Since the advent of the Age of Obama, I’ve been contemplating the circumstances under which serious resistance to tyrannical government might occur. Americans are amazingly patient people. They will put up with incredible provocation before resorting to violence and/or war. But what imperial overreach might do the trick? What might cause Americans to finally realize despotism is in the offing and nothing but armed resistance will stop it and preserve liberty?
This article from Mediate.com by Andrew Kirell speaks to an issue that just might do the trick:
In what will likely infuriate plenty of legal gun owners, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this afternoon that he’d like the state’s legislature to consider all options in debating new gun control measures, including ‘confiscation’ of “assault” weapons or “mandatory sales to the state” and ‘permitting.’
Cuomo kindly explains:
I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting,’ he said, echoing the sentiment of many other pro-gun control advocates before him, while noting: ‘I understand the rights of gun owners; I understand the rights of hunters.
The governor then laid out several ideas for how the state would enforce stricter laws on those so-called ‘assault’ weapons:
Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.
Virtually everything Cuomo said reveals that he is either entirely unaware of the Constitution, cares nothing about blatantly violating it, considers himself the Emperor of New York rather than its elected governor, or all of the above. Particularly in light of the Heller and McDonald decisions, Cuomo’s intentions are particularly outrageous.
Am I advocating armed rebellion? Of course not. But “permitting” and “confiscation” would surely be the triggers—and mandatory first steps of—absolute tyranny and utter lawlessness in government. Only by abolishing the Second Amendment can the rest of the Constitution be abrogated.
Does Governor Cuomo think New Yorkers sheep? And are the Media—mostly based in New York City–so foolish as to think a tyrant would leave the First Amendment in place? If Mr. Coumo is so foolish and despotic as to try to enact this prima facie unconstitutional scheme, we may have the opportunity to find out. Even democrats should turn such a would-be Caesar out of office.