“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
“The measures adopted to restore public order are: First of all, the elimination of the so-called subversive elements…They were elements of disorder and subversion. On the morrow of each conflict I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the utmost energy, has given satisfactory results.”
Those two quotes from Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini represent the worst in gun control. The beginnings of many dictatorships have begun with the seizing of weapons from the citizenry. Now, I’m not saying that the United States is anywhere near the likes of those dictatorships; but everything begins somewhere. Every historic tragedy has an origin on which people look back and wonder how they could have gone so far.
At a press event yesterday, Veep Joe Biden said this: “The president is going to act…There are executive orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required…it’s critically important that we act…As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”
Gun control is the issue du jour right now because of the string of recent shootings. I won’t ramble on about how gun control is not the solution; how in England, gun violence has risen, despite strict gun laws. What I want to talk about is the danger of using an executive order to do anything about guns.
Most of the country stands firmly behind the second amendment. To enact restrictive gun laws through an executive order has consequences.
1. By side-stepping Congress, Obama would be acting against the entire movement of democracy. Senators and House Representatives are a third of our government body, acting as a counterweight. They are elected to represent the people; sometimes standing in necessary opposition to the President. Our system should not be built on executive order.
2. By issuing an executive order, Obama would be disregarding the second amendment, and all who believe in it. He would be blowing off the people–a precedent he set with Obamacare, one could argue.
3. Finally, as I mentioned above, harsh gun restrictions can lead to gun confiscation, leaving a citizenry unable to help themselves in dangerous situations. In addition to that, without weapons, an oppressive government–such as ours is becoming–can much more easily squelch opposition; whatever they consider that to be.
With this potential executive order, we are wandering dangerously far into a dark forrest. We cannot later look back on this moment and wonder how we got so far. They say that hindsight is 20/20, but what’s the point of clarity if time has passed us by? We need to look at this right now, in this very moment, and speak up.