There are some reasonable arguments against banning guns entirely. There is the constitution, although the constitution has been amended several times since the 18th century – to belatedly recognize that Negroes are, in fact, human beings, to give the right to vote to women, to ban, and then relegalize, alcoholic beverages, among other things. There is tradition, although times change and traditions don’t last forever. A lot of people like to hunt, but I personally wouldn’t mind if they lost that privilege if it meant the USA were to become a safer place. I’m sure the deer and the rabbits would agree with me. There is the self defense argument, but statistics prove, consistently, that if you have guns in your house you or one of your family is far more likely to be shot by one of them than any intruder.
Let’s leave aside for the moment that nobody (except me) is calling for a total ban on firearms. Let’s assume, for arguments’ sake, that Barack Obama really wants to take away all your guns.
You would still have legal recourse to fight against that, at the ballot box and in the courtroom. Those of you who say stupid shit like “There will be an uprising! There will be a revolution!” are seriously whack.
An uprising, or a revolution, requires that you reach a critical mass of people before you are even taken seriously. Even then, a lot of you would die and you would eventually lose. (for example, the Civil War, 1861-65) If you fail to reach that critical mass, then you are not in an uprising – you are just resisting arrest, obstructing justice, and maybe assaulting a police officer.
Picture the scene. You are sitting in your living room, minding your own business, when there is a knock on the door. It is a uniformed police officer with a search warrant, there to confiscate your guns. You go to the door to meet him, armed and ready. Well, that’s a felony right there. (if you’ve got kids in the house, add child endangerment)
But what do you think the police are going to do? They may, indeed, go away, but they will be back. With reinforcements. At that point, you have 3 choices. Surrender your guns peaceably, go out in a blaze of glory, or head for the woods to live off the land while you organize your “revolution.” Good luck with that.
For those of you who choose option two, your friends and family may miss you, but you will not be a hero or a martyr to the public at large. Some people will actually be cheering. Most, though, I suspect, will be laughing.
When you say stupid stuff like “There will be an uprising!” that just confirms to most of us that you are a person who absolutely should not have access to firearms. Somebody could get hurt.