I’ve seen several articles recently from the government’s house organs (such as this) in which the TSA asserts that there is an uptick in gun confiscation at airports this year.
Since we’re all made well aware that firearms are not allowed on commercial aircraft, one wonders why the uptick. Wake County (NC) District Attorney Colon Willoughby opines: “We’ve become such an armed society that people actually aren’t thinking about the fact that they’re carrying weapons with them. … That’s a little bit sobering, to think that we are so accustomed to carrying a firearm with us that we often don’t think about it or realize that we have it.”
Now I do not know the DA personally, but I’m going to guess he’s not a big fan of individual liberty, self-protection, and inalienable rights, just based on the implications in the statement above. It sounds like a variation on the old hoplophobe theme: “People [not including THEIR people] just aren’t responsible enough to bear arms. Blood in the streets … Wild West mentality … gunfights over fender benders!” You know the old, tired mantra.
On the other hand, every account I read assures us that most cases aren’t prosecuted strictly, if at all. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
If you’ve read anything I’ve written here before, you’re well aware that I trust the government implicitly in exactly one way — I fully expect them to always lie to us, to always seek to control us, and to always manipulate us in every way that they can. And I think this is a fine example of one of them.
Our government is so afraid of us that they work on every level to convince us — subtly as well as brutally — that we have no power, no authority, no control over our own lives. And, apparently, they’re doing a pretty good job.
In this case, they want to instill fear in the populace. Fear of armed idiots next to them. Fear of their unhinged neighbors. Fear of strangers. Fear of everyone except a uniformed government official. They want us to depend on them to tell us what’s best, to guide our decisions, to act as our parents in all matters regarding individual critical thought.
And, apparently, we are willing to let them. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t stand for the ever-increasing role of government agencies in controlling our everyday lives.
So, either we’re too stupid to own firearms, or we’re too stupid to control our own lives.
Which is worse?