Dispatch from the Future
Inspired by an encounter with a strident hoplophobe who
wanted to ban all guns and put all gun owners in prison (or worse)
A satire by Claire Wolfe, July 12th 2014
JPFO writer contributor, © 2014.
Mount Weather Complex
NOTE: The following document was found in the ruins of the Mount Weather complex in the year C.E. 2715 and has been in the keeping of the staff of the Interglobal History Museum since then. Although our scholars and scientists are still analyzing this material, it is believed to date from the era of Malia Rodham-Bloomberg (reigned C.E. 2044-2067) or her successor Mitt Kennedy Bush (reigned C.E. 2067-?).
Below is our translation.
REPORT TO THE NATION ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GUN CONTROL
By the Blue-Ribbon Panel on the Current Crisis
BACKGROUND: Following the Sunnyside Nursery School Massacre and similar disasters, Americans in the mid decades of the twenty-first century realized that “NO GUNS” signs and similarly stringent security measures were no longer sufficient to totally eliminate deadly violence from society.
Chicago Police Chief
Although the gun-rights movement had experienced decades of successes, Americans finally rose up and demanded sweeping reforms. Some notable pacifists called for the slaughter of all gun owners and the torture of any politicians perceived to be pro gun. Police chiefs threatened to have their officers shoot any armed person on sight. The nation was in crisis.
With Congress in its 23rd consecutive year of disarray, the president moved to calm the fury with a unilateral series of moderate but firm measures. The president issued a comprehensive series of Executive Orders targeting firearms and their owners.
It has been five years since these Orders took effect. We, the members of this impartial Blue-Ribbon Panel, are now charged with analyzing their effectiveness and making recommendations for additional measures.
THE ORDERS AND THEIR DIRECT IMPACT
E.O. 31867: BANNING ALL AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.
This order had little effect for its first three years, owing to the fact that no one charged with its enforcement could decide whether an “automatic” weapon was one that fired multiple shots on a single trigger pull or one that fired only a single shot with each trigger pull but was black and had features such as a “shoulder thing that goes up
.” Eventually, regulators concluded that all handguns of any type and all rifles with detachable magazines, bolt actions or lever actions qualified as “automatic” weapons. A clarifying Order (E.O. 32014) was issued at that point, directing firearms owners to turn in all their now-illegal firearms.
In the two years since that second Order was issued it is estimated that the compliance rate has been approximately .003 percent nationwide, somewhat lower in the inland West and the South.
The effort to build internment camps to hold millions of resisters is underway but has been stalled due to a $26 trillion cost overrun, scandals involving 15 subcontractors and several prominent legislators, and various acts of terroristic sabotage.
E.O. 31868: ENHANCING THE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. Perhaps the crown jewel of the series of Executive Orders, E.O. 31868 was meant to ensure that all sales, loans, transfers (of ownership), transfers (of location) and all other movements involving firearms be recorded in real time by the federal government.
Surprisingly and somewhat mysteriously, the enhanced system went down shortly after being created, but not before being plagued by errors and targeted by the National Security Agency as a source of information on domestic terrorism. It is unknown at this point when the system will be functional again. Cost estimates for the repairs range from $1 trillion to $75 trillion.
Although it is illegal in the meantime to hand a firearm to another person (because it is impossible to enter the exchange in the Enhanced UBC system), unofficial estimates are that approximately 350 million handoffs are completed and unreported every day despite the threat of severe penalties.
E.O. 31869: ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL CHAIN OF WEAPON BUYBACK CENTERS. To encourage voluntary compliance with the ban on automatic weapons and to encourage people to turn in even such technically legal weapons as flintlocks, slingshots, letter openers, and ball-peen hammers, the president ordered that every city with a population greater than 20,000 establish a weapons buyback center.
