Promoted from the diaries by streiff. Promotion does not imply endorsement.
Let’s say you’re a conservative gun owner. Your “liberal” neighbors, who outnumber you, decide amongst themselves that they don’t want you to own your specific guns anymore, so they tell you that you’re going to sell them your guns for a price they came up with, and then they’ll destroy your guns.
After you finish laughing in their faces, they hire a few other neighbors, buy them the same kinds of guns they don’t want you to own, direct them to break into your house to steal your guns, to kidnap you and put you in a cage for however long they decide, and if you try to defend yourself from being kidnapped or your property from being stolen, they will murder you.
Well, that’s what New Zealand is proposing after the Christchurch attack. And it’s time for people to start viewing the government’s actions in this way.
The government is prohibiting and “buying back” any firearm that is:
(a) a semi-automatic firearm that is capable of being used in combination with a detachable magazine (other than one designed to hold 0.22-inch or less rimfire cartridges) that is capable of holding more than 5 cartridges:
(b) a semi-automatic firearm that is a shotgun and that is capable of being used in combination with a detachable magazine that is capable of holding more than 5 cartridges.
To enforce this prohibition, the government of New Zealand has committed itself to threatening and perpetrating acts of armed violence against its citizens who refuse to give up their property.
It’s not confiscation they’ll say, it’s a buy back. An involuntary buy back. However, if you declare that your property isn’t for sale, they will kidnap, imprison, or murder you.
People who have victimized nobody, whose crimes will be only that they did not obey the dictates of government and continued to own a firearm that the government did not want them to own, whose liberties rely not on their own peaceful conduct but upon the actions of a murderer, are now guilty in the eyes of the government and whose life, liberty, and property will be deprived without due process.
Even more sick is that the government has been waiting for such a murderous rampage as Christchurch to quickly enact these confiscatory policies. They couldn’t do this a month ago, out of the blue – “Hey, Kiwis, give up your arms now!” Yeah, mate, go pash a dingo.
Never let a tragedy go to waste, though. They wait for a mass murder to occur, they pounce during the immediate emotional aftermath, and do what they couldn’t ordinarily do. The Prime Minister dons a hijab, begins broadcasting Muslim calls to prayer, and tells her countrymen, “Turn in your guns.” I guess terrorism really does work, after all the murderer specifically stated in his manifesto that he chose to use a semiautomatic rifle so government would try to confiscate them and hopefully cause a civil war. Nicely done.
Imagine if you were one of the Muslims who survived the Christchurch attack, you now keep weapons at the ready in your mosque for defense, and the government is now coming in and saying, “Turn in your only means to protect yourself from any future attack.” The government has stated they don’t know who has all the guns they want to confiscate, so all it takes is one “evil white person” to enjoy a defenseless fish-in-a-barrel environment. There’s also no closing the “obtaining a firearm illegally” loophole, so there’s absolutely no guarantee of total compliance.
AND, if these Muslims don’t turn in their weapons, the government will kidnap, imprison, or murder them with the same weapons the mass shooter used. Wouldn’t that be ironic? I bet the body cam footage on law enforcement would look awfully similar to the Christchurch shooter’s. Think Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will put on another hijab if that happens?
Imagine being a Kiwi who’s worried about a revenge attack in an enclosed crowded location, and the government is coming in saying, “Turn in your only means of defending yourself.” Just call the police, they only took over 30 minutes to respond to the Christchurch attack, you’ll be fine.
This is the new reality. If the people of New Zealand really wanted this, more gun owners would voluntarily give up their weapons. The fact that they need to do this by threat of government violence should tell you everything you need to know. This is why you never register anything – you don’t tell the government where to come knocking. Never give up your liberty or your guns; Kiwis have the preexisting and natural right to keep and bear arms, without a magical “Amendment” claiming they do, and especially when the government doesn’t believe they do.