Increasingly the gun rights battle that is raging currently in America has become so vitriolic and volatile that many citizens are now saying that the battle has revealed divisions in the populace so deep that they amount to "irreconcilable differences" that are bound to end in open conflict and/or a permanent divorce that would split the United States into two or more countries.
An analysis published today by PJ Media concludes that many Americans are so adamant about their gun rights that widespread civil disobedience may ensue if the proposed gun bans, gun and ammunition control, and registration are approved either by state governments or the federal government.
PJ Media notes that several critical facts have emerged from the gun rights debate. The first of these is the fact that there is little room for compromise on the part of citizens on either side of the debate. Gun rights as a philosophical concept is the diametric opposite of government control of guns and ammunition. The two sides represent irreconcilable differences.
Another factor is that citizens from New York to California have declared they will never obey any new gun control law or gun bans. Ordinary citizens in each of the states considering the most restrictive laws have stated up front that they are prepared to disobey the law.
Complicating the issue of citizen disobedience is the declaration of at least 280 law enforcement groups across the country that they will not enforce laws that encroach on the Constitutional rights of citizens. One of the more strongly worded responses to the recently approved New York state gun control laws came from the Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association. The deputies object not only to the laws themselves but to the manner in which they were passed.
And yet another factor is that the means to make homemade guns and ammo are increasingly available to citizens, particularly on the Internet. For example, 3D enthusiasts say that technology is now available that enables private citizens to plan, print, and develop their own 30-round magazines at home, which would practically render useless any law that limits the number of rounds in a magazine to seven or 10.
While these solutions to unreasonable government restrictions are good for gun rights activists, the gun control crowd will have none of it. The most ardent of the gun control activists insist they will introduce legislation to address these issues as well, effectively criminalizing gun owners who adhere to the original intent of the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
This has led writers such as Brandon Smith to conclude that there are now no peaceful solutions to the gun control debate. Smith declares that gun control and bans lead to one out of two possible outcomes -- government tyranny and genocide, or civil war and revolution. And while he believes that the time for armed resistance is growing near, there are yet other tactics available before resorting to the last resort.
Smith proposes noncompliance with any law that requires registration. He further proposes the nullification process of federal laws at the state and county levels, and at the economic level.
But perhaps the most glaring example of the irreconcilable differences between those who are serious about upholding the original intent of the Second Amendment and those who believe in so-called "reasonable restrictions" on rights is the proposal that appears to have bipartisan support for "universal background checks." Gun control proponents insist that this is entirely reasonable given mass shootings by criminals and the mentally ill. But gun rights advocates insist that this is merely a back-door method of banning all private gun sales, citizen to citizen, which are not subject to background checks.
As long as government allows the most dangerous criminals and the incurably insane to walk the streets, many citizens view with disdain any attempt to force the sane and the law-abiding to be treated as potential criminals just because a tiny minority uses guns to commit crimes.
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