In light of the Newtown, CT mass shooting, a lot of gun control legislation is running rampant through congress. There are claims that we are on the verge of a second American Revolution and while I completely support that occurrence and would likely die right alongside the true patriots of this country with my gun in my hand, I have this sinking feeling that we will not be seeing it during our lifetime. Instead, I see “The Land of the Free” becoming a country ruled by principles that are far from the principles this country was founded upon. Principles that will outlaw anything not deemed “safe” or “appropriate” by the majority.
Why is that?
First and foremost, the majority of the American population is under the misconception that we are a democracy. This is drilled even further into the people’s heads in nearly every speech made by nearly every politician, especially those associated with the Democratic or Republican party. What is a democracy, really? In short, a democracy is a system where the majority rules.
Wait, that describes us, right?
America is not a democracy. America is a republic or to be specific, a constitutional republic. So just what is a constitutional republic? It is a system where the majority rules but its foundation is based around a written constitution in order to spell out an individual’s rights and prevent the majority from overruling the minority on issues that may violate those rights. For example, prior to 1920, women in the United States were not guaranteed the right to vote as the majority had decided women did not have that right. However, in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed that guaranteed women the right to vote. That right can no longer be taken away by the majority because it is now protected by the Constitution.
The point I’m getting at here is that because the majority of the people fail to realize that the Constitution clearly states what our rights are, they are allowing the government to slowly infringe upon those rights. The big infringement currently is the one taking place on the Second Amendment which grants the people to right to bear arms. Because it’s not specific…the majority is now passing laws under the pretense that they are still allowing us to bear arms…but only for specific purposes and only specific guns the government deems “safe” in the grand scheme of firearms, despite the Second Amendment clearly stating, “This right shall not be infringed.” Of course, their argument is limiting the rights in the amendment is not considered infringement, but experts have shown that the language utilized during the writing of the Constitution makes it quite clear that they intended to keep the Second Amendment extremely broad.
This leads me to the second reason…
Our government is simply stalking us.
Yes, stalking us. Just like a lion stalks a zebra in the tall grass. The lion doesn’t just bolt from the grass 100 yards away and chase the zebra down. The zebra would spot it far enough in advance that it has time to run for protection from the herd. Instead the lion creeps closer and closer…and closer yet…until it’s finally close enough to pounce, leaving the zebra with no chance to escape. Our government is working the exact same way. If they just took our guns away outright, the majority of us would see what their motive is and would push back. But no, if they limit our gun rights just a little bit each time, the majority of us will go, “It’s okay, it’s just a small change in regulations. I can deal with that. It’s not like it’s the end of the world.” But let’s put everything together…first make sure civilians can’t access military grade firearms. Now the government can ensure their troops are superior to the civilian “army”. Now make sure every convicted felon can never own a gun again even if their crime was non-violent and they are not a danger to society. Then take away guns from everyone with a drug charge on their record…even those who were busted for possessing a little harmless marijuana as a teenager.
It gets better.
As of my writing this they’re working on a new Assault Weapons Ban which studies performed by an official government organization have shown was not effective in reducing gun violence the first time it was enacted. With its passage, you can take away the AR-15 and similar “assault weapons”…which are our best form of defense weapon currently available. Limit the magazine size to 10 rounds or less. That way if you’re in a gunfight, you are limited to firing off 10 shots before having to pause for a reload. If a revolution WERE to take place that means you would have 10 chances to hit the enemy while they would have 30 chances. How do you like those odds? Better start working on your marksmanship skills…
It gets even better yet though!
They’re working on a universal background check system. Everyone who buys a gun will have to undergo a background check, whether it’s a retailer or a private sale. Hey, that’s great! You have nothing to hide anyway, right?
How do you think our government will be able to enforce this new system? Let’s just say I go to the gun shop and purchase a new Glock 22. I keep it for 5 years and decide I want to sell it. My buddy wants to buy it and I don’t want to deal with the hassle/cost of a background check. I know he’s legally allowed to own a firearm so I tell him to toss me some cash and it’s his. No muss, no fuss.
3 years later, his house is broken into and his gun safe is busted open. All his firearms are stolen, including the Glock I sold him. The Glock was later used in an armed robbery and recovered as evidence.
The first thing they’re going to do is run the serial number on the gun. Guess who it’s going to trace back to? ME. Now we’re facing felony charges for not getting the background check. Aside from failing to get background check, no foul play was involved on either of our parts, but we’re going get the book thrown at us for for not getting that background check.
However, that’s not even the biggest problem with all this. The biggest problem is HOW they traced that gun back to me. There’s only one way to accomplish that one.
THEY WILL BE KEEPING A DATABASE OF ALL GUN PURCHASES!
Or let me word it a little more clearly for you:
******YOUR. GUNS. ARE. REGISTERED. WITH. THE. ENEMY.*****
So now, not only is the American population limited as to who can own guns, what kind of guns they can own, and how many bullets those guns can fire between reloads, but now they know who all has guns, who to keep an eye on and who to take out first in order to ensure resistance is minimized should the majority of the people decide it’s time to rise up.