These centers were rapidly opened and staffed (by police, National Guardsmen, and volunteers from Mayors and Moms Insist On Sensible Handgun Control Action NOW (MAMIOSHCAN)). Although many rewards were offered, and the public was promised that no questions would be asked, we must note that the centers have not been entirely successful. Their main clientele appear to be inner city gang members seeking to get rid of evidence and elderly women turning in pot-metal .25s. A suspected serial killer arrived at one buyback center to turn in an axe, seven butcher knives, two bone saws and a garrot. Due to the “no questions asked” policy, the items were destroyed as agreed and he went away with seven gift cards and $500, telling staffers, “I’ll be back.”
E.O. 31870: MANDATING CONFISCATION OF ILLEGAL WEAPONS. After the first 2,570 police officers were shot by residents of the homes they attempted to enter while enforcing E.O. 31870, enforcement of this Order was informally suspended via the unilateral action of police departments nationwide. One sheriff told a representative of Children, Moms, and Billionaire Mayors with Bodyguards United to Shout Real Loud for Gun Safety (CMABMWBUTSRLFGS), “You people want their damn guns, you go in there and get them yourselves.”
E.O. 31871: ENDING ILLEGAL GUN MANUFACTURING. This Order mandated a crackdown on all types of illicit firearm manufacture, as well as the licensing of 3D printers and coding and tracking of all materials that might potentially be used to print or conventionally manufacture illegal firearms. Additionally, it made it illegal to sell, download, or trade any plans for manufacturing firearms.
It is estimated that the systems for licensing and tracking will be ready in approximately 15 years and that $300 trillion will be required for enforcement. In the meantime, sales of 3D printers, lathes, and related equipment and supplies are booming. While several U.S. based Internet sites have been seized for offering gun-building plans, sites based in Sweden, China, Lichtenstein, the Pacific Island nation of Tonga, the Russian Moon Base and several artificial floating “nations” continue to offer everything from 3D printing plans for pistols to schematics for making old-fashioned zip guns.
E.O. 31872: SUSPENDING THE POSSE COMITATUS ACT.
Recognizing that ordinary police forces would be insufficient to confiscate all the newly illegal firearms and put down the expected resistance of gun felons, the president ordered the Posse Comitatus Act
suspended for the duration of the crisis.
Although in theory this freed millions of armed troops to participate in firearms interdiction and confiscation, in reality most of the forces of the North American Army Command
were required to guard the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the sites of the planned gun-felon internment camps, as well as statehouses, police stations, and National Guard armories throughout the land.
Approximately 15 percent of the military personnel were assigned to patrol the homes, neighborhoods, and businesses of certain individuals known to be essential to the functioning of the U.S. corporate and political systems.
E.O. 31873: DECREEING THE NRA TO BE A TERRORIST GROUP.
Initially, this order (which gun-control advocates had long agitated for) appeared to be one of the few notable successes of the series. The National Rifle Association was duly disbanded. Its headquarters were seized via civil asset forfeiture
and turned over to the group Moms and Kids Demand Millions of Actions On Gun Violence Policy (MAKDMOAOGVP). The IRS, FBI, and CIA began a joint investigation into the NRA’s finances and its contributors, which continues to be ongoing.
However, to the shock of the media and the gun-control establishment, it emerged that there was not just one terrorist organization pulling the strings of the nation’s population of gun owners, but literally hundreds of similar, new or previously unheralded terrorist organizations at national, state, and local levels. These groups were so diverse that there was (and still is) even one rumored to be called Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. The long work of rooting out all these terrorist groups is complicated by the fact not only are they small and agile, but some gun terrorists actually operate as unaffiliated “cells of one,” hiding in urban neighborhoods and rural redoubts alike.
In addition to the direct results, the five years since the issuance of the president’s Executive Orders on gun control have seen the following results:
1. Every U.S. firearm and equipment manufacturer closed its doors or moved offshore, or is in the process of doing so, at a cost of an estimated 175,000 jobs and $133 trillion.
