Paraphrasing President Animatronic Simulation (no, that’s not redundant): “The government has F-15’s and nuclear weapons. Resistance is futile. Give up your guns.”
I do not think this demonstration of exactly why we have a 2nd Amendment was the intent. The intent was intimidation.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a novelist now, but I retired from the Evil Military Industrial Complex, where I helped maintain those various advanced weapon systems you expect to bomb me with. Before that I was a gun dealer and firearms instructor. So basically I sold guns to the people you expect the people I trained to take them from…
In something that I find profoundly troubling, when I’ve had this discussion before, I’ve had a Caring Liberal tell me that the example of Iraq doesn’t apply, because “we kept the gloves on”, whereas fighting America’s gun nuts would be a righteous total war with nothing held back… Holy shit, I’ve got to wonder about the mentality of people who demand rigorous ROEs to prevent civilian casualties in a foreign country, are blood thirsty enough to carpet bomb Texas.
Here’s American Military News report of what Mr. Jill actually said:
Biden said, “If you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons. The point is that there has always been the ability to limit — rationally limit the type of weapon that can be owned and who can own it.”
“The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own. You couldn’t buy a cannon,” Biden said. “Those who say the ‘blood of patriots,’ you know, and all the stuff about how we’re going to have to move against the government. Well, the tree of liberty is not watered with the blood of patriots.”
Actually, on the cannon ownership thing? Even Politifact rated Biden’s statement false.
IAC, what flesh and blood President Jefferson actually said is a warning: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” It’s axiomatic that the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of free men objecting to tyranny.
The lesson you’re missing, Joey, is “Don’t be a tyrant.”
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of Jill’s husband’s definitive advice on self defense. His acumen is on full display.
The ‘blindly shoot through the door’ bit is illegal everywhere in this country. No non-criminal gun owner would consider it. It puts innocent Fuller Brush salesmen (look it up) in special danger.
The ‘blast two shots into the air from your porch’ technique also violates basic gun safety rules, but more is more likely to wound some kid on a swing-set two blocks away than to even scratch the paint on an M-1 Abrams. I guess that’s the point. We don’t want our military hardware damaged and civilian casualties are collateral necessities in erasing civil rights.