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Posted: 8/27/2002 7:23:19 PM EDT
[url]keepandbeararms.com/information/XcIBViewItem.asp?ID=3499[/url] [b]Letter from an ANGRY Reader[/b]
The text that follows deserves wide and repeated redistribution, anywhere a semi- or fully-thoughtful anti-gunner can be found and cornered long enough to read it. Chip Elliott, author of a novel entitled Tomorrow Come Sunrise, published in 1970, wrote the below letter in response to an April 1981 article in Esquire Magazine entitled "Fifty Million Handguns." It so impressed the editors that it was published in the September 1981 issue as the cover story. Mr. Elliot's comments are just as relevant to the gun issue as they were the day they were written — and his effervescent authenticity is indeed deeply appreciated. Esquire Magazine did a great service by running this letter — do your part by making sure someone else reads it.
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Please do. Excellent peice. Pass it on.
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 7:44:36 PM EDT
damn right!
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 7:58:39 PM EDT
printing it out now......
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 8:04:55 PM EDT
Often this stuff has to touch people personally before they think about self-protection, and often by then a tragedy of far more epic proportions than getting knocked off for a Sony stereo receiver has occurred. I hope that doesn't happen to you. You have a right to carry on merrily with what you're doing.
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I think this line says it all. Get prepared now, not after something tragic happens. I'm sure WE all are.
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 8:42:16 PM EDT
Magnificent. The only one responsible for your well-being is yourself.
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 9:04:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 9:09:21 PM EDT
Good article. I might post this over on the DU just to see how long it stays up.
Link Posted: 8/27/2002 9:53:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 4:10:48 AM EDT
Keeping this topic alive, it may save some of us... fullclip
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 4:57:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Gunbert: Good article. I might post this over on the DU just to see how long it stays up.
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I put up a link this morning. I doubt it will draw a response. Thinking seems to hurt them.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 5:44:21 AM EDT
Damn. I'd read that before, and it's still an eye opener. I need to get my CHL ASAP, and obtain a good carry peice, and CARRY IT WITH ME WHEREVER I GO. Refuse to be a victim. That's what it's about.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 6:05:03 AM EDT
Wow....
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 6:15:29 AM EDT
Great Article, thanks for the link[:D]
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 4:20:00 PM EDT
Btt just once.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 8:24:18 PM EDT
I don't think it can be said any better than this. Absolutely stunning.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 9:18:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 10:19:48 PM EDT
You want angry? Here is by far the best editorial I have read to date. Editorial by Jim Shults Modern Gun Magazine October 1994 HG Publications, INC 9171 Wilshire Blvd. STE. 300 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Perhaps it was fate that caused me to call LFP's President last year to see if he would like to do a military or gun magazine. It seemed like bad timing to start a major new national and international gun magazine at a time when the government is going socialist, and with their need to confiscate guns to enable enforcement of the new order already in progress, but in spite of all this, it has worked out very well. If I didn't have this job, I would not have learned of the following information, which I personally related to the offices of several U. S. senators and representatives Some of this information was based upon an anonymous letter I got from a reader about six months ago--a letter long since destroyed, but one that lingers on in my memory, written by a person I felt had an extensive military background. In my calls to the senators, I mixed in some firearm-industry sales information as well as what I've been hearing from around the country. Well, if I can call U.S. senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (D-Colo.), Hank Brown (R-Colo.), Robert Dole, Senate minority leader (R-Kan.), Senate majority leader George Mitchell (D-Maine) and House minority leader Bob Michel (R-III.), and Modern Gun special pro-jects editor Robin Heid can inform blithering idiot Pat Schroeder's (D-Co.) aide in a face-to-face meeting at Pat's Denver office, then I can sure tell you folks. In fact, you might want to send a copy of this editorial to your elected officials, because very few, if any, have considered what follows. THE CALL BEGINS You folks (politicians) do not really understand what is going to happen when this antigun legislation goes into effect; let me first tell you about the gun industry. Ever since October, 1993 gun sales of all types have grown so quickly that the factories--all of them--are anywhere from 16,000 guns back-ordered for a small specialty company to 178,000 for one major company. (I told them the names of these, plus several others that have back-orders in the 45,000 to 56,000 range due to buyer demand) I told them that it was even getting difficult to quickly get guns for articles, and that getting high capacity rifle and pistol magazines was next to impossible, except for the rare supply of military surplus at gun shows. I related that many makers of primers and ammunition are backordered until June of 1995, and that major wholesale distributors ofammunition are now scrounging for any 9mm, .45 ACP, 5.56mm, 7.62mm NATO, 7.62 x 39mm .38/.357 and .30 06 ammo that they can get; I told of the small foreign-bullet manufacturer who went to the SHOT show to try to sell 5 million 9mm bullets and came out after one day with orders for 97 million; that the sales of certain types of powder for reloading are beyond belief, and making it nearly impossible for even major ammo makers to turn out product. Then I asked the aides: Do you think that the people who are buying this stuff in these quantities are doing so to prepare for when these socialist laws go into effect, so that they can turn this stuff in? The aides gave me the answer: no! I then told them that when this government" makes things like magazines, springs, bayonet lugs, pistol grips, etc., federally illegal, a person may as well go out and get a machine gun or something even more deadly; after all, a federal crime is a federal crime, and a felony is a felony. If our government is going to artificially create nearly 40 million citizen/criminals, a significant percentage will get real serious about their new "job title." Again, the aides agreed. Who will these new criminals he? Well, they won't be some gang-banger dirtbag who never finished the fifth grade, has no job, does drive-by- shootings, holds up liquor stores and sells crack. This new federal criminal will consist of men who are combat and military veterans from WWII, Korea, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Saudi, and special operations forces from around the world. Many