American Handgunner, an FMG Publication, July 2015
Disarmed... or Subarmed ?
by Alan Korwin
subarmed, adj. A point between disarmed and fully armed.
If anti-rights people interested in disarming Americans can limit our access to arms just a bit, they can subarm us, and win their battle incrementally. They can handicap us against the very things guns are supposed to protect us from.
They do this in a variety of ways. By cutting out certain types of ammo -- the good stuff -- we’re subarmed, and they’re already marching down that path. If they can convince the “news” media (which has become easy, little ethics or brainpower left in that stadium) that some ammo is dangerous, well, that stuff surely ought to be banned.
Of course, all ammo is dangerous. It’s supposed to be dangerous. What good would it be if it wasn’t dangerous? Oh, but this ammo is extra dangerous. Well, good! We want some of that! Just like police do -- and for the same reasons. The more dangerous the better. Forcing people to have little bullets that don’t go far or fast and have little power so it’s “safer” (safer for who?) is a way to subarm the public. Good for ignorant antis (and criminals). Very bad for freedom (and the innocent).
Another subarmament model is to ban good guns, leaving people with crapola ones. Now, there’s a good way to subarm you, and shift the balance of power (balance of terror?) to the forces of darkness -- government agents “here to help you.” Our Founders were dead-on accurate when they recognized the only vault for the peoples’ liberty was with the people themselves.
When people foolishly relinquish those keys to “proper authorities” they are doomed. Too many authorities have convinced too many people to give up those keys. “Trust us, we’re from the government?” Heaven forbid.
Subarming the public with little ineffectual guns, while the bosses keep the good guns, the ARs and the autos, and normal capacity (11-round and up) magazines, it’s not as good as disarming us, but it works in the long run, if you want to subjugate a people. Give the opposition 1903 Enfields, and attack them with MP-5s, Glock 18s and flash-bangs. Nothing like a subarmed opposition for rolling over before dinnertime. Be sure to off the annoying dog.
Disarming us is a big bite. They know that. Everyone knows that. Go after that head on, that could come down to a shooting war. It did in revolutionary times. It has come close in more modern times.
Subtly infringing on the arms we bear, making the populace a little subarmed, gently shifts the power balance that crucially keeps officials in check and preserves freedom. That balance of power is the true underlying purpose of the Second Amendment. The “news” never makes that point -- while ignorantly yakking about ducks and that hated irrelevancy shoe-horned into the 1968 Gun Control Act -- “sporting purposes.”
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people
by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power,
than by violent and sudden usurpation.” –James Madison (1788)
When the body politic represents a force comparable to that of government, neither side can hold sway over the other. That was the founding principle that has made us freedom’s linchpin on this planet. And that’s what’s at stake with the current swing toward subarming the public:
“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.” –Edmund Burke (1899)
You don’t need me to tell you that balance has shifted. And as gun-controlling villains incrementally subarm us, the problem gets worse.
The major shift occurred on May 19, 1986, when our representatives in Congress decided for us that anyone who wanted machine guns, in any quantity, could have them, if they worked for the government. The public could not. That was the deceptively named Firearm Owner’s Protection Act. Full autos were deemed too dangerous for the public to own, but not too dangerous for government agents to hold, for you. Maybe they’re right. It’s their shiny badges and jackboots and all.
The few machine guns already in public hands on the cutoff date could remain in public hands (and the fixed supply rocketed in value to collector-item status), but from that moment forward, the public was severely subarmed. And the criminally negligent media has the public believing gangs, rednecks and yahoos all have machine guns for spraying rooms, while the vast unwashed are flatly denied such. Your leaders use those -- for 80,000 SWAT raids annually.
Limiting magazine capacity is another dastardly subarmament maneuver, and has already been implemented in various forms, disguised as a crime-stopping effort. No crimes have been stopped or limited, that’s just a scam. “News” reports missed that, for reasons that remained unclear at press time.
Any effort to subarm a decent person is a travesty, violating the ban on infringing upon the Second Amendment. People proposing such things deserve punishment, removal from office, or trial on civil rights denial, endangerment and other charges. Police would never stand for such recklessness, neither should you.
We face the same criminals, but usually we face them first. Police are obviously a great deterrent -- thugs routinely attack where cops aren’t. Public parity with police makes sense. Whatever police believe serves their defense best, serves ours. Subarmament policies must be recognized and rejected categorically.
Townhall.com, July, 2015
Should America Subarm Its Citizens?
subarmed, adj. a point between disarmed and fully armed.
by Alan Korwin
The Uninvited Ombudsman
There’s a point between fully armed and disarmed that is subarmed.
Being subarmed is dangerous. Officials would never stand for it themselves.
It’s the point where you don’t have a very good gun,
or certainly not the type you’d prefer, or not the type your police prefer
for their own safety, and not the right ammo, or certainly not enough of it.
