Tom Ewing: If You’re A Liberal, Get A Gun Now. Here’s Why.

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If you’re a liberal worried about a coming violent revolution by ultra-conservatives, hate groups and/or cops, Tom Ewing has advice for you: Get a gun now.

aNewDomain commentary — If the prevailing mood among police really is that they see themselves as the last good people who are in charge of keeping the rest of us, the lawless, in check, ask yourself: Is it really a good idea for them to have all the guns?

I say no. What if the cops or other far-right conservatives who are always threatening to “take back America” become so frustrated that they really do try to take over? Progressives will be left unarmed, defenseless and at their mercy.

It isn’t the tasteful or politically correct thing to say, but I’ll say it anyway:

If you’re a liberal, it’s time you get a gun and learn how to use it. A firearm, preferably an automatic firearm, may turn out to be a progressive’s best friend, especially if you’re worried about a coming far right coup d’etat.

The Founding Fathers wonder why you haven’t done this already. They went to some trouble to allow you to own weapons. The Oath Keepers would, too.  You know those guys: They’re that SPLC-classified hate group of mostly ex-cops and ex-military guys, the ones marching freely around Ferguson, MO right now, wearing flak jackets and carrying automatic weapons. Ferguson Police are fine with it. But are you?

Are we living in a peaceful, social democracy where all groups are well-represented? Is rebellion unthinkable?

If current trends keep up, I’d say a rebellion — a violent rebellion by far-right conservatives — starts to become a real possibility. The nation’s most successful rebellion to date was caused by far-right conservatives who felt cornered and out of options, and the Civil War was America’s bloodiest war by far.

Don’t be like Republicans who lost the Spanish Civil War due to a lack of guns back in the 1930s — or any other of the many groups throughout history who lost struggles just for the lack of firepower.

Think ahead. Here’s how it could all play out.

“Take back America?” Them’s fighting words.

Ultra-conservative Tea Party supporters think nothing of loudly proclaiming they want to take back America. The militia movement, which started in the 1990s, is alive, well and right there, too. Far right hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations and many Confederate sympathizers are heavily armed. So are the some 784 hate groups the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) tracks.

The only unarmed people around these days seem to be liberals. Now does that sound like a good idea?

take back american OKC tea party why liberals should own gunsIt’s true that demographics, in the long run, disfavor the long-term success of the far-right movement in America.

Conservatives tend to be older white folks, and their children generally seem to grow up as more middle of the road. Pundits often predict that just the sheer passage of time will rub out conservative ideals and probably turn the U.S. into a social democracy a lot like what you see now in Western Europe, the Scandinavian countries in particular.

But the far right isn’t likely to give up its power lying down. In the waning years of white conservative control, it’s too easy to envision a desperate someone or a group of desperate someones trying to seize power and “take back America while there’s still time.”

To do it, they’d try to unite as many disparate far right conservative groups as possible and start a consolidation of not just power, but firepower.

liberals get your guns get a gun progressiveIt’s happened before. The Apartheid government of the National Party in South Africa held power for nearly 50 years even though the party comprised a small fraction of the country’s overall population.

Apartheid supporters had guns. And their opponents had none. And as it became more evident that white rule was on its way out, the Apartheid government in South Africa became increasingly violent. It could’ve ceded power gracefully but it wouldn’t. Instead, it aggressively hung on for another generation.

The Tea Party Revolution would shape up similarly.

Now let’s imagine how a Tea Party rebellion would transpire.

It would have to be violent. It would have to be really violent.

It would have to involve both major U.S. institutions with stockpiles of weapons: the military and the police. The rebellion would probably appear at first to be a violent reaction to terrorist activity, but only a few days later it would transmogrify into something else entirely.

RebellionSuch a rebellion would likely include militia groups, too. I don’t mean the ones filled with fat old men popping hypertension tablets. They’d be good at torturing suspects, it’s true. But that won’t be needed until later.

In the beginning, the rebels would just need guns, guns like the ones the Oath Keepers are carrying in Ferguson right now.

An alliance between law enforcement and a hate group like the Oath Keepers isn’t difficult at all to conjure up. Already, police are allowing them to turn up in Ferguson during a curfew with loaded automatic weapons, and no questions asked.

Actually, that’s not quite correct. The police chief did say he is going to make sure to ask the St. Louis prosecutor’s office if all is copacetic.

In contrast, can you imagine what would happen if an armed group from, say, Nation of Islam or the New Black Panther Party were to show up in Ferguson right now?

The ties among far-right groups and law enforcement may be young and tender, now. But they are looking stronger all the time.

Protesters will be the first to go …

Tea Party rebels would have to make clear early on that mere protests would not deter them. The best way to do this would be to shock the majority population with a bloodbath somewhat akin to Kristallnacht, where Nazis harassed not only the Jews but let everyone else know, too, that they would stop for nothing and no one to achieve their aims. Protesters fell away quickly.

