|Many families, particularly on rural properties have quite a bit of money in guns.|
Being in Virginia, I am acquainted with a lot of former law enforcement, former alphabet agency, SWAT team members, sheriffs, detectives, etc. We also have friends who are gunsmiths and former Marines or Special Forces. Some of them actually start businesses in tactical supplies and weapons after they retire, and if you can drop in enough that they consider you a regular, they will tell you what they think.
I have been taking my own informal survey of people who should know about firearms and attempts to restrict them. The commentary of these men and one woman, are pretty interesting. I will try to share these as accurately as I can. Of course, this is anecdotal and not scientific information, but it is interesting to hear how they are thinking. Most of them believe that a token attempt to restrict firearms will be made but that it will be largely unsuccessful. Their thinking is that all of the attacks of innocent people occurred in places which were "gun free zones". Their thinking is that if there were fewer places that people went which amounted to being lambs at slaughter then fewer massacres would take place. Others are not so philosophical. Some of them feel that Obama is part of an organized mission to snare basic God given freedoms from the American people, and that the disarming of America is a preface to permanent rule by Mr. Obama which would leave us in a communistic state just as Cuba sets communism aside as a failed experiment.
|Gunshops are busier now than they have ever been as law abiding citizens wonder if they will be restricted from buying weapons in the near future.|
The most harrowing version of what could be was expressed to me today. At least one person expressed to me that a broad brush prohibition of "all automatic weapons" would pass. This would be a broad brush interpretation of "The Brady Bill" on a national level. Of course, "all automatic weapons" to the government would likely include most of the most effective handguns which have been used worldwide for years. Since actual automatic weapons have been outlawed for many years, some in the 1960s and others in the 1980s, all that is left to restrict furthur are semi-automatic rifles. At first, these would not need to be turned in. One would not be able to convey such weapons to anyone, and for probably two years would be permitted to keep them. However, at the end of the two years, these would need to be turned in, or the possessor would become a felon.
|A compact weapon nicely holstered.|
This is where the interesting part comes in. I have not yet located a military person who says he would go house to house disarming peaceful Americans. The sheriff's office says they aren't trained to do that, and consider that this would be a suicide mission. Most of the Americans I have spoken with believe that it is their Constitutional right to own a weapon, and that if it were legal when they acquired it, that it should stay that way. The former military people I spoke with have said they will never relinquish their own weapons. In fact, most of them say the same thing, which is, "They will take this weapon from my cold dead hands". This of course, is a frightening thought. One of them told me that the only group who would come to the US and confiscate firearms on a house to house basis would be United Nations troops, and that they would open fire on them. Many of the people I spoke to felt that this was worth fighting a Civil War over.
What would I do ? I don't know. I might fight if it were just my husband and I here, but fighting with our children present would not be easy. A lot of people would run.
Give this some thought. If the government gave you a two year amnesty in which to turn in your weapons, would you do it ? An awful lot of people simply would not. A lot of people would consider a regime that would ask them to set aside the Constitution to be an illegitimate regime. This could be an issue which turns more than half of America into technical felons. Wow, somehow I wrote this entire post without using the words "Republicans", "Democrats", "Progressives" or "Socialists". But, I think you got the idea.