It isn’t the caliber you want, and the magazine is too small. You’re subarmed.
It seems there are people at work in the government and the euphemistic gun-control movement who have figured out if they can’t disarm the public -- because the public will not stand for it and put up intense opposition -- they can subarm the public (that’s you) a little at a time. If you’re subarmed, and they’re fully armed, that’s pretty much victory for them and a shift in control.
Because it happens by bits, the big picture is obscured. Little by little the power shifts from the public to the authorities. We used to have parity with government, and this kept government in check, made America the liberty capital on Earth. We the people were equal with our hired hands. Both sides were in a state of stasis, equilibrium. They had matchlocks, we had matchlocks.
They had flintlocks, we had flintlocks. They got cap and ball, we all had it. We grew up together, we were partners in this, developed the field together. Self-contained cartridges, rifled barrels, bolt action, revolvers, semi-auto, improvements to everything, optics, full auto... the story starts to rag out right there.
Two Gun Laws: Tectonic Shift in American Freedom
In 1968 our employees in government decided it was time for us to fill out paperwork for any gun purchased from any manufacturer. It’s been that way ever since, despite the enormous trash piles generated by “news” media to the contrary. It’s no big deal -- maybe -- but every gun made and sold legally to an American since then comes with government paperwork.
Twenty-two years later, in 1986, the scales of equality tipped over. The Gun Control Act basically said members of the state could have machine guns but the peasants (that’s us) could not -- only one-shot guns for us. Matching firepower was no longer for the masses, it was for the hired help only. Two centuries of Gun Equality between government and the public was over. Now that’s a big deal.
Oh, the few full autos in public hands at the time could remain, but this was subarming on a grand scale, an order of magnitude, it made the two sides totally unequal. The miniscule number of now collectible machine guns people owned could be cherished, lost to wear-and-tear and jealously safeguarded -- thanks to five-figure price tags instantly springing upon a closed finite market.
Say Goodbye to Officer Friendly
The rapid decline in freedom everyone has been noticing was catalyzed. The rise of the police state became more intense. SWAT raids (multiple battle-equipped specialists with machine guns and overwhelming power) have gone from 3,000 per year in 1980 to as many as 80,000 per year now. The Andy Griffith Show was solidly in the past. Officer Friendly was on his way out.
We weren’t a police state then and we’re not one now, we’ve just started looking more like one than anyone would like -- and toe the line, pal. Not to worry, our morals are still intact, or are they.
You’re overwhelmed when a dynamic entry team of eight masked, body-armored men storm through your door with flash-bang grenades at two in the morning, like the state does these days. You’ve been subarmed to the point of being gunless when they have MP-5 machine guns and you have the civilian single-pull-of-the-trigger AR-15 you’re so proud to own. It's the gun you insist is OK because it’s the one-shot model, not the machine gun it looks like, which ignorant gun haters fear it really is. And they want to confiscate that too.
The seven-round magazine New York got saddled with is a subarmament joke and the people responsible should be brought up on charges for infringement and violation of oath of office. They swore to uphold the Second Amendment, not to find workarounds. Small magazines endanger the innocent when peril lurks. Ask police if they would stand for that.
Of Course Ammunition Is Dangerous
Meanwhile, BATFE bureaucrats are deciding some ammunition is more dangerous than other types, so it should be banned. How utterly preposterous! What needs to be banned is the BATFE. Ammunition cannot be banned based on the fact that it is dangerous! And a government agency cannot exercise power that Congress has no legitimate delegated authority to give it.
Everyone knows that ammunition is dangerous -- because that’s its purpose! Not just dangerous, deadly dangerous. It is supposed to be. If it’s not dangerous it’s flawed. What BATFE is really seeking is to have some ammo removed because it might be used against them, making them bulletproof -- but they won’t ban it for themselves, and it could be used against you. Judging ammo -- which is beyond the delegated power an agency can have because it infringes on our rights -- is like judging which words are too dangerous to say. BATFE doesn’t want you to think about the logical angle:
Using any type of ammunition at all in any unjustifiably dangerous way is already grossly illegal many times over at every level and can carry the death penalty. Murder is illegal. Attempted murder is illegal. Planning a murder is illegal.
Using any kind of gun and any kind of ammo for any of that is criminal at the state and federal level with no wiggle room. That’s enough for this rogue agency or any other. Banning ammo is an infringement ploy.
If authorities can justify subarming the public based on ammo type the Second Amendment will have been eviscerated, and this is intolerable. All subarmament efforts should be spotted, called out for what they are, and summarily halted. There are no excuses, no saturation “news” stories about crazed maniacs that justify taking action against the public. The responsible parties should be reprimanded, discharged from or voted out of office and publicly ostracized for acting against the interests of the United States. The jig is up.
Alan Korwin, the author of 14 books, has been invited by the U.S. Supreme Court twice to observe oral arguments and runs the website GunLaws.com.
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