The non-violent protests of Gandhi against British rule in India only worked because the British saw themselves as good people who had no particular animus against the Indians. A Tea Party revolution would be more like the French Revolution where the hatred resulted in a bloodbath.

After the violent start of the rebellion, the rest of Americans will realize they have no institutions to fight for them, no one to turn to and no firearms of their own, what choice will they have? They, too, will fall in line, especially if it looks like the economy is about to suffer.

And then it will be your turn. And you’re the enemy.

kissinger why liberals should own gunsIn the post-rebellion stage, the new government would set about implementing a more perfect police state — with special camps for undesirables like liberals, the educated, the clergy and so on …

The Argentine Junta and the Chilean Junta provide excellent examples of how the country would operate in that mode.

Henry Kissinger directed both those revolutions, so it’s no stretch to assume a far right conservative U.S. — maybe a Tea Party-controlled U.S. — might use just the same tactics. Such tactics were made in America, so to speak.

The new conservative government would next set about controlling the media to a greater extent than they already do. So much for the First Amendment. If you think it is compromised now, just you wait.

I suspect that the “grand plan” to remake the U.S. looks glorious to the eyes of an ultra conservative. It’s The Great Nation Returned, only it’s a misguided returning of the country to some glorious past that really never was. But no matter.

It would, in the end, fail miserably.

Of course it would.

But think of the cost.

Wanted: liberal cops!

The future horrors of a conservative coup d’etat would be far less likely if progressives were well armed and found in equal numbers to conservatives in places like police departments, the military, the FBI, the NSA and the CIA.

That alone could help ensure that we avoid a future bloodbath.

The Supreme Court, the National Rifle Association and the Declaration of Independence would all cheer this decision.

It isn’t a complete solution. Not quiet. The complete solution requires building the sort of society where avoiding a successful revolution by any one group doesn’t mean ensuring its failure but, rather, ensuring no one’s too interested in violently rebelling in the first place.

Wanted: liberal military officers!

For this reason, lefties should adamantly support the reinstatement of the military draft.

Survey after survey shows the military of the current all-volunteer army is considerably more conservative than the rest of the country.

why liberals should own guns armyOne of the most patriotic things that a young progressive could do, right now, in 2015, is to gain admission to one of the military service academies with the intention of becoming a career military officer while at the same time staying true to progressive values.

The young progressive doesn’t need to love violence and war if they’re going to do this. He or she would enter a military academy primarily to provide a leveling influence on the military.

As for young lefties who don’t want to wear khaki for 20 years, a career in law enforcement is in order. That’s the simplest and quickest way to ensure black lives matter, after all. Those who wish to stand against racism and racists need to prepare themselves for careers in law enforcement.

This is essentially that same reason that earlier generations of Irish and Italians became policemen. And there’s wisdom in that.

An automatic weapon may be just the ticket.

As for the rest of the progressives who are too old to join a military academy or start a career in law enforcement, they should just follow my original advice: Buy a gun. Or multiple guns. Or, better yet, automatic weapons.

If you are only buying a firearm for the sole purpose of using it to oppose a potential coup d’etat by ultra-conservatives some horrible day in the future, automatic weapons are your best bet. And U.S. law permits it. Just make sure you learn how to use your new gun(s) properly — and buy a child safety lock.

If you join a progressive militia, note that the guy who wants the group to buy illegal weapons or argues for overthrowing the government is a police informant. Real progressives know that all they need is time and the ballot box.

Forewarned is forearmed. Praemonitus praemunitus.

For aNewDomain, I’m Tom Ewing.

Images in order

Sprit of ‘76.2: via Wikimedia Commons; Screenshot: courtesy OKC Tea Party, All Rights ReseveredMurder at Sharpeville 21 March 1960: by Godfrey Rubens via Wikimedia Commons; Oath Keepers in Ferguson: courtesy NBC News/Reuters, All Rights Reserved; Reunión Pinochet – Kissinger by Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile: via Wikimedia CommonsMarine Corps drill instructor yells at recruit: by Staff Sergeant J.L. Wright Jr. via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Tom Ewing

Based in San Francisco, Tom Ewing leads our legal coverage here at aNewDomain.net. He also is a commercial lawyer specializing in intellectual property and the founder of avancept.com. IAM Magazine has named Tom one of the world’s top 250 IP strategists each year since 2009. Email him at Tom@aNewDomain.net. He's +Tom Ewing on Google+

8 Comments

  • Honestly, if you are going to rant about “ultra-conservatives” (oxymoron: think jumbo-shrimp), and their oh- so-scary weapons, please do the minimum research required and learn the difference between “automatic” and “semi-automatic” weapons. One must hold a valid Federal Firearms License to own automatic weapons. An automatic weapon is one that will fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull, often referred to as a machine gun.
    A semi-automatic weapon fires one round per trigger pull, and while it may look just as scary as a full auto, the guy that carries one of these into battle against full autos is called a corpse.
    Beyond that, it is interesting to see liberals start to understand that as long as there are people who disagree and may be willing to use violence to carry a point, it is wise to be armed. Ghandi would shed a tear for you.