2. Some of these manufacturers had to move no farther than Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Alabama, Texas, or the Florida panhandle, all of which have now seceded from the Union. (While the federal government has announced plans to force these states back into the U.S. and the president has announced an “absolute red line” beyond which the rebellious states will not be allowed to go, there appears to be a temporary lack of manpower, budgets, and will for any immediate action.)
3. With the trade in illegal guns now as lucrative as the previous trade in illegal drugs, new gangs have arisen with firearms smuggling as their specialty.
4. There has been a 10,000 percent rise in bribery and corruption cases among police officers and enforcement functionaries.
5. Large swaths of Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Cleveland, and other cities are now “No Man’s Land,” taken over by armed gangs. Portions of Washington, D.C. are impassible, causing most of the federal government to relocate to Mt. Weather.
6. Residents of these cities have taken to fighting back against the gangs, but since they know they’ll be subject to arrest if caught defending their homes and neighborhoods, many stressed homeowners are as likely to fire on police as on gangsters.
7. The latest opinion polls from Gallup, Zogby, and Quinnipiac University show approval of the president at between 4 and 5 percent. Approval of Congress no longer reaches measurable levels. While 11 percent still say they approve of the police and military, it’s worth noting that approximately 17 percent of the current U.S. population is made up of police, the military, and their family members, so 11 percent can hardly be called impressive.
8. Violent crime has risen by 487 percent.
IMPACT ON FIREARMS OWNERSHIP.
Although the number of guns and gun owners in the U.S. has always been difficult to pin down, it was estimated that before the presidential Orders there were some 80 million gun owners and perhaps 300 million individual firearms in the country. Now, under the new restrictions and enforcement, it is estimated that some 135 million Americans own firearms, with the total number of guns being upwards of 750 million, an increase of 59 percent and 250 percent, respectively.
Observing the rise in violence and other illegal activity, groups such as Moms, Dads, Kids, Cute Kittens, and Others Against Horrible Icky Nasty Guns and the Even More Horrible Icky Nasty People Who Shoot Them (MDKCKAOAHINGATEMHINPWST) strongly recommend that the nation needs more “common sense gun control.” Their suggestions include hanging, drawing, and quartering anyone found with a single bullet and placing NSA surveillance cameras in every room of every home in the nation.
Having studied the matter in great depth, we disagree.
Based on the level of success of these gun control measures, this impartial Blue-Ribbon panel makes the following recommendations:
1. Rescind all of the above Executive Orders Immediately.
2. Repeal the Gun Control Act of 1968 to give all Americans broader access to legal firearms.
3. Re-examine and consider repealing every other gun law that targets or penalizes non-violent possession of weapons.
5. Devote all possible resources to rebuilding the trust, economy, and relative peaceableness of the nation. Although it may be to late to prevent a second civil war or revolution or to bridge the vast cultural gulfs created by the efforts to end gun ownership, the effort must be made.
NOTE: The ancient document from the ruins of Mount Weather ends here. However a scrawl at the bottom, written in an unknown hand in faded red ink, reads, “Classify. File. DO NOT RELEASE. REPEAT — DO NOT RELEASE.”
Scholars disagree on why the North American empire fell, with some citing corruption of the money supply, others believing the country exhausted its resources in wars, and yet others pointing to such problems as the welfare state, excess bureaucracy, or uncontrolled immigration. Our group, however, believes that while (as the old saying goes) “America wasn’t built — or destroyed — in a day,” with the finding of this ancient report we encounter the Great Divide between America ascendent and America in collapse.
I’d like to open my speech today with two shout outs, one to my most devoted sponsors, the One Hundred Heads Life and Casualty Company and the other to the twice-elected President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, on the singular milestone in his career, or indeed of anyone who has ever sat in the Oval Office. Sometime later this month, if my estimate is correct, Mr. Obama will have presided over the ONE HUNDRED MILLIONTH FBI FIREARM SALES BACKGROUND CHECK. Now, more a guy who’s only been in office for a term and a half, that’d quite an accomplishment as a firearm salesman representing the Unintended Consequences Armaments Corporation, he has managed to put even Bill Clinton in the deep shade.
