I Believe This Part, At least, Is Obviously Wrong
Bill Quick

The Psychology of Gun Control – Conservative Hideout 2.0

Obviously, the gun owner  can’t stand against the military, nor can he wreck the state single-handedly, nor does he have to.  However, he and a million so of his close friends, could make the country ungovernable.   And when he does that, even more will stand with him.   In that scenario, I wouldn’t want to be the man bearing the whip. Again, it’s about being confident, and not psychologically helpless that wins the day.  It’s a psychological balance of power that is at stake.  And, that’s exactly why the state wants to take the guns-they seek compliant sheeple, and emboldened free citizens with fire arms prevent that.

Really? Can’t stand against the military? I’m not sure at all that is an obvious proposition.

In fact, the behavior of the state strongly indicates that it is not. If it were so, then there would be no need for gun confiscation and banning, because the military would easily overwhelm any resistance from mere gun owners, correct?

One can make the same observation vis the relationship between gun owners and the paramilitary jackboots of the various levels of the police state. They claim to be invincible, but they send fifty SWAT thugs to shoot up even a single armed citizen.

The truth is, the state is terrified of mass gun ownership because the state knows that it cannot defeat such a force with any of the repressive tools available to it, from union thugs, to Black Panther goons, to police state jackboots, to the military itself. Especially when a significant segment of all those groups might end up opposing, rather than supporting, statist power grabs.

As for the rest of the post? Yes, the core of the statist strategy for control is, indeed, based on convincing the populace that state power is not a case of the Emperor’s new clothes.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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I Believe This Part, At least, Is Obviously Wrong — 4 Comments

  1. How anyone can state the above after the terrified panic and melt down of the LAPD in going after Dorner, is beyond belief.

    Here in San Diego county there are approx 10,000 LEO’s. After deducting for desk drivers, sick leave, vacations, training, etc. that leaves about 6,000 LEO’s working outside the stations. Assuming three rotating shifts and no one doing seven days a week, you probably have a maximum of 2,000 LEO’s on patrol at any given time.

    There are one million households in San Diego county. Nationwide average is 40% of households own firearms. This is California, but there are a LOT of ex-military here so probably a decent rough figure. If only 5% of gun owners decide the situation has become Us vs Them, then the LEO’s will be out-numbered 10 to 1 by people actively hunting them.

    By the end of the first week of SHTF, there won’t be a uniformed LEO to be found…

    • After deducting for desk drivers, sick leave, vacations, training, etc. that leaves about 6,000 LEO’s working outside the stations. Assuming three rotating shifts and no one doing seven days a week, you probably have a maximum of 2,000 LEO’s on patrol at any given time.

      It’s a lot worse than that, George.

      Here in SF County (which is contiguous with the city) SFPD has about 2000 sworn officers. The Sheriff’s Department adds another 850 sworn deputies, most of whom either work at the county jails, or provide security for city and other buildings. When I worked at 911, we had a Sheriff’s substation in our front lobby that handled building security, since we were considered a high value target, especially in the immediate post 9/11 era.

      So out of 2850 sworn peace officers (for a population of about 800,000) I would, when I was working 911 and police dispatch, have been very surprised to find more than 200 officers actually on the streets at any given time. And during certain times of the day, that number was significantly less.

      A big part of policing strategy is to convince the populace that they are invincible. That’s why they respond with such overwhelming force anytime somebody kills a cop. They have a pretty good idea that once those who have no reason to like them lose their fear of them, they’ll find themselves being ripped apart on the very streets they are supposed to be protecting.

      Some guy shot two cops who tried to arrest him in Santa Cruz this morning. Santa Crus! (You’d have to pretty much be a Northern Californian to understand the exclamation point).

      I can’t help but think that the Dorner case may have had something to do with the guy’s actions. Of course he was gunned down shortly afterwards, and the only surprise about that was that they didn’t find some way to incinerate him in the process.

      But I think the tide is pulling out on the law and order society, because that particular Emperor is pretty much down to his underdrawers, and Big Daddy State is too broke to hire and train more cops. Yet another reason to make your preparations for the bad times soon to come.

  2. A big part of policing strategy is to convince the populace that they are invincible. That’s why they respond with such overwhelming force anytime somebody kills a cop. They have a pretty good idea that once those who have no reason to like them lose their fear of them, they’ll find themselves being ripped apart on the very streets they are supposed to be protecting.

    Not just “a pretty good idea”, they know beyond a shadow of a doubt. That’s why “no-go” zones — whether black, cholo, or Muslime — exist; the bluebellies know that they’re filled with people who have guns, but no fear, love, or respect for them.

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