The following article, What are Gun Sales Telling Us about the State of the Union?, was first published on The American Vision.
When some loudmouth spouted off about how he was going to do so-and-so to this guy or that guy, a guy who was really tough would often say, “You and who else?” or “You and what army?” An opposing force is only as effective as its ability to win battles.
“In the waning days of WW II, during a discussion of the future of Eastern Europe, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill cautioned Joseph Stalin to consider the views of the Vatican. To this the Soviet leader responded, ‘How many divisions does the Pope of Rome have?’”
It’s not enough to make a threat; you’ve got to be able to back it up with force.
The majority of Democrats and the anti-Second Amendment bullies have a problem. While Congress may pass an anti-Second Amendment bill under a Biden administration, tens of millions of gun owners will ignore it. They will engage in an act of civil disobedience, probably for the first time in their lives. Of course, they will not see it as disobedience but an act of faithfulness to a document that birthed this great nation.
They’ve seen films like Schindler’s List, The Killing Fields, and The Pianist. They know what can happen when governments that claim to have our best interests at heart enact laws to “protect” us by confiscating weapons. “It’s for your own good.” Right.
Millions of Americans don’t trust their government. It’s not that they believe the United States will turn into Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia in the next decade or two. Gun owners in America will keep and bear arms as a symbol of protest against a government that spends their money into oblivion, propagandizes their children in government schools, and taxes their wages and property in a hundred different ways while their lawmakers retire on government pensions fit for kings. It’s no accident that the most prosperous counties in America are those surrounding Washington, DC. It’s what keeps Virginia deep blue.
Engaged American voters detest the hypocrisy of government officials who create laws for everyone else and exempt themselves. A gun prohibition bill will most likely exempt government officials. When former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked by Jason Mattera, “In the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?,” the mayor was tongue-tied.
Bloomberg’s proposed gun control policy platform when he was running for President is six pages of fine print that would make the Second Amendment null and void and wouldn’t do anything to stop the shootings and murders in cities like Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. With attacks on police and Democrat city mayors calling for disbanding the police, people are frightened.
The more laws that are passed restricting gun ownership, the more guns are manufactured and sold, because people know that criminals don’t pay attention to anti-gun regulations. “Gun sales during this pandemic is a perfect example. We sold 12,000 guns last year. We’ve exceeded that,” said Kellie Weeks of Georgia Gun Store. Typically, “the biggest (sales period) is the last quarter. Christmas is our biggest time. Summer is our slowest time.”
Restoring America One County at a Time
Every four years, Americans line up at their local polling places to cast their ballots for President. Most of them believe this is the most important vote they make — the very essence of their voice in American politics. Yet, while they haggle over which party’s middle man will sit in the White House, the civil government continues its unimpeded invasion into the personal lives of every citizen. Most Americans are unwittingly expanding the State’s power simply by believing that real change can be effected at only the national level.
Dr. Gary North writes:
I do not think the people who have become active on this issue in the last month are likely to be willing to surrender their guns unless there are policemen at the door with a warrant. There will not be. There are not enough policemen to enforce anything like a comprehensive gun ban. Furthermore, there will be resistance in smaller counties, in both the South and Midwest, to any such enforcement. Police chiefs do not want to antagonize the local voters.
The battle over guns might revive governmental localism as states and counties stand on the sovereign ground of the principle of the interdiction of the lesser magistrate (see the Ninth and Tenth Amendments). The lesser-magistrate principle states that a civil government that has less authority (state government) than a higher magistrate (national government), the lesser magistrate has the right to oppose unconstitutional or unjust laws of the higher authority.
[T]he idea of states resisting tyranny from legal lords above comes directly from the history of the Reformation theological social theory. Calvin (and Luther as well, although to a lesser and less systematic extent) and his disciples developed the idea of the intervening “lesser magistrate” who resists impositions of tyranny from above. It is a biblical and historically Christian concept in which a representative civil ruler acts on behalf of his constituents to uphold civil liberty against the evil of tyranny—this is the civil magistrate’s job, after all (Rom. 13). This is what, historically, the American Declaration of Independence was—an interposition of the colonies in concert against King George III. 
A Biden and Democrat victory in 2020 will force some states to make some drastic decisions about how to govern. In fact, no matter who wins, governors need to prepare for what might come about no matter who is President and what party is in power.
- Joel McDurmon, Restoring America One County at a Time (Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, 2012), 147-148.
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