The above leads me to my third point.
The government’s “stalking” has kept their motives under the radar so the majority of the American people don’t even see a problem. They see us patriots spouting off about how this country is turning into Nazi Germany shortly before the Holocaust and they sneer at us. “You’re just a bunch of crazy extremists. The government isn’t out to get our guns. They’re just trying to pass a few regulations to make things safer and reduce gun violence!” Funny thing about people is they lack the common sense to research these topics for themselves and realize none of this will affect those who don’t follow the laws that are already on the books.
The only way a second American Revolution will be successful is to have strength in numbers. We NEED to have the majority support of Americans. Because the majority of Americans don’t see a problem in the wake of the government’s “stalking”, our numbers will be low. We will be in the minority and we will appear to be the radical extremists the government accuses us of being. And not only will we be the enemy of the government, but we will unintentionally become the enemy of the majority as well. At that point, a revolt would be sure suicide. Not to mention, who are we going to attack and how are we going to do it? If we shoot first, we get the full force of the government inflicted upon us and we lose any possibility of support from the minority because now we’re a bunch of violent terrorists in their eyes for attacking without provocation.
The government’s playbook is perfect.
They don’t need to shoot first. All they need to do is show up in force while you’re alone. Chances are you won’t be with all the other patriots before full-on war breaks out. So all the government needs to do is send 20 men to your house in the middle of the night to arrest you and confiscate your guns (after all, you followed that new universal background check law, right?). Then they go to the next house on the list and so on. They eliminate the resistance literally one person at a time until the threat is eliminated and they can move on to Phase 2.
So where to from here?
In my honest opinion, a violent revolution is next to impossible to start, let alone WIN, due to the circumstances outlined above. Perhaps unconstitutional acts committed by government officials on peaceful resistors will allow the resistance to switch from the minority to the majority? Combine that with the idea below and it’s entirely plausible that peaceful revolution could work…
“But peaceful resistance doesn’t work,” you say? Plus in response to the Occupy movement, now the government is signing anti-protest bills into law (a violation of the First Amendment).
“We’ll be arrested.”
Individual civil disobedience may be quite effective however if done individually, all over the country, at the same time others do it.
A thought I came up with is that I believe when you fill out a W-4 at a new job, you essentially fill that form out to take out the appropriate amount of taxes for you. Most single folks claim 0 exemptions on that form and then claim 1 on their 1040 which sets them up for a nice, fat refund (unless they ended up in the next tax bracket up). Without income tax money, the government is broke. They shouldn’t be as the income tax is SUPPOSED to be a voluntary tax for individuals, but we’re not going to get deep into that topic right now. The point it, the government RELIES on all that income tax money. So rather than start killing people and risk our own death in the process, why not hit the government where we can peacefully send them into serious financial trouble and force MAJOR changes. Their pocket books.
I do need to state that I’m sure following the steps below is a felony and could likely result in prosecution for falsifying federal documents. Any way you look at it, resistance is going to be illegal one way or another, but this sure beats killing people, right?
Theoretically, you should be able to get a new W-4 form from your employer in order to “update it” and add some extra exemptions in there. If I understand that form correctly, the higher the number of exemptions listed, the less money the government collects in federal taxes out of each of your paychecks.
THIS MEANS YOU WILL OWE TAXES COME TAX TIME!
However, you will have accomplished two things here:
1.) You will have just successfully short-changed the government by a considerable sum of money (combine that with a large percentage of the country doing the same thing at their job).
2.) The extra money you received in your paychecks for that year will quite possibly be more than the refund you just gave up.
At that point you have two choices…file your taxes and send no money toward your new debt to the IRS. This will at least avoid being charged with failure to file, another charge on top of the charge for falsifying your W-4. Or don’t file. What’s one more criminal charge, right?
In order to be effective with this plan, you need to realize that strength in numbers is absolutely CRUCIAL here. The reason for this is if only a fraction of a percent of the people do this, you’ve effectively guaranteed yourself some hefty fines as well as possible jail-time AND you have to pay all that tax debt back with interest. You could also lose any assets you may have if you can’t afford to pay the government off and they pursue you for that debt. However, if you do this with a large enough amount of people across the country all during the same tax year(s), you’ve just put a very nice dent in the government’s finances AND there are so many people involved, they don’t have near enough space to throw you in jail and your assets will likely be untouched as well. Most jails are already so crowded they’re releasing non-violent offenders left and right as it is.
Lastly, while the hacktivist group, Anonymous, loves to screw around in their free time and hack random companies for shits and giggles, sometimes angering customers in the process, their cyber-attacks thus far have been the most effective at catching the government’s attention. Support their actions and pass on the word of their operations to your friends. Let them wake your friends and family up to the corruption taking place. If we all work together hitting the government’s pocket books while Anonymous exposes all their corruption, perhaps we can increase our numbers and prove that peaceful revolution is still entirely possible in this day and age.
It’s time to take back our country.