conversation about gun control, "reasonable," or otherwise. Americans are just too busy surviving to take part in such a frivolous gabfest as that.
J. D. Longstreet
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