So, this Saturday is “Gun Appreciation Day” (find your local listing in the notes section on the “Guns Across America” Facebook page). From a quick scan I did of a small sample of states, seems New York is second only to Texas for number of “likes”.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There are lot more “me’s” out there in the state of New York than one might otherwise be inclined to believe. This weekend, we’ll see how true that is.
That said, what will a protest like this do when our ruling elites don’t give two sh*ts about what us little people have to say?
Answer: Absolutely nothing.
Then why do it?
In a term: just cause.
No participant in Saturday’s events should think he or she will have any impact on legislators. So let’s be clear: We’re not doing this to influence incorrigible “representatives”. What we are doing is simply dotting i’s and crossing t’s by exhausting every last legal recourse we have.
In other words, it’s mandatory every red-blooded patriot do what they can to attend; just realize it’s not for the ostensible purpose of affecting legislation through peaceful protest.
Consider it “Rattle the Sabers” day.
To quote from my new favorite book, Resistance to Tyranny:
The point here is that whenever a government attempts to disarm its citizens, a prima facie case exists that Just Cause is satisfied. …
There may not be a government action as drastic as an “out of the blue” gun ban. The government may impose its totalitarian rule gradually. Henry May wrote, regarding the Nazi “tightening of the screws” in Germany:
Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for the one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. … In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next. … And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self deception has grown too heavy. (quoted in Taylor)
Thus you may find that “drawing the line” becomes very difficult. The government’s most recent step is too small a step beyond the previous one to get excited about. This process must be recognized early on, as “Just Cause”.
Sic semper tyrannis.