Yes, Obama is still a dick. Yes, the Republicans are still spineless. Yes, the Free Shit Army™ still thinks the party will go on forever.
However, things will change, because things always change. Anyone who believes that ANYTHING is static in this life probably still listens to 8-track tapes in their car.
One idea that has been floating around is the possibility of significant restrictions on guns, or worse:
Bringing the War Back Home. “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland”: Getting the military to start preparing for the violent repression of its own citizenry. US Army “deep thinker” creates an “enemy” out of the Tea Parties & “extremist militias.” “Red Teaming” from an Ignorance-Inspired Faulty Premise.
The response to that idea is this bit of fiction:
Or this bit of non-fiction:
Hey Lefties: let’s do the math:
On the one hand –
Number of firearms in the United States: 279 million + (est.). This number is getting larger, not smaller.
Number of households in the United States owning guns: 43-55 million (est.). This is based on Gallup polling. The number is likely larger due to the number of people who would not admit this fact to an anonymous pollster.
Number of hunting licenses issued in the U.S. in 2011: 14,974,534. This is the number of licenses issued for hunters to take to the field prepared to take the life of a living thing.
Number of deer hunters: 10,000,000+ (est.). This is the number of hunters intending and prepared to take down targets weighing between 130 and 290 pounds.
Current dues-paying NRA members: 4,300,000 (est.). There are likely a considerably larger number who agree with the NRA’s positions who are not actual members of the organization.
On the other hand –
Number of law enforcement officers in the United States: 800,000+ (est.). This includes everything from FBI and U.S. Marshals to county sheriff’s deputies to metropolitan police officers to probation officers to postal inspectors to fish and game wardens.
Number of members of the combined armed forces of the United States: 2,315,958. This includes both active duty and reserve Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. It also includes every MOS (military occupational specialty) from combat-trained troops to benefits administrators, personnel clerks, naval radar operators, truck mechanics, OB/GYN doctors, and cooks. Actual number of combat-ready troops: an estimate of 10-20% are infantry-type troops, which would result in a number of “combat troops” approximately 450,000+ worldwide, including in active combat zones such as Afghanistan as well as non-combat areas like South Korea or Germany.
So Lefties, how does the equation work out?
Let’s assume that your annointed one Barack the First decides to make not just gun restriction or gun registration, but gun confiscation the liberal wet dream of 2013. With the stroke of a pen signing any such legislation, and assuming that the Supreme Court does not stand in the way, your Precious has immediately turned the most right-wing-nutball, black helicopter, tin-foil-hat conspiracy theory into actual U.S. law. Not some NRA talking-point fund-raising scare tactic, but actual public policy enforced by Federal law.
If only 10% of the estimated number of gun owners in the country refused to comply with an order to turn in their guns, this would be more than 2.5 million people. This is less than a quarter of the number of people who hunt deer every year. The ones likely to resist would not be the ones who have grandpa’s old bird gun in the closet, but avid hunters and shooting sportsmen who are in possession of semi-automatic, military-caliber rifles, or modern, high-quality, large-caliber, scoped hunting rifles. These people are familiar with their weapons, they practice with them, and most of them are used to shooting and killing at a distance, albeit game that doesn’t shoot back. Do you think these people would just roll over and hand in their guns?
Let’s assume that every combat-qualified soldier is returned to the U.S. mainland from every foreign posting in the world, Added to the number of LEOs, you get a number just over 1,250,000. (We’re ignoring for the moment this blatant violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the use of the U.S. military in law enforcement operations.) Of this number, many are politically conservative, NRA members, or military members who take their oaths to protect the Constitution seriously. How many of these do you think would be willing to enforce a law disarming the American public, or to shoot any who refused to cooperate, many of whom would be their friends, neighbors, and even family?
In truth, a significant percentage of those tasked with the distasteful job of going door to door to round up weapons would simply refuse. Those that carried out this thankless task would be literally walking into the musket fire. And your fantasy that “gun nuts wouldn’t be able to stand up to jets, drones, and tanks, etc.?” You really believe that anyone in the military would be willing to drop a smart bomb on an American neighborhood, or take out a soccer mom’s van with a Hellfire missile from a drone, or drive a tank up the Main Street of any American city? How many non-gun-owning Americans would draw the line well before that? And as far as whether a bunch of rifle-toting patriots could hold the U.S. military at bay, see Afghanistan. We’ve been there for ten years, and illiterate cave-dwelling goatherds with rifles have been bleeding us white the entire time. The largest, most modern military in the world has been unsuccessful in pacifying a country about the size of Texas. Try doing it to the entire continental United States, but with the added complication of shooting not the Taliban, but the guy who works at the local grocery store or car dealer.
Liberals: would you be willing to strap on the body armor, pick up a weapon, and knock on the door of someone who just might shoot you in the head for your trouble? Would you be willing to countenance the utter repudiation of the Second and Fourth Amendments, and watch (much less participate in) the cops search houses from top to bottom looking for contraband guns? What ever happened to “keep your laws off my body?” Or does that only apply to laws preventing you from rooting out a living thing from your uterus?
Face it, Lefties – those of you who constantly mewl that you are part of the “reality-based community” – the math does not favor you. If you try this, if you take it to its ultimate conclusion, you will lose badly.
Here’s the deal: you leave us alone and we’ll leave you alone. You don’t try to disarm us and we won’t shoot you for trying to disarm us.
If you don’t?
We will be disappointed.