I had to step out of a ‘debate’ over gun control today. I have gotten better at doing this. I still cannot handle irrational and intellectually dishonest people, but at least I have learned to step away from them. However, I learned something very important thanks to this ‘debate.’ Maybe ‘learned’ is not the best word, as I have known about and its connection to helping tyrants rise to power for a while. What made this discussion different is how clearly I saw the problem, and how well I understood how and why it works. This time, I came face-to-face with the primary factor needed to establish tyranny.
I was ‘debating’ gun control with several people, at least two of whom live in England. The first thing that struck me is that the two Englishmen were not only the stronger advocates for gun control, but had no qualms at all in assuming a position of superiority in preaching to the Americans in the discussion. But then I realized that very few people learn from history, and that it is their heritage to think they understand individual rights and liberty better than Americans. But their ignorance of history didn’t stop here.
When I tried to show them what has happened in English and European history because the people surrendered their arms, they acted as though I had no right to remind them of any of that. One guy even told me he was offended at the mention of the NAZI’s. They then launched into a rant about how the statistics show America has out o control gun violence, and that the numbers showing England has far more violent crime in general were faked. I tried to explain they were wrong by showing them the FBI and CDC numbers on gun control and gun violence, and how they have been used to deceive people. Then I found an “apples-to-apples” story that explained that England does — in fact — have at least triple the violent crime rate of America. The response was typical: they rejected the official U.S> government numbers — except where they have been used to ‘prove’ higher gun violence in America — and then rejected the apples-to-apples data showing England is more violent on the whole. In short, they were irrational and intellectually dishonest.
At this point, i tried another approach. I asked them — if gun control works — why are gun deaths so high in Chicago, and why did violent crime go up in Australia? The answer was predictable. In Chicago, they claimed gun deaths came down because of gun control (the statistics prove the exact opposite, but they rejected that). But the response to Australia is when the fog cleared for me. One of the gun control advocates conceded that all violent crime went up in Australia, as it does in most places where guns are banned, but then asked if I would agree that this is better because gun crime goes down? It was at this point I realized they were afraid of guns — inanimate objects.
So I started asking them why they were afraid of a thing. It took time, but they eventually revealed it was not just the gun they feared, but anyone with a gun — unless they were connected to the government. Again, this is totally irrational. In fact, the entire gun control side of this discussion — as it usually seems to be — was filled with fallacious reasoning. That was what I saw so clearly for the first time. Blind fear removes a person’s ability to reason. So, if you can create that blind fear in them, then it is a small thing to push them over the edge into panic. At that point, normally reasonable people will run to anyone they think will offer safety, and all would-be and want-to-be tyrants know this.
Obama and the American Progressives know this, too. They have been trying to create the necessary blind fear in Americans for decades. Whether it is over civil rights, racism and fear of the police, or mass shootings, patriots and gun control, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is they create blind, irrational fear in enough people that they can then cease on or even create a crisis which will then allow them to convince people to surrender that which they couldn’t have otherwise taken by force — their individual rights and liberty. And that reminded me of a quote that now rings in my mind with more power than it has ever had before:
”People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”
[NOTE: one of the few — if not only things that separates man from the animals is the ability to make moral determinations between given actions. If we allow fear or other emotions cloud our judgment, we move closer to being animals. At the point where we lose all ability to apply our reason over our basic instincts, then we have returned to being animals. It is at this point where anyone who still retains the ability to reason can and will seize control over you. If an entire nation devolves to such a point, then the entire nation will fall into slavery. It has happened throughout history. It may take different forms, but the principles, the fundamentals of how it happens are the same — every time. The only defense against it is to cling to reason and to use it to guide our choices. The right thing is not always what is best for us as individuals, yet it is still the right thing. It is when men cease to be able to chose the right thing over themselves that man returns to being an animal — at which point, society fails and the only law that matters is the law of ‘might makes right…“]