Barack, you’re the biggest and best firearm salesman in world history and THAT’S some kind of legacy, so I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the armed citizenry of the United States. And we won’t even mention what you’ve done for ammunition sales. But thanks for everything, Barack. You may go down in history as this country’s worst President ever, but you are ONE HELL OF AN ARMAMENTS SALESMAN.
You know, in doing my research before coming here today, I noted with interest that one of the major employers in Big Spring these days is the Federal Correctional Institution. This interested me because I have so many people recently who are interested in putting me inside of one those places for what they imagine is my sedition or even incitement to insurrection, not to mention their irritation at my violation of some newly oppressive citizen disarmament state laws. To those who have been worried in the past about the present administration closing Guantanamo Bay, I always reassure them, “Don’t worry. The Obama administration will cease trying to close Guantanamo the moment they figure out that they can imprison US there.” So, for those of you who work at the Big Spring FCI, maybe I’ll see you through the bars one day. Or not.
Folks, I am honored to be here today to speak on the subject of “Restoring the Constitution,” if for no other reason than that task is what I have devoted the past two decades of my life trying to accomplish. This is a subject that consumes the attention of many Americans these days all over the country. Yesterday I stood outside town in the dust of the Old Comanche Trail. Last weekend I gave a speech on the same subject in Massachusetts almost literally in the shadow of the famous Springfield Armory where the men of Shay’s Rebellion contended for their vision of what they believed they had fought the Revolution for. On Patriots Day, I was out in the Nevada desert, speaking on the same subject on the Bundy Ranch. In the last year I have given speeches and talks at the Alamo, the steps of the Connecticut state house in Hartford and other places from Alabama to New York state to Temple Texas. Next month I’m going to Colorado and the month after that I’ll be smuggling myself and some thirty round magazines into New York just to twist Governor Cuomo’s tail a bit. In each place comes the question, “How can we restore the Constitution?” How can we return to the Founders’ vision of a government of limited powers, which preserves liberty and property while upholding the rule of law and most importantly operating within it? For this administration, this regime, seems to operate ever more increasingly as a lawless gang bent not on the rule of law, but rather the rule of man, which is to say the law of the jungle enforced by the iron fist of government power.
But how DO we restore the Constitution? I think first and foremost we must tell the truth, not only to those who we are trying to convince to join us but, as well, to those who are trying to defeat us However, and most importantly, we must first tell the truth to ourselves, no matter how unpleasant it is.
As Patrick Henry said in his immortal speech to the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775:
“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth — to know the worst and to provide for it. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.”
And what, I ask you, have been our experiences of the recent past? I will be bluntly honest for I know of no other way to say what is on my heart. We are at present two peoples, two countries really, living within a common border and sharing (mostly) a common language but divided upon the answer to this question: does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government? This is not a question that the answer can be finessed, negotiated or ignored. It is one or the other, That of individual liberty as the Founders intended or of collectivist power in service to a few. Every smaller question we struggle wit is merely a subset of this larger question, every answer a component, for good or ill, of the ultimate answer upon which hinges the fates of our liberty, our property, our lives and those of our children and their children. Many of you will admit that, in your heart of hearts, you know this to be true. Yet we shrink from the honest conclusion.
And that conclusion is that such mutually exclusive worldviews cannot long coexist without one or the other winning out. History tells us — the Founders would tell us themselves were they here — that neither side of such a divide will surrender without a fight, which means there WILL be a fight. To think otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of our own history and that of republics dead, gone and turned to blood-stained dust when they could not overcome similar corruption and collectivist rot from within combined with barbaric attack from without.