    • “A semi-automatic weapon fires one round per trigger pull, and while it
      may look just as scary as a full auto, the guy that carries one of these
      into battle against full autos is called a corpse.”

      Unless it’s a 7.62 or other full-caliber round and they’re packing 5.56.

      • If I’m carrying a semi-auto of any size, I’m likely to have 5 or more rounds out of an auto flying my way for every one round I pop off. If the guy is good, make it 10 or more to one.

        I’ll stand by my statement.

    • You only need a FFL Class 3 rating to sell and transfer Machine guns, AOW’s, SBR’s, SBS’s, Destructive devices, and Suppressors. Any individual can own any of these previously stated items if your state allows it and you pass the background check and pay the tax either 200 bucks or 5 bucks for AOW’s.

  • Buy a gun. Or multiple guns. Or, better yet, automatic weapons. Or even better yet an Armalite AR-10 carbine gas-powered semi-automatic weapon, pumping round after round into anyone threatening to “take back America” . Sounds like a real nifty prescription for a civil society…yes?

  • You are such a liberal douche. “Automatic weapons” have been illegal to own since 1933. By the way, telling a liberal to buy a gun is a sure fire way to get them hurt since they have most likely never used one.
    I also liked how you said it will be conservatives who mount a revolution to take the country back. How are those sissy baby liberal “not my president” riots working out for you? Seems like your tolerance has worn off pretty quick. Keep filling the weak minds with your sh!tt though. It makes it so much easier to define the enemies of the republic when they just can’t keep their mouthes shut. You see, we will get the country back because you will destroy yourselves. You dont need our help doing it but just in case, I laid it all out below for you.
    Defeating your crooked demon queen was only the first step to retaking what is rightfully ours.
    I will not be happy until we swim in a pool of liberal tears.

    We must never again allow a liberal social justice warrior to disrupt or interrupt us. Exercise your rights at every opportunity. Open carry your firearm. Fly the American flag at your home and on your car. Boycot businesses that employ illegal aliens and especially those who left our once great nation in favor of cheap low quality foreign labor.

    Thank a veteran, say Merry Christmas, read a bible in Starbucks. Be vocal! Be just as loud as these whiny immoral creeps have been when they thought they were in charge.

    You see a man in a womans rest room, CALL HIM OUT FOR ALL TO HEAR! I dont want some pervert in there with my wife or daughter and neither does any other sane person.
    When they block a road in “protest”, don’t stop. If they get mowed down, it is their own fault. Mom always said don’t play in the street. Why did we build sidewalks otherwise? Interfering with transit is not protest. It is an illegal activity that OUR government has allowed these spoiled brats to get away with.
    They throw a rock through your window, throw 30 rounds of 5.56 back their way. They smash your car up, break their legs with a bat.
    If you are spat uppon, break the offenders jaw. Don’t ever take crap from one of these lazy, entitled, eunuchs again! Self defense is a fundamental right and a responsibility. If you don’t correct a liberal, they will continue to think their behaviour is acceptable.
    Give them the spanking they should have gotten from their terrible parents.

    This is OUR country! They heard us on November 8th. Now they are scratching their heads and making excuses today unwilling to admit that they are the reason they lost. They say it was just white voters that propelled Trump, promoting a race narrative that is patently false. Tell that to all the people of color who voted for him. But they’re all just a bunch of uncle Toms right? It is not white/black/brown, it is good hard working AMERICANS vs nasty liberal scumbags.

    They will call you racist, sexist, and every other label they can think of. It is meaningless now. They lost. They lost! Make sure they feel it for the next 8 years.

    We have the house, we have the senate, and we have the whitehouse. In a few months, we will have the supreme court too!

    We can not move forward with our reconstruction until liberals are removed from this country. Make sure they know that they are not welcome here.

    • Haha good luck with that buddy. Just because this guy can’t write doesn’t mean every left leaning individual in the united states is an idiot when it comes to guns. I’ve probably forgotten more than you’ll ever know. Speaking of vets, you can start by thanking one right now. Toolbag. The only thing about you that even remotely qualifies as “American” is the location your whore of a mother shit you out at.

  • @youwish
    You a veteran. It seems you have learned well from Hillary’s play book of lying. Your last sentence of filth shows full well you are not a veteran. You’re just another liberal liar. Stop claiming something you are not. Perhaps Deplorable Dan is a veteran. Go find your safe place and cry a river.