Every time some crack pot goes on a shooting spree here in America, the gun control debate starts up again. The anti-gunners say the same stuff and the pro-gunners provide the same replies. The problems is that the anti-gunners don’t really think very deeply about the things they say. They’re very “surface level” type of people. Here’s an example of how this tends to go:
Gun Grabber: “Just take away the guns. All of them. If not all, then at least the semi-auto ones. I’m cool with hunting. I’m not saying we should take duck hunters shot guns away. Just the assault rifles. They are designed as weapons of war and should only be in the possession of law enforcement and military.”
Pro-Gunner: “Because the bad guys will just turn their guns in right? Thanks genius. Because disarming the GOOD guys is going to make things better. Look at Chicago. Heavy gun control and lots of gun deaths.”
Anti: “We need to do SOMETHING. And all the ‘data’ from the University studies show that if we removed guns from the population, the number of deaths from guns overall would fall. If it saves just one person, I say do it.”
Gunner: “That worked out great in Germany, Russia, and China when THEIR government took guns away from those populations. Sure, it’s tragic that thousands of people die each year with guns involved, but those numbers would PALE in comparison to the MILLIONS of people that die when Governments go rogue. The 2nd Amendment assures us that such a thing can never happen and if it DID happen…then we would be able to defend ourselves.”
Anti: “Oh please. So you think that a handful of people on a leaky boat, armed with guns, are gonna save the world? This isn’t the 1700’s. You think that some hillbilly heroes with AR-15s are going to be a match for the U.S. Military? HELLO! How are they going to stand up against advanced tanks, bombs being dropped from an F-22, and surgical kill shots being placed with hellfire missiles fired from Predator drones?”
And there’s the rub.
People actually BELIEVE that the United States Military would actually WIN in the event that President Palpatine rose to power and decided to turn the full power of this fully operational battle station against the group of rebel freedom fighters that took up arms against him.
It shows how little the antis know about the military and how it works. More important is the fact that it shows how little they know about the PEOPLE in the military work. As in, they actually believe that Army soldiers, Navy sailors, Airmen, and U.S. Marines are mindless stormtroopers who will do whatever they’re told.
I was IN the Marine Corps as an 0311 Infantry Marine and I can tell you that long before I ever went in I already had decided that if they ever tasked me with drawing down on my fellow Americans…I would disobey that order and immediately desert the service. Because I’d fully embraced my 2nd Amendment rights long BEFORE I took the oath to protect the constitution from all threats foreign and domestic.
After having left the Marine Corps I was confronted by people that I came across who implied that they DID believe that the majority of the military would actually follow unlawful orders to attack the American people! That military people were so stupid and brainwashed and such simpletons that they would commit any atrocity imaginable if told to do so. So I hunted down a few of the people I’d served with during my time in the Corps and did an informal poll as to whether or not they would ever have obeyed if told to draw down on the American people.
Universally, the answer was “No.”
And THAT my friends is all you need to know in order realize that YES, an armed rebellion of citizen militia COULD defeat the might of the United States Armed Forces. And with relative ease.
You don’t believe me, do you? I can hear it now…
But Brian, what about the M1 Abrams Battle Tank? What about the F-22 Raptor and the Joint Strike Fighter? What about all the Tomahawk cruise missiles that can be fired from both attack and ballistic missile submarines? What about the fact that infantry units have advanced shoulder-fired missiles? What about the fact that President Palpatine could just assassinate people at will with Predator drones?
Don’t be too proud of this technological terror that we’ve created known as the United States Military.
Did you see what happened in Iraq? A bunch of uneducated, underfunded goat herders kept the military might of the United States on a hamster wheel of war for 10 years. They call that a decade. And the people of Iraq certainly were not as well armed as the American people are. We’ve got TONS of guns. Enough guns to mount real assaults that would make a difference. Furthermore, that whole mess was run by a minority of the Iraqi population whereas an armed rebellion in the United States would bring THOUSANDS of patriots to arms in very short order.
Sound nutty? Remember, half the nation already did this once during the Civil War and if you ever watched some documentaries on that you’d know that the South had first-mover advantage and the bungling of the leadership of Army of the Potomac nearly lost Lincoln’s War early on. From there on out it was a slug fest to the very end.
But none of that matters. Because the fact is that while the U.S. Military is without a doubt the most powerful in the world, it has a very critical flaw when it comes to a civil war. Just like the Death Star had a ray shielded exhaust port.
That Achilles’s Heel is the technological specialization that is required to make the military work.
If the government went tyrannical to the point that the American people DID decide that it was time to fire up 1776 all over again – well the F-23 and the M1 Abrams Battle Tank is not going to be our version of the Death Star that will “crush the rebellion with one swift stroke”. Why?
Because members of the U.S. Military are AMERICAN CITIZENS. And not just any American Citizens. Citizens that are obsessed with their individual rights more than ever. I mean, the Secretary of Defense just said that he doesn’t care what the Marine Corps eval studies have shown, he wants women in ALL roles in the military as soon as possible…regardless of whether or not it makes the unit weaker. Because women’s right trump military effectiveness. Does that sound like someone obsessed with “the needs of the many” and how they outweigh the needs of the few or does it sound like individual rights trump all…even if it makes our armed forces weaker to one degree or another?
