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Friday, March 01, 2013

Almost Cut My Hair

 --Obama and Drones, Riber Hanssen

Ranger Question of the Day: 
Must one have a larcenous heart if one
is devoted to America while
believing its government a thief, or is
one simply a hopeless romantic, schizophrenic,
or all of the above? 

Armed only with a rifle,
he quickly made the fascist invader realize
that from now on he would be punished
for every step he took in the motherland 
    --Enemies at the Gates (2001) 

Well, must be because I had the flu for Christmas
and I'm not feeling up to par.
You know, it increases my paranoia 
--Almost Cut My Hair, CSN andY
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Welcome to Florida, land of human-swallowing sinkholes ("He was my brother, man"), and anguished confusion in a bumper sticker on a Ford-150 truck seen yesterday in Tallahassee:

"Stand for America" was on the man's right bumper; "Don't Steal -- The Government doesn't like the competition" on the left.  Paranoia runs deep.

This was noted while departing for Jacksonville, FL, where Ranger re-visited the gun shop previously mentioned in "Zombie Zoo"The shop at that time was piled high with cratered ammunition, but this week, nada.  Not a single round of ammunition available for sale, though weapons were flying off the shelves in what was a brisk business day which saw every racial, gender and age demographic.  A gun shop without ammo is a weird site.

Why is something as innocuous as .22 long rifle ammo impossible to find, even at your local Walmart?  Even if every one of us were armed and equipped with ammo and all the squad-level combat gear shown in the gun magazines -- so what?  Does anyone really believe in or espouse insurrection, rebellion or outright war against the government?

Sure, there are the wacko mouthpieces giving vent to the latent frustration of the impotent masses, but they are just that: inert lumpen who shuffle off to work and Costco and grumble about their lot, and consume their poisonous food and obligingly submit to the doctor's invasive tests in order to discover the amount of damage their inert and poisonous habits have inflicted and with which they are complicit.

The thought that these citizens could cohere and rise up is so patently absurd that the gunners should re-think their basic philosophy of why we are armed in the first place.  Even if armed, we can never stand up to the might and authority of both State and Federal government.  Do you think your rifle will trump a Hellfire missile on a Predator with infrared sensors and facial recognition programs?

We are all monitored and tracked, so how would insurgency develop in such an environment?  When elements of our society say that we must "Take Back America", what does that mean?  Are there enemies amongst us that we can neutralize by rifle fire?

There are two views of America, and we must decide what values define our social and governmental structures.  The gun issue is not about guns, but rather the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  If my government does not trust me to be armed, then they should not expect me to support their right to bear the very same guns that they would deny to the citizenry.

If the government does not trust me to be an honest and law-abiding citizen, how am I to trust the government to be an honest broker.  An adversarial relationship does not encourage health and integrity either of the person or the system.

The days of insurgency and World Wars are over in the developed world.  They are artifacts that may only crop up in the 2nd and 3rd World.  Terrorism will continue in all parts of the world as this is the  tool of the disenfranchised and disillusioned -- groups we shall ever have with us.

This, however, does not describe the National Rifle Association membership, from whose ranks will never emerge terrorists or insurrectionists.  Those who raise its specter are merely bloviators.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous CholoAzul said...

Ponderous it is to contemplate that the members of the 'We will outmanuever and defeat the regular forces of the guhvidemint' crew often seem heavily unsuited for the physical rigors of such a thing, yet they are sure that they can pull it off in between huntin' and trappin' and farmin' and all the other enterprises needed to sustain themselves in the drone wars right around the corner...

Did you notice if the gun store was sold out of portable defibrillators as well?

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:00:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Jim,

"Does anyone really believe in or espouse insurrection, rebellion or outright war against the government?"

It would beat the boredom of unemployment. Sure, count me in.

"Do you think your rifle will trump a Hellfire missile on a Predator with infrared sensors and facial recognition programs?"

A better question would be why the local police department buys such things. Definitely indicates a level of concern on their part.

"We are all monitored and tracked…"

How much does a monitor or a tracker pull down? I could use a job. Are any of the ammo manufacturers hiring? They should be running 3 shifts right now.

Dave

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think your rifle will trump a Hellfire missile on a Predator with infrared sensors and facial recognition programs?

One word: Afghanistan.

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9:36:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

I picked up a Ruger 10/22 the other day and found the same thing here: not a box of 22LR for love nor money.

Wassupwitdat?

As far as your question goes, the government has about as much chance of "not trusting me to be armed" as it has of manufacturing an F-35 for $14.99 plus shipping and handling. That ain't gonna happen. But what seems to be kinda fucked up is that We the People can't even agree on a sensible way to keep our right to bear arms while cutting down on the number of semiauto AR-knockoffs that some mouthbreathing bozo can use to ventilate his cousins during an epic drunk.

We truly get the government - and the society - we deserve.

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

Anon: To fight the war of the flea you need to be willing, even eager, to die. The Talibs and their allies are being killed in job lots. I cannot see anyone in this country willing to die like that outside the deepest hollers of Appalachia and the worst ghettos of the inner city...

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:14:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous PF Khans said...

RAW,

People do dumb things not for now, but for the future. Hell our Civil War started because it was believed that because Lincoln wanted to close off slavery from the territories, it meant the end of slavery itself.

Neither side was even talking about that, Lincoln wasn't in a position to win, necessarily, a fight about the extension of slavery, but the South up and left anyway.

The parallels aren't exactly the same, but what you're witnessing is, I believe, evidence of a profound split in America on a fundamental issues.

BTW, you're assuming that our military would remain cohesive and effective in the face of an American insurgency. I'd find it hard to believe that we'd be comfortable conducting COIN in America. It takes only a few nutbags to ensure a harsh crackdown, and once force is unleashed, people take sides. The question is how lopsided would a split be in America? How many people, if they saw fellow Americans being blown up by drowns in America would say, "No thank you." I don't know, but from your anecdotal evidence, it might be more than I originally assumed.

PF Khans

Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 12:34:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Chief,
I went to SPORTS AUTHORITY to buy some shot gun shells. THEY NO LONGER sell flats of 10 boxes as was the past practice. Now only limited 1 box sales are made, and this isn't assault stuff.
The Ruger 10/22 is the 2nd most accessorized rifle in America.You can buy any whistle and bow conceivable for that critter.There is even a MG34 conversion kit for it.

Dave,
I understand what you are saying.

PFK,
I thought we did the gun decision on 4 jul 76, but i must be wrong.
I think the gun issue is a red herring but i can't figure what the hidden agenda happens to be.
I think secrecy, warrantless wire taps/email intercepts and state security,secret budgets/prisons/police/military units and all the security apparati are greater issues than the gun thing.
I think Chief agrees with this statement. I say this only so John knows that i'm not asleep at the wheel.
jim

Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:14:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

jim: Yeah, I kind got that people like to dress up that little Ruger. Call me old-fashioned, but I'm fine with it as is; the whole point is to have a fun target shoot and teach the kiddos good safety marksmanship habits. I can't imagine why in hell anyone'd want an MG-34 mockup...WTF?

But, then, I don't get lots of other stuff. It's probably just me.

Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:16:00 PM GMT-5  

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