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The prohibition package
There are firearms owners fighting back, but I do not expect them to prevail. Of course, there is already a run on the gun stores ahead of the onrushing darkness.
UPDATE 4/4 12PM EDT: Maryland and Connecticut have fallen; no word on gun manufacturers' plans. Malloy is signing the CT bill now.
The fact that there are major gun and accessory manufacturers in Connecticut -- Ammunition Storage, Colt, Mossberg, Stag Arms, Sturm & Ruger, US Firearms, etc.-- seems to matter not a whit to Gov. Malloy or the gaggle of state legislators falling all over themselves to infringe the right to keep and bear arms in their state. It remains to be seen whether any of these companies will leave Connecticut; maybe we'll be surprised, but I don't expect a lot of defections.
As Ol' Backwoods was telling you last month, the tyrants at the federal level know their time is just about up on gun prohibitions, and so the push from Bloomberg's Illegal Mayors is at the state level. McDonald v. Chicago is essentially a dead letter. Bloomberg's group is steamrolling: New York was the first, and now Colorado has fallen. Minnesota will likely force full registration of private transfers. Michigan will pass similar laws, but I think their governor will veto them. Maryland is about gone. Illinois basically told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to shove it on concealed carry, and union thug Gov. Quinn is cheering them on. I also believe Illinois will pass Bloomberg's package of prohibition. California has already done it all, years ago, but will make everything illegal-er, including private sales. New Jersey will likely fall entirely. The media is beating the drum in Pennsylvania to at least force registration of private transfers if not more. Nevada may pass gun taxes, or worse.
What states are left to us firearms freedom advocates? Well, plenty.
But that doesn't matter. In the end, the darkness will fall everywhere.
Every state is going to be targeted by Bloomberg and his Illegal Mayors, and the various shadow organizations they run. There are enough statist politicians in every state of the union to at least threaten to right to keep and bear arms. Obama, Bloomberg and their minions can fake enough votes, spend enough money, tell enough lies, ratify enough treaties, and threaten enough politicians to get done what they want done: the disarming of America.
It's been a good run, but I think the expansion of firearms freedom that was the concealed carry movement is pretty much over. I suspect that concealed carry will begin to be illegal again, state by state.
Bottom line: there is a cold civil war, and the forces of freedom are losing. Big time.
There won't be a hot civil war, because people won't fight back with force. If I am honest with myself, I know I won't go murder cops or ATF thugs or politicians. But they sure as Hell will murder me if I try to resist confiscation. Sure, people will say I am just projecting my cowardice onto everybody, and WOLVERINES! will appear, handsome as Patrick Swayze and hot as Jennifer Gray, and fight back behind enemy lines with weapons stolen from OpFor. I hope so. Dear Lord, I pray so! But I just don't see it happening.
So, does this mean that nobody will have AR-15's, normal-capacity magazines, or Glock 19's? Not at all. It's just that the people that do will be criminalized, and will be locked up or murdered by the powers that be when they are found with these weapons. The whole firearms industry will likely go underground, as the liquor industry did during that Prohibition, with a similar black market pricing structure, similar numbers of government jackboots, and similar loss of life, if not greater.
We gun owners will be pariahs and criminals, just like they are in England, Australia, and much of Europe.
In another age, when British and American men had chests, Churchill said:
You will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.That was so 1944. Now, America is willing to live as a nation of slaves.