Just look around at the youth of today and you’ll know that they are anything BUT little order-taking fascists like the youth of pre-WWII Germany who dreamed of a return of the German people as a whole to glory. No, no no. Americans are all about THEMSELVES and THEIR individual rights. They’re SO about THEIR rights that they foam at the mouth about protecting the rights of the fellow citizens because they’re worried that if their neighbor’s rights are violated…well then their own could be next. So forget about the collective good. The rest of the country be damned. If the gay marriage thing leads to a complete breakdown of the American family in 50 years which causes the nation to implode in 100…well…it’s a necessary evil that has to be accepted in order for progress to be made where individual liberties are concerned.
In America, the needs of the many definitely do NOT outweigh the needs of the few.
So as SOON as our forces were told to kill Americans on their own home turf, more than HALF of those people would desert. If not more. Killing our own? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
At that point it’s Game Over. Checkmate.
If you know ANYTHING about the modern military then you know that this isn’t you’re grandfather’s Army or your great-grandfather’s Navy. Back then you could just grab anyone and assign them any job and they could pretty much do it. If you’re on a ship in the Pacific and your anti-aircraft gunner gets killed, well you can pretty much grab the cook in a pinch and tell him jump on the guns, point the center of the target retacle at the incoming Japanese kamikazes, and pull the trigger. Try that with the Navy’s new RAIL GUN. How’s the cook gonna do with that one? Let’s see how well it works out to take the guy who runs the steam catapult on the aircraft carrier and tell him to hop into the shoes of the guy (or gal) who is on the flight deck guiding the aircraft in for a perfect landing so they don’t go flying off the other end of the ship.
Everything in the military requires EXTENSIVE training and specialization. ALL of those extensively trained people have to show up and do their job or else the war machine comes to a grinding halt.
The F-22 Raptor doesn’t fly by itself. It requires HUNDREDS of people from mission planners to the guys who take care of the plane to the guys who load it with weapons and fuel, and everything in between. If a bunch of the ordinance loading crew walk off the job, well sure, I guess that the mission planning people could pull double-duty and load some bombs. But what do you do when the MISSION planning people walk off the job? You gonna turn that job over to bomb loading guys? They’ll just give you blank stares. And what if the PILOTS quit?
American fighter pilots are specifically chosen from the best and brightest of all the available pilot pool. They are vetted for their ability to THINK INDEPENDENTLY under pressure. They know that they are to follow orders but they ALSO know that they are to think for themselves when things get crazy and to be able to adapt the mission on the fly. These are NOT mindless order takers. They are people of solid moral character who can be trusted with aircraft that cost half a billion dollars each. HIGH moral caliber. My guess is that 75% or MORE of all American fighter pilots would desert before flying their Aircraft against the American people who were rebelling against President Palpatine’s oppressive rule.
In fact, they would be the ones to round up all the like-minded bomb-loaders, mission planners, and cooks and blow their OWN aircraft to kingdom come before leaving post and joining the rebellion themselves.
Even if they didn’t sabotage their own aircraft on the way out…if the pilots quit, you think you can just toss someone else in the cockpit on a whim? It takes MONTHS to get someone combat ready to fly an F-22. Or any other fighter for that matter. And when the “new pilot” who IS willing to pull the trigger against his own people is brought on board, how is he going to get spun up to learn how to bring the plane to bear when it can’t fly because so many of the ground/support crew deserted that the plane can’t be readied for flight on a consistent basis…much less ready for battle?
This carries over to the entire military. The nuclear submarines don’t put to sea when half of the crew deserts. They can’t. It’s impossible. Same goes for ALL the ships. Same goes for the units flying predator drones. Sames goes for the units that get the tanks up and running.
All that falls apart as quick as you can count to three when you build a military like ours which is dependent on highly trained specialists to keep everything moving so that the weapons can actually be brought to bear. When the MEMBERS of the military are not able to mentally commit to a course of action, when unit solidarity breaks down beyond a certain point, it’s not just that the bombs don’t drop as WELL…..they don’t drop at ALL. The tanks don’t run AT ALL. The drones don’t fly AT ALL.
It’s the 2nd Amendment that guarantees all that.
The linchpin in the whole thing really IS Americans taking up arms against their oppressors.
Not enough of the personnel of American Military will obey orders to KILL their own people who have mounted an armed resistance against a government that has obviously gone corrupt. They wouldn’t obey the order to KILL their countrymen.
But they MIGHT obey an order to oppress people who are NOT shooting back and thus don’t need to be KILLED in order to be “brought in line”. In a time of crisis, if the powers that be can convince the military as a whole that suspension of civil liberties and the Constitution “for a time” is really “for the greater good” and that to enact martial law on a national level and use force to “provide a safe haven for discussion” for a bit “for the good of the nation as a whole” then they MIGHT just be led to do that…IF they believe that they won’t have to kill anyone.
Because nobody has any guns. Because they were all confiscated.
If the worst you fear that you’ll have to do to “get things under control” is grab a bunch of people and put plastic handcuffs on them…you might be willing to obey and do what you’re told. After all, it’s not like you’re going to have to KILL anyone.
Make no mistake about it. The ability of the American People to use their trump card of armed resistance against the government will EASILY bring the might of the U.S. Military to it’s knees. But only if the MEMBERS of the military refuse to use their training to kill their own people…and we can only KNOW that if we ensure that it’s always possible that patriots armed with guns are able, if things get bad enough, march on Capitol Hill.
The only way we CAN know that those patriots will always be able to mount an ARMED assault against a rogue government is if the 2nd Amendment remains strong and American retain their current level of access to firearms. In fact, increasing it to allow for the people to arm themselves with whatever weapons are currently employed by regular infantry units would not be a bad idea if you ask me.