of these veterans really know how to shoot, move and communicate, and have killed. Men who are no longer afraid of hostile artillery and are hardly intimidated by a BATF agent in a ninja outfit! The new criminal class will be made up of men, women and their children, who are educated, run businesses or make businesses work, and have raised or are raising families. People who pay taxes and currently make this country work. In other words, a serious bunch of potentially real mean, smart cookies who can make things happen. The military may oppose them, but as the Russian experience taught, many "kids" don't join the military to kill fellow citizens. Now the aforementioned citizen criminal class will eliminate a lot of people, and the people terminated, according to this letter, will include city, state and national politicians, local and regional media personalities (the propaganda arm), all forms of law enforcement (drive-up assassinations while they are in their cars) and just common, everyday federal employees. The chilling part of the letter also said that the families, neighbors, friends and coworkers, and the children and wives of these people, would be under assault so as to cut off any moral and real support. His scenario is similar to the famous Phoenix Program in Vietnam, which found that by attacking the infrastructure and its supporters, change can be forced--or else! And who wants to be the next person (target) to lead, collect guns or taxes, or sell the party propaganda at a network affiliate or newspaper, in any capacity, from secretary to reporter, camera operator, or, especially, announcer or columnist? Naturally, this activity would result in more government controls, which would meet with more citizen resistance, and all of this could ultimately lead to all-out civil war. Yes. I know I am pushing the envelope of supposition, but this is how civil wars start. I related to the senatorial aides that less than 2% of guns were declared after California passed their state law against semiauto rifles, and that less than 0.2% of the "semis" were declared after Denver passed their gun law. This means tens of millions nationwide will not comply, creating the world's largest "criminal" class of people, all of which will fight, and fight hard, to turn things around. While I did not relate the following excerpt, it is quite possibly our future.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 10:20:30 PM EDT
(continued) From the book Atlas Shrugged, written in 1930 by Ayn Rand, I quote: "The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kinds of laws that can be neither observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers- and then you can cash in on the guilt." I continued by telling them that they knew that gun control had nothing to do with crime. and everything to do with control of the citizenry. I asked them to work hard to communicate this to their contemporaries in Congress: They are about to create a nation of lawbreakers. They took this to heart, and did not receive this as a threat hell, I told them who I was, etc. In fact I was referred to Campbell directly by his aide's Colorado State Representative). l will tell you folks, for the first time in my life, this particular government has me scared out of my wits for my personal and national security, and fear held by millions of Americans does not promote polite behavior. I really don't think that the politicians and media people at all levels know what they are creating, because a direct price" has not yet been extracted from them for their actions. All of the senators' aides I talked with were surprised at the industry numbers and data, and especially surprised at the concept of a huge, smart and highly experienced criminal class that they are about to create. In fact, one flat told me he had never thought of that, and he was the particular senator's gun legislation aide. I informed them that, to a huge percentage of our population, guns are not just a thing they will do without. To many in this country the military gun is a very real symbol of freedom. A symbol of the meaning of our original Constitution, of the legacy of millions of fallen brothers-in-arms over the last 250 years. I tried to communicate to them that, to many people, guns are nearly a religion. This concept is something many big-city Eastern or high-profile, heavily insulated and privately guarded, millionaire political-elitist types cannot understand. I told them that everyone knows any registration will lead to punitive taxation or outright confiscation down the road. After answering their questions, the calls were concluded. A couple of months ago I struck up a conversation with some guy at a gun show. Eventually, I told him of the letter I received. He said examples like the Waco and Ruby Ridge incidents would serve to control the population to some extent. However, he said illegal-gun arrests would operate like drug busts. A friend, ex-wife, or paid informer would simply target old Joe's house as having "illegal guns," etc. Nighttime and odd-hour SWAT-type raids would result. He informed me that if you have these kinds of "illegal" items, you shouldn't tell people, show them, or fire them; you either put them to preemptive use or you'd better surrender them and accept whatever your government has in store for you. Hiding them in your home and then having a fire--which is always investigated by law enforcement--will result in your arrest, and burying guns in the hills is just plain silly, because, according to him, now is the time to fight, not later. He used the example of what would have happened to WWII if, in the early 1930s, German citizens would have taken action to stop an out-of-control government and propaganda machine. This old boy was dead serious; he knew combat and had survived bayonet and hand-to-hand fighting in Korea. The ability to stop the insanity is in the hands of Congress and their supporters in the media. Time is short. Citizens are very angry and prepared. I'll tell you this, I sure as hell would not want to be in any form of law enforcement and have to enforce this craziness. Eighty thousand dollars a year is not enough pay when you have created one federal criminal out of every four adults in an entire country.
Link Posted: 8/28/2002 11:12:30 PM EDT
My fav paragraph...
...So you can fuss and bitch, Adam Smith, all you like, and you can rail at the hillbillies in the NRA, but the next time someone breaks into your house or your apartment, the next time someone busts the window of your car and rips off your FM radio and your thirty-five millimeter camera, the next time some woman you know gets raped and busted up and you have to visit her in the hospital and try to cheer her up, the next time you are totally freaked out after coming up against a gang halfway between the restaurant and the car, sit yourself down and do some serious considering about who has the right to do what to whom. Often this stuff has to touch people personally before they think about self-protection, and often by then a tragedy of far more epic proportions than getting knocked off for a Sony stereo receiver has occurred. I hope that doesn't happen to you. You have a right to carry on merrily with what you're doing...
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Link Posted: 8/29/2002 12:05:40 AM EDT
Thanks!
Link Posted: 8/29/2002 4:37:00 AM EDT
BTT, because this needs to be read by everyone who comes on this site. Can we get it thumbtacked for a while?
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