The Thinking 

A Conversation about Gun Control

January 16, 2013


JOE A. writes:

I just got off the phone with Senator Bob Casey’s Philadelphia office. I spoke with some twentysomething girl (they used to be “women” at that age). I asked her a series of Socratic questions. Here is a paraphrase of our conversation, which was not recorded:

Ring, ring, ring …

“Hello. Bob Casey’s office can I help you?”

I want to talk about gun control.

“Okay, you can talk to me.”

Great. So Bob Casey wants us to ban “assault weapons,” whatever that means.


So we’re to turn over our guns?


If one of my neighbors doesn’t, can he keep his guns?

“Well no, they would be turned over.”

But the State won’t allow that, will they?

“I suppose not. We, I, don’t have a mechanism yet.”

Okay. But it’s fair to assume they would send a SWAT team to get his guns, I mean it won’t be Sheriff Taylor and Barney Fife.

“Yes, I suppose so.”

And if my neighbor still refuses, the SWAT team is going to kill him with automatic submachineguns, right?

“Well that’s pretty extreme. I don’t think it would come to that.”

Yes, but resisting a law enforcement officer is a death sentence, right?

“It is against the law to resist arrest.”

So if my neighbor makes a single false move, that SWAT team with a dozen or more men, armed with government machineguns and maybe a helicopter or drone, will shoot him dead.

“Well, if it goes that far.”

In the name of peace and safety.

“Do you want me to pass this along to Senator Casey?”

No, actually I want you to think about it. Why is it that Bob Casey, the great-grandson of immigrants from Ireland, who did not fight and sacrifice their lives over (description of Lexington and Concord gun control effort here), is so very willing to order soldiers – call them cops if you want but armed soldiers – to kill honest, law-abiding Americans, whose ancestors fought a war started over a gun confiscation attempt, just because he decided that he’s King?

“I don’t know what to say.”

I want you to think about that. Because I can’t believe Bob Casey intends this. I can’t believe he thought this through past the photo ops because it is insane to kill Americans because of a photo op.

“Okay, what is your ZIP code and I’ll pass this along. Have a nice day.” (No kidding – she really said that.)

Okay then. Have a nice day. Goodbye.

—- Comments —-

Terry Morris writes:

I’m glad I wasn’t the one that made that call. When Casey’s secretary answered that she didn’t think it would come to that (the murdering by police of law abiding gun owners unwilling to voluntarily give up their guns), I don’t think I could have restrained myself from retorting “Of course it’s going to come to that! You can’t possibly be that stupid!” But she probably is that stupid.

Marky Mark writes:

Since gun owners have gone along with the already rampant infringements on the Second Amendment; since they’ve done so with nary a whimper; I don’t expect gun owners in America to resist en masse.  Those who I have personally encountered as of late are fearful of the government; they’re fearful to the point of being submissive.  Since gun owners went along with the Brady Law with little or no protest; since they ACQUIESCED to basically asking permission from government officials to buy guns; they will NOT stand firm and die for their right to own guns.  No, when the government comes for our guns (and make no mistake about it, that IS their ultimate aim), most gun owners will meekly turn in their weapons, and our subjugation will be complete.

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