Jack Batson’s column of June 30 (“Beware of claims that misuse history”) is typical of those who believe the “it can’t happen here” theory. Mr. Batson is a bright guy who believes that no one should have a weapon because the government will take care of us.
He says the citizens of this country would never stand for the likes of what happened in Germany and other countries where citizens, over time, became incapable of defending themselves against governments that took away all their means of defense. He argues that in these “modern” times, such a thing could never happen here. The same thoughts were probably in the minds of all those people before they became unable to defend themselves or mount a protest that would be effective in their “modern” times.
Once a citizenry becomes defenseless, it is at the mercy of whoever wants to have their way with them – criminals, foreign governments or our own government; all of whom did not and will not give up their own means of lethal self-defense.
Gun confiscation would not happen overnight. Even the most ardent of those who want us defenseless for their own reasons will admit it would cause an uprising. Due to politicians who continually think they know what is good for us more than we do, gun ownership rights – like our other rights – will continue to be chipped away a little bit at a time until one day we wake up and it is too late.
There are too many people in our government who only care about themselves and what’s best for them. I’m sure those same politicians, and other unelected government officials, feel that we citizens who own guns are not one of the things that are best for them.
Batson believes we live in a wonderful, modern utopia where our government only thinks of what is best for us and will protect us from all things. For those folks who actually believe that, I have the Golden Gate Bridge for sale at garage sale prices.