Whistling Down the Slippery Slope

By Mike Straw

In less than three years, the entire Commonwealth, the “British Empire,” went from the lowest crime rate in the world to the highest.

How was this heinous travesty accomplished? By the inept legal defensive firearms owners themselves.

In the 1980s, the Home Secretary noted that subjects were obtaining legal defensive firearms for the sinister purpose of protection instead of the more reassuring “sporting” purposes.

Both the British Shooting Sports Council and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation came down on the “government’s” side, just as, to a large degree, the U. S. NRA has consistently done.

British Libertarian Sean Gabb sums it up neatly: “you all failed to put the real case for [legal defensive firearms] - that their possession for defense is a moral right and duty, as well as a positive social good.”

When evil social fascist Democrat Senator Dodd translated the National Socialist Weapons Laws, introducing them to America as the unconstitutional “reasonable” 1968 “Gun Control” (Extremist Victim Disarmament) Act, the term “sporting purposefirst made its menacing way into the “government’s” lexicon, to be abused at every opportunity, such as the insidious, unconstitutional 1994 ban on “non-sporting” “assault”- looking legal defensive firearms.

Hmm: “sporting purpose:” where have we heard that before? Beginning to get a hint where the future leads?

Hint: the U. S. has both the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation.

In the words of Jack Chleva, "I believe that the ‘shooting sports’ (unlike such stylishly sanitized designer pursuits as fly fishing) serve as the politically incorrect metaphor for that most unpopular of citizens, the Classical Man (as opposed to the Modern Man). As such, when I am asked by one who fears and loathes [legal defensive] firearms, why anyone would find fascination in [legal defensive] weapons, my answer is, 'For the same reason that makes you afraid of such things.'"

Instead of reassuring our tormenters with comfy-sounding appeasements, we should instead heed the advice of L. Neil Smith: “stand on their feet, grab their lapels, and yell up their nostrils.”

In the admirable words of Sir Winston Churchill "An appeaser is someone who throws his children to the crocodile, in hopes the Crocodile will eat him last! Never give in -never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.”

That we’ve failed to heed such sagacious advice is the reason we currently find ourselves in this appaling predicament.

A paraphrase of Pastor Niemoller’s words for today would sound like this:

“In America, first they came for the handgunners, but I didn’t a have a handgun, so I did nothing.

Then they came for the ‘assault’ weapons, but I didn’t have an ‘assault’ weapon, so I did nothing.

Then they came for the fifty-calibers, but I didn’t have a fifty-caliber, so I did nothing.

Then they came for the trap and skeet shooters, but I wasn’t a trap or skeet shooter, so I did nothing.

Then they came for the hunters, and there wasn’t anyone left.”

Sincerely, Mike Straw

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