We like to think that all our fellow Americans — even those who plainly state that they are committed to stealing our liberty and our property and attempting to control our very lives — are merely suffering from differences of opinion that can be overcome by the right mix of persuasion or electoral politics. Yet how many of us have tried such methods with every fiber of our being and fallen short, not because we were wrong, but because those of the other side were impervious to such arguments, such tactics, for they believe completely in their right to their appetites for our liberty, our property and our lives with all the religious fervor of a pagan worship of naked power wrapped in a catechism of lies. They believe that the people serve the government, their vision of government, and you’d better do what they say or else.
The Founders had a name for people with such appetites, and it is honest to call them by it. If as the Bible says that by their fruits ye shall know them then let us call them what they are — domestic enemies of the Constitution. The fact that many of them took an oath to defend the same Founders’ Republic that they daily attack should be proof enough for an honest observer to admit that the term fits such people. And if no oath, no law, no court restrains such appetites then what will? The Founders had an answer, and you know it too, today, in your hearts, if you are honest enough to admit it.
Let us be honest enough to admit first to ourselves, and then to proclaim to those domestic enemies of liberty and thence to the world, that failing all other appeals to peaceful means that the Founders’ solution to such tyranny is still available, still potent, still waiting. FOR WHEN DEMOCRACY TURNS TO TYRANNY THE ARMED CITIZENRY STILL GETS TO VOTE. This is the promise, the warning, the threat embodied by the Gadsden flag of our Founders — “Don’t tread on me.” Don’t tread on us.
This does not mean that the time for politics, for moral suasion is over. It is not. In many ways and many places we are winning those battles, which is why those domestic enemies of the Constitution continue to seek to disarm us with arguments less and less cloaked in their alleged good intentions and more and more in plain naked power. Such cries are in fact maneuvers of, and evidence of, increasing desperation. I told you that last weekend I was in the Northeast, speaking to firearm owners who in a very real sense now live behind enemy lines. In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, their states passed laws — Intolerable Acts, the Founders would have called them — demanding firearm registration and confiscation and making resistance to those “common sense gun laws” a felony. And do you know what happened? Fully eighty five percent of Connecticut citizens, threatened with arrest by their new law, have not complied but resisted. Eighty five percent. In New York the number likely approaches NINETY FIVE percent. Yet the politicians, having declared their appetites, their desires to work their tyrannical will upon their own fellow citizens, are hesitating to take a bite. In fact, they don’t know whether to defecate or go blind. They are scared spitless — and yes, I said sPit less — by the thought that enforcing such laws on an uncowed, armed people might have personal consequences for them. They are beginning to realize too late that the rule of law as crafted by the Founders protects THEM from us far more than it protects US from them.
These men and women — these practitioners of a godless secular religion which worships government so that they may increase their own power — these tyrant wannabes who know of no argument of law, or history, or logic, or even common sense that could blunt their appetites, are now sitting at the feast table that they so carefully made AND THEY DARE NOT TAKE A BITE FOR FEAR OF THEIR INTENDED MEAL BITING THEM BACK.
THAT is the Founders’ argument. That is what we must be honest enough to admit to ourselves, and then to proclaim to those domestic enemies of the Constitution and to the world. Forget all the arguments, all the emotion, all the wasted effort we have spent trying to convince people who will not, cannot, be convinced contrary to their own tyrant’s religion and the rumbling of their own appetites for other people’s liberty and property and lives. Forget that, but remember this, in all honesty, that in the end, our liberty is defended by the cold calculation that every criminal, whether of the common class or the Constitutional class, makes when he sizes up a victim, whether that victim be a person walking down the street or a nation at a crossroads — will my victim resist? Do they have the means to resist? Do they have the WILL to resist? Can I con my victim into putting down what weapons he possesses? If you convince the criminal that he will personally lose more than he gains from such a transaction, he will resign himself to finding another victim, or, the case of the wannabe tyrant, to retiring to play golf in Hawaii. And that’s the honest truth about how to defend and restore the Constitution.
So if you wish to stay free, prepare to resist, defy, evade and smuggle. The Founders did. The enemies of liberty will certainly never be convinced by anything less.
h/t/ Sipsey Street Irregulars