U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bateman wrote in Esquire Tuesday that "It's Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court." He knows "it's time," because he read a news story about a woman, allegedly drunk at the time, who reportedly shot and killed another woman for not being sufficiently upset about the outcome of a college football game. Because of that, the alleged egregious behavior of one idiot with no self-control, he is proposing a "gun control" scheme very nearly as draconian as the satirical "Trayvon's Amendment" covered here recently--but Lt. Col. Bateman clearly means it.
To prove his qualification to lecture us on what gun rights we have (none, basically), and perhaps to try to intimidate those of us who have no intention of ever complying with the tyrannical evil he wants imposed on the American people, he quickly establishes his bona fides:
My entire adult life has been dedicated to the deliberate management of violence. There are no two ways around that fact. My job, at the end of the day, is about killing. I orchestrate violence.
I am not proud of that fact. Indeed, I am often torn-up by the realization that not only is this my job, but that I am really good at my job.
He then trots out the thoroughly discredited line that the Second Amendment does nothing to protect the right to private possession of firearms--that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" actually refers to "the right of the National Guard to keep and bear arms"--all because of the Militia Act of 1903, passed over a century after ratification of the Second Amendment:
Friends, if you have not read it I'll just tell you: As of 1903, the "militia" has been known as the National Guard.
We are, evidently, supposed to simply trust him that this bizarre position of his is correct. We are to do so, in fact, despite his apparent unwillingness (inability?) to reconcile that position with the words of Founding Father George Mason:
I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.
Also dismissed without explanation are the words of Founding Father Tench Coxe:
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American.... [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.
We could go on all day, but the point has hopefully been made, but National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea does a superb job of making that point in his own response to Lt. Col. Bateman.
Now that he believes he has explained why our fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms is not Constitutionally protected, he goes on to list his favorite infringements on that which shall not be infringed. Here are some excerpted "highlights":
- Every firearm to be outlawed, unless it's a black powder musket, a double barrel shotgun, or a bolt-action rifle with a capacity of fewer than six rounds.
- Here's where he really shows his true colors: "We will pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers. That is because I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes." Hopefully of natural causes, Bateman? What then, would be the other possibility? Here's a hint: however "really good at" violence you think you are, you're not nearly good enough to do nearly as much prying from "cold, dead, fingers" as you hope to, punk.
- A 400% ammunition tax that after two years, increases by another 20% per year.
- And he winds up by casually proposing to nationalize gun manufacturing: "The major gun manufactures of the United States, less those who create weapons for the federal government and the armed forces, will be bought out by the United States of America, for our own damned good."
Oh--well as long as it's "for our own damned good."
As should surprise no one, the "government monopoly on force" jihadists of CSGV think Bateman is the greatest thing since Josef Stalin.
One other issue he doesn't address is what he plans to do when it's time to enforce this monstrosity of a forcible citizen disarmament package, and discovers that a significant percentage of his troops are Oath Keepers, who will never obey an order to disarm American citizens.
You think you're "really good at" violence, Bateman? Try enforcing the laws you want to inflict on the American people, and we'll soon find out if you're as good at taking it as you are at dishing it out.
See also (especially the last two):
- Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A “Vision” of the Future
- Of Course You Realize This Means War
- Bringing the War Back Home: Getting the military to start preparing for the violent repression of its own citizenry. US Army "deep thinker" creates an "enemy" out of the Tea Parties & "extremist militias."
- Army colonel ignites firestorm with article on crushing a 'tea party insurgency'
- Concern spreads over colonel's scenario of crushing a 'tea party insurgency'
- Second Amendment bloggers share concerns over training police for domestic war
- Marine police training response ignores civilian rights concerns
- The new threat to the U.S. Army: "Anti-federalists." West Point professor decides to dabble in "domestic extremism."
- The government's war at home
- Government prepares for war with the people, and mass media approves
- Obama wants to ban 'weapons of war' for Americans, use them to kill Americans
- Against citizen disarmament tyranny, resistance is far from futile
- Current-serving Army LTC and Small Wars Journal contributor, having taken an oath to defend the Constitution, solicits a very large and bloody civil war upon the nation he swore to protect.
- Military officer calls for nationwide gun-grab