Yesterday a gun owner posted this comment on this blog after I suggested that there ought to be a national registry of assault weapon ownership:
Many gun rights advocates have a problem with registering their weapons with local law enforcement.
I’ve heard that statement before and always thought it odd. Why do the owners of guns [my reference was assault-type weapons] have a ‘problem’ registering their weapons with law enforcement? What’s wrong with that? In a society such as ours with a long history of gun violence, it makes sense that law enforcement ought to know which houses stash assault-style weapons.
If, for example, a police officer was called to that home, he/she would know that the house contained an assault weapon [or several]. Seems to me that such a responding officer would be much more guarded in approaching the residence, especially if it was a domestic violence call. Without such advanced information, the police officer may be the next victim.
Yet, I suspect that this issue of not wanting ‘government’ to know who has the weapons goes much deeper. I suspect that there is a miasmic delusion in the gun culture that ‘believes’ they need their weapons to protect themselves and their families from the government. The black helicopter syndrome is alive, well and flourishing in many parts of this nation. Read about a Texas judge for proof of the grand delusion.
This group of delusional people are seriously afraid of ‘The Government.’ In fact, National Rifle Association executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre’s recent comments at the Florida Conservative Political Action Conference suggested that President Obama was secretly plotting to “erase the Second Amendment.” The Texas judge linked above said [on Fox] that if President Obama is re-elected, that the president would send United Nations forces into Lubbock, population 233,740, to stop any uprising. He continued,
He is going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N.,” “O.K., what’s going to happen when that happens? I’m thinking worst-case scenario: civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war, maybe. And we’re not talking just a few riots here and demonstrations. We’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.
Take up arms…
There you have it from the massive, delusional, armed to the teeth right-wing in this country.
Is there really a large majority of gun owners who fear the government so intensely that they might use their weapons against their own government and its elected leaders? Is that why they ‘cling’ to their arsenal of weapons so intensively? I’m speculating here, but not wildly. When an elected judge from Lubbock Texas says this on a major TV network to an audience of like-minded listeners, there is trouble brewing.
This afternoon, on the one-week anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary, the NRA is going to give a press conference. Nice timing. Here’s my prediction- the ‘blame’ for the murders will not be the weapon or the ease of obtaining that weapon through the ‘gun show loophole.’ No, nothing like that. It will be the problem of our society.
The NRA must protect its members at all cost. Those 20 children and 6 teachers were not murdered by the assault weapon with a high-capacity clip. They were murdered by society.
The delusion endures.