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Beware a well-armed government

Vance Armor January 18th, 2013

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, progressives are emboldened by the prospect that public opinion may shift toward their policies favoring citizen disarmament. Robin Meyers’ op-ed in Oklahoma Gazette is a fine crystallization of sentiments held by those who favor a certain kind of disarmament policy — but not a general disarmament policy. Rev. Meyers laments “[a] gun-loving, gun-saturated, gun-worshipping culture.”

His lamentations are selective, however, because he does not say anything about the firepower held by those armed by the force of government.

Within the past two years, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Education (!) ordered 27 Remington rifles. The Department of Homeland Security has ordered more than 1 billion rounds of hollow-point bullets in the past two years. Hollow-point bullets were banned by the 1899 Hague Convention, even for use in international warfare, due to their lethality.

When progressives start to criticize the firepower of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for example, or protest orders from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency and the Social Security Administration for firearms, as has been recently reported, perhaps more than a few libertarians will find it worth our while to seriously entertain Meyers’ chirpings for domestic peace and tranquility. Until then, it appears, we are headed for a society where one class of citizens is armed to the teeth (government agents) and the rest of us (save more than a few renegades and outlaws) will be coerced into submission.

Tasers, pepper spray, multiple-round clips, night-vision gear, GPS monitoring, and armored personnel carriers granted by Homeland Security to local police forces are now the new norm. We are all terribly saddened by the loss of the children and teachers in Newtown, but if the government’s firepower grows at an exponential rate, leaving the Second Amendment’s individuals’ rights provision to muskets and single-shot weapons is no guarantee for the safety and liberty of the people.

Meyers begins his piece by making light of certain nostrums, however true, that those of us opposed to selective citizen disarmament often repeat, such as “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people,” and “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

I’ll give him another one to think about: If the politicians take away your guns, they will sooner or later take away your elections.

—Vance Armor, Oklahoma City

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