If there is no government-recognized right to firearms, any other so-called rights will soon be dead letters. From Brandon Smith at alt-market.us:
If there is one Holy Grail target that the political left obsesses over more that anything else, it is getting their hands on the 2nd Amendment and molding it to their will or erasing it forever. The pursuit of American gun rights is paramount to them, beyond critical race theory, beyond gender politics, even beyond the abortion debate. The problem for them is that ever since the Obama era they have consistently hit a brick wall in terms of convincing the general public to give another inch of ground when it comes to gun control.
To be sure, there are many reasons for this that coincide. First, the credit crash of 2008 opened many people’s eyes to the possibility that the economic systems we take for granted today could disappear tomorrow. Gun rights were no longer a matter of “tradition,” but a matter of necessity. If the system breaks down and emergency services are overwhelmed or disappear then the only person you can rely on to protect your family is you. Mortal realities always win over emotional and reactionary demands. In other words, the benefits of individual self protection greatly outweigh any potential risks of criminality or abuse.
As I have previously indicated in response to other “similar” posts, “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross should be MUST reading for anyone interested in guns, the gun culture (NOT the culture represented by the spectacle of an AR-15 in one hand and a beer in the other, no, the REAL gun culture – the one populated by wealthy collectors, shooters, competition shooting, and just plain marksmanship and the efficacy it demands)!
Ross’s combination of historical fact and fiction is as powerful a read as I have had the pleasure of enjoying in my life – with an ominous lesson superbly presented.