Seemingly not too long ago, when a true believer of the 2nd Amendment would be asked what the Amendment was really meant to insure they were scoffed at and ridiculed when they answered that it was a safeguard against tyranny.
Many people, gun owners included, would decry that “this is America” and that our government would never become tyrannical. They would also follow this blind allegiance to the government in order to rationalize gun control measures such as universal background checks and national registration arguing that the government would never misuse that information or seize firearms.
So the idea of needing the 2nd Amendment to fight against a tyrannical government seemed ludicrous to these people because they could not imagine the US government capable of become tyrannical.
That was then…this is now.
We now live in a country with one of the greatest spy networks in the world and we have finally realized that that network is pointed at us.
Now, while people are shocked about the NSA spying on every piece of electronic mail and every phone call you they have made, the infrastructure for tyranny was and has been in place for a long time.
I would say it started most in earnest with the establishment of the Income Tax. For the first time, Americans would have to pay the government in order to work and make a living. In other words, if you wanted to live without begging on the streets, you will have to pay the government for the privilege to do so. The minute that we allowed the government to seize that power, we gave it the foothold it needed.
Once we are required to pay homage to the government just to work in order to feed ourselves we gave them carte blanche to dictate how we live our lives.
This is how we find ourselves needed to pay a tax to the government just to LIVE thanks to Obamacare. Taxing our ability to make a living has allowed the gates to be open to tax us just for being alive.
We lose ground on the 2nd Amendment, a right that explicitly says that it “shall not be infringed”, because we have allowed the government to dictate our lives. We have to draw a line in the sand and say “no further”.
Take the TSA. They can dictate how and if you can travel on an airplane. You complain? They can supersede due process and put you on a list and deny you the ability to freely travel, with little recourse for you.
Your private thoughts and personal communications are neither if they are transmitted by an electronic device. And if they cannot spy it out of you, a judge will force you to decrypt your own laptop for the police or hold you indefinitely without a trial. I guess 4th and 5th Amendments haven’t kept up with the times either.
The President can shut down the internet on a whim. That’s a little nifty power he gave himself via Executive Order “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions”.
So…we live in a country that has a government that spies on its citizens at will, can deny and restrict your travel, can seize your property without a warrant, can compel you to incriminate yourself by holding you indefinitely and all modern communication can be shut off at the whim of the President…
Tyranny has arrived.
To paraphrase a quote from the movie, the Last Samurai:
The way of the 2nd Amendment is no longer necessary.
Necessary? What could be more necessary.