On Firearms Common Sense:
Part I: Ammunition
© May 1, 2013, All Rights Reserved
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution exists for solely one reason; to keep government – local, state, and federal – honest. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church implies within paragraph #2243, “armed resistance to oppression by political authority” rests as legitimate as long as 1. There is certain, grave, and prolonged violation of fundamental rights; 2. All other means of redress have been exhausted; 3. Such resistance will not provoke worse disorders; 4. There is a well-founded hope of success; and 5. It is impossible reasonably to foresee any better solution. What the Catholic Church teaches, therefore, is that there probably remains a 1-in-a-1,000,000 chance that you may have to fight against oppressive government. What the Progressive Left, however, by endorsing gun control legislation, teaches is that there is zero reason for you to protect yourself against “oppression by political authority”. Again, placing gun control in the hands of governmental authority – legitimate or otherwise – remains akin to placing the combination to the bank vault in the hands of a career thief.
When our founding fathers (yes, Virginia, they were men back then, so please get over it…) established the Second Amendment, they announced to future generations that individual citizens were inherently more trustworthy than anyone in public office was. In fact, if you consider the entirety of the Constitution, public authority must have grave reasons to distrust you but you can distrust the federal government as you please. In other words, the government works for “We the People” despite the preference for our elected officials to immerse themselves within elitism. What this means, is that – God forbid – should our government go the route of Reign of Terror France, Nazi Germany, or Stalinist Russia, we Americans bear the grave duty of exercising lethal force against such tyranny. It represents common sense in the eyes of Liberty.
The Progressive Left, unfortunately, as diabolical as they act, seeks to convince you that common sense remains irrational. Consider the above photograph. From the left rests cartridges of 5.56x45mm, 6.8 SPC, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x51mm, 7.62x54R, 8mm Mauser, .45 ACP, and .500 S&W Magnum. For comparison, the 5.56mm represents the round used within most M-16 or AR-15 variants. The 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester caliber) signifies leaving the “assault rifle” rounds and represents the standard NATO cartridge for battle rifles as well as the most popular deer hunting caliber. The 7.62x54R (rimmed) and 8mm Mauser rounds represent cartridges employed within bolt-action rifles of which mine hail from 1943 and ~1953 respectively. The .45 ACP serves my “carry” handgun, capable of carrying 12+1 such rounds and as for the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum, well, my 5-round revolver serves for hunting such things as grizzly bears up close and personal like.
As you can plainly see, the least powerful rounds belong to those firearms that the Left wishes to declare illegal and the most powerful rounds belong to those firearms that the Progressives – at their most considerate selves – want to restrict you to owning. The .500 S&W will take down anything alive on the planet and the 8mm Mauser will plow through large trees. The fear – as optimized by Progressive Leftist hysterics – is that the smaller rounds permit you to carry more ammunition via those “horrible” 20- and 30- round magazines. However, a little common sense – if somewhat gruesome analogy – suggests that the Left is quite mistaken in their slandering of innocent, inanimate objects. If an 8mm Mauser or .500 S&W bullet, say, can bore through 18 inches of pine, then how much more so could such bullets tear through human flesh? If, gasp, such bullets can pierce five human bodies before losing energy, then, conceivably, the five rounds that the Left would be gracious enough to permit you to own, could still maim and injure upwards of twenty-five individuals before you would have to “reload”.
Of course, this analogy remains ridiculous to say the least. The Boston bombers did more harm to humanity with pressure cookers and hobby electronics than any shooter has committed within the United States. Furthermore, the 9/11 hijackers killed more American civilians with four passenger aircraft than Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy did with complete national militaries. Yet, the Left could not permit you to understand this. Why? Could it be that the Progressives bear more in common with Islamic jihadists, National Socialists, and Communists than they do with “Joe Six Pack” next door? Of course. All tyrants desire to take control of your lives and the very first step remains to rid you of the right – and capability – of picking them off should they violate the five conditions outlined above. And, folks, the first step in this remains to sway you into thinking that their minimalist firearms restrictions remain “common sense” in application. There remains nothing sensible about placing your life into the hands of another – especially anyone who believes that bureaucracy represents intelligence.
Next: Part II: Firearms
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is an independent counterterrorism consultant and the director of the private International Nuclear Emergency Response Team. He is currently a graduate student of military studies, asymmetrical warfare at American Military University working on his thesis regarding “Targeting Narco-submarine Networks through Deep Penetration, Autonomous Maritime Irregular Warfare Units operating within a Hunter-Killer Role.” He recently completed his graduate certificate in security management and holds a B.A. in intelligence studies, terrorism studies concentration, minor degree in area studies, Middle East as well as an undergraduate certificate in explosive ordnance disposal. He is the author of Skills of the Assassin: Understanding the Tactics of the Professional Killer.