For every argument the National Rifle Association makes, one can find an equally valid counterargument. The whole issue comes down to values. Values are built by families and communities. Neighborhoods of families with high values will be safe.As Hube correctly points out, this is not an argument for gun control. If it doesn't matter whether people have guns or not, then the question becames this: Do you prefer tyranny or freedom? The original writer, Brent Grant of Kennett Square, has let everyone know that he prefers tyranny.
Unfortunately he isn't alone. QandO and Geek with a .45 both have pieces reacting to Dan Simpson's recent opinion piece in the Toledo Blade. In it he outlines the type of police state necessary to rid the nation of private firearms ownership:
The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm.Random, warrantless searches and seizures? Searching old ladies on the street? What Simpson proposes doesn't just break the 2nd Amendment, but takes aim at the rest of the Bill of Rights as well. This is America? No, this isn't any America I'd recognize and it certainly isn't an America I am willing to defend. If anything it is an America I am willing to defend against.
Clearly, since such sweeps could not take place all across the country at the same time. But fairly quickly there would begin to be gun-swept, gun-free areas where there should be no firearms. If there were, those carrying them would be subject to quick confiscation and prosecution. On the streets it would be a question of stop-and-search of anyone, even grandma with her walker, with the same penalties for "carrying."
There is one good thing about Simpson's suggestion, the people carrying out these oppressive acts will be in special units. That means the patriots will know